Come with me today on a wonderful journey across space and time with The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross. Make sure you read right the way to the bottom for an amazing giveaway (UK only I’m afraid folks).
Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.
As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.
But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?
Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.
Paul Ian Cross certainly doesn’t mess about with the start of this book, as you are thrown straight into the action as Engella struggles to escape her would be captors. The Lights of Time is an adrenalin-filled race through time and space, with Engella’s travels spanning over 100 years (and beyond), and taking her to places as far apart as Skye and New Zealand.
Time travel books and films frequently baffle me, but in The Lights of Time, Paul Ian Cross explains the quirks (or indeed in this case quarks) simply and effectively, without blinding my extremely non-scientific brain with overly complicated facts and figures.
Throughout the book, I loved the descriptions of all the places that Engella visited. I particularly enjoyed reading about New Shanghai, and found that I could really picture what it looked like. The Yixing Forest sounded so beautiful, and it really felt like I was there with Engella. The little cottage on Skye felt so real and welcoming, that reading about it was like coming home. I have always wanted to visit Skye, and now that urge is stronger than ever.
Each of the characters is endearing in their own way, and the way their lives all intermingled was fascinating – this book must have taken some serious plotting to keep straight who had been where and when! I was intrigued by the Hunters, Tala and Lera, and wonder what made them into the people that they are. I do hope we get to find out more about them next time around.
It feels as though there is a lot still to discover about Engella’s life and the effects that her multiple shifts have on her. I look forward to seeing where her adventures take her next.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Paul Ian Cross is a multi-award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.
Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in science communication; presenting science to non-scientists. He enjoys his science career but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He likes introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest; allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!
Paul’s nephew Hayden influenced his decision to become a writer. He loved seeing Hayden’s reaction when his sister Michelle first read one of Paul’s stories to him!
In his spare time, Paul likes to visit new and exciting places. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye.
Paul’s debut picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, won second prize in the ‘Picture Books 5 and Younger’ category at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2017. The book trailer also won first place in the ‘book trailer’ category at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards later that year.
Paul’s second book, Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons, won an honourable mention in both the ‘Picture Books 6 and Over’ and ‘Health’ categories at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018.
And that brings us to now… Paul is currently working on several new books. Paul’s debut upper middle grade novel will be published in 2018. The Lights of Time is the first novel in a brand-new series: The Chronicles of Engella Rhys.
Paul hopes you enjoy reading his stories as much as he enjoyed writing them!
Win a Kindle HD Fire 7” and a signed copy of The Lights of Time (UK Only)
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Many thanks to Paul, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour, and for providing me with my copy of the book. Make sure you stop by the other blogs taking part in the tour.