The Time Roads
Written by: Beth Bernobich
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Genre: Steampunk | Science Fiction
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A fantastical nineteenth century alternate historical steampunk romp from Beth Bernobich, the critically acclaimed author of the River of Souls trilogy.
Éire is one of the most powerful empires in the world. The Anglian Dependencies are a dusty backwater filled with resentful colonial subjects, Europe is a disjointed mess, and many look to Éire for stability and peace. In a series of braided stories, Beth Bernobich has created a tale about the brilliant Éireann scientists who have already bent the laws of nature for Man's benefit. And who now are striving to conquer the nature of time.
The Golden Octopus: Áine Lasairíona Devereaux, the young Queen of Éire, balances Court politics while pursing the Crown's goals of furthering scientific discovery. When those discoveries lead to the death and madness of those she loves, Áine must choose between her heart and her duty to her kingdom.
A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange: Síomón Madóc is desperately trying to discover who is killing the brightest of Éire's mathematicians. The key to saving lives lies in the future...and Síomón must figure out a way to get there.
Ars Memoriae: Éireann spymaster Aidrean Ó Deághaidh goes to the kingdom of Montenegro to investigate rumors of great unrest. But Ó Deághaidh is tormented by visions of a different timeline and suspects that someone in his own government is playing a double game….
The Time Roads: Éire stands on the brink of the modern age, but old troubles still plague the kingdom. An encounter with a mysterious stranger near death holds the clue to both the past and the future of the nation.
The Time Roads by Beth Bernobic
This steampunk story, The Time Roads, is nothing like anything I've ever read before.
The story is not a causal read, it is a highly complex tale that covers multiple stories of time road travel and an alternate world based in historic Ireland.
Scientist found that using prime numbers they can access “time roads”, bring the ability to travel between alternate realities.
With all the traveling between realities, I found myself somewhat confused and a bit overwhelmed. The concept was strong and extremely intriguing but it left a lot of questions.
I enjoyed this story. I wanted to understand more and found the different realities is what held my attention. I give this story 3.5 stars. If you are looking for a totally new concept with a steampunk flare, check out The Time Roads.
I received this ARC copy of The Time Roads from Macmillan-Tor/Forge in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 14, 2014.