Review Briton and the Dane: Timeline by Mary
Book- The Briton and the
Dane: Timeline by Mary Ann Bernal Self-published; January
Vikings/Anglo-Saxon/9th Century/historical fiction/adventure I received a copy of this
book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Synopsis via Barnes and
Noble: Dr. Gwyneth Franger, a renowned expert in
early medieval England, is set upon learning the truth about the death of Lord
Erik, the last descendant of the powerful House of Wareham. Her quest becomes an
obsession, a condition that began with the discovery of a portrait of the tall
and valiant warrior. Digesting troves of mildewed scrolls and source
documentation only enhances her belief that Lord Erik was brutally assassinated
by a cabal of traitors in the pay of William the Bastard, shortly before the
onslaught of the Norman Invasion.
On an archeological dig in
Southern England, Dr. Franger finds herself transported back to the Dark Ages
and at the side of the noble Lord Erik who commands an army of elite Saxon
warriors. Witnessing the unrest firsthand, Gwyneth senses that her instincts had
been right all along, and she is determined to learn the identities of the
treacherous blackguards hiding in the shadows, villains who may well be posing
as Lord Erik's friends and counselors.
Gwyneth knows it is wrong to
stop the assassins, but isn't sure she can find the strength to walk away and
watch her beloved Erik die. Will she intervene, change the course of history and
wipe out an entire timeline to save the man she loves?
I have been a huge fan of the Briton and the Dane series for such a long time. I have loved each and every book in the series, and Timeline did not disappoint. Having loved these characters from the get-go, I was ecstatic to have a chance to read another story featuring one of my favorites: Gwyneth.
I loved the time travel aspect the most, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. It was just awesome! I love that there is a love story, an adventure story, and a history story all mixed into one. It’s like getting more than one book, and I never got bored, or felt that the story was going slow, or felt like I had to skip ahead to get to a more interesting part. (Guilty of doing that now and again.)
Timeline really drew me in. I could empathize with the characters and I felt what they were feeling. At times, I couldn’t read a page fast enough, I had to know how things were going to work out immediately. I didn’t feel like I was just a reader, I felt like I was in this world, and I love when that happens.
I cannot recommend The Briton and the Dane series enough. If you haven’t read the series, I hope that you do, and if you’re already a fan of the series, don’t miss Timeline!