When eighteen year old Alex’s little sister’s pony goes missing, he sets out to look for her and finds himself in a strange gypsy camp in the middle of a forest. The pony is being cared for by a young girl called Faith. When Alex accepts a drink from Faith’s grandmother, he wakes up later to find himself transported into 2038 to a technologically-advanced, very colourful world inhabited by humans and robots. Alex soon discovers that he is now twenty, married and has a magical little baby girl. A magic he only seems to notice. He soon finds out that he will have to defend his little girl from the half-breeds with everything he has. He travels back through the magic pages of books to try and save her before it is too late and she is lost from him forever.
Review: I just want to say that this book is way out of the norm for me. I am not much of a Sci-Fi/Time Traveler reader. I was however in intrigued with the whole gypsy/magical aspect though. Having said that; I did like the overall concept for the story but… Yes, there is a but, for me it was a little over the top. My interest or rather curiosity was piqued with the whys of chasing a pony.
I have to admit that the character Alex in particular was likable as he jumped from the pages of the magical book to save first the pony then his daughter who was a magical human. I had a hard time with grasping some of the characters they just didn’t quite have it for me and fell a little flat. There was a robot that I related to which is odd but I think it was because he was real at one time. He was transformed into a robot and had always worried about whether his mom missed him and what had happened to him.
Alex on the other hand found as he goes into the future that he has an instant wife and child who is magical. Not having remembered any of this happening. Strange… well maybe. But it soon worked. He found out he was to save his daughter by going back and forth in the pages of a magical book. He could also rewrite the pages and save others along the way. I need one of those.
The jumping from pages along with the back and forth of scenes had me a little loopy at times. The story line was a bit dizzying at times also but overall it was a sound story once I put it all together. I tended to overthink with this story for some reason.
Ms. Hart combined a lot of different aspects in her story. While they didn’t seem to blend at first she did seem to make it work. I was able to figure out the place for each human, robot, owl and half-breed. I even was able to grasp the significance of the pony.
I have to admit I was rather surprised and found that this wasn’t that bad of a story. I think that most would be surprised by it and find that they might enjoy it also. Settle in for a very entertaining read.