Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Book Review: Hedgeland

Author: Ann Nyland
Title: Hedgeland
Publisher: Createspace
Publish Date: March 18, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: The Bookish Snob Promotions & the author
Book Blurb: Hedgeland, an urban fantasy of time travel. Dr April Neuland, a Professor of Ancient Languages turned non-fiction writer, has been plagued by dreams all her life, dreams of her past life in the Celtic Otherworld. Meanwhile, in a parallel dimension of April's past and Caridwen's future, Worthing, a Future History Professor, has allied with the Military to access Future Internet communications and use new technology to influence April to write an ebook novel revealing where she, in her past life as Caridwen, hid the Kiste, a device to travel through time and space. Hedgeland weaves all three time/space frames: Caridwen, Worthing and April. Hedgeland is the first in the Hedgecraft Sequence, but is a fully self contained novel with no cliff hangers.

Review: It took me a little while to get into this book. The book shifts dimensions with every chaper...from present day to her past life and then to a parrellel dimension. It is hard to keep track of where things are going on, but the book was an extremely entertaining read.

I loved a lot of the Doctor Who references in the parts with the parellel dimension...As a Who fangirl, it was fun to see David Tennant, Matt Smith and the Daleks mentioned as well as many of the companions from over the years. And if you are a fan of Who, this book will make a little more sense. the Kiste is basically the same thing as a TARDIS or at least it does much of the same thing, including the wibbly-wobbly timey-whimey stuff.

Ann's characters were well developed and considering this story had 3 sets of main characters, that's quite an acheivement, though Caridiwen and April are linked through Worthling.  Once I got the jist of how the story was being told, everything flowed really nicely for me. I loved how she tied everything together with April's novel, and how it kind of thwarted the plans of the the Military in the parellel dimension.

This is the first book in a new series, and I'm looking forward to seeing where things go from here.

Rating: 4 flowers


Melissa (Books R Us) said...

Very Nice Review

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