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.
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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."
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.
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!
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.
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.
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...