by Bracken, Alexandra

When a violin prodigy who has lost everything wakes up on a ship in another time period, a man who wants to escape a life of servitude is forced to confront his past while keeping his former captors from claiming a stolen object of untold value. Simultaneous eBook. 125,000 first printing.

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Passenger series and The Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that's perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.

Violin prodigy Etta has sacrificed a lot for her music, including most of her personal life. Her New York City soloist debut is fast approaching, though, and it makes everything seem worth it. But just as she's on the brink of success, Etta finds herself floored by a tragedy that reveals her as one of the Ironwoods, an ancient, feuding family of time travelers, who need Etta to find a mysterious object. Etta soon finds herself on a voyage accompanied by sailor Nicholas, an illegitimate, unaccepted member of the Ironwood family who wants nothing more than to escape their influence. Together, Etta and Nicholas skip through time on their search, dealing not only with heightened stakes from the Ironwoods but also the difficulties in the historical places they travel through-dark-skinned, biracial Nicholas is a target for vitriol in many periods. Though the pace occasionally drags, this time-traveling adventure is rich in detail, the slow-burning relationship between Etta and Nicholas will leave many readers breathless, and the startling cliff-hanger will reel them back for the next installment.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Bracken's Darkest Minds series was a best-seller, with a film adaption currently in the works; fans will be eager for another tense series from the same author. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

A dedicated violinist finds her life taking a different turn when she learns that she is a time traveler in this series opener. Etta is 17 and ready to make her musical debut near her home in New York City when she finds herself suddenly catapulted onto a sailing ship in 1776. With her is Sophia, a rival time traveler who explains that the ability runs in families. Etta soon learns that her mother has hidden, somewhere in time, a valuable and dangerous object that, in the wrong hands, could cause catastrophic damage to time. Sadly, Etta herself falls into the wrong hands but agrees to try to find the object, following clues her mother left through time. Fortunately, Nicholas, a biracial former slave, also has the ability, and he joins Etta—but is he working with her or against her? Never mind his motive, however, because the two eventually fall in love. Bracken keeps pages turning with her descriptions of the different destinations the couple explores, including 1940 Lo ndon and 1685 Angkor. Nicholas, a sailor who dreams of owning his own ship, speaks modern English perhaps too well, but his reactions to technology such as electricity and buses ring fairly true. The author places more focus on suspense than on romance, which she develops slowly. Already lengthy, the book ends with a cliffhanger and clearly more to come. Long but intriguing, and sometimes exciting—the payoff is in the future. (Fantasy. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus 2015 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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