reviewed The Time Travelers (aka Gideon the Cutpurse), first in Linda Buckley-Archer's Gideon Trilogy. I have just finished the second in the series, The Time Thief (aka The Tar Man), and I don't think I will be able to wait an entire month to read the third! This book connects seamlessly to the first and continues with the same pleasing amount of history and adventure.
I am not going to go into any plot detail because this really is a continuation of the first story -- the plight of two twelve-year old children, Peter and Kate, who are mistakenly transported back to the eighteenth century after coming in contact with an anti-gravity experiment. To even tell who ends up where at the beginning of this story gives away too much of the first book. I think it is enough to say that this is an exciting series that doesn't lose anything through its extended length.
I am still enjoying how Buckley-Archer explores personal relationships in a meaningful way. Also, this book felt a bit more grounded than the first one in terms of the characters' interactions with historical figures. I was a bit worried when it seemed that the story could have been wrapped up after the second book but some unexpected last minute twists set up the third volume and I don't think I will be disappointed.
Sticking with our protagonists until the end,
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