Everyone has a duty in the royal castle—everyone except Jana Haruk. Despite her promising magical bloodline, her gift is weak. As a Reminiscent Seer, she knows only what happened in the past, not what will happen in the future. When the crown prince’s life is threatened, Jana vows to do everything she can to help him—including asking the queen, a powerful sorceress, to lend her some magic.
The queen summons Darach, a spell in human form. The arrogant and mysterious man soon discovers there’s more to Jana than meets the eye: she’s a time dancer, someone with the ability to move backward through time in her dreams. With Darach as her anchor, Jana can explore the past and try to figure out who is behind the attacks on the prince.
Despite her attraction to him, Jana knows little about the handsome warrior. The past is tying them closer to each other with every trip, but Darach is bound to return to his homeland when his mission is complete and their time together is running out.
So after reading the first two books in the Underlight series, all I wanted to read was… okay, more Underlight. But I didn’t have that, and I DID have Time Dancer and it was published today… so there you go.
Of course, as is always the case, I went in grumbling.
And then felt bad pretty quick.
I don’t know why I don’t just go into things all amped… it would save me so much time and guilt.
“Time Dancer” is the third book in a series, but don’t worry if you haven’t read the other two, you won’t miss much. After all, this one takes place YEARS after books one and two. That being said, book three was enough to make me want to go back and read one and two so if you’re worried it might ruin something for you (and the very end might) then start at the very beginning.
From what I understand that’s a very good place to start.
Growing up, I was a sci-fi and classic fantasy girl. I never read any of that now. So added to my aforementioned guilt, I now have guilt for not reading more fantasy. Because, my friends, this book is really good fantasy. I can’t say if it was unique or not, since I’m woefully under qualified to say what the norm is these days, but it was pretty unique to me.
Okay, not in the sense that there was a king, and a prince, and someone was plotting to kill the prince, and there was magic, but not so much magic that you’d say “big fucking deal, solve all your problems with some woo-woo.”
Crap… my kid woke up. This means I’m writing the review in parts and chances are it’ll be disjointed as shit. If I come back talking about ducks, blame her egregiously short nap.
And I’m back.
It was unique in the sense that the main character was a female who was friends with the prince since childhood, and a spell. Yeah, that’s right. A spell. Turns out the woo-woo in this world can summon beings from a magical land of happiness and light. A world where there is no gender, and when the spells take physical forms in the “real” world, they pick a form that benefits the needs of the person they’re summoned to help.
Which coincidentally is always the opposite gender.
There’s a joke in there, but I’m too high class to make it.
IT’S BECAUSE THEY NEED HELP WITH WHATS IN THEIR PANTS.
Okay, so high class I’m not.
Oh, and because the male in this book is a spell, he’s blissfully naive. Like so naive it makes the whole… uh… copulation thing awkwardly hilarious.
The book is more than amusing coitus though. It’s the touching story of two… uh… people falling in love in an imperfect world where bad shit happens to good people. And bad people. And people who you’re kind of ambivalent about.
It was just what I needed to jumpstart my fantasy batteries.
In case I didn’t mention the awkwardness… at one point near the beginning he doesn’t know what good that appendage is because it just kind of hangs there limp and in the way. And I laughed.
I should probably say something about Jana, who was an epic character in her own rights and has a unique power that you’re just not going to believe. See she’s able too… OH WE’RE OUT OF TIME.
You’ll just have to read it to find out.