Hello, my lovely readers. Today I'm reviewing Cidney Swanson's latest book, a time-traveling adventure titled A Thief in Time. I'm elated to experience another of Cidney's works. Let's dive in!
About the Book
He can't stay - She can't let him go.
Halley’s world is full of hand-outs and hand-me-downs.
Even her apartment bedroom is shared, with her distant and self-centered
mother. Halley has only a battered blue truck to call her own—until she
meets Edmund, the second Earl of Shaftesbury.
Edmund has a manor,
employs dozens of servants, and has never been close to falling in
love—until Halley crashes into his life during an accidental trip to
1598. Now a spiraling series of encounters with a dangerous
time-traveling thief will bring their worlds together with heartbreaking
When Cidney offered me an advance preview of her latest novel, I jumped at the chance. Long-time readers of this blog might remember my reviews of Cidney's Rippler and Saving Mars series. Her talent is on the level of authors like Suzanne Collins and John Green, and this new release does not disappoint.
Like John Green, Cidney's books always follow a formula. Hers include a strong female main character, a fresh science fiction twist on reality, and a romantic subplot featuring an unique love interest.
Main character Halley is well developed, with a strong voice and a variety of character traits and life experiences that make her unique. Her life is difficult, especially her relationship with her mother. Her best friends are distinct characters that stand on their own merits. They come from incredibly different backgrounds from Halley with unique voices and interests of their own.
Edmund, the love interest, stands apart as well. He's driven by responsibility and is determined to fulfill his duties as an earl. His language is unusual for Halley, considering his being from 1598 England. The conversations this "language barrier" leads to are highly entertaining.
Our villain lives up to Cidney's usual high standards. He has strong motivation, convincing internal monologue, and relatable desires. The stakes in this novel are far from contrived for anyone - people's livelihoods and even lives are on the line.
The twists the plot takes are unpredictable and engrossing. The amount of research that went into scientific believability for time
travel and historical accuracy for 1598 England is clear. Every character stays true to their motivations and is attempting to do what they believe is best and right. Of course, this gets more complicated as motivations shift and characters' desires clash. At times even the reader is left torn as to what should be done. Just when you think you know where the story's going, Cidney surprises once again.
In short, this work is yet another modern masterpiece from the marvelous Cidney Swanson. Five out of five stars.
I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.