A Sword in Time is the third book in the Thief in Time Series by Cidney Swanson. The time travel series is geared toward a young adult audience. This installment focuses mostly on DaVinci Shaughnessy-Pavlov. DaVinci is on a mission to save her childhood home from destruction, but her well intentioned actions create unforeseen consequences that she is not sure she can live with.
Quintus Valerius has been unwillingly pulled from ancient Rome. He is now stuck in modern times, but he has two missions to accomplish. One, he must return to Rome to deliver an important message from Caesar. Two, he must find and punish the man who forcibly carried him through time.
Let me start with the cover, which I really liked. All three books have professional covers that add to the appeal of the books. A Sword in Time is an easy and relatively quick read with a generally light and positive tone.
Having not read the first two books in the series, I was concerned that I would not be able to follow this book. For the most part this installment stands on its own. There are a few places when I was a little confused as to what was happening or to a reference from one of the characters, but for the most part it is a good read on its own.
The main characters each have their own unique voice and personality. The book does a good job at making you feel appropriate emotions for each character. I found myself torn because there are two possible futures for both DaVinci and Quintus, and I kept vacillating as to which future I wanted for them. These possibilities kept me turning pages.
I found myself stuck on a few inconsistencies that did hamper some of my enjoyment for this book. For instance, early in the book we learn that time travel trips last about three hours. As the book progresses, the main team that works at progressing time travel are stumped because they are unable to make trips longer than six minutes. It might be that this is resolved in one of the other books in the series.
Each chapter tends to deal with a different character. For the most part, I enjoyed this aspect. However, there are times in the first several chapters where the story bounces quickly through characters and time periods, and I found myself lost more than once. That problem seems to resolve itself after the first dozen chapters.
Cidney Swanson does well at conveying emotion and a sense of urgency from the characters that each have their own missions to accomplish. The language throughout is very family friendly, which to me is essential in a young adult novel. The tale is a bit silly at times, but that is appropriate for the intended audience. In the end, I enjoyed the book and found myself caring about the characters, enough so that I am interested in reading the other installments.
I am scoring this a 4.3 of 5.
A Sword in Time (Thief in Time Series Book 3)
by Cidney Swanson
Publisher: Kindle Press (January 30, 2018)