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The Branches of Time

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A shower of splinters exterminates the people of the island of Turios. Only Bashinoir, badly wounded, his wife Lil and the Priestess Miril survive. They would like to give a worthy burial to their loved ones, but the corpses have disappeared. Their only hope of salvation lies in the magical protection of the Temple. But they must cope with dark threats. A shadow haunts the ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published June 13th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 21st 2014)
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Evgeny
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An entire population of an island is wiped out by a stone shower. There are only three survivors: a husband and a wife couple and a priestess of the local temple. The priestess is the last remaining person in charge of sustaining of a containment barrier which prevents a hostile nation from any kind of seafaring, thus she must ensure the barrier holds no matter what. The nation is question on the other hand will do anything in its power and beyond to remove it.

I rarely read books from new author
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Christoph Fischer
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action
"The Branches of Time" by Luca Rossi was a wonderful surprise for me. Reluctant to follow the author from his amazing and inventive science fiction works to more traditional fantasy fare I found myself unexpectedly immersed in his beautiful and mysterious world creations of Turios and Isk.
Rossi once again comes up trump with his signature style full of effortless elegance and poetic esprit.
Whether dark, light-hearted, sexy, mystic or magical, the writing flows easily and takes you smoothly throu
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Hunter Jones
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Il tempo potrebbe non essere come ce lo immaginiamo, bensì un groviglio di strade e direzioni diverse, che si sovrappongono, si elidono, combattono le une contro le altre. A spiegarcelo è Luca Rossi, in questa deliziosa avventura fantasy. Il tempo compare nelle sue molteplici forme. È sempre presente ed è la chiave per la spiegazione di molti enigmi. Ci troviamo di fronte alla scomparsa di cadaveri, a terribili vendette perpetrate in modi alquanto inusuali, a sviluppi inaspettati, ad amori impos ...more
Lorraine Carey
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Imagine it is the end of your world and you are left to fend for yourself with only your wife and a high priestess. Branches of Time is a most unique story of magic, love, lust, greed and friendship. Talented author Lucca Rossi spins this tale of those left behind in a world so far away and yet so close. These three souls try to find the meaning of what happened on that fateful day when evil arrived and destroyed their land and all their people. How and what they will evolve into will shock you. ...more
Boyko Ovcharov
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Immersive!

Undoubtedly, the plot of this book is something to look forward to. It is multidimensional, dynamic with lots of flashbacks, and yet quite systematic and easy to follow through with excitement, anticipation and deep understanding of the human soul, desires and aspirations.
More specifically, the skill of portraying a whole world or a universe predominantly via the lives of only 3 people, that is, a tiny community and its unusual interactions with the outside world, seemed astounding in
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Manuela Dicati
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E’ la prima opera di Luca Rossi che leggo e sinceramente non sapevo cosa aspettarmi. Lo stesso autore ha definito questo romanzo appartenente al genere fantascienza erotico. E devo ammetterlo, ero molto curiosa. Conosco la fama di questo scrittore e ho notato le molteplici recensioni positive ai suoi lavori, questo compreso, quindi non vedevo l’ora di toccare con mano e constatare di persona.
I Rami del Tempo è un romanzo abbastanza breve ma non per questo meno interessante o mancante in qualche
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Peri June
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
What was supposed to be a joyous occasion turns into a horrific day when an entire island is killed save for three survivors.

From the very first scene I was hit with the intensity of this world--grisly deaths tend to do that, you know?
The mystery of the magic kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was the reason for this atrocity. Was vengeance really worth all theses lives? There were plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing and anxious to find out the truth.

Filled with vivid im
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Lilian Roberts
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book that I read by Luca Rossi and I loved it just as much as I did Galactic Energies. The author is very talented and the story quite great. Luca is a master in providing twists and turns in his books that keep you glued to the pages.

This book starts at a wonderful wedding that was taking place on the island of Turios. Next thing you know a huge catastrophic and devastating disaster destroys the place and kills the people on the island but for a priestess Miril, Bashinoir an
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Regina Puckett
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another Time & Place

The Branches of Time
Luca Rossi

The intense action on page one drew me in and the wonderful characters wouldn’t let me go. The Branches of Time is a roller-coaster of a ride.

The use of magic sets off a series of events that no one could have predicted. Do you believe in time travel? If you don’t before you begin reading The Branches of Time, you will afterwards.

Mr. Rossi does a wonderful job of creating a new world and its people. Not every author is talented enough to de
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John Dolan
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
During my misspent youth (when the Earth was young), I used to read a lot of fantasy novels. My hero of the sword/pen was Michael Moorcock, who with a few well-structured, poetic sentences could create new worlds and fire up the imagination of his loyal fans. This was in stark contrast to the 'epic' works of a certain J.R. Tolkein, whose plodding, endless descriptions almost put me off the genre permanently.

Recently, I have gone back to reading dystopian and fantasy tales in the hope of reigniti
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Emily Hunter
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I rami del tempo... un fantasy che ti lascia senza respiro!

Ancora una volta Luca Rossi ci trasporta in un viaggio senza tempo a cavallo di due mondi paralleli, riuscendo come sempre a giocare con le parole e creando una miscellanea di forti emozioni che t'imprigiona tra le pagine del suo libro... libro che non vorresti finisse mai. Ti leghi ai suoi personaggi, assorbi tutto quello che li circonda fino a fare "tua" ogni azione, ogni sensazione mai scontata, mai deludente.
Tutta la storia è vissuta
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Michael Gallagher
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Power of a New Umberto Eco of Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction

Rarely since reading Ursula K. Leguin in my adolescence, has a writer created such a believable new world for me. Were the story longer I might be tempted to compare Rossi’s world building to that of Umberto Eco’s “In the Name of a Rose”.
Great writing communicates realistic mood and the flow of the prose cements the characters to their place in the world the author builds. Luca Rossi’s haunting new book, “The Branches of Time”,
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Gale Stanley
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Branches of Time hooked me with its unique plot and many unexpected twists and turns. The story begins with a wedding on the island of Turios. Suddenly, a shower of lethal splinters turns the peaceful scene into chaos. Only three people survive. Even the bodies disappear. What caused this catastrophe? A meteorite? Aliens? Or some higher force? The combination of time-twisting fantasy, scifi, and erotica provides a page-turning read. Rossi's writing reminds me of Philip K. Dick, one of my fav ...more
Eric J. Gates
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Those familiar with Luca Rossi’s previous book, the collection of short stories ‘Galactic Energies’, will not be disappointed with this, his first full-length novel. ‘The Branches of Time’ takes the reader on an intricate journey using Rossi’s genre-busting mix of fantasy, science fiction and erotic overtones in a tale that will entertain as it challenges our perception of time. The premise is original and is handled with mastery: the effect on a small isolated group of people of changes made to ...more
Diletta Brizzi
May 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recensione http://atelierdiunalettricecompulsiva...

Il romanzo è ambientato nell'isola di Turios e nel regno di Beanor in un periodo storico che l'autore non ha definito ma dalle descrizioni degli abiti si capisce che l'epoca è abbastanza antica fermo restando che il libro può rientrare nella categoria anche "epica" stile Il signore degli anelli.
Nonostante si tratti di un fantasy, i luoghi sono verosimili e ben descritti.
I personaggi sono caratterizzati secondo le specifiche del loro gruppo di ap
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Angel Sefer
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating, fast-paced, and well-written tale seasoned with hot erotic scenes!

“The Branches of Time” is a masterful blend of adult fantasy and science fiction. It has a very intriguing and original plot with lots of unpredictable twists and turns, as well as captivating characters. Before I knew it, I was drawn into this new world the author created, full of wizards, priestesses, time-travel, and magic…

This is the first novel in this genre that literally kept me glued to the pages and is defi
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erigibbi
Apr 11, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Allora, la copertina non mi fa impazzire semplicemente perché, mi rendo conto, che i volti di donne ben truccate, talmente tanto ben truccate, talmente tanto perfette, mi sembrano così tanto modificate con Photoshop che mi fanno un certo che (le ripetizioni sono volute!). Il titolo invece mi piace; si adatta bene alla storia che ci viene narrata, e ho apprezzato il fatto che non ci venga spiegato subito cosa sono questi rami del tempo, a cosa servono ecc. La trama, che ho letto ora, perché sapet ...more
Germano Dalcielo
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nonostante non legga fantasy - non essendo il mio genere - ho voluto dare una chance a questo primo romanzo di Luca Rossi, complice la positiva esperienza avuta due anni fa coi racconti Energie della Galassia dello stesso autore.
L'incipit è indubbiamente intrigante e contribuisce a tenere il lettore incollato al libro per sapere chi ha scatenato quella furia della Natura, che in realtà di naturale non ha nulla: solo la mano dell'uomo (e di un uomo con un potere fuori dal comune) può aver stermin
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Alan Hardy
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating story, original and gripping, full of incident and unexpected shifts and twists. The stunning beginning of the story takes place on the island of Turios where the inhabitants are attending a wedding. The tranquil scene is devastated by a catastrophe from the heavens, a shower of lethal shards of piercing stones which wipes out the inhabitants, save for Miril, the priestess, and husband and wife, Bashinoir and Lil. Then the mass of cadavers spread out around the temple begin ...more
S.R. Mallery
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
AN ENGROSSING TALE

Never one for stories set in distance lands or paranormal/fantasy time travel, imagine my surprise when I started reading the first couple of pages of Luca Rossi’s “THE BRANCHES OF TIME” and got hooked.

Filled with vivid descriptions, rivalries, black magic, astral projections, sacrifice, pure evil, duplicity, time travel lessons, mindreading, and sex, this book kept me turning one page after another. The more I read, the more I felt the characters were archetypal––the Evil King
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Miriam Rizzo
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Al contrario di Energie dalla galassia qui abbiamo un vero e proprio romanzo. Potremo “dividerlo” in due parti.
Nella prima abbiamo come protagonisti Bashinoir, sua moglie Lil e la sacerdotessa Miril. Sono gli unici sopravvissuti allo sterminio (causato da forze maligne) della gente che viveva con loro nell’isola.
A peggiorare le cose il fatto che, tutti i corpi dei cadaveri, sono misteriosamente scomparsi nel nulla. Cosa significherà?
Per distruggere il mago Aldin, Mirill comincia a istruire Lil,
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R.E. Weber
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Although I'm not a huge fantasy fan (sci-fi being more my thing) I thought I would give this a try as I enjoyed Luca's previous book, Galactic energies. It took a little while to hook me in and get to grip with the characters, but once I had, I couldn't put it down. The writing is first rate, the scene descriptions are highly evocative and descriptive (without being over wordy), and the characters are intriguing and three dimensional. It has shades of 'Game of Thrones' in its adult content, howe ...more
Shane O'Neill
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think I can safely say this is a novel quite unlike anything else I have ever read. A mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, and erotica set around a catastrophic incident that opens the story and the resulting mystery. Rossi throws in a series of twists and turns and pushes the limits as the sci-fi genre allows you to. I have no doubt this book is going to be a major success in time, and the author with it.
Elias Zapple
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I do enjoy my sci-fi and especially when it comes to time travelling and Luca Rossi's The Branches of Time is just my cup of tea. It's highly-developed with good pacing and many twists - some elements remind me of the Greek Mythologies too. There's also an ample amount of naughtiness. Looking forward to his other books.
Stevie Turner
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A well-thought out Sci-fi novel with some convoluted twists, some erotica, and an exciting ending. Well done Mr Rossi!
Silvia Stefani
Mi è piaciuto molto energie della galassia e ho altrettanto amato l'idea de "I rami del tempo".
L'idea di base si capisce però molto avanti con la storia, infatti per la maggior parte del tempo (rimanendo in tema) rimane quest'aura di mistero intorno alle vicende.
La storia si sviluppa su due filoni comunque collegati.
Da una parte abbiamo Bashinoir, sua moglie Lil e la sacerdotessa Miril: gli unici sopravvissuti a un cataclisma che ha sterminato il loro popolo. Che sia stato solo opera della natur
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Mario Pacchiarotti
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Partiamo dal suo difetto maggiore? Ma sì dai così ce lo leviamo e non se ne parla più. Molto semplice, è uno di quei libri che non finiscono, perché parte di una storia molto più lunga che probabilmente si dipanerà in un minimo di tre puntate. Questo significa che arrivati alla parola fine rimarrete con la curiosità di sapere come va a finire. Terribile no?

Per fortuna il secondo capitolo sta per arrivare e non dubito che gli altri o l'altro, seguiranno a ruota. Questo approccio con il rilascio
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Roberta Franklin
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
On a faraway island in a different time, all the inhabitants have gathered for a wedding – but a lethal rain of shards kills them all, except for a young couple whom the priestess takes to the temple for shelter. She knows what happened and why, but she hardly dares to tell Lil and Bashinoir anything about it; it has got to do with a kingdom across the sea, an ancient curse and a barrier that keeps the inhabitants of the kingdom from travelling unless all the people on the little island of Turio ...more
Elisabetta Parravicini
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elisabetta by: Luca Rossi
Un testo che non fa parte del mio genere di letture ma che ho scelto di leggere per curiosità in seguito a un 'incrocio' virtuale con l'autore.
Un fantasy erotico avvincente dove molti sono gli aspetti che si incrociano e si intercalano l'un l'altro nei vari capitoli con salti quantici e viaggi astrali fra luoghi del presente e memorie del passato per restituire un senso al proprio passato e all'esistere presente e futuro.
Dettagliato pur nel suo essere conciso e breve con un finale aperto dove i
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Jana Petken
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Turios, a beautiful island is shattered when shards fall from the sky. Wow, that got me interested right from the very beginning. I loved this book for so many reasons. First of all, the time travel and characters met was inspired storytelling. The writing was skilful, never losing the plot, literally. I loved the sorcerers, high priestess and way in which the story just weaved all these brilliant protagonists together.

I believe there is a follow up to this story. I certainly hope so. Sex, time
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