Blog Tour: The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross – plus a giveaway!

Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive. 

As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years. 

But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times? 

Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.

What I Thought:
It’s a real delight to discover great books quite by accident, and this is exactly what happened with The Lights of Time. I love science fiction and the concept of time travel even more so, so this book was a pefect read for me.

As this is, perhaps, a book aimed at younger readers, it’s not really aimed at me but, nevertheless, Engella and her travels through the ancient past and near future were highly engaging and entertaining. I can’t even imagine being able to keep all your ideas straight as a writer when you’re, in effect, writing historical fiction as the same time as contemporary fiction and science fiction but Engella’s timehopping is perfectly explained and it’s not hard to follow her tracks – even when she’s doing a Marty McFly and observing herself while trying not to interfere!

To me, what makes Engella so likeable is that she is not super-powered in any way. Yes, she’s very intelligent, but she is just an ordinary girl who has been flung into exceptional circumstances, leaving her to deal with that as any ordinary girl would – with all the emotional fallout that that entails.

The villians in this story – The Hunters – are suitably evil, but there does some to be some history there and, given that this is a time travel story, I can only assume that more information is going to be revealed in a further book. I’m quite happy with that, as I would definitely read more about Engella and her companions.

Exciting and appealing are two words I would use to describe this book and I’d happily pass it on to my kids, and my reluctant readers at school!

The Lights of Time is published by Farrow Children’s Books. To find out more about the book and about Paul Ian Cross, you can check out his website.

As an extra treat, as part of this blog tour, you can enter a giveaway to win a Kindle Fire and a signed copy of the book – why not enter below, and then take a look at some of the other fab blogs participating on the tour?

Giveaway – Win a Kindle HD Fire 7” and a signed copy of The Lights of Time (UK Only)

*Terms and Conditions –UK entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time I will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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Please note: I was sent a copy of the book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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