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Whew! I read this book with the same enthusiasm I've read the other seven in this series and all the books written by Jodi Taylor. I must say that they one had me feeling very lost midway through when Clive Roman showed up and then disappeared again. The Time Police are the ones who interfered in what was to be a mutually agreed upon surrender of Clive to Max. Instead they show up and Clive takes off in his pod but not until he threatens Max with 'I will kill everyone you love but you will live to suffer.' how awful is that? I worried all through the book that Leon was gone forever but learned a great deal about the Battle at Hastings and how William the Conqueror became King of England. It is always amazing to me how a historian like Jodi Taylor can write such books with such humor. What starts out as an unhappy set of circumstances turns out to be okay in the end. Read these books in order, you need to know the characters from the first book to understand the significance of things in each subsequent book. Book 8 wraps up some things left hanging in earlier books. It is a great read and a great listen. The narrator is terrific and is the voice of St. Mary's. Zara Ramm is wonderful!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Do not read this one if you're not in an okay place, because it is a roller coaster with more downs than ups. As usual, even the most depressing observations are given with a sarcastic and witty tone which we all know and love. The violence as well as the depressing moments have all been turned up for this one though, and it can be quite rough at times. I look forward to the next installment!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up And the Rest Is History in three words, what would they be?
emotional, side-splittingly funny
What did you like best about this story?
The way Jody Taylor writes a story that is both incredibly funny yet also exceptionally emotional and at times very difficult to read. Her work satisfies my need for something that both makes me laugh uncontrolably and cry like a baby.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
It's hard to choose because there are so many great ones, but the tea party in the grounds is probably my favourite. I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Just read it! Zara's naration is incredible, so that aspect of the series will not disappoint.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
without spoiling anything, I really loved the scene where Max is sitting on the stairs and suddenly she is surrounded by almost the entire staff of St Mary's while they all await Leon's return. It's just a beautiful display of solidarity, and written so well. I wish I worked there.
Any additional comments?
It's so hard to write about this book without giving anything away. Chances are if you read the previous 7 books, you will read it anyway, but if you haven't, then you really need to start from the beginning. Don't start from here as the jumping around in time will really lose you. This series is however one of the most rewarding I have ever read, so give it a try!
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
From start (max's worst day) to finish this is a fast paced, rollercoaster of a novel, full of one liners mixed with sadness and joy. The place of historical events in contemporary time visited where - Ancient Egypt, the lead up to the Norman Conquest and the battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings, and finally the Fall of Constantinople.
A cracking read and real page turner, in an audio way
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
Normally I can't stop listening, Jodi's books in this series are real page turners. And the sad moments are balanced by the humour. But I must admit that the tragedy that happens early on in this book left me stunned and reluctant to continue; I needed a break to get over the disturbing image that kept on being replayed. Nevertheless I persisted and as usual, I loved the book. Now I can't wait for the next one.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful