Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Tour Review: Mirrored Time by J.D. Faulkner

Title: Mirrored Time

Author: J.D. Faulkner

Series: A Time Archivist Novel (Book 1)

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Self Published

Release Date: May 7 2014

Edition/Formats Available In: eBook & Print 

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Blurb/Synopsis: First it was water.

Then blood.

And finally smoke.

Gwen Conway never knew there were so many ways to die. Honestly, it was something she would have been happy not knowing.

Maybe, they really are just dreams. Nightmares. But they won't stop. And dreaming of her death is getting old. Then there's the sleepwalking. She'd like to pass on that too.

Gwen's pretty sure the dreams have something to do with her new job. Which of course, is definitely not just a 'job.'

Don't get her wrong, working for the Archiver of the Time Streams has its perks. Having the power to travel to any past or future time is fantastic. Plus, there's Rafe, the ex-gladiator from the future. She'd like to keep him around too. Not that she would tell him that. It'd go straight to his head.

But she's less than pleased to find herself in the middle of a time travelers' war. Especially against a crazed half-god who has the power to obliterate the existence of any time or place. And the Guardians, her so called allies? All the help they offer are strict rules and smug superiority. Plus, they seem convinced she's already lost, that she's already died.

Gwen is starting to wonder whether she should have read her employment contract more carefully.

Borrowing themes from Greek and Roman legends such as Pandora and the war between the Titans and Olympians, lovers of mythology and fantasy alike will enjoy this mind-bending romp through different times and universes. Well-grounded in the world of today, this urban fantasy stands out from the pack with its complex theories on time travel and unique brand of quirky humor.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the author, editor, publisher, or Promo Host. This is my honest opinion about this book and I did not receive any monetary compensation for writing this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.

In a room hidden within a twisting labyrinth, an ancient presence stirred. Something drew him from his rest. Too aware to sleep, he instead spent the endless years dwelling on past events. And planning. Always planning. The ages dripped by at a maddeningly slow pace. Yet he could do nothing, imprisoned behind the glimmering surface of a black framed mirror.

The mirror hung alone in the dusty room. It was crafted with extraordinary skill, each carved figure waiting to come to life at the softest breath. On closer examination, the mirror’s beauty turned grotesque. Hercules, driven mad by Hera, slaughtered his entire family. Prometheus, chained and bound, screamed in agony while a skeletal eagle tore at his liver. Sisyphus, tired and bloodied, struggled to press a boulder up a jagged hill. Set, smile as wicked and sharp as his knife, carved his brother Osiris into tiny pieces and hid them along the banks of the Nile. Each image was more disturbing than the last. Out of the corner of the eye, they writhed in pain.

With a soft crack, a thin fissure appeared on the face of the mirror. A dark smoke slithered out from the flaw and disappeared into the shadows clinging to the corners of the room. A wavering light illuminated the glittering mirror before the room was once again plunged into darkness.

He had waited for eons and conserved his strength. Whatever weakened his prison, it was sufficient. Complete freedom could wait. For now, the power to change would be enough. The Guardians had forced the time streams to remain static for too long. Change would be good.

In fact, change would be excellent. Through change, he would find revenge.

My Rant: As a kid I have always had a fascination with time travel. Always wondering about the uniqueness of time travel and imagining what it would be like to actually have a way to move through the past and the present. For that concept alone I loved and enjoyed Mirrored Time. J.D. Faulkner takes time travel and makes it a marvelous story with amazing characters and a suspenseful plot. Her writing style is fun witty and full of intellectual dialog along with some humorous banter. J.D. Faulkner has a way of connecting you to her world and holding onto it until you finish the ride of adventure. There are many factors that drive the momentum of this story but what stop’s you dead in your tracks is the plots twists and turns. Now as readers we all think that we have things figured out but a talented author proves us wrong when the plot takes a 360. Tooshay! J.D. Faulkner Tooshay! I never saw that twist coming. For those of you that are fascinated with time travel and the magic of it, I would recommend that you go and read Mirrored Time.

My Recommendation: 

I rated this book 4 out of 5 Purple Rant Hearts and would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a good suspenseful action packed time traveling story.

J.D. Faulkner lives in Seattle, Washington. She spends her time reading anything she can get her hands on; studying Greek and Roman mythology; and avoiding the rain whenever she can. MIRRORED TIME is her first novel and book one of the Time Archivist Novels. Currently, she is working on the second book of the series, FRACTURED TIME.
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