It’s an intriguing novel of space / time travel in some aspects; however, you would be forgiven for recognising a lot of the parallels in Searls’ novel from other works, including the ‘Outlander’ series by Diana Gabaldon.
It is, on occasion, a little too contrived and predictable for my tastes, though there is the odd surprise tucked away and the premise is pretty interesting. Sometimes, the protagonist’s character or behaviour doesn’t quite ring true, and readers who prefer a more linear story (which I don’t consider myself to be) might feel a bit lost but, given the nature of the tale, perhaps that was me missing something.
The overall structure, though, was pretty good, and the characterisation and world building was decent enough to keep everything moving at a good pace. It was also nicely researched, which is not only especially important in the historical passages but is also the first hurdle at which some writers fall.
I enjoyed it but, at the risk of sounding like I’m trying to make a weak joke, I just felt too much like I’d been here before.
Jane Takako Wolfsheim learns she can alter time and space after meeting a charismatic stranger named Jorge Luis Borges.
Inextricably she falls for Borges. Soon, however Borges’ lies and emotional abuse, and nightmares about a demonic figure, “the man in black,” nearly drive Jane mad. After her parents are murdered, Jane flees with Borges. Both the ghost of haiku master, Basho, and the Daibutsu of Kamakura, a statue of Buddha that appears in her dreams, offer her cryptic advice. Unable to trust anyone, Jane must find the strength to save herself, her unborn child, and possibly the future of humanity.
I do not get paid for blog tours or giving my opinion, and this is my honest review.