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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.
The Quick Book Review
The Undays of Aralias LyonsAuthor: K.L. Horvath
Published on: December 9, 2015
Genres: time travel, action & adventure, romance, science fiction, adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.