The art on the book cover of Ruby Red is really good, and it complements the novel. However, that’s as far as it goes. The novel itself was good at times and not so great with it being slow moving to start off with. It didn’t take off until the ending of the novel leaving unanswered questions, which is ok since it’s a trilogy it should draw the reader back for more.
The story is set in London in three different eras because it’s a time-travel story. One is in our modern day, the other is 1912 and then the Rococo era. It’s narrated in the voice of the main character 17-year-old Gwyneth Shepherd who discovers one day she can time travel, but she is not supposed to since she was not born on the correct day. However, she was. Her mother lied about it to protect her and falsified records and claims it was part of a satanic cult.
There’s Gideon deVilliers who is Gwyneth’s type, but he’s not exactly hers who can also travel into time, and the two travels back and forth into time and have to learn who they can trust.
In the past, there is Miro Rakoczy who is known as the Black Leopard, and they believe him to be a vampire, but he’s not. Or is he? However, there is always a challenge of drawing blood. Very confusing. Hopefully, this mystery will be solved in future books.
With the end of the book, Kerstin Gier leaves it so that the reader wants more with the magic of the raven and the Green Rider. Why Gier who is German chose London for the setting is a mystery in itself. The book is a little over three hundred pages and implemented too many characters in the first of the books. There are about 25 characters in the character list with some left off. It seemed confusing at times with all these characters. It would have been a much better read had Gier developed her characters more with half the characters and focusing on two different eras instead of three.
The story is geared for young adults and adults. It was one of those books I loved, I liked and I hated. I can’t really see adults gravitating towards this book nor older teens. Possibly pre-teen girls and not boys since the character is a girl herself. There are two books after this in the series I just don’t seem to have the interest pursuing reading any further.
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