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Liam aurait dû mourir en mer en 1912, Maddy dans un accident d'avion en 2010, Sal dans un incendie en 2026. Mais une mystérieuse agence les a sauvés pour les recruter. Désormais, ils sont des Time Riders. Leur mission : éviter que les voyages dans le temps ne détruisent l'Histoire. En voulant empêcher des Américains venus du futur de coloniser la Rome antique, Liam, Maddy Liam aurait dû mourir en mer en 1912, Maddy dans un accident d'avion en 2010, Sal dans un incendie en 2026. Mais une mystérieuse agence les a sauvés pour les recruter. Désormais, ils sont des Time Riders. Leur mission : éviter que les voyages dans le temps ne détruisent l'Histoire. En voulant empêcher des Américains venus du futur de coloniser la Rome antique, Liam, Maddy et Sal se retrouvent tous les trois piégés sous le règne de Caligula, l'empereur fou. Coupés de leur Base, comment peuvent-ils revenir dans le présent et rétablir le cours de l'Histoire ?


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Liam aurait dû mourir en mer en 1912, Maddy dans un accident d'avion en 2010, Sal dans un incendie en 2026. Mais une mystérieuse agence les a sauvés pour les recruter. Désormais, ils sont des Time Riders. Leur mission : éviter que les voyages dans le temps ne détruisent l'Histoire. En voulant empêcher des Américains venus du futur de coloniser la Rome antique, Liam, Maddy Liam aurait dû mourir en mer en 1912, Maddy dans un accident d'avion en 2010, Sal dans un incendie en 2026. Mais une mystérieuse agence les a sauvés pour les recruter. Désormais, ils sont des Time Riders. Leur mission : éviter que les voyages dans le temps ne détruisent l'Histoire. En voulant empêcher des Américains venus du futur de coloniser la Rome antique, Liam, Maddy et Sal se retrouvent tous les trois piégés sous le règne de Caligula, l'empereur fou. Coupés de leur Base, comment peuvent-ils revenir dans le présent et rétablir le cours de l'Histoire ?

30 review for Time Riders - Tome 5

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

    "My fellow Romans and Americans - this happened in 54 AD" Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant Caligula, aka 'goat legs' or if you prefer 'little soldier's boots' - I'd suggest not calling him goat legs, apparently it never ends up well for the speaker. "Come in, come in, meet my new senator" said Caligula "Who is it" asked the newcomer "My horse" responded the Emperor He LOVED that horse. Book 5 of Alex Scarrow's Timeriders series sees Liam, Maddy, Sal and Bob going back to 54 AD. The timeline has b "My fellow Romans and Americans - this happened in 54 AD" Ave Imperator, morituri te salutant Caligula, aka 'goat legs' or if you prefer 'little soldier's boots' - I'd suggest not calling him goat legs, apparently it never ends up well for the speaker. "Come in, come in, meet my new senator" said Caligula "Who is it" asked the newcomer "My horse" responded the Emperor He LOVED that horse. Book 5 of Alex Scarrow's Timeriders series sees Liam, Maddy, Sal and Bob going back to 54 AD. The timeline has been changed, Caligula is still in power, Claudius reign never took place. I'd personally swap a madman for a idiot any day. So why is this? Jumping forward to 2056, humanity is on its last legs. Wars have taken its toll, where flooding has comsumed a lot of the earth mass on the planet. The ice caps have melted, famine and disease are rife. A airborne virus has decimated what is left of the populace. Desperate, a select group of the wealthy head back in time to reinvent humanity - things don't go to plan, they end up in the wrong era and have to face Caligula's madness. Liam and Bob meanwhile are sent back to deal with this situation. What they find is a group of 'special' warriors protecting Caligula, called "The Stone Men". Whereupon they meet Cato and Marco (from Simon Scarrow's Eagle series). Awesome, those two are brilliant. Not in a YA book there not!! They didn't really fit in with the Timeriders theme, they just seemed to be put in there to boost sales. To watered down and to nice for my liking, that's not what those characters are about. They readily accepted the whole time travel theory, without even a pause. Where Alex Scarrow did succeed was describing the environment and bringing Rome alive. He especially nailed down the madness of Caligula, which was a great read - I'd suggest reading The Twelve Caesars for a more, academic read on the character of Caligula. It's interesting how the theme of Caligula's professed divinity overlapped into the narrative. No orgies or blood here though, this book is meant for kids!! My previous quest against Maddy being the most annoying character put into print is slightly sedated in this book. She seems to have levelled out a little. Gone were her childish rants and constant worries and concerns. Still worried and concerned, it was slightly mellowed by the author, something which was welcomed from my perspective, as Mads was starting to overawe the story and other characters. Gates of Rome is a vastly improved novel in regards to character development. Alex's writing is strong, the pace is just about right. Unlike many novels I've read, all the storyline strands aren't rushed and bound together quickly at the end. What does let it down was the use of Marco and Cato. They just didn't fit into a YA novel. As talented as Alex Scarrow is, in my opinion he should have came up with his own characters. I'm starting to root for Bob, the artifical/super soldier/genebred/thing, more than anyone else! A solid read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Space

    I discovered something about three-quarters of the way through this book that I hadn't thought of up until now. It's something obvious, but something I just hadn't considered, perhaps because I hadn't needed to yet. And that's this: this time-travel series doesn't have near as much time-travel in it as it does adventure. And that may be fine for some people. It's not that all the fighting ancient Romans and defending ancient castles isn't fun. But it's just not as much fun to me as the actual tr I discovered something about three-quarters of the way through this book that I hadn't thought of up until now. It's something obvious, but something I just hadn't considered, perhaps because I hadn't needed to yet. And that's this: this time-travel series doesn't have near as much time-travel in it as it does adventure. And that may be fine for some people. It's not that all the fighting ancient Romans and defending ancient castles isn't fun. But it's just not as much fun to me as the actual traveling-through-time part of time-travel is. In this book itself, the leap backward is made early on in the book, so the majority of the story takes place in the past. And it's not like Connie Willis's past, where she paints the picture so vividly that you feel like you could go write a report about the Black Death. It's just more of a 'oh-yeah-so-we're-here' type picture. Oh yeah, we're here in 54 AD. No big deal. And when you have three adolescents and a meat robot walking around ancient Rome, it just isn't the most believable fiction you ever read. I think it would be fantastic had these books been out when I was a teen myself, and had I gotten the opportunity to read them then. I would have loved them severely. More than The Dungeon series, for sure. But as it stands, it's just good. As in not great. Just good. Maybe really good. But not great. I do like how Mr. Scarrow is letting little bits of information about the agency out in each book. Giving us little carrots to keep us reading. And I will no doubt be reading the balance of the series. I will not, in fact, break to read any of the other books I've picked up to read until I finish this series. I'm invested. And I'm still enjoying it greatly. But this installment in particular gave me a little reason to be able to put it down. I did break for a dove hunt a few days ago, but I've been less interested in picking it back up and returning to ancient Rome than some of the previous books would have made me. And some of it also had to do with the ridiculous introduction of the little lab assistant, 'SpongeBubba'. I seriously almost put the book down when he came waddling in. Maybe a ten-year-old would giggle at that, and be excited by the prospect of having a real-life Sponge Bob character in the book. But dude. Seriously? Even Young Adult audiences probably rolled their eyes at that. I fought through it though, in much the same way we fought through Jar-Jar in Episode One. I guess at the end I'm glad I did. On to book six!

  3. 5 out of 5

    WhyNN ~

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Porter Sprigg

    I just returned to this series I loved in middle school but never got to finish. Returning was somewhat disappointing. I couldn’t tell if this installment was less riveting or if I have just changed in taste so much since then. Half of the protagonists I care about but half of them I don’t. I want to keep reading so I find out what happens at the end of the macro-level story but the individual plot line of this book didn’t grip me that much and I’m worried that’ll be the same for the next two bo I just returned to this series I loved in middle school but never got to finish. Returning was somewhat disappointing. I couldn’t tell if this installment was less riveting or if I have just changed in taste so much since then. Half of the protagonists I care about but half of them I don’t. I want to keep reading so I find out what happens at the end of the macro-level story but the individual plot line of this book didn’t grip me that much and I’m worried that’ll be the same for the next two books as well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darren

    We are half way into Alex Scarrow's brilliant TimeRiders series and I am finding it increasingly difficult to review these books for fear of giving away massive spoilers. I tried to write a review for TimeRiders: The Eternal War when I had read it but found it so difficult I eventually gave in, and simply writing "It's brilliant, read it immediately" was, I felt, a little too brief for a blog post. Now that I have finished this fifth book, Gates of Rome, I am still a little hesitant (it could be We are half way into Alex Scarrow's brilliant TimeRiders series and I am finding it increasingly difficult to review these books for fear of giving away massive spoilers. I tried to write a review for TimeRiders: The Eternal War when I had read it but found it so difficult I eventually gave in, and simply writing "It's brilliant, read it immediately" was, I felt, a little too brief for a blog post. Now that I have finished this fifth book, Gates of Rome, I am still a little hesitant (it could be a very short review), but feel that I owe it to Alex Scarrow and the good people at Puffin who very kindly sent me a copy to review. Every time I finish a TimeRiders book I sit back and marvel at the quality of Alex Scarrow's storytelling. He is slowly weaving an incredibly complex nine volume story, and I feel I should be prostrating myself before him, doubting my worthiness. Steven Moffat really should get in touch with him as I would love to see a Doctor Who episode written by Alex Scarrow. At the end of The Eternal War we were left with more questions that an episode of Mastermind. The first three books in the series introduced us to the characters, and the emphasis was on how they would react to the various eras in which they found themselves, whilst also giving us morsels of the growing mystery surrounding the purpose of their agency. And then BAM!, the end of book three and then the fourth book added layer upon layer to the overall story arc. I think The Eternal War is still my favourite book in the series so far - much as I love the fast-paced action of the first three, this one slowed things down a little and really made my brain fizz with excitement as it tried to process the mystery aspects of the story arc. The opening chapters of Gates of Rome alternate between Cheyenne Mountain, 2070 and the now familiar setting of New York, 2001. In 2001 Sal and Maddy are continuing to try to fathom out some of the questions that began to form in their minds in previous books, and Maddy finally shares with Sal some of the secrets that are burning a huge hole in her brain. Sixty-nine years into the future and we watch as the Exodus Project begins to reach zero hour. In 2070 the environment has been pretty much killed off, with billions living in squalor, and a team of scientists, soldiers and politicians are readying themselves to travel back to AD54 to take over the Roman Empire and establish a new society based on American values. Unfortunately, a catastrophic event means the project is accelerated, calculations are rushed and the group end up being sent back at AD 37, the survivors finding that they have arrived during the reign of Caligula, an emperor who was renowned for being more than a little mad. Unfortunately for our band of TimeRiding heroes the ensuing time waves hit 2001 NYC at the same time as a group of lab-grown assassins arrive, their mission to destroy Maddy and her friends. In the process of trying to evade their pursuers, Maddy and Sal find themselves escaping back to AD54, joining Bob and Liam and leaving no-one behind to get them back to the 21st Century. Not good! Thanks to the arrival of the Exodus team Caligula has become even more insane, thinks he is a god, and has managed to avoid being assassinated as he would have been if the time stream had not been contaminated. Somehow the team must survive the dangers of a brutal Ancient Rome, discover what event changed to accepted version of history, find a way back to 2001, survive the assassins that may still be waiting there for them, and finally mend history (again). If that seems like an impossible task for three teenagers and a support unit then you may be right this time. This book comes with everything the previous books had - great action scenes, brilliant characters, answered questions and then more questions created, and a vivid depiction of the historical era that the tram find themselves in. I must confess I have never been a fan of books set in Ancient Rome (in fact, I rarely read any historical fiction set before Tudor times), but I found that Alex Scarrow's descriptions of the horrors of Rome under Caligula completely absorbing, and written so well that I found it very easy to picture the sights, smells and sounds in my mind. In this book Caligula is even nastier than history portrayed him, and so we are treated to descriptions of torture and violence that will have teen boys gagging for more. My only problem with the TimeRiders books is that there are so many layers and mysteries to the stories that by the time I read each new book I have forgotten some of what went before. There are four more books scheduled in the series, with the next one, City of Shadows, scheduled for an August 2012 release (less than six months away - whoop! whoop!). I have a feeling that come the publication of the ninth book I may have to take myself away to a cabin on a remote island somewhere with nothing to do but read the entire series back-to-back, if I am to get my head completely around all of the many plot strands that Alex Scarrow is so carefully weaving together.

  6. 5 out of 5

    15SharpeG

    It was very good book as it had very good words in. I liked the time travel aspect of it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Reiffenstein

    Wow!!! I can't wait to see where this story is taking me!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

    “Liam O’Connor should have dies at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history.” –From the book jacket. Because it’s easier than trying to explain the premise every time. This time, the Time Riders get swept up in a plan to transport 300 Americans from the year 2070 in something called P “Liam O’Connor should have dies at sea in 1912. Maddy Carter should have died on a plane in 2010. Sal Vikram should have died in a fire in 2026. But all three have been given a second chance—to work for an agency that no one knows exists. Its purpose: to prevent time travel destroying history.” –From the book jacket. Because it’s easier than trying to explain the premise every time. This time, the Time Riders get swept up in a plan to transport 300 Americans from the year 2070 in something called Project Exodus, back 2000 years to Roman times to overthrow the Roman empire and replace it with a more American style of government. Democracy through greater firepower. Unfortunately, it goes dramatically wrong, and half the team winds up at a spot 17 years too early, during the reign of Caligula. The coup fails, Caligula survives and now, with a new sense of purpose, grows stronger. This changes the future and causes a time wave that effects the world of 2001 in which the Time Riders team live. But when they attempt to investigate, they find themselves under attack from robot support units from the future. Their only escape is to throw themselves into the past and hope they can find their way back. The world of Time Riders is bleak. The world is dying, overpopulated, underwater. But somehow hope is never completely dead. Time must run its course, and it is up to three teenagers (along with their robot support unit, Bob) to make sure the timeline is kept intact. To this end, Maddy, Liam and Sal are all game to face whatever challenges come their way. They deal with extraordinary hardship, all the while never quite understanding just who it is they are working for. There are mysteries that unravel throughout the course of the series and this edition moves that along nicely. Gates of Rome is an excellent entry in this series. It is a recovery from what I thought was a bit of a letdown in the Book 4, The Endless War. Though it is a book aimed at Young Adults (and I am pretty far past that), I count myself a fan and look forward to the next one!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Grw

    Another great installment in the time traveling series, that once more manages to include a brilliant main plot, great factual historical (and new historical) detail, whist continuing the overall story arc of the series, as to just who is the mysterious Foster who recruited our heroes, and just what is the Agency they work for.. This time the period of history that needs to be corrected from the interference of others messing with history is the Roman rule of one of the more unstable emperors, no Another great installment in the time traveling series, that once more manages to include a brilliant main plot, great factual historical (and new historical) detail, whist continuing the overall story arc of the series, as to just who is the mysterious Foster who recruited our heroes, and just what is the Agency they work for.. This time the period of history that needs to be corrected from the interference of others messing with history is the Roman rule of one of the more unstable emperors, none other than Caligula himself. If you know anything about Caligula you can only imagine what he would do if he had access to not just modern - by our terms - but future technology. Well that's what's at the core of this novel and, without giving anything away, I can honestly say that it doesn't end well. Into this drop our time traveling heroes - all of them - with little hope of getting back to their base in 2001, when a message they sent forward in time, goes a bit wrong, and you get a very exciting book indeed. Perhaps one of the best of the series, so far, anyway. As always the action is compelling, the plot well structured, the characters - a couple of whom are borrowed from another series, written by the authors brother - are nicely rounded, making it impossible to feel for them - even Caligula!! Greatly looking forward to the next one.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ananya~Fantasy bookworm~

    This was a good book but for some reason did not have me glued to the book or leave me hanging in suspense. Liam, maddy and Sal, the main characters are further developed and there is a surprising turn of events as robots sent from the future start attacking them and New York suddenly turns out to be like Ancient Rome. The three friends and their faithful (or programmed to be faithful) meat-robot, Bob helps them gain a place among the people of Rome.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Philip

    More fun with the boys and girls, this time in ancient Rome. Mr Scarrow continues to give us little tidbits about who and what the 'agency' is. I think I know and have guessed the end. 4 more to go.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ekin

    Secrets are finally coming out! Problems are being solved and of course created! I found this book funnier and more gripping than the others.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fleur

    Gates of Rome sees a group of environmental refugees from 2070 travel to the Roman Empire with the aim of teaching natives “the American way.” They end up face-to-face with the mad emperor Caligula and in the process, somewhat ironically, wipe out future America. It’s down to Liam, Maddy, Sal and Bob to put history back on track. This is my favourite of the TimeRiders series so far. It is fun and fast-paced. Humanity’s desperate, last-ditch Project Exodus; the delusional, unhinged emperor; an Gates of Rome sees a group of environmental refugees from 2070 travel to the Roman Empire with the aim of teaching natives “the American way.” They end up face-to-face with the mad emperor Caligula and in the process, somewhat ironically, wipe out future America. It’s down to Liam, Maddy, Sal and Bob to put history back on track. This is my favourite of the TimeRiders series so far. It is fun and fast-paced. Humanity’s desperate, last-ditch Project Exodus; the delusional, unhinged emperor; and the mysterious Terminator -style introduction the not-so-supportive support units make this a great read. It did start to drag a little around the 300-mark since the plot focuses on Cato and Marco’s plans to make Rome a Republic. More sci-fi needed here, I guess. But the story picks up the pace again once Maddy finds the mysterious cage. Wait a second - that's not a lion in there. Best moment: “‘Are you an ox or a man?’ one of them laughed. Bob scowled. ‘Neither.’ He lunged.” Read for: Hebban Challenge, Book #45 A Book Set in Multiple Times

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ethanz_D1

    A thriller that tells the tale of the scientific consequences of messing with time, told through the lenses of three young time travellers and their quest to save history. Here's the science: You go back to the past and change a certain event, but soon, the event snowballs into a chain of events that could soon lead to the future being changed drastically, maybe to an apocalypse, or a world dominated by the French. So it is up to Liam, Maddy, and Sal to terminate violators and save history. I love A thriller that tells the tale of the scientific consequences of messing with time, told through the lenses of three young time travellers and their quest to save history. Here's the science: You go back to the past and change a certain event, but soon, the event snowballs into a chain of events that could soon lead to the future being changed drastically, maybe to an apocalypse, or a world dominated by the French. So it is up to Liam, Maddy, and Sal to terminate violators and save history. I love how Scarrow carefully crafted the struggle to hop from problem to problem, with parts that induces you to curse and swear at the TimeRiders' lack of foresight, but it won't be a novel without those moments. Highly recommended to fans of Haddix's Found.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chung Lee

    Sal is getting more annoying as the series progresses. Didn't like her character from the start and getting to dislike more and more with each new novel. She is more or less superfluous to the group and serves no real function. I listen to the audiobook version. The background music is absolutely terrible and it distracted me from enjoying the story. I cannot find a single redeeming function for the background music, horrible lyrics, terrible music and singing.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

    Another gripping read. When you read what is ahead for humanity, you begin to wonder if one of the other timelines would be better for mankind. I know it is fiction, but many of the environmental issues are so apparent today that it raises fears for our future or at least the future of our grandchildren.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Olof

    I really like this series. Engaging characters that by acting believable actually create an organic story that is a little unpredictable. In this one I really liked the Bad Guy, since I felt the author managed to pull off him being crazy and smart at the same time. And the perils in this book felt severe :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Martina Sanjaya

    3.5 stars. Getting more complicated. And unlike its predecessors, this time the ending is wide open. The main problem was fixed so 'easily' and fast, almost went unnoticed. The biggest problem, though, was brought to the next book. Anyway, still enjoyable.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Arno Nieuwoudt

    The first 4 book swere sort of the same recipe, this one adds in a few interesting twists and the main story moves along :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    John Mordaunt

    Good to see two old friends.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    More time changing heroics but the story really picks up a lot when the team encounter Brother Simon's Romans -Macro and Cato !

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sue Storino

    Well, I love time travel books and really enjoy this series. Fun, quick reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lauren White

    Loved it, again! This series is still fresh and enjoyable, and keeps you interested all the way. I love the characters, the history and everything else!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Larissa

    This was really good. I wasn't expecting things to happen the way they did and now I'm even more worried and can't wait to read the next book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mischa

    This is probably my favorite one so far. And so dark at times... loved it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    João Luís Ferreira

    Fantastic! Very good reading and very imaginative. Makes it wonder of what could happen if the past is altered.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Martin Dagarin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Great story didn't expect that Calugula killed people from the future, we will see who want to kill timeriders

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jakub Krško

    Great book, there was few pages when i can't just stop reading it so easily.

  29. 4 out of 5

    ~+-+Vanora+-+~

    Score: 3.5/5 stars Been in the mood to do some reviewing recently. Been a fan of TimeRiders series ever since I had read the first book, TimeRiders. It's an interesting concept to take people who are going to die and give them a chance to live again; to work for the TimeRiders agency. 4 books later, I was a bit apprehensive on reading this novel. The same formula was applied to the previous books. Although set in different situations and they faced different dangers, it felt too similar and famili Score: 3.5/5 stars Been in the mood to do some reviewing recently. Been a fan of TimeRiders series ever since I had read the first book, TimeRiders. It's an interesting concept to take people who are going to die and give them a chance to live again; to work for the TimeRiders agency. 4 books later, I was a bit apprehensive on reading this novel. The same formula was applied to the previous books. Although set in different situations and they faced different dangers, it felt too similar and familiar to me. Thankfully Alex Scarrow has left clues along the way which finally brought us to The Eternal War where the regular formula is removed from the equation and substituted with something that is familiar. This time around, Gates of Rome takes it up a notch with the new formula and throws all three agents, Maddy, Liam and Sal into the past, instead of having always Liam stuck in the past with Maddy and Sal trying to fix things from their end or like TimeRiders where all three are stuck in an alternated version of New York where New York doesn't exist. Things started getting clearer in this book on why there were people going back in time and accidentally causing the respective Time Waves which Maddy, Liam and Sal had to clean up in the previous books. I like how it's linking up even though each novel is generally an adventure of its own. However, to get the even bigger picture, it's best reading it in order. I have to say I'm not familiar with Roman history at all. I had to search on the internet and realized Caligula mentioned in the novel is real and described as a mad emperor who was assassinated. Alex Scarrow also borrowed his brother, Simon Scarrows, characters, Cato and Macro from The Roman Legion series. They are interesting and I might check out The Roman Legion series as well. First of all, if anyone is reading this for romance, sorry but you will be disappointed. It's all about trust, care, concern and friendship between Maddy, Sal, Liam and Bob here. Bob continues to evolve here, adapting and picking up more human traits. He is still as lovable as before. Surprisingly, we get to see more of Computer Bob's thoughts and even though he no longer has a human brain but confined to the computer, Computer Bob is still somewhat human and I can't wait to see if this will changes anything in the future books. (view spoiler)[Liam will now knows all Maddy knows. (hide spoiler)] It's apparent the adventures they have gone through have changed them as persons. Maddy is even more like a real leader now and more sure of her choices. Liam is becoming more mature and more like (view spoiler)[Foster (hide spoiler)] . It must be frightening for (view spoiler)[Sal where the fire burning down reminded her so much of the moment where she lost her family and was supposed to die too if not for Foster taking her away (hide spoiler)] . Expect good amount of action in this book. Hardly any dull moment because Rome is in chaos and how will they stay alive with dangers that exist in their field office and also in Rome where the mad emperor reigns? I pity the character who trusted the wrong person and has a rather sad ending. I can't wait for City of Shadows with the ending Gates of Rome leaves me with because the formula appears to be firmly removed now. I expect City of Shadows to be an exciting and refreshing read in TimeRiders series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tej

    Being a fan of this series, I pre ordered a limited collectors edition of this 5th instalment and it was surprisingly delivered to me 2 weeks in advance of general release. The book is yet another brilliant and relentlessly rip roaring page turner, hence I am able to write this review already...once I got my breath back! While every book so far have been terrific time travelling adventures, there is a major underlying story arc which spans all 9 planned books. By now readers will have been investe Being a fan of this series, I pre ordered a limited collectors edition of this 5th instalment and it was surprisingly delivered to me 2 weeks in advance of general release. The book is yet another brilliant and relentlessly rip roaring page turner, hence I am able to write this review already...once I got my breath back! While every book so far have been terrific time travelling adventures, there is a major underlying story arc which spans all 9 planned books. By now readers will have been invested in the characters and storyline and I am glad to say that investment is rewarded with this new instalment that exudes the same brilliant quality and narrative drive, revealing a whole lot more nuggets to feast on in the overall story arc. In each book, we get a focus on one period of history (though often its a changed one that needs to be fixed). This time round its the turn of the Romans in 37/54 AD, the reign of Caligula. But we do also get a great deal written about the far future too and it makes for an epic read. Its very frightening too with a heavy dose of ecological and environmental messages in the narrative. Very good messages for the younger readers and older ones too. Most of the story, of course, takes place in the Roman times. I wont say much more on the story but as usual, the author gives us interpretations of well known historical figures from refreshingly different angles. Times are rough and dangerous here and the author takes it as far as possible with the horror and violence as YA fiction allows, to heighten the sense of fear our time travel protagonists are in. The imaginative plot is clever, ingenious and written at an exhilarating pace. There is no sense of meandering yet we get enough details to be fully immersed in the times. Another great element of the series are the character development of Liam, Sal and Maddy (our 3 time travel teenage protagonists) and even the awesome Bob (similar to Arnie's Terminator). The author writes these characters beautifully well. There is a strong emotional core here as we invest in their fate. This time, Liam and Sal take a back seat and the focus is on the development of Maddy's leadership, and her mother-like responsibilities. Sal perhaps has been the least developed so far but probably for a reason as I am sure she will get her turn in a future book. From the very first book, there are underlying subtexts on questions about life and death, purpose and fate. They're pretty deep and it gets deeper in this instalment. Its another element that enriches saga. I think this is the best book so far for me but being the middle book of the series, it also feels like an incomplete one. That's not a criticism. If anything, I liken this to be the equivalent of the The Empire Strikes Back of the Star Wars saga. By the end of this book, there is a burning desire to jump to book 6 straight away. But alas, I have to wait! The good news is that the Author, Alex Scarrow, is writing and publishing each book at a relentless rate. As of writing according to his Twitter, Book 6 is 77% finished and will be out in July already which is a very fast turnaround considering how many authors take years to release each book in a chronicle saga.

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