First off, let me get the full disclosure out of the way. I received a free copy of the book so I could review it.
Saying that I am very glad I did. I opened the book last night when I went to bed, expecting to read a chapter or two then go to sleep. At 1:35am I finally put my tablet down having read the whole thing from cover to afterword. This is a great book.
It reminds me of the books I used to love and read as a pre-teen and teenager that have stuck with me through the rest of my life (I still have most of them). The Labyrinth of Time is a keeper.
The book is detailed and yet fast paced and is complex and yet easy to follow. There is enough beautifully described and flawlessly introduced pre-Columbian, archaeological detail to make it real and buckets of fantasy to engage every fan of the genre. The plot kept me reading page after page even when I could barely see any more because my eyes wanted me to sleep.
The narrator character, Jade, is compelling and interesting as well as a very get up and go young lady. I really liked her. She starts off a disgruntled teen and evolves quickly into so much more. Then there are Grams and Felix and a host of supporting characters that are just as entertaining and well written. I think my favourite is One Reed, from the boy in the prologue to the man later on, he just jumped off the page at me.
I would heartily recommend this book. Definitely a 5 star read.
Author: T.W.Fendley (link to Amazon Author Page)
Blurb (From Amazon):
Spending spring break in Peru with her grandmother isn’t sixteen-year-old Jade’s idea of fun. She’d much rather be with her friends at Lake of the Ozarks. Then she meets Felix, a museum director’s son. Jade discovers only she and Felix can telepathically access messages left on engraved stones in the age of dinosaurs.
Following the ancient stones’ guidance, they enter the Labyrinth of Time and–with a shapeshifting dog’s help–seek a red crystal called the Firestone. But time is running out before the First Men return on the night of the second blue moon.
Can Jade restore the Firestone’s powers before the First Men return to judge humanity?
About the reviewer:
Natasha Duncan-Drake is an author with Wittegen Press and has been writing genre fiction full time since 2011.