Mark Twain wrote: In statesmanship get the formalities right, never mind about the moralities.
#5 in The Evaran Chronicles
Category: Science Fiction
Average Rating: 4.0
Thoughts can take on physical form. Dr. Albert Snowden and his niece, Emily, never thought they would be able to travel through space and time. Or out of the timeline. Or out of the universe. Or even out of the plane that houses universes. Yet that is where they find themselves while exploring the origin of Evaran, the mysterious being who rescued them from an alien abduction six months ago. Having to deal with the fact that they are part of a time loop that has not yet been fulfilled is one issue. Learning of another version of Evaran who needs their help in a parallel universe is an additional problem. Hampering their efforts along the way are the Time Wardens, a hideously intelligent race from the timeline void, who relentlessly hunt any time traveler. Evaran and crew, along with new allies, will try to help the other Evaran while dealing with the Time Wardens and other threats.
The science, if you can call it that, in this story is weak and highly suspect. They're in space, yet there's gravity. They're on alien worlds, yet there's breatheable air. And time is a mess. Sometimes a specific time (such as 9 AM) is given then qualified as "Earth time" with no mention of time zone. These are small distractions that pull the reader out of the story. But the biggest distraction for me is the constant (mis)use of the word "anyways" where "anyway" should be used.
This is a character-driven story with some very compelling characters. But after 5.5 novels, the adventures are becoming rather predictable.
Michael Pauley does an excellent job of voicing the characters, although some of his pronunciations are a little off. (e.g., It sounds like he's saying "eggknowledged" for "acknowledged.")
Ultimately, finding out what happens to the characters is enough to keep the reader interested in the story.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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