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By M&M on 30-04-15
Better Than Reading the Book!
I've read all the books in the After Cilmeri series and love them all. This one had been my least favorite - until I listened to it on audio. Listening gave me new perspective on the story and changed my opinion significantly.
Callum and Cassie, who have become two of my favorite characters, play a significant role in this particular story as they travel from the middle ages forward to the 21st century with David. Because they come from modern times originally and because of their very different backgrounds, they add new dimensions and depth to the ensemble of characters. Back in modern Wales, they are pursued by various government agencies who all want to learn about time travel and find some way to take advantage of it for their own purposes. Meanwhile, in the middle ages, Lilly, Anna, and the others are dealing with a full scale war brought by one of David's enemies. I liked that the other characters were able to successfully operate without David's direction although you could feel his influence working throughout.
I thought once the story line moved from being primarily about Wales (after David became King of England) that it would become less and less interesting, but that has not been the case at all. Ms. Woodbury has found ways to keep the story moving ahead and keep it fresh and interesting. At the end of each book, I think she couldn't possibly continue the story any longer at the high level of interest and quality. I'm thrilled to say I've been wrong - every single time. Each story has left me anxiously awaiting the next installment. Listening to this story makes me want to reread the next one, Ashes of Time.
If you've only read the After Cilmeri series, you're missing out on an important part of the enjoyment which to me is hearing tongue-twisting, yet melodic Welsh words. Take a break from the modern world and step into this alternate universe's version of the middle ages.
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By DMP on 04-01-16
Perfect blend of history and modern day adventure
If you could sum up Castaways in Time in three words, what would they be?
Historical / Modern / Adventure,
What was one of the most memorable moments of Castaways in Time?
When David returned to the past.
Which scene was your favorite?
David confronting Valence and imposing his power as king.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I definitely laughed at David's sarcasm and I was on edge when David, Callum, and Cassie were escaping to the roof of the building.
Any additional comments?
I loved hearing the story read with all the Welsh words. I finally know how they're pronounced! I'm eager to continue on to the next book!
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