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Bourne & Tributary (River of Time) Paperback – July 10, 2012
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 10, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 326 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147822388X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478223887
- Reading age : 13 - 17 years
- Grade level : 8 - 12
- Item Weight : 13.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.82 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #381,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I admit that I had Deluge in hand and sort of rushed through Bourne and Tributary to get to the final installment which may have dampened my enjoyment of these two books because they're still the Forelli cousins and She Wolves - what's not to love.
In Bourne, we pick up where Torrent left off. Men are wounded from battle and there is a new threat to the Betarrinis and those they have come to love. Lia still doesn't quite feel like she belongs but knows she won't be going back.
Tributary was my favorite story of the two. Alessandra has gotten a head wound while out hunting. Lia and Gabi know that they have no choice but to take her back to their castello even though it is obvious that this girl has come from their enemies. As Alessandra heals, she comes to realize that everything she believes is not as black and white as she first thought.
I really loved this series and these two novellas. Finding some closure for Lia, Luca and Rodolfo was nice although not everything is wrapped up in a neat little bow. It has been over two years since I read the River of Time series, but there were enough reminders to help me remember what had been going on - great job by the author on that one! You still have those moments where the "teen" aspect of the book shines through in the language. For me, it sort of broke up the flow but it wasn't bad enough to change my opinion of the stories.
These are available separately, but I recommend you buy them together for two reasons. The first is that it is cheaper to buy them together. They are $2.99 separately and $3.99 together. For some, the difference is minimal, but when you buy/read as many books as I do, every little bit helps. The second reason is that both stories are definitely worth reading and you'd be missing out by only reading one. Highly recommended for teens and adults!
Bourne and Tributary also bring Lia and Luca's story more into play. Lord Greco is back! If like me, you were hoping to see his story played out more - you will! I have to say that a part of me is still not ready to say goodbye to this cast of characters but at the same time I feel quiet pleased with the wrap-up! Thank you Lisa T. Bergren for a fantastic, fun and adventurous read! I enjoyed the romance too and your lessons on faith. God bless!
Bourne - 4 1/2 Stars
Tributary - 4 Stars
By the way loved the actual pictures at the end! Thanks for sharing!
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Novella book 3.1 in the River of Time series was just as great as the full length novels in my opinion.
And actually I would class it as more of a full length novel anyway. Since it is nearly 200 pages long.
This novella picks up right after the end of Torrent, give a day or two. It tells the story of what happened immediatley after the explosive ending of Torrent and this is one of the reasons I loved it so much. We got to see the aftermath of the great battle, what happened to everybody next... all the juicy details that we otherwise wouldn't have known.
And to make it even better, we got chapters from Lia's POV. And she is just as amazing a protagonist as Gabbi. Don't get me wrong, I love Gabbi, but I feel like her story is done (for now). She has her man, she has her life and Lia is the one who is currently living the more 'interesting' story... if that makes sense.
So it was definitely a logical move to have most of this story told from her POV. She has her own adventure which was thrilling and exciting and also quite shudder inducing... this is medeival times afterall. And we also got to see a little more of Luca... her boyfriend of sorts. I loved that we got to see more interactions between Lia and Luca. I love them in the main books but they are more of a side story in those. But here they got pushed to front and centre and it was really nice to get more into their relationship.
If you've read the three full length novels I highly recommend picking this one up!
Review of Tributary -
Novella book 3.2 in the River of Time Series is, again, brilliant. Like with 3.1, I do feel like this is more of a full lenth book. Its certainly one of the longest novellas I've read before which is fine by me because the more I get to spend in this series the better!
This one introduces us to a new character, a girl from the enemy city Firenze. She is injured in Sienna terratory but when Marcello and the others take her in to care for her it sparks their enemy to again set about declaring war with Sienna. The sisters are again in the middle of everything and Lia in particular has a lot to deal with in this book.
The story is about 1 year after the end of 3.1 so its nice in that we get to see where everyone is at after a good amount of time. Due to the events of what happened in 3.1 Lia is struggling to pick up her bow again and has to come to terms with what happened and how she wants to live her life going forward. This involves Luca very heavily and as with the last novella, I'm very happy that we got to see a lot more of him. He's a really great character.
We also got a few third person chapters in this novella, sometimes following the girl from Firenze, sometimes Lord Greco and even a couple instances with Luca. I thought these sections really added something extra to the story and I would be happy to see more of these chapters in the future book.
So again, another brilliant installment to this medieval time travelling series.
I did take away one star for book number 4 but not because I didn't like it's content. The book contains two stories which are rather shorter than the last three books and though I am really very glad that there is another book everything seems to have been done in a hurry.
The feel and texture of the cover of the first three books was quite special and added something extra to the books but number 4 is of really poor quality in comparison. Not sure if this is the same in America because my book says "Printed in Germany by Amazon Distribution GmbH Leipzig" on the last page. You may not feel the same way about it but with the two shorter stories and the different wrapping the book just feels a mite different and slightly as if not belonging with the rest of the series.
In addition the first three books were written from Gabi's point of view but the new book switches from one person's point of view to another and it sometimes takes a paragraph or two until you realise whose head your in. But having said that I must also add that the two stories in this book are no less intriguing than the first three and I really liked them all.
Anyway, excellent read and I cannot wait for the next book!!!!!!