DELUGE (River of Time #5) first Edition, Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00MYK6CH4
- Publisher : Bergren Creative Group, Inc.; first edition (August 21, 2014)
- Publication date : August 21, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 20759 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #357,036 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Brace yourselves; you feel everything the characters feel.
My only complaint is that I would have liked to see greater spiritual growth from the characters, but the story was not lacking because of it's absence. It just seemed like there was an undertone of spiritual searching throughout the whole series that never really resolved itself. God was always present, but a relationship with Him was not so evident. Because of this, however, I think that this series will easily appeal to both a Christian as well as a secular audience.
Regardless, this is such a fantastic series and this book in particular was amazing and one of my favorites of the whole series, despite the hard subject of the plague. I would recommend it for the young adult as well as the adult, the adventure seeker, as well as the romantic. Seriously, just read it!!
I've never been more glad that I one-clicked a book.
Deluge is the final book in the River of Time series. Lia and Gabi have come such a long way since they were first dropped in medieval Italy. Then they were scared and unsure and wanted nothing more than to get back to their own time. Now, they are fierce and confident and secure in the knowledge that they are where they were meant to be, both literally and figuratively.
They also have the burden of knowledge. Namely that the time of the black plague is nearly upon them. They know full well that all the provisions in the world won't matter if even one person in their keep contracts the disease. And, with each marriage comes spouses and babies which means more people to love and grieve if the plague takes them. It's an extremely heavy burden to bear, and I felt the weight of that on their shoulders throughout the book.
I loved so much seeing all the different relationships in Deluge and how different they all are. Gabi's and Lia's parents are in their prime. They have a second chance at making their marriage amazing, and they are excelling at it. Gabi and Marcello are newlyweds and soon-to-be first time parents. They are learning how marriage works and that there's a possibility of loving another human more than yourself. Then there is Lia and Luca - the newest couple, not quite yet ready for marriage. Lia's struggling with a lot of fear. She's afraid of taking that step with Luca, knowing she might lose him or a child of theirs to the plague, and not sure if she could handle that.
All previous books have really been Gabi's story as she came into her own, both as a "she-wolf," as a woman and as the love of Marcello's life. Although Deluge is told in dual POV - both Gabi's and Lia's - this is really Lia's story. She goes through so much in this book. Although, most of her experiences are shared with her sister, Lia seems to bear the brunt of them much harder. She feels more, internalizes more. It seems sometimes that Luca is the only thing that grounds her.
I will say one thing about Lisa Tawn Bergren. She knows how to go out with a bang. Deluge has absolutely EVERYTHING. There are battles like none that have come before it. The plague is an awful thing, and Lisa made me feel all the sadness that came along with it. The romance as absolutely incredible. The utter adoration the Forelli boys feel for Gabi and Lia was so sigh-inducing. And that ending, albeit completely heartbreaking, was pretty perfect.
Not all the characters we've grown to love make it out alive. Realistically, how could they? When those deaths happen, I cried so hard. I actually had to take a few breaks toward the end, because there were way too many feels to handle all at once.
If you have never read this series, I urge you - please give it a try. It's so incredible.
Top reviews from other countries
Its so easy to get pulled back into this story. The writing just flows so well. The characters are already so loved by me from previous books that it didn't take me long to become engrossed with what they were getting up to in this fourth book and they go through a lot of troubled times again like with previous books and have a lot to deal with.
I can't really go into the details of the storyline because that would give away spoilers for the previous books but given how this book ends, its definitely the end.... as in, no more books to come. It had an epilogue set years later showing a glimpse of what happened to the characters later down the line, where they ended up. So yeah, the end. But that was nice too. It was good to see what happened years later.
I love this series and even though this last book wasn't quite as action packed as the others, probably because it was about tying up the loose ends, it was still a highly enjoyable read and gives some great closure to the series as a whole. I really REALLY recommend this series.
Evangelia is in a bit of a spot. Does she allow herself to love freely or guard her heart from devastation to come? I loved how there were no easy, glossed over answers to dealing with the Plague. All the main characters displayed vulnerability, integrity, and strength despite their difficult circumstances. Well written, but don't expect everything to be rainbows and butterfly happy.
And the descriptions of Venice. I was swept away! Ms. Bergren's descriptions give us a great window into Italian history. I have never wanted to go to Italy, but she's changed my mind with this series. It is just fantastic. Recommend for 13 years on up.
While I love the character Lia, I didn't love reading the last two books from her perspective (the book flips back and forth between her and Gabi). After 3 books of solely Gabi's perspective, I felt cheated that I didn't get to hear more of her voice. She took a backseat in the last few books and Lia shined throughout, which was good, but not great.
Overall, if you're a River of Time series lover, you HAVE to read the last book!