Overall, I thought this was a great read. I liked Bret's character and feel his story is one that a lot of people can relate to. Bret is struggling with a life he thinks he should live, but when unexpected people enter his life, they help him evolve. This is a great coming of age story, and from a person who isn't exceptionally musically inclined, I enjoyed that aspect of the book immensely. Beyond The Precipice is definitely worth the read.
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publisher: Ashby-BP Publishing
A YOUNG MAN WITH A DARK SECRET MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN HIS FAMILY AND THE GIRL HE LOVES.
For six years Bret Killeen is trapped by the wishes of his dead father, blackmailed by his brother, and rejected by his uncle. Meanwhile, he watches his mother descend into the depths of poverty.
As Bret wrestles with guilt over the death of his father, he is helped by Nicole, a young cello player with big dreams. She stirs the embers of his longing both for music and for her - and ignites a fire he can't extinguish.
But can he brave his past in order to seize his future?
The award-worthy debut novel by Eva A. Blaskovic is a riveting blend of suspense, dark humor, and compelling inter-personal drama. Once you engage this roller coaster read you won't be able to stop.
About The Author
Eva Blaskovic was born in the Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where she raised four children. Eva has worked in science labs and has taught literacy, writing, math, and science. She is both an accomplished writer and editor of non-fiction articles on business, education, how-to, parenting, and travel. She is also an author of short fiction. Beyond the Precipice is Eva Blaskovic's first full length novel, but it has already received rave reviews from literary professionals and aficionados the world over. When Eva hasn't buried herself in writing or editing, she may be found taking her teenagers to Taekwondo, exploring the Farmers' Market, listening to Celtic music, or sipping a latte.
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Knight Blindness is the third installment in Karlsen’s The Knights in Time series. I have read the first two books and, as always, the author doesn’t disappoint.
The story begins at the Battle of Poitiers, France, in 1356. English knight Stephen Palmer charges into battle when he is suddenly struck by the enemy. In that instant, he plummets through time and when he wakes up, wounded and confused, he finds himself in a hospital in 2013. Not only that, but blind due to his wound. His manner of speaking, questions and claims force people to believe that he’s mad.
In a twist of fate, old friends of his who have also secretly traveled through time before, from earlier books, come to help. They assign him a tutor to help him adjust to the modern world: beautiful and warm-hearted Esme Crippen who, unfortunately, thinks Stephen adorable but also mad.
But unbeknown to Stephen, the man who struck him, French knight Roger Marchant, was also sucked into the vortex and ripped through time…and he has his own agenda and will stop at nothing to hunt his enemy down and bring him back to 1356.
This was a thoroughly entertaining and compelling read. Romance, adventure, intrigue, mystery and a touch of humor await you in Knight Blindness. With her close attention to historical detail, Karlsen brings the story to life. Stephen is a riveting hero, brave, loyal and stubborn, yet with a vulnerable, sensitive side; Esme is as sympathetic as heroines go, and I had fun watching their romance evolve. Roger is a character not many will like, but Karlsen gave him some redeeming qualities as well, making him a more comlex and realistic villain. I should mention that although this is third in a series, it is also a standalone book, and the author does a good job in providing some light backstory that doesn’t get overwhelming. If you’re a fan of time-travel and historical romance, you’ll want to add this one to your shelf.
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My review was originally published in Blogcritics.
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Time travel is a fascination of mine and has been since I was a young girl. The concept and the possibilities have captivated the imagination of many of us for generations. Chatting with friends, the idea of going back in time is favored over travelling forward but not by much. The folks I know who have a strong interest in history lean toward returning to a time and place where they can meet history’s most famous men and women. Those friends have a select group of people they wish to see in action or even talk with provided they weren’t put in danger by doing so. My friends who love all things sci-fi wouldn’t hesitate to go into the future.
As for me, I have mixed feelings. I love history and would like to touchdown in different time periods, see how the people of the time who interest me interact and how they lived. Having the ability to convince them to talk to me and not burn me at the stake as a witch or throw me into a dungeon gives me pause. Deep down, I suspect discovery of my presence wouldn’t work out well for me. My sci-fi friends envision a brilliant Star Trek type future. Me—not so much, I watched too many Twilight Zone shows and Planet of the Apes movies to trust that the future offers greater safety. That said, it doesn’t mean I don’t want the time travel experience. The solution: live through my characters.
I have the freedom of going wherever I want and enjoy putting my spin on the timeframe the protagonists are moving through. In Journey in Time, book two of my Knights in Time series, I sent the hero and heroine back to medieval England. To the heroine’s surprise, this is a period the hero is very familiar with on a personal level. The heroine knows only what she learned in school and what she’s observed in museums and from historical sites. With each support character she encountered, with each situation she found herself, I made it a point to have her share my fears and my amazement.
Knight Blindness wasn’t planned as part of the series. Stephen, the hero in Knight Blindness was a knight and friend of Guy’s the hero in Journey in Time. I really liked Stephen. He was loyal, chivalrous, funny, and attractive. I gave a decent amount of page time (which he shared with other characters) to him in the book.
As much as I liked him, I eventually killed him in battle (off page). The ladies in my critique group were up in arms. They all turned to me and asked how could you? We adore Stephen. You must bring him back.
I did and didn’t. I wrote the last scene between him and the hero in a way that left the question whether he survived or not. When the time came to write the next story in the series, it occurred to me to use Stephen. He was a popular character so why not give him a story of his own. I knew I’d make him a time traveler but I wanted to switch it up. I didn’t want to take him and the heroine back in time. Instead, I brought him forward to our time. I also knew I wanted to work in the final words between him and Guy. I wanted that exchange to have more meaning than most. Playing off that, I decided to make the modern world as difficult as possible for Stephen. I wanted to go beyond the lack of understanding for this world. To accomplish that, I made him blind.
I can truly say, we were both challenged by this twist. It took me a long time to write. It wasn’t just a case of Stephen having no context for much of what he encountered but I had to visualize how he’d interpret an environment he cannot see.
Unknown to Stephen, the enemy knight who wounded him has also come forward in time. He has his sight but has his own “demons” to overcome if he wants to function in this new world.
This was a lot an unusual experience as I had to spend so much time in the head of two main characters, where the second character was not the heroine. Roger, the French enemy knight, has a strong POV. I think that made a great dynamic in the relationship between the two men.
That’s the thumbnail of the story behind the story. I hope you found reading about my path from start to finish interesting or at least humorous.
About the book:
Ready for battle, Medieval English knight, Stephen Palmer, charges into the French enemy’s cavalry line. Heeding a warning given months before, he hesitates as he comes face-to-face with the knight in the warning. Struck down in the year 1356, he finds himself landing in the year 2013. Grievously wounded, he’s taken to a nearby hospital. Confused by the new world surrounding him, he attempts to convince the staff he’s from another time, only to find they think him mad.
Rescued by friends, who, to his surprise, have also come through time, he must find a way to function in this odd modern England. He is quickly enchanted by the kind Esme Crippen, the young woman hired to tutor him. She too is enchanted by him. Tempted to deepen the relationship, she hesitates thinking him adorable, but mad. He must discover the means for getting her to believe the truth, all the while, unknown to him, he didn’t come forward in time alone. The enemy knight has also traveled to 2013.
French noble, Roger Marchand, doesn’t question why the English knight who charged him hesitated. That fraction of a pause gave him the advantage needed and he brought his sword down upon the Englishman’s helmet hard, unhorsing the knight. He moved to finish the Englishman off when the world changed in a rush of sensations as he is ripped through time.
Seeking a reason for the terrible event, he enters a nearby chapel. There, thinking God has chosen him for a quest to turn French defeat that day in 1356 to victory, he sets out to find the English knight. The man he is convinced holds the key to time. If he returns to the day of the battle, he can warn his king of mistakes that snatched victory from them.
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About the Author:
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write two different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.
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