on June 19, 2012 :
I'm a fan of historical fiction and fantasy so this was great to me. Yes, I was surprised about the twists and turns but it was enjoyable.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on May 13, 2012 :
TIME TRAVEL. ALTERNATE HISTORY.
Yes, I am shouting. Because I didn't realize from the blurb that this wasn't a fairly straightforward "What happened to the princes in the Tower" book. The story is not that historian Roger Ward travels back in time to find the truth. It is that his adventures cause major changes in the timeline so that the world he came from may never exist.
The story bounces between the 21st and the 15th centuries, and between the history that we know and the history as it would be if the events in the book had happened. When Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII (the first Tudor king of England) learns how to travel forward in time to the 20th/21st century her actions change history. When a 21st century history professor travels back to the 15th century his actions also change history.
Despite the characters' understanding that their actions would have an impact on history, they continued to believe that the dates of death in the chronicles that they read wouldn't change. For example, Henry VII might be deposed by the Yorkists but he would still live to the same time as he would have if he stayed on the throne. This made no sense to me.
I kept wanting to throw this book at a wall, but since I was using an e-reader I couldn't do that.
Rating 1.5 because I actually was interested enough to finish it, even though I kept wanting to yell about how stupid it was.
(reviewed 10 months after purchase)
on Dec. 14, 2011 :
An expert on the Wars of the Roses time travels to 1498 to investigate the deaths of the Princes in the Tower. He comes in conflict with Margaret Beaufort, mother of reigning king Henry VII of England. A battle is set off among the characters for their personal futures and the future of the world, for they are in no way fixed.
The alternate future world, interestingly, is not a barren wasteland or a soulless tyranny. I think that a significant number of people, although probably not among science fiction readers, would prefer it, if they got to substitute their own religion/culture as dominant. The arguments among the characters over which of the two is better, and the struggle to square their consciences with what is expedient or wise adds considerable interest to the story. I found myself surprised by the character that I most admired in the end.
(review of free book)
Sharon E. Cathcart
on March 31, 2011 :
SPOILER WARNING *********************************
I wanted to like this book far better than I did.
Posited as a new theory for what happened to the princes in the Tower, examined through fiction, this is actually a dystopian alternate future novel -- with princes running in and out of various periods and futures via a time travel mechanism.
Throw in misspellings of places like Aquitaine and Tewkesbury, and cars salaaming in and out of traffic when they should be slaloming ... I had to convince myself to finish. Which is unfortunate, because the idea was good and it's obvious that Spann researched the Yorkist era very carefully. So much more could have been done with this tale. :-(
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Oct. 17, 2010 :
This is missing the Kindle download Can it be put up thanks
(reviewed 79 days after purchase)