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Retired First Nations Temporal Agent Wilda just wants to run her Toronto shop, garb Time Tourists, and send them on their merry way into the past. She finds contentment in her cat, her sarcasm, and her whiskey. All that changes when a deathly ill Traveller literally falls onto her doorstep, setting off a chain of events which forces her to return to the job she’d retired from decades before. 

The Agency sends her and her assistant, Mattea, back into three dangerous eras of history to find the disease vector threatening the life of every modern Traveller. She searches through a teeming desert bazaar amongst the luxury of the court of Mansa Musa. She explores the dark forests of pre-Columbian America, fighting against the heartbreak of true love. She gets entangled in the convoluted politics of 12th century Norse-ruled Orkney, sifting through the horrific carnage of a murdered village. 

If Wilda can’t return in time with the right pathogen, the modern scientists can’t synthesize a cure for the disease before all the Travellers fall ill. She has to navigate politics, bandits, camels, and midnight coup d'etats, complete her mission, and return to the present, or lose herself in the depths of her own purposely-forgotten past.

©2019 Christy Nicholas (P)2019 Christy Nicholas

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  • Kaye
  • 2021-06-11

Sometimes the author shouldn’t read their work

I was intrigued by the idea of a time travel agency costume shop. It was put together reasonably well, although the writing style was variable. The author’s inability to correctly pronounce certain words was grating and the audio quality was variable at best with some sections having background noise that occurred only during each phrase being spoken, cutting out between. It is incredibly distracting. The author also has hitches & hesitations that indicate very little practice reading aloud. I might recommend reading this in print if you want a fun story & aren’t too picky on writing style and florid language choices. But I cannot recommend then audio version.

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  • Deana
  • 2021-04-05

Read the book over audio.

The author took the classic meme about the overworked historical costume maker and ran with the concept. I liked the concept and the story Nicolas drafted overall. However there were a few choices she made that dragged my overall enjoyment down.
1) The "Debra" / antagonist - is over the top unpleasant. No redeeming features. I prefer antagonist that aren't so clearly meant to be hated.
2) The protag - +4 for it being an older woman. -1 for her to be rather over the top in her grumpiness more than once. She’s highly skilled at her job too and gets the job done well.
Supporting characters vary in dept, some are 3D characters, others are cardboard cutouts that I don’t find much to say about.
Story very inclusive and accepting. A few might say its social justice warrior-ism in print form. Book is based in Canada. The USA is no more, due to reasons, but it is not important to the story, just a few tossed out lines mid-book. Didn't bother me, might bug some others.
The main conflict of the story is resolved. It is set-up to be a series, like on-going serial dramas. Each book with its own conflict with over arching character growth.
As a historian, I like the details thrown in throughout the book. I feel like the author took her time and did fine research for the times she visited. Addressed some of the concerns about time travel and the transference of illnesses.

It was a fun read, but not a wonderful read. If you like lots of costuming details and time travel books, give it a go. But read the book.
Performance notes:
The author is the narrator too. Nicholas needs to either pay for better recording equipment or pay for a different narrator.
There are background noises like mouse click and paper turning throughout the book. The level of her voice keeps changing bases on… not sure, how far she is from the microphone? There is also a hollowness to the recording’s sound. Can’t put my finger on it, but it stand out in comparison to more professional recordings.
Nicholas is also lacking in voice variations. She could do a few accents to make some characters sound different from each other. However, overall she just does not have enough variation in her delivery for the characters to come alive. It’s someone reading a book to you vs. listening to a great performance. It dragged down my enjoyment of story.

I hope there is another entry in the series. I just hope a different narrator is used for the future as well.

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