Book Review: The River of No ReturnAuthor: Bee Ridgway
Genre: Adult Fantasy
The Setting - taken from Goodreads
Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life's advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.
In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: “Pretend!” Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.
My Two Cents
Books about time travel can be iffy for me. So I took a "grown-up" pill and checked out an adult fiction novel about time travel. My thoughts? Well interesting enough I think my opinion of this book has changed over time (and yes, I'm not trying to be cheeky here). While reading the first three-fourths of The River of No Return, I was somewhat bored and aggravated over a seemingly "insta-romance" in a 452 page adult novel (I'm not in YA anymore am I?). There's plenty of space to stretch Nick and Julia's relationship out! But after I finished, I found I rather enjoyed the last fourth of the book. And a lot happens...so if you read this one just stick with it! There were plenty of twists and turns I didn't see coming that kept me turning the pages. Also, I can't find any evidence of a series but Ridgway kind of left it open for a sequel, or sequels. And I'm thinking I'd read them, as long as there's more going on. I should warn people that since this is adult fiction, swearing and sex were very much present in this book, definitely should not to be read by a younger crowd. Overall, I'm going to award The River of No Return 3.5 out of 5 stars. Not a bad rating from me for a book about time travel!