Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Waterfall - 1st in the River of Time series
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: February 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Inspirational/Historical Adventure
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
Year/Setting: Present Day & 14th century/Italy
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate (Knights Battling, etc.)
Lisa's Website/Blog: www.lisatawnbergren.com
A new teenage series. Wait. Let me rephrase: A new FANtastic teenage series that offers a wonderfully fun plot, great characters, and no vampires to be seen anywhere. This amazing best-selling author, who has written over thirty books, has done it again. This is the first book in what is called, The River of Time series, which will be followed up with: Cascade and Torrent. This is pure Indiana Jones meets Medieval Times, and every scene is exciting, invigorating, loaded with humor, and a love story that will have teens and adults wishing that they had their very own Knight in Shining armor.
We center our story around two sisters - Gabi and Lia Betarrini. These two young women have lost their father and are now stuck in Tuscany combing the earth with their mother to find Etruscan graves. Mom and Dad are the premier Etruscan archaeologists that study these lost, mysterious people who pre-dated the Romans, and Mom is bound and determined to finish the work that she and her husband began.
Soon, the tunnels and grave sites are found and Mom is happy beyond belief. Although Gabi and Lia are happy for Mom, they didnít want their summer vacation to be crawling around in the dirt looking at dead people. They will be stuck in a world with no boys who are good looking at all, and digging little holes all over the place to please their mother.
After the discovery, a horrific man by the name of Dr. Manero appears on site. Heís been following Mom and Dad forever. As soon as they found certain things, this is the man who steps in the way and tries to close the site - keeping them gridlocked until papers can be filed to allow the dig to commence. One day, as Mom is off battling with Dr. Manero, Lia and Gabi walk through the Etruscan tunnel to check things out. They are already beyond bored as their dream of a free, fun summer turns to ash. Within the tunnel, they stumble across a wall with pictures carved into it and in the middle of the pictures are two handprints; handprints that exactly match Gabiís and Liaís. For a bit of fun, they place their hands in the prints and feel the heat radiating from the wall. SoonÖthe world begins to spin. Gabi looks up through a hole in the tunnel and watches the world whirl by, like a movie being played backwards. She rips her hand from the wall and falls to the floor. Not only is her sister no longer beside her, but Gabi suddenly hears a renaissance faire battle going on outside.
As men in medieval garb free Gabi from the tunnel, she finds herself caught in a war between two families in 14th century Italy. Itís almost as if she is seeing a chess match play out - one castle gold, the other red. And her hero, Marcello Forelli, is standing with his three trusted friends looking like The Musketeers, staring down at her strange wardrobe and wondering if she is an enemy spy. Forelli is the man of Gabiís dreams - who, of course, is already engaged to a Lady. Gabi finds herself with sword in hand - fighting like a man to find her sister - wondering what became of her family in this odd world.
The plot of this book is absolutely fantastic. Readers will be lost in the world of castles and Knights, as Gabi must risk everything to find her sister, and try her best to stay away from the Knight who has absolutely stolen her heart. I canít WAIT for Book II!
Until next time,
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