Title: A Second Chance
Author: Jodi Taylor
Page Count/Review Word Count: 310
This book is the third book in Taylor’s Chronicles of St. Mary’s series, and I’ve really enjoyed each of the books so far. The first was actually my favourite, but the series is still going strong and the only thing I didn’t really like here was the contradictory way that some of the characters behaved. I felt like they were often totally against something one minute and then were suddenly all in favour of it the next.
Nevertheless, there’s a lot of cool stuff here, from the author’s interesting take on the ethics of time travel to the scenes we get to see during the fall of Troy and other key historical events. What’s interesting about Taylor is that when she writes about historical events, it feels chronologically accurate without feeling like historical fiction. That’s impressive because it’s super difficult to write a good battle scene, and yet here the author does it in such a way that it fits in with the rest of the narrative.
There’s not much point in reading this if you haven’t read the first two, although I do think that it’d work reasonably well as a standalone. But if you read the first two books and enjoyed them then you’re going to like this one too – although as usual, none of the characters are band you may have to say goodbye to people when you read it.
What I like about these books is that they’re short and easy-to-read but also a hell of a lot of fun. Taylor’s writing style reminds me of Terry Pratchett but with a modern twist, and there aren’t many authors I can say that about. That should be reason enough to read some of her work.