When Dr. Wells, the head of the Place in Time Travel Agency, learns that someone's trying to track down the ancestors of his star employee, there are few people he can turn to without revealing her secrets. But who better to jump down the timeline and rescue Elise from being snuffed out of existence generations before she's born than the very person whose life she saved a hundred years in the future?
But Juliette Argent isn't an easy woman to protect. The assistant to a traveling magician, she's bold, fearless, and has a fascination with time travel, of all things. Can the former secret agent Chandler, with his knowledge of what's to come, keep her safe from harm and keep his purpose there a secret? Or will his presence there only entangle the timeline more?
Nikel's sequel to The Continuum is sadly less satisfying than its rollicking predecessor. The Place in Time Travel Agency's best agent, Elise, is being hunted by rival agents who threaten her very existence. Chandler, the man from the future whom Elise saved in the first book, must now return the favor. When the Agency realizes that even Elise's ancestors are being targeted, it is up to Chandler to zip back in time to protect Elise's great-great-grandmother, Juliette Argent. Then Chandler falls in love, and his anachronistic romance threatens to destabilize the fabric of time. Nikel spends too much of the brief story on set dressing, though it's a marvelous character study. The ending does not feel satisfying or warranted, given the hurried plot development in the second half of the novella. Fans will appreciate Nikel's signature attention to detail and atmosphere, but that's not enough to make up for the novel's lack of substance.
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Before writing about time travel authors should be aware of the context of the past to which they send their travelers. Wristwatches were not invented until after World War I.
Unless, of course her books are set in an alternate timeline.
A light comfortable read, but annoying in its inconsistent history.
Well worth the read
You'd think I'd be used to this time travel stuff by now; this strange, in-between experience where I can punch myself and know I'm alive, but no one else I've ever known is yet?"
I really loved this little book I was given by the author in hopes that I might write an honest ,unbiased review. We meet Chandler, who has a task to go and save the progenitor of a family in order to protect someone in his current time. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, Wendy Nikel alludes to every time travel mention from H.G. Wells to "Back to the Future" as she presents the ethical dilemmas that might occur when the possibility of the paradox of "I am my own Grandma" might actually happen.
A short novella that's worth the trip. Recommended 4.5/5