Shatter War by Shatter War (Time Shards #2) by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald

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Blurb:

Time shatters into shards of the past, present, and future. A group of survivors dodge threats from across history to locate the source and repair the damage before it’s too late.

WAR ACROSS THE TIMESCAPE

Earth’s past, present, and future have shattered in “the Event,” yielding a terrifying new world of prehistoric monsters, lost cultures, strange technologies, and displaced armies. Coming from different points throughout history, a desperate band of survivors join “Merlin,” a mysterious figure who may be their only hope to save the world–if he can be trusted.

When their twenty-third-century ship the Vanuatu is sabotaged by an unknown enemy and thrown far off its course, the team must discover who is responsible, even as they are split apart and fight to survive in the war-torn Shard world…

My Review:

Thank you to the wonderful Sarah Mather and Titan Books for sending me this great book.

Warning: Contains little spoliers.

This book is why need more sci-fi dealing with Ancient People interacting with other different people from different timelines. This book is the British version of 1636 only it has Merlin in it. This is such a great book, and I love the interpretation of Ancient People when they come to face to face with modern people. It is very rarely done. For another scene in a book, they should be introduced to social media. I wonder how they would deal with it.

At first I thought, what new perspective can they bring with Merlin? The answer is…so much. There is so much history interacting with each other on a SCALE that you will NEVER GET TO SEE. I WANT THIS SEQUEL NOW! That is how brilliant this book is.

I love the perspective of the Ancients interpreting this divine fate of fortune – I am a history buff, and I’ve enjoyed watching movies like the Mummy/Scorpion King and this very much contains an element of this.

I had read the Alexander’s Inheritance by Eric Flint which is what I would compare too….Cam and Kah-tep are my favorite characters. Why do I compare this to Alexander Inheritance? Because that involved a 21st century cruiser being stuck in Ptolemaic Times. Here, you get such a great diversity of cultures interacting with each other, it is just freakin’ aweosme.

I wish more authors would make use of the time travelling and instead of modern people from the 21st century travelling, why not have a Roman Legion interact with French Napoleonic soliders? Heck this was such an amazing book.

I loved one of the scenes where the French soliders sing the national anthem and the Egyptians sing along with them with their musical instruments.

I am saddened now that this is the first, even with 500 pages it feels like I’ve barely scratched the surface.

And the reason why I say this, is because this is what I want to see in sci-fi and fantasy and time travel. We talk about the Ancients so much that they seem distant, but thanks to Creative Assembly and Ubisoft (video game developers) with their world famous IP franchises such as Total War and Assassin’s Creed, we can see history being bought alive. But we never see much alternate history or time rifts, and I def want to see the effects this has on the Far East and India for that matter.

This book is why need more sci-fi dealing with Ancient People interacting with other different people from different timelines. This book is the British version of 1636 only it has Merlin in it. This is such a great book, and I love the interpretation of Ancient People when they come to face to face with modern people. It is very rarely done. For another scene in a book, they should be introduced to social media. I wonder how they would deal with it.

At first, I thought, what new perspective can they bring with Merlin? The answer is…so much. There is so much history interacting with each other on a SCALE that you will NEVER GET TO SEE. I WANT THIS SEQUEL NOW! That is how brilliant this book is.

I love the perspective of the Ancients interpreting this divine fate of fortune – I am a history buff, and I’ve enjoyed watching movies like the Mummy/Scorpion King and this very much contains an element of this.

I had read Alexander’s Inheritance by Eric Flint which is what I would compare too….Cam and Kah-tep are my favorite characters. Why do I compare this to Alexander Inheritance? Because that involved a 21st-century cruiser being stuck in Ptolemaic Times. Here, you get such a great diversity of cultures interacting with each other, it is just freakin’ awesome.

I wish more authors would make use of the time traveling and instead of modern people from the 21st-century traveling, why not have a Roman Legion interact with French Napoleonic soldiers? Heck, this was such an amazing book.

I loved one of the scenes where the French soldiers sing the national anthem and the Egyptians sing along with them with their musical instruments.

I am saddened now that this is the first, even with 500 pages it feels like I’ve barely scratched the surface.

And the reason why I say this is because this is what I want to see in sci-fi and fantasy and time travel. We talk about the Ancients so much that they seem distant, but thanks to Creative Assembly and Ubisoft (video game developers) with their world-famous IP franchises such as Total War and Assassin’s Creed, we can see history being bought alive. But we never see much alternate history or time rifts, and I def want to see the effects this has on the Far East and India for that matter.

That being said, the writing was great. The prose was great. The research was fantastic. That being also said, there were times where I felt the authors were constrained in how many POVs of history that they wished to present. The characters are good, but this feels more like a set up of a great series ahead. Cem was my favorite. Vivid descriptions, everything about this is great. I think this could be sorted out in the sequel. But it is rare we get great fiction in an alternate history setting with a time rift and the one I know of now is Eric Flint and his 1636 series. Fantastic book, loved it, giving it a solid 5/5 and I want the sequel now.

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