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A Shape on the Air

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Can love last for lifetimes?

Viv DuLac is a university professor, specialising in Anglo Saxon history. She lives with her partner Pete Adamson in a flat she loves, and is very happy with her life.

Then Pete comes home and tells her he’s leaving her for Viv’s good friend Gwyn and that he has leveraged the flat for his business, so she no longer has a home.

Viv’s world
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published July 28th 2017 by Endeavour Press
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Ashley Daviau
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun, quick read and I absolutely devoured it. Anything to do with any sort of time travel is sure to please me and this story was no different! I especially enjoyed how the time travel was done in this story, it was quite an interesting concept. I liked that it was short and sweet and didn’t drag on and on. It didn’t need to be any longer than it was, the story was captured perfectly despite its short length!
Joanna Lambert
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
After having read and reviewed the Drumbeats trilogy and S.C.A.R.S A Shape on the Air, Julia’s first published novel with Endeavour Press has moved her writing on to another level. A time slip novel set between present day and medieval times I found it an entertaining and interesting read.

Poor Viv DuLac, what a shock having her partner Pete return from a conference only to deliver such cruel news. Worse still, not only had he betrayed her with another woman, but that woman happens to be a close
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 -A Shape In the Air is a timeslip that tightly links a past storyline with the present. Dr. Viv DuLac is an academic who specializes in Anglo Saxon history. Her perfect world crumbles when her partner leaves her for her best friend but not before mortgaging everything they have without her knowledge to finance a failing venture. The stars are aligned for a shift and the fabric between the present world and the past is split pulling Viv into a Celtic-Romano world where she is the Lady ...more
Louise Child
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was ok

A time slip novel with a Mills and Boone romance . The original concept was okay but quickly got boring .I skipped big boring chunks .The usual miscommunication of " He's married," to "He's not married." This just made the novel ridiculous .
J.B (Debbie)
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Julia Ibbotson has been an author I have always enjoyed reading and this book has shown me the diversity of genres that she is able to turn her hand to. Having read her children's fantasy book S.C.A.R.S I did wonder if it would only be a matter of time before writing in this fantasy genre developed into something more for an adult readership from her usual romance /contemporary fiction I had read from her previously. Drumbeats being such an intriguing book for me. A Shape On The Air is proof ...more
Rachel (Rae)
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This storyhas a wonderful combination of having a mystery that needs solving, a time slip aspect and also an intriguing set of characters from both time periods. Both timelines work well within the story and the transition from one to the other was on the whole easy to understand and felt pretty natural. With the added mystery making agreatpuzzlethatI couldn't wait for it to be solved.

I haven't read many time slip stories however the ones that I have read have all been entertaining and the
Paul Bennett
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
An intriguing mystery awaits you, dear reader. Time slipping to the 5th century, parallel lives, a Dark Age village in Britain. The story drew me in as Viv, and her friends unravel the secrets of her strange experiences. Well written, characters you can believe, twists and surprises, and a lovely descriptive touch make this two era tale an excellent choice whether you like mysteries, or a bit of post-Roman British historical fiction. I highly recommend this.. 4 stars. ...more
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Shape on the Air was an amazing book to read. Every single page was filed with vivid detail that made me feel like I was experiencing the story alongside Viv DuLac . I was angry at Pete when he left her for another woman and left her without her home. The idea of Viv being able to experience the past after her emotional state opened the portal was simply amazing. The author did a wonderful job in keeping both the past and present realistic, while also blending them together into one amazing ...more
Jennifer Wilson
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the difficult things for me when reading timeslip novels is the movement between the past and present, but in A Shape On The Air these switches feel natural, and not contrived as they have in others. The characters are well-drawn in both time periods, with lovely details in the medieval period, which really capture the essence of the place and the people living there. As I’m still a few chapters away from the end as I type this, I won’t be spoiling anything for you, but I know I’ll fly ...more
Jena Henry
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Shape on the Air is a time travel romance with a fascinating plot and intriguing use of characters. In the book blurb, the author posits that “this is a novel that asks: is there still ‘magic’ in the world?”

I am not sure of the answer to the question of magic, as the book presents a plausible scientific explanation for the time travel. But there is plenty of magic between the characters, and certainly an other-worldly aspect.

Dr. Viv DuLac is a professor of medieval times, studying Beowulf
Penny Ingham
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“She heard the chime of the church clock in the village. Midnight. The hour of witches and ghosts. The hour of magic.” Thus begins a fast-paced, time-slip adventure. University lecturer Viv DuLac lives with her partner, Pete, in a flat she loves and is very happy with her life. But her perfect world collapses when Pete tells her he is leaving her for Viv’s best friend, and that he has leveraged the flat for his business. Utterly distraught, Viv takes a walk at midnight and falls into the local ...more
An absolutely captivating book.

This brilliant story is an absolutely enthralling blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction.

Drawn into the life of Vivianne Du Lac, history professor, the reader is almost immediately plunged into an intricate web of complications, challenges and unexpected developments that are woven together so that no strand of the story is independent of the others. The narrative is smooth and well-constructed, and Ibbotson's writing is excellent.

The characters
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I did not feel that the characters were stereotypical at all. Some people may wonder how the main character didn't see how scummy her ex was before he dumped her. I know personally and I have friends who know that sometimes you don't really know someone until it all falls apart. I did not feel that the back and forth between the two time periods to be confusing and it actually increased the suspense. I am a fairly quick reader and devoured this in less than 24
Amber Hawke
Dec 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Shape on Air was a very interesting book that kept me guessing as I was never really sure on how the book was going to end until I got to the very last page. When I finished the book my only regret is that there was not sequel ready for me to dig into. The characters were all great and I loved the transition between time periods and how the transitions began even if it did mean bad things for one of the main characters. Overall, this was a blast to read and I wish there were more books like ...more
Aug 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I dislike giving bad reviews, but sadly, this book didn't do it for me. I was so excited after reading the description that I ordered it from Amazon immediately. However, the writing was awkward and I could not like the main character at all. I donated this to my recycling bin.

Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trite “time slip” romance

The writing was passable and the afterword interesting but, oh my,was the plot was predictable and the characters generally too insipid.
Maureen D.  Hunter
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not enjoyable

Overly contrived plot. Not enough historical detail to be called historical fiction. I felt they the writing was shallow. Predictable outcome.
Kendra Helle
Mar 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting story line; writing is at times very good and at others simplistic to the point of awkward.
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was ok

Not as good as I hoped with a jumbled storyline and with lacklustre characters. Don't bother reading if you want a book to keep you enthralled
Anne Harvey
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I adore time-slip novels and being a bit of a history freak, I’d been looking to reading this novel. I wasn’t disappointed! Viv Du Lac is an academic specialising in early medieval studies who loves her job and her partner, Peter. Her world implodes when she learns that Peter is leaving her for one of her close friends and she finds herself slipping back in time to the so-called Dark Ages, living the life of a Lady Vivienne who is reluctantly betrothed to a bullish Saxon lord but is in love ...more
Melissa Ann
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed "A Shape on the Air" by Julia Ibbotson more than I thought I would.It was a fast and entertaining read with well thought out characters and an interesting plot and premise.

This is probably the first time slip novel that I've read. The main character, Viv, finds herself slipping back to the year 499 where she is Lady Vivanne, and her troubles seem to mirror what is happening in her life in the present. I liked how each character had their own historical self who was the same, yet
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Acclaimed award-winning author Dr Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She studied English at Keele University, specialising in early medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at age 10, but became a school teacher, then an academic as a university lecturer and researcher. Julia spent a ...more