Serpent of Time by Shelton Fox
Publication Date: January 2014
Events have been set in motion that are changing the fate of the world. An ancient order, the Serpent of Time, is calling up the force needed to fight the gathering tide against humankind. Two supernaturals are tasked to pull together a band of unlikely heroes. Wihni’s people have maintained their hidden ways of life for hundreds of thousands of years. All she has wanted is to live a life honoring the Old Ways in the seclusion of her sacred lands. Sionn was born to a people that blend their extraordinary existence into the modern human world. All he has ever wanted is to live a normal life. Before the team can come together, their defunct group begins to unravel from the core. Everywhere they turn, danger abounds, leaving more questions than answers. Will they be able to unite a force that can be trained to save the world? Or are they doomed from the start?
*I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Serpent of Time is about Whini and Sionn, who are sent on a mission to gather forces, in order to fight impending darkness and save the world. Books like this always teach me why I should not judge a book by its cover, because the cover of this book didn’t hint me on how much I was going to enjoy this story.
Whini is of the tribe of the Lilediiaweh (First People). She has shape shifting abilities and a direct link to the spirit realm. She is stubborn (even though she has good intentions) and wants to help everyone around her, regardless of if she is able to or not. She doesn’t understand why anyone would want to wear shoes, or why anyone would find a reason not to be happy. Whini is a free agent.
Sionn is a shy but cute member of the Eiosioban Star Children. When he and Whini are sent forth on their mission, Sionn is practically a voice of reason for Whini, who is not used to civilised life, and he has to teach her (or at least try) that not every cry for help can be answered.
The story starts with some uncertainty at the future, and then when things are set in motion, everything becomes interesting. I like this book. It has the perfect blend of adventure and characters that are full of life; and with every event that took place, I found myself wondering “what next?” I like the fact that the author creates an interesting world for the characters, without taking them out of “real life”.
I like the blend of culture, and the author clearly has a knack for incorporating imagery in his writing. The descriptions are captivating, and I could actually see the events playing out in my head. I like the fact that nothing is too serious, and you can tell that the author had fun writing this story (with the flow of words and undertone of humour). Also, he obviously did a lot of research, which is great.
In all, Serpent of Time is an appealing read with challenging adventures, interesting characters, and well thought out events. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the Unwritten Series.