Riven by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

May 5th, 2015 Kimberly Review 64 Comments

5th May
Riven by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley
by Sherry D. Ficklin, Tyler Jolley
Series: The Lost Imperials #3
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Genres: Science Fiction, Steampunk
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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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?

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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.

Flipbook of Prodigal & Riven

Do you remember flipbooks? In my youth I loved them. It was two books in one. You read one, flipped the book upside down and read the other. Now you can get Prodigal and Riven as a flipbook!

About Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

About Tyler Jolley

n order to support his hobby of writing, Tyler decided to pursue dentistry. He graduated from Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2002. He then completed a four year residency at the University of Pennsylvania. In June 2006, he opened Jolley Smiles in Grand Junction, CO. Snowboarding, mountain biking, road biking, fly fishing, bird hunting, camping, hiking, and backpacking are the things he enjoys doing with his family. When life gets stressful he escapes to unseen worlds.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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64 Responses to “Riven by Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler Jolley”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      All the covers in this series have been amazing Linda

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I had a blast reading these and look forward to more 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope you give them a go Melliane..I really enjoy them

    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is a perfect place to start Tracy 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really think it’s cool Matt, and love all the deets and gadgets

  1. Nick

    That’s really cool how this story happens at the same time as the previous book but with a different character’s POV. I like the idea of a flipbook too. I’ve added this series to my TBR thanks to you, KIm! 🙂
    Lovely review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was cool, and I liked that it wasn’t just another pov of the same story, but a whole new thread.

  2. Jenny

    Must read this series Kim! And when you said flipbook, I was picturing those animation type books where you flip through them and a little scene is created:) I can’t say I’ve ever read the kind of flipbook you’re talking about where there are two books in one, very cool!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I know the books you mean. I had tons of these type books as kid. Imagine 2 books turn one upside down cover down, now place the other book on top of it right side up cover looking at you. Imagine those two books glued together.

  3. Keionda

    Oh hecks to the yes! I already said I was going to read this series and like someone already said, win or lose, I’M GETTING IT. Idk, there’s just something special about time traveling that just makes me stop all that I’m doing and devour it in one sitting. Can’t. Wait.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      These are quick reads and yeah I have a thing for travel too Keionda 😉

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Glad you liked it. I loved your vision of the time stream

  4. Jenny

    What a lovely interview. I’ve never heard of this series before but I’m definitely adding it to my TBR list. Sounds amazing.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Not quite what is happening. In Prodigal the girls go off to Tesla’s lab while they are away Ethan is dealing with being fractured and we find out how he is doing in Riven. So overlapping time line.

  5. Hafsah

    I absolutely LOVE that cover! So many details and it is just gorgeous overall. I love the sound of it, too, though I’m not a fan of time travel (the ones I’ve read never fail to confuse me). Nonetheless, I’m interested in giving the series a try one day. Thanks for putting it on my radar, and wonderful review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I think the authors do a good job with it. They sort of jump in time..for example they jump to 1985 to grab a part they need to repair something.

  6. Ramona

    I’ve added Extracted yesterday and I can’t wait to make my way to it! 🙂 The way you’re describing this series makes me crave it like I sometimes crave chocolate ice cream! Another wonderful review, Kimba, thank you!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      aw dang Ramona now I want chocolate ice cream.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      yeah i thought that was pretty darn clever 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I had quite a few growing up, and I think Nora Roberts had one too

  7. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad this installment was just as satisfying, Kim. Okay, okay…I’ll check out the series. 😉 I’m going to buy it for my two younger kiddos who are HUGE Dr. Who fans – then it’ll be in my house and I’ll just *have* to read it. 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Totally good for kiddos as it is clean..and cool. Ya can all read it together 🙂

  8. Michele at A Belle's Tales

    I have not started this series, but it is definitely going on my list! You have me with time travel, steampunk, and Dr. Who! I love the sound of the danger and excitement this installment offers — and oh, did I ever love FlipBooks!! That is so incredibly cool! Thank you for the wonderful giveaways! Fabulous review, my friend!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I thought it was cool too and so glad you are going to read the series

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yay..glad I could share with you Lauren

  9. Jaclyn Canada

    I added the first one in the series to my to-read list. The concept is absolutely interesting and I like how the readers can see what other characters are doing while action is going on somewhere else in different books. Excellent review!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I am glad to hear that Jaclyn. Would love to hear your thoughts when you read it 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes I hope you do Loupe. I was hoping these would come out on audio 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I think you might like this time rifting Jennifer. The steampunk aspect of this tale is the tools and equipment to help them travel the time stream.

  10. Olivia

    AHH for fans of Doctor Who, vivid descriptions and time travel <333 That is so me in every way! I am super happy to see that the last book was just as great as the others. It's always wonderful when that happens.