Published by Accent Press Ltd
20th August 2015
“History is just one damned thing after another.”
Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary’s, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don’t do ‘time-travel’ – they ‘investigate major historical events in contemporary time’. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power – especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet.
Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary’s Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History. Their aim is to observe and document – to try and find the answers to many of History’s unanswered questions…and not to die in the process. But one wrong move and History will fight back – to the death. And, as they soon discover – it’s not just History they’re fighting.
Follow the catastrophe curve from 11th-century London to World War I, and from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria. For wherever Historians go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake….
I loved this book, I loved the idea of historians as ‘disaster magnets’, the characters were well written and 3 dimensional, they were fleshed out beautifully and Taylor kept me guessing to the end as to who was good and who was bad. I really loved the main character of Max, she is like anyone of us, she makes mistakes and pays the price, she doesn’t feel special or that she belongs, she is a well written strong female character who doesn’t give up, but like a real person, she comes close to it several times.
The supporting characters are great too and each has their own strengths as well as weaknesses. The plot (or plots) is great, although the passing of a long time was not really explained and a character would just drop into the narrative that 5 years had passed, but no explanation of what had happened in those years
I will admit that I do have a bit of thing for history and time travel so putting the two together like this is pure genius for me, and I cannot believe that I downloaded this book years ago and never read it!
I hope to be reading the next instalment soon and there are currently 7 books in the series, I think that will keep me busy for a while.