Series: River of Time, #3.1
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Publisher: Bergren Creative Group
Tags: Young Adult, Time Travel, Romance, Historical
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥
BOURNE, a novella, picks up right where TORRENT left off…
Find out what has happened to men returning from the battle, gravely wounded, to the Betarrinis, fighting for the men they love, and just who is hunting them next…
After the big battle we find Gabi waiting for the return of Marcello, who was patrolling the borders. However he collapses the moment he arrives at the castle and his wounds seem severe. Unfortunately they are in the Middle Ages and there aren’t any real doctors around. Gabi will have to do with the aid of her mother and a medieval doctor…
Since Gabi is married to Marcello now, she’s lady of the castle and as such unable to stay at his side. The castle needs her. The courtyard is full with wounded people and even more are coming. There is no organisation whatsoever. Everyone is running from pillar to post. And because Marcello is down, it’s her duty to take the reins and make sure everything goes smoothly.
Sadly, not all wounded people make it. One of the dying man asks Gabi to take his last words to his wife. Yet she doesn’t now what the far-reaching consequences of that trip are. Not only for Gabi but also for Lia, her younger sister…
While reading my twitter messages I came across a review about this book. My first reaction was: huh? The next book would be Tributary, wouldn’t it? And wouldn’t that take a while? It turns out there’s another story about Gabi, Lia, Marcello, Luca and lord Greco. It takes place after the end of book 3, Torrent. And of course I bought it asap!
The beginning of the story is very powerful, with a severely wounded Marcello. Regrettably, the power of he story declines afterwards. Although I read the story in one sitting, it became predictable after a while, as I already mentioned in my review about Torrent. This was a bit of a disappointment, since I started it with a lot of enthusiasm. It just didn’t meet my expectations…
In spite of the predictability, Lisa T. Bergren managed to show the brutality of a medieval war. No modern medicine, no hygiene. Retribution that won’t even spare children. And of course the medieval men and their view about woman. That’s something that I find very annoying every time I read a historical roman. But o well, what can we do about it? It’s something that’s normal in that time. You can’t cross time and space to make them see their wrongdoings 😉
Furthermore I liked reading through the eyes of Lia. In the other books, where Gabi is the main character, I got to know her as a very agreeable girl. The real deal is something else! When the need arises she knows what to do and how to handle those chauvinistic medieval man. Loved it! ^^
I also loved reading about the blooming romance between Luca and Lia. You could see the hints between them in the first three books, but now it’s their time to shine! And they are such an adorable couple! They behave much more like two teenagers in love than Marcello and Gabi 😉
3 HEARTS. Although it was an enjoyable book that gives a clear understanding about that era, it was a bit too much of the same concept as the previous three books. Not that I didn’t like reading it, but it’s not enough to give this book a higher score. But it did made me more curious about Lord Greco’s story….
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉
River of Time Series
- Bourne (Book 3.1)
- Tributary (Book 3.2)