THE ART OF STEALING TIME (Traveller #2) by Katie MacAlister-a review
ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date September 3, 2013
Experts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts…
Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws from teaching magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping of a mortal woman, Gwen figures the only place to hide them all is in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife…
But Gregory Faa—a member of the Watch—is hot on their heels. A Traveller who has stolen time, he’s eager to prove himself worthy of the Watch, only he has a past with the dark-eyed Welsh beauty he’s been charged with bringing to justice. He’s tempted to just let Gwen disappear into Anwyn, until he realizes that she’s being pursued by a squad of goons and death’s minions.
Gwen is used to taking care of her moms and herself, so she can’t give in to her heart’s demand to trust Gregory, despite the fact that he’s as handsome as the day is long—and the days in Anwyn can last centuries…
REVIEW: THE ART OF STEALING TIME is the second full length novel in Katie MacAlister’s Traveller series. Travellers are supernatural beings who ‘steal’ time from other supernaturals or humans in an attempt to turn back the clock to change what has happened or prevent a tragedy from occurring. This is Gwen and Gregory’s storyline: Gwen is the daughter of two wiccans (two moms) and Gregory Faa is a traveller but unlike the first storyline, there is very little ‘stealing of time’ and most of the storyline takes place in an alternate dimension.
The focus of this particular story looks at Gregory’s latest assignment with the Watch-a body of supernatural police who seek out the paranormal beings who have purposely outed themselves to humans or in the case of Gregory’s latest charge-have sold magic to humans. But what Gregory will find is that not everyone is who she appears to be.
Gwen knows that her mothers have some issues as it concerns the use of magic. But Gwen also knows that someone is after her mothers and she allows herself to be pulled into their games and otherworldly dimensions. And it is there in Anwyn (or Summerland aka the afterlife) that Gwen and Gregory will encounter a world of knights and warriors, castles and soldiers, princes and magic, games and competitions. It is in Anwyn where most of the storyline takes place and plenty of humor, interaction with the otherworld beings and falling in love with the person who controls your heart.
Once again, Katie MacAlister writes with plenty of humor, one-liners and innuendo that will have you chuckling at the antics of those on the run for their lives or just trying to survive in an alternate dimension. The story is told from two distinct POVs- Gwen and Gregory-as the reader is privy to the thoughts and internal dialogue of two people playing a game of cat and mouse that becomes something much more. The relationship between G&G continues to build and of course, Gregory knows that Gwen is the one, when sparks literally fly whenever they touch skin to skin.
Copy supplied by the Berkley/NAL through Netgalley.
Reviewed by Sandy