Wendy Laharnar sends her protagonist Stefan Gessler, a modern day Swiss youth, seven-hundred years back in time to prevent Wilhelm tell from murdering his far remote ancestor, Herman Gessler, the tyrant who asked his underlings to bow before his hat on a pole.
Our time-traveling protagonist naturally struggles with lots of things in medieval everyday life, most of all though with the fact that a pacifist needs sharp wits when barbarians in chain mail swing swords at him. He knows fighting violence with violence will lead to war, but in the course of his adventure, he’s pushed closer and closer to the point where killing another human being might become his only means to survive.
In this fun and suspenseful time travel novel, watch the two stubborn men collide full force and enjoy the schemes of the next generation Tells and Gesslers to prevent Tell’s revenge, which, as Stefan knows, will start a civil war raging through Switzerland.
(reviewed the day of purchase)