St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles.
Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime.The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide and seek until they're finally forced to take refuge at St Mary's - where new dangers await them.
As usual, there are plenty of moments of humour, but the final, desperate, Battle of St Mary's is in grim earnest. Overwhelmed and outnumbered and with the building crashing down around them, how can St Mary's possibly survive? So, make sure the tea's good and strong.
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Long term book junkie only recently addicted to audio books. Now my iPod and I are inseparable.
At the end of “A Second Chance”, I was more than a little unsure where this series was going. I enjoyed the book, even the harrowing section about the fall of Troy, but the ending, which took Max into an alternate universe, seemed a little weak. I’d been concerned that the ideas had dried up and St Mary’s was no longer going to be part of the story-line.
I needn’t have worried. “A Trail Through Time” actually boosts the series: some of the gloom and doom of the old St Mary’s is lifted without diminishing its anarchic character and recalcitrant nature; Max is delivered from life in the office to spend more time in a pod – well, actually, more time running away from people and things that are trying to kill her; and we get to visit London during the Black Death and again during a seventeenth century Frost Fair, Pompeii during the great eruption and Egypt at the time of the heretic Pharaoh, Akhenaten.
There are new set of bad(ish) guys – the sinister, black-clad Time Police – and a new, but still familiar, St. Mary’s.
What held everything together for me was the way Max embraced her second chance. She doesn’t take it for granted and she doesn’t get off easily but she commits herself to her new world with her usual passion, bravery and wonderfully dry and quintessentially British humour. We learn more about the darkness of her childhood and see her tested to her limits. She comes out of it stronger and somehow more grown up but without being any less of a walking hurricane.
“A Trail Through Time” reinvigorated the series for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what Max gets up to next.
Pre-ordered this and seriously was counting the days till it was released. Jodi Taylor didn't fail to deliver again. A fast paced romp (including PJ's) through time, then some serious storylines.
I'm a bit disappointed that Zara Ramm has dropped Dr Bairstow's accent (slight Scottish, I think - I'm a New Zealander and don't pick between Scottish and Irish well). Still, she still reads the books with an understanding of pace, suspense and emotion.
I hope there will be more of these books. I fell in love with the first one and haven't been able to stop listening to them. I tried to listen to this in one sitting and sadly fell asleep almost right at the end (just at the interesting fight) so I had to finish it today. Jodi Taylor left it open ended enough for there to be more books and I hope her muse doesn't fail her.
People have complained about plot holes in these books but I've found that Ms Taylor is quite adept in filling them in (not always in the same book). Let's face it, time travel allows the filling of plot holes.
St Mary's what fun - a really enjoyable fast paced humorous series with a wonderful female lead.
Generally the reader is great but sometimes mis-reads a simple word, obvioulsy just in error, but also can't pronounce some others at all. Pyroclastic flow become proclastic and there's other. Overall she's fine but it does throw you out of the moment a fair amount.
As always I enjoyed this book. The tangles that Madeline Maxwell gets herself into are delightfully improbable. This book is a little more violent than the other books but I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
'The other cat!'
Max is on her last adventure across the tide of time before taking on a promotion. But she is an historian. Nothing quite goes to plan!
St Mary's is on danger and Max is in the middle of it all.
This whole series of books are just outstanding... how is it I had not heard of this series prior to the recommendation from Audible. Both my hubby and I are now hooked and consumed the first 4 books at a rate of knots.
Its a fun if slightly irreverent look at what time travel could be like. Borrows more than just a little bit from shows like Dr Who. But by the same token I think it has enough uniqueness to become4 its own TV show eventually. We would certainly watch it!!
I am addicted to Jodie Taylor's stories. Such a light hearted way to look at history through the ages. There a few places I would love to go to with the team dreams dreams
"Anther Adventure with the Timetraveling Historians"
Yes, yes, and yes. I love this series. Get book 1 and start the mad adventure of Max, Peterson, Leon and the other crazy historians at St. Mary's. You have to read it to know. Every story is a different adventure. The pod is their mode of transport like Dr. Who uses a phone booth.
Dr. Who comes to mind with the spinning phone booth winding up somewhere else. At least the pods are programmed for their destination.
Not a particular one but I do like the History Muse who shows up to tell Max to get on with her next special tour.
And the world goes white....just before you land somewhere else.
These books are exceptionally good. They are light with minimal sex scenes for those who prefer fantasy, and you don't really miss them. Max and Leon do 'get together' but you don't have to suffer through it with them. These are just good fun books for those who can suspend reality and enjoy fantasy.
"The best book yet!"
While I loved all the books so far in the series, this is by far the best one to date! This has the history, action, and St. Marys' at its unique and courageous finest. Historians are the BEST "action warriors!" This book has a well rounded set of; awkward romance, action, historians in action, civilians saving the day, bravery, and cheeky humor as always with the St. Marys' crew!
The mixture of action, history, and a more indepth view of the staff and their courageous nature under "fire" from outside forces. Plus I like that it has a "real enemy" also that you believed could overcome the St. Marys' crew at any time....the suspense and inquinuity of St. Marys' was the best.
I think she does a good job, but I think the book itself also would stand on its own. The really nice part is that she doesn't get in the way of the words...she lets them speak on their own. I do think she could add some inflection on occasion to make the funnier items more prevalent..but she does a great job overall.
The fight between the St. Marys' teams and the "enemy" was one I really loved...the courage, the ingenuity, the loyalty, and moxie....fantastic combo!!
This is definitely a GREAT READ, and HIGHLY recommend it. I let a friend listen while we were on a car ride and now she's hooked...she loved the history and romance, I loved the action, humor, and interpersonal relationships within the St. Marys' team.
I have fallen in love with the Chronicles of St. Mary's and I am 100% positive that Zara Ramm is half the reason. It is deeply British humor that shines with her pitch-perfect rendition of the subtle (and overt) humor in this series. The stories are fun, funny, action-packed, creative and wholly enjoyable.
Although I loved this book (#4), it was, in fact, my least favorite because of [[[[SMALL SPOILER]]]] the fact that this other dimension is just enough "off" that you're not sure where "old friends" stand and who our main character really is,[[[[END SPOILER]]]] Having said that, however, I still loved the book and the performance. Definite cliff-hanger for book #5.
"Best series this year"
Fast paced, best narrator, best storyline. Witty. Laugh out loud funny. Edge of your seat drama, love story, historical history book. Love this series. best one this year!
I want more but I am glad for a short breather between books. This is a wonderful series to read.
All of the books by Jodi Taylor are absolutely marvelous. Entertaining and packed with action. And Zara Ramm has become one of my favorite readers. Please keep them coming ladies!! I can't get enough of St. Mary's.
"Love love love!"
This series of books is a little bit campy but I don't care at all. I love them!! The descriptions of the different historical periods, settings, and costumes are stunning. The narrator is really great. She brings amazing life to each voice and they all seem to be different.
"This story renews with each book!"
I keep thinking there can be no more to tell, but even though the main characters have no peace in their relationship, they keep going like the energizer bunny- more lives than you can imagine!
These are such odd books and a bit disjointed, just by time stream. But they are so much fun and so tongue in cheek. They're just a delight and are even more so as the series goes on. Enjoy.
I loved listening to all the books in this series. The dry humour in the writing and the great narration made these a joy. I hope there are more books coming soon!!
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