This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce
Nicholas Falcott is fighting in Spain during an 1815 battle and is about to be killed by the enemy when he finds himself transported to the year 2003. Waking in a modern hospital, he is told he shares a gift of ‘jumping’ through time, a gift he shares with many others. The others are part of The Guild, an organisation that is centuries old. The time travellers are told they cannot ‘jump’ back to their own time period, so The Guild helps them to adjust to their new surroundings. Nicholas Falcott becomes Nick Devanant and moves to America.
Nick spends the next ten years living his new life when he is summoned by The Guild. It seems they have lied to their fellow time travellers and, with training, they can travel back and forward through time, including returning to their previous life. The Guild needs Nick’s help and want him to return to 1815.
Back in 1815, Nick’s neighbour, Julia Percy, is devastated when her grandfather passes away. Orphaned as a baby, Julia was brought up by her grandfather, a man who had the ability to freeze time. He and Julia had always kept his ability a secret, but it seems Julia’s cousin, Eamon, knew of his capabilities and with her grandfather out of the way, Eamon will do whatever it takes to discover how his uncle could manipulate time.
I’ve been looking forward to reading The River of No Return as I like the idea of time travel. Nick is understandably annoyed (to put it lightly) that he has been duped by The Guild for the past ten years, but he agrees to help them and travels back to his natural time of 1815, where he meets up with Julia, the friend of his younger sister. I loved the strong chemistry between the pair and wondered how long they would be able to keep their secrets from one another. I was never fully able to get my head around the whole time travel/flowing river aspect of the book, but it didn’t impede my enjoyment of the book as the characters and overall storyline were good. However, without giving anything away, I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, which didn’t really feel like an ending at all, if I’m honest, and left so many hanging threads and questions, which was frustrating.
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