Review: Torrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren

Title: Torrent
Series: River of Time, #3
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
ISBN: 9781434764294
Tags: Young Adult, Time Travel, Romance, Historical
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥

When Gabi and Lia finally learn to surf the river of time, they realize they must make hard choices about life and love in the third and last book in the River of Time series. 

Gabi and Lia Betarrini have learned to control their time travel, and they return from medieval Italy to save their father from his tragic death in modern times.   But love calls across the centuries, and the girls are determined to return forever—even though they know the Black Plague is advancing across Europe, claiming the lives of one-third of the population. In the suspenseful conclusion of the River of Time series, every decision is about life … and death.

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The Betarrinni’s are back, but this time with their father! They discover that a lot happened during their absence of more than a year. The Rossis, the traitors, have paid for their crimes with their death, Marcello became one of the Nine and Fortino is still held captive by the Firenzi’s…

A big party is held in honor of the return of the she-wolfs in Sienna. During the party Gabi is approached by men, who ask for help in freeing Fortino. It seems the only thing the Firenzi’s want to accept in return for Fortino is one of the Betarrini sisters, something Marcello will never accept…

Gabi is able to convince Marcello that “trading” one of the she-wolfs for Fortino is the only way to bring him back. They have to hurry with their plan because reports have come in of the crucial torturing Fortino has received. Together with Lia, Luca and Marcello she comes up with a plan to save him, without giving her or Lia to the enemy. However, the plan goes terribly wrong and Gabi finds herself standing in front of an altar. She’s to be wed to Lord Greco! Will the she-wolf be able to escape on time?

On the first of September I was very happy, Torrent was finally available! Only to find out that Amazon hadn’t put the Kindle version online yet… I actually had to wait a few days more for this great ending!

A lot happened this time in the story and so quickly, that I had a bit of a problem with keeping up. Although I got the feeling that the story was a repeat of what happened in Waterfall and Cascade. The Firenzi’s are making trouble, Gabi tries to help, fights a bit, flees for her enemies till Marcello saves her and all is well again. Okay, that’s not exactly how the story went, but it is the red line in this book, just like the other two books.

Not that the story was any less fun to read, but it became predictable. And I don’t like predictable… Of course there some unexpected twists, that I didn’t see coming at all and some upset me very much…

Gabriella has grown a lot compared to the previous book, even though she continues to act first and think afterwards. Oh well it’s probably her personality. I continue to admire her for wanting to protect her friends and family at all costs and her love for Marcello. I don’t know if I would have done the same if I was in her shoes.

Marcello *deep sigh* he continues to be the knight in shining armor, although he has some very old-fashioned beliefs about how women should behave. Thankfully he allows Gabi to be herself, otherwise she would have started a rebellion, I just know it ;). I still don’t have a clue how old he is. Does anyone have an idea?

Overall rating 3 hearts. The story was great, but as I said a little too predictable. I like it when books continue to surprise me and although there were some very surprising moments in this book, the red thread was too visible for me. I’m glad to announce that this probably won’t be the last book about the she-wolfs! Lisa T. Bergren posted on her website the first chapter of the fourth book, Tributary!

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River of Time Series

  1. Waterfall
  2. Cascade
  3. Torrent
  4. Deluge (Not Yet Published)

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