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By:John Ellison, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Date:Monday 12 May 2003
Rating:   9

Its humble beginnings seem to mark the book as mediocre. But some picks up speed and rumbles to a resounding finish that is truly unforgetable.
Walters orchestrates a tale driven by characters. Like several of the previous authors, he manages to *really* find the voices of Anji, Fitz and the Doctor. He drops them into a world of vivid horror (only a twisted mind could create the Wildren) and their reactions form the foundation for the rest of the story.
It is also evident that Walters has done his homework, tossing in tidbits from the novel line continuity. What more could a fan ask for in a book? Well gut wrenching moral dilemma comes to mind and Walters delivers there as well. The slow start prevents my rating it a 10 but even then it will stay with me for a very long time...
A must read!

A mixed bag

By:Joe Ford, Eastbourne
Date:Friday 19 November 2004
Rating:   5

This book is extremely well written. However it is also extremely poorly written. The actual writing, how Nick Walters captures his locations and characters is very good but the plot is a convoluted mess that is unfortunately tied to the alternative universe arc and therefore not able to mean all that much.

It is a shame because Brunel makes a striking appearance, the Wildren are damn frightening creations and there is some tension between Fitz and the Doctor which is well worth following up on. But all these strengths are fighting the storyline which starts promisingly but gets tied up in knots during its second half and climaxes on a real "who gives a damn?" where it should (and could) have been truly shocking.

Plus there is some suggestions of a romance between Fitz and Anji which are completely unwelcome because the writers had managed to avoid such soap opera antics to this point.

Beware the Wildren!

By:Piers, Lancashire, UK
Date:Tuesday 26 April 2005
Rating:   9

This was another page turner for me, I don't know why this novel has been poorly rated by everyone else. The prologue was genuinely creepy, and really sets up the historical divergence well. What I enjoyed was how well thought out the plot was, if time was accelerated the outcome depicted here really seems plausible (the lack of animals, the demented Wildren). My one gripe would the fact that people in their 40s today struggle to conceive, so it takes a little bit of disbelief that the people of the early 19th century could repopulate so easily... It's also good to see how the chaos in the time vortex affects the regulars, and the guilt Malahyde suffers is quite touching.

Another mystery is set up here: who is Natasha? I can't wait to find out!

Nice hat...

By:Hatman, why ask?
Date:Wednesday 26 July 2006
Rating:   6

the sequel to the last book reviewed. what is a trilogy with two parts? a duology? a twology? a bilogy [the traveller will get that one] anyway, the book was ok. ish

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