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Truly Excellent Adventures!
Reviewed in the United States on March 10, 2015
I read this Kindle book the day it came out and again, yesterday. I'm biased because I have very much enjoyed all the books in the series and don't really know why(!), the author's touch is so light that you can't really see or feel the gears turning, you just get swept up in the goings-on of this interesting group of weird characters and keep flowing through with them on their adventures. This book is just like the others, which is meant to be a compliment; we follow the heroine as she and the rest go on a handful of "historical research" trips back into history, where things always go wrong and somehow they manage to bumble through, more or less. (I will confess a tiny amount of lack of energy in this book, maybe, compared to the others, but this is a trivial comment.) You learn a little history along the way, but incidentally. I like the idea of time travel stories, but usually the plots are childish or plodding, and the genius of Taylor is that this has never been the case at St. Mary's. Yes, there have been some highly doubtful plot twists between books, but none that ever seemed to really matter to enjoying the stories. You just glide along and enjoy the adventures with your friends, the characters, and are proud to be a part of such a wacky, but actually noble, group. (The author should have a better website, and think of selling "University of Thirsk" and "St Mary's Institute for Historical Research" T-shirts.) Note: In the next book the author should consider somehow fleshing out the backstories of "the Fascists at Cardiff" and the Muse of History, perhaps.