Mourning and Celebrating the Undays

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The Undays of Aralias Lyons
by K.L. Horvath

First all thanks to Nicole over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction for bringing this novel to my attention. And two, thanks to K.L. Horvath for writing such an enchanting time travel novel and getting me out of a book slump. (And now I’m on a time travel kick.)

The Undays of Aralias Lyons grabbed my attention right away. I’m not sure what fascinates me about time travel novels, but when they are done well, as this one is, I’m sucked in and can’t stop talking about them for months.

I was immediately drawn to the two main characters, Aralias Lyons and Clara Heartwell. Aralias reminds me of Sherlock Holmes, a man very sure of himself and his place in the world. But a woman, who is just as sure of herself and her place in the world, throws him for a loop. Similar to how Holmes is intrigued by Irene Adler. Aralias’s and Clara’s witty banter and arguments made their relationship genuine. And the minute you figure out what “the Undays” are your heart breaks a little for them.

As a lover of time travel novels, I’m always keen regarding how different authors approach the science of time travel. Can you change history? What happens if you run into another version of yourself? Is time travel genetic or does it require some special tool (or both)? Horvath’s novel gets a little weedy and I got a bit lost trying to keep track of the different versions because there are no problems with encountering past versions of yourself. But the encounters are brief and necessary to the plot based on the rules of the Travelers in Horvath’s universe. So disorientation, which must be as similar as encountering another version of yourself, is limited.

As the story started to wrap up, I got a little sad. I had grown to love Clara and Aralias. I didn’t want the story to end. I felt like I was part of their world, their story, their love, their battle against Bliss. I certainly didn’t want it to end. (It’s probably one of the many reasons I jumped right into another time travel novel so quickly when I was done).

This novel was a happy discovery. The characters are intriguing and real. The time travel plot adds a few twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. I would definitely recommend this novel if you are looking for a compelling time travel novel with a genuine love story on the side.


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Mourning and Celebrating the Undays

The Undays of Aralias Lyons

Author: K.L. Horvath
Published on: December 9, 2015
Pages: 334
Genres: time travel, action & adventure, romance, science fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up


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About K.L. Horvath

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K.L. Horvath is a fantasy author, whose books are filled with a sense of wonderment, magical realism and a good dash of humor. Born in a small town in Ohio where corn grew like wildfire and horses were her neighbors she developed a deep love of nature and art. K.L. Horvath’s writing style entails vivid descriptions and lush imagery. She is happily married and lives with her two ridiculously adorable cats while writing about the strange twists of thought that lead her to marvel at the world and inspire her next adventures.



8 responses to “Mourning and Celebrating the Undays

  1. Omg that cover is AMAZING. *shrieks* I love it! And the Sherlocky vibe just catches my attention sooo fast. I’m a little nervous about time travel though. XD I’ve only ever read 2 time travel books; loved one, hated the other, hehe. SO NOW I’M TORN ABOUT THE GENRE. Anyway, definitely going to go Goodreads this one because you said Sheeeeerlock and I’m a sucker for that. :’)

    • You definitely need to check this one out, Cait. It’s actually going to be a bit of series…not about Aralias, but just featuring quirky characters. I hope you enjoy it!


  2. This is one I hadn’t heard of before, but I also really enjoy time travel books so I’ll have to add it. I think this may be the first one I’ve heard of where encountering past versions of yourself is no problem at all, so that intrigues me. And it’s always a good sign when you’re sad that a book is ending – that means it’s a good one! I don’t think I could write a time travel novel – I think they’re one of the hardest to write. I think my question for Horvath (and anyone who’s done it successfully!) would be, how do you make those time transitions smooth for the reader and not jolting?

    Great review Terri!

    • It’s Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction’s fault, Berls. She featured KL recently and then I just HAD to read this book. It is fantastic.

      (I’ve sent K.L. a tweet letting her know you asked a question about time travel novels.)

      • K.L.Horvath

        Dear Berls,

        It was a bit tricky, but I first created the Traveler’s rules then made certain my characters followed them. I had to go through a few drafts. It also was helpful and interesting that you experience the time traveling through Aralias’ own experience as you follow him throughout the entire novel.

        Best Regards,

        K.L. Horvath