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After Cilmeri #9

Guardians of Time

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Christmas 1292. Time travel has meant many things to Meg, David, and Anna over the years. But regardless of the circumstances, it has always been about saving lives: their own, their family members', their friends'.

This time, it's a combination of all three.

Guardians of Time is the ninth novel in the After Cilmeri series.

375 pages, Kindle Edition

First published May 19, 2015

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Sarah Woodbury

107 books638 followers
With over a million books sold to date, Sarah Woodbury is the author of more than forty novels, all set in medieval Wales. Although an anthropologist by training, and then a full-time homeschooling mom for twenty years, she began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded that she let them out. While her ancestry is Welsh, she only visited Wales for the first time at university. She has been in love with the country, language, and people ever since. She even convinced her husband to give all four of their children Welsh names.

Sarah is a member of the Historical Authors Fiction Cooperative (HFAC), the Historical Novel Society, and Novelists, Inc. (NINC).

She makes her home in Oregon.

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29 reviews
June 15, 2015
I enjoy this series. The characters are likable and easy to connect with. They are just fun, easy reads. This one was good and not easily predictable.
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1,056 reviews12 followers
November 15, 2019

None of the follow up books in this series quite reach the standard of the first couple but they are always well written and well researched. In this book David decides that the bus load of people who travelled back in time with him by accident should be returned to the 21st century. He finds that his whole family, with the exception of his wife, decide to go with him! He decides to go on Christmas Eve since they’ll more likely not be noticed but, as with most things, fate has another outcome planned.
A very pleasant read but not very exciting.
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1,603 reviews24 followers
August 20, 2017
This series has held my interest since I read the first book. I love following this family thru their trials and tragedies. Not only in modern times but in medieval times as well. I love that they decided to attempt to return the 21st century people that didn't want to stay. I also love that they always meet & accept new people into their diverse little group. I can't wait to read the next book!
67 reviews
February 21, 2020
40 to go

The people who got trapped in the Middle Ages get to go home. Meg is faced with possible cancer. Lee, the terrorist, surfaces again. Meg's sister and family have a chance to reunite. New baby for the family.
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439 reviews16 followers
September 6, 2017
One of the best in this series.

The first line is so awesome and I about went this is what I've been thinking for a while. It was about time the bus load of people went back to the future and it was done well.

I liked the new pov characters but I wish Bridget had been introduced in an earlier book so her pov and importance didn't come out of nowhere. I am a huge fan of foreshadowing and while there is some here, the author needs to do a better job of Chekhovs gunning characters. It was a problem in the last book too.

The combo of mystery in the past with everything going on in the future was a fun mix and I devoured this book. It was nice to get less info dump and more integrated historical information. You have a historian, a political science grad, an archeologist, and even a few history buffs as characters... Use them!

I was a little surprised about a graphically described birth scene in a series I thought was targeted at young adults. It's enough of a jar that for those people for whom childbirth is a trigger, and I know several, should be aware.

All told, I really liked the plot advancement and the overall book.
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156 reviews
January 14, 2020
I love this whole series. I've read the first 3 books in the series and am waiting for the 4th book to be reduced in price so that I can buy it. #9 was a great book and let me know what was to come. Can't wait to fill in the blanks with 4 through 8!
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300 reviews
November 15, 2020
I prefer this parts of these books that are set in medieval times over the present times. This one spent too much time in the present.
254 reviews1 follower
December 16, 2020
Loved it

Another great read from this author. Loving the series. Should definitely make a TV series from this series. Be bigger than you think. A medieval TV series!!
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32 reviews
December 18, 2020
Cute. Story with Time travel going forward and not backwards.
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July 31, 2021
Good read hbhhhbhbhbhbh bhaivg Bhai nj

K design every single day really upset that the Arthur and really want to come we recommend the event is even worse than
24 reviews
February 14, 2022

This.book was great, as great as the other ten..now to move on to number eleven...and twelve.....I already bought them....always/p griffith
1,419 reviews10 followers
February 12, 2023
3.5 stars. OK, but I thought the story wasn't as interesting as those in previous books in the series.
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13 reviews
April 14, 2018
I just recently started reading the After Cilmeri Series and I LOVE everything about it. I read all 12 books in 2 weeks and can't wait for the next one to arrive on my kindle next month.
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1,042 reviews42 followers
May 25, 2015
I suppose this book could be read as a stand alone story; however, the full richness of the tale is best reached if the entire series is read in sequential order. One of the aspects I like about this Time Travel series is that the characters travel between alternate universes and, thus, do not impact the world they are originally from by their actions that change the world they travel to. That license permits them affect some very interesting changes indeed. I do really like this After Cilmeri Series by Sarah Woodbury but I've got one sort of pet peeve against it and that is the underlying belief held by the American characters in the egocentric superiority of their "American Ideals."
270 reviews1 follower
May 27, 2015
Just ok

I am getting pretty bored with this series. I feel like the same thing keeps happening over and over. There are no surprises, suspense or drama. Everything works out well for David and his crew and it is more and more tiring. I would love some drama or the loss of a character. I don't mean to be morbid but I think it is more realistic for the time period and would help David grow. Not just a secondary character, but someone like Lili.

I am not sure I will continue this series as I am expecting book 10 to be similar to this book. You go to the future, they are tracked and running from the law, and they go back. Rinse and repeat.
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16 reviews3 followers
November 9, 2015
I love this series!

Historical fiction never used to be my favorite genre, but now I can't get away from it. Sarah writes her books so well that you get hooked within the first page. You almost need to pace yourself slow so you don't have to wait for the next book in the series to come out so it's not agonizing waiting to see the next adventure. What's even better is she adds true historical events and she has been to the places she writes about. I'm in love with all of her series!
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462 reviews
April 30, 2022
Meg has a lump in her breast, in addition, a child who came through on the bus has leukemia. David is taking the bus travelers back to the 21st Century. Going with him, in addition to his mother, are his father, the King of Wales, Callum, Cassie, Anna, Math, and Mark. They’re going on Christmas Eve with the idea that no one will notice their arrival. What happens when they arrive and who they meet makes for a great story, not to mention what’s going on in Medieval Wales and England in their absence.
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260 reviews
June 7, 2015
I enjoy "The After Cilmari Series". Too much time in the latest book, "Guardians of Time", was spent on character development. There are too many character dialogues and too few action scenes. The final scene ends abruptly. Resolution of interesting possibilities, such as the 21st Century medical, technical, and electronic equipment brought back to the 13th Century, should have an influence on centuries of history, or an answer to why nothing changed.
25 reviews1 follower
January 29, 2017
Great Read!

Sarah Woodbury has a wonderful gift of writing. The people come alive as though you know them personally. If medieval and or time travel is of interest to you, then this series is for you. However, where ever your interests lie you may well enjoy this series. It's fun...
6 reviews
June 3, 2015

I love this series, I can't wait till you write the next one. I want to here more on Anna's son Cardiff,is he going to be a time traveler too?
250 reviews2 followers
May 22, 2015
As exciting as the rest.

I love reading about King David and his travels through time. This adventure is as wonderful as the rest of the series.
Sarah Woodbury has done it again.
147 reviews2 followers
May 24, 2015
Read it the first day out! Awesome! Won't spoil it for others, so just say it is soo worth reading!!!! Sarah Woodbury delivers yet again!!
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35 reviews
July 12, 2019
I couldn't get anything else done until I finished the book! (And this was my second time through!)
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545 reviews11 followers
May 14, 2023
Guardians of Time
After Cilmeri series, Book 9
Sarah Woodbury, author

Another good story in the life of King David and his family and friends. I highly recommend this book.
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