by Sherry D. Ficklin, Tyler Jolley
Series: The Lost Imperials #3
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk
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In a battle for control of the time stream, the past and the future will collide, either saving mankind—or destroying it.What should be a routine mission leaves Ethan with a serious problem. He’s fractured, a break between mind and body that leaves him at the mercy of his Rifter abilities, which are quickly tearing him apart. He will have to trust the only person who might know how to fix him, a mysterious Rifter named Stewart Stills, who seems to have a special connection with the time stream. Forced to face his dark past and a decision he may never forgive himself for, he will be trained unlike any of the others, to become a true guardian of time. If he accepts, it will mean leaving everyone he loves behind, if he refuses, time itself could unravel. After a glimpse of the dark future awaiting them all, he will have to choose between destiny and desire. Will he rise up and take his place as a defender of the natural order, or will he watch as all of time burns at the hands of the girl he loves?
Riven is the third book in the Lost Imperial series by Tyler Jolley and Sherry D. Ficklin. Riven mirrors the timeline of Prodigal and offered an intense ride. This tale focuses on Ethan and his story held me spellbound from the mysterious Stills to rifting in the future.
While Riven follows the beginning timeline of Prodigal, it splits and tells us what happen to Ethan, and the others while Ember and Stein were off visiting Tesla. This writing duo had me holding my breath as we faced danger and traveled the time-stream.
The tale focuses on Ethan. He and Lex are on a mission rifting and collecting items when something goes terribly wrong. This causes Ethan to fracture, and the tale that follows was intense and geek-tastic. He gets help controlling things from Stewart Stills. Stills is fascinating and has been somewhat mysterious throughout the series. What he reveals to Ethan will alter his history. Ethan is struggling with remembering his past, and coming to terms with the burden Stills is about to thrust upon him. Should he accept it would mean leaving all that he holds dear.
Timestreams, rifting, danger, revelations and some serious danger had me flipping the pages and forgetting to come up for air. I love the direction the Lost Imperial series is taking and closed this book eager for the next episode. The whole idea of the time-stream itself was bloody brilliant. Time is more than a wibbly-wobbly timey-whimey ball of stuff.
Once again, I cannot recommend this series enough for fans of time travel, steampunk and Dr. Who. Vivid descriptions, fascinating, unpredictable world building and characters I have come to love Riven was another winner.