“When one is immortal, one should keep a low profile.”
A new comedic romp through a magical tapestry maintained by Earth's Immortal women.
I received an advance review copy from publisher via NetGalley. A HUGE thank you to NetGalley & the publisher for this opportunity to read and review.
Very cool premise and adventure surrounding the Tapestry and the Immortal Guild charged to protect it. I loved the idea of it being a gateway between different periods of time. I wanted so much more of this. I loved meeting the few characters who come out of the Tapestry briefly. I had hoped to meet more of them after the Faire. I think there is a lot of fun potential for subsequent books, and I hope more is written with this series.
The pace of the book is fast, and I think it kept my interest high. It only took me a few days to read the book (1) because its a short novel but also (2) because I wanted to learn the mystery behind the Tapestry and Abbey's role. The scenes that brought the pace to a sputtering halt where the chapters in The Meadows. I felt they were not meaningful to the storyline.
The problem with this book is the fact that there is no character growth. I'm not a fan of any of the characters, most especially Lynn. She is crass, disrespects her patients, and has little fear violating HIPAA laws for cute guys and girlfriends. Plus all the patients in The Meadows feel like jokes created for their shock value. They're not funny. I'm not a fan of penis jokes, and there are too many for my taste. The other characters are very two dimensional. They are set in their ways and do not change after the adventure. The women of the Guild mostly yell at each other when they disagree and rarely find solutions together. The most interesting of the Guild was Livia, who was much more subtle in her ways. I liked her subdued yet powerful aura. I felt she showed the most depth. And I loved her Roman references, especially the "plebeian" name calling.
A thought I had after reading the story: I'm not sure why Abbey was Amelia Earhart. If she had to disappear, why wouldn't she disappear after her flight across the world? Break the record and then disappear for heaven's sake! That past life seemed a little contrived. However, I loved the Joan of Arc angle.
I loved all things in this book related to the Tapestry and the tasks of its Guardians. I appreciated the author gave Abbey a strong faith in God that was respectful in how it was written. I also enjoyed exploring Abbey's questions of what makes her who she is as a person even if she cannot remember her past. There are a lot of great elements of this story. However, there needed to be character development and a lot less "loony bin" caricatures. How interesting would Lynn's job had been if she was dealing with more vulnerable patients who weren't slapstick Jim-Carrey-esque-in-your-face all the time laugh because I whipped out my penis 1-dimensional people? The institution was very disrespectful in nature. Keep the story on the Guild, and the next book has got it made.
Just released December 2016: "The Forgotten" volume 2 "Heir of the Heretic"
Reviewed and awarded the
2016 Indie Editor's Choice
by the Historical Novel Society.
Long listed for the Historical Novel Society 2017 Indie Award.
Goodreads profile at: https://www.goodreads.com/JElse