Sara Livingstone’s school trip to the Beijing Palace Museum takes a terrifying turn when an encounter with the ancient Qingming Scroll thrusts her a thousand years into China’s past. With secrets in the shadows and danger around every corner, Sara must take her place in a cosmic battle and find the courage to face an unworldly ancient magic.
With thanks to Anne from Random Things Through My Letterbox, for providing a paperback copy to review for this tour.
After reading the synopsis I felt this would be mainly about Sara and an adventure solely about her, however this story provides so much more.
Sara and her Grandmother spend time together while her parents work, in the beginning Sara would enjoy her stories, however as she becomes older, she wants to do more things with her friends and feels she shouldn’t have to spend so much time with her, if she doesn’t want to, why is her Grandmother’s stories so important? Sara soon finds out why!
There are plenty of magical moments in this story, from Sara jumping back in time, into past China to the Immortals and their powers.
While Sara is in past China, there are moments that are quite brutal, people being chased and hunted down, families being taken as prisoners and used as slaves or left for dead.
In-between reading more about Sara the story flashes back into past China, where the reader learns more about where this all started, with Shan Mu and Shan Wu.
The story has Sara fighting for her life and being provided with two very special magical gifts, Shan Wu fighting for what he felt was right, although it creates a very dramatic consequence, due to his own actions.
While Sara and her family are visiting Scotland, Sara and her father climb Ben Nevis where Sara faces her own challenges, as she climbs.
As the story slowly unravels, you get to know more about how the past has affected the future, who is involved and how Sara finds out the clues to solve it.
The ending is quite fascinating, creating questions you will feel need answering, you will need to read the next book to find out what happens next in Sara’s adventure!
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About the Authors
Scott Lauder was born in Ayrshire, Scotland. Having taught in Greece, Japan, and England, he now lives with his wife and four cats in the UAE where he teaches English. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and drinking good coffee. His other books include The Right Thing, A Single Shot, and The Boy-King Tutankhamun.
David Scott Ross has traveled and taught throughout Asia since he first moved there in 1987. He currently teaches in upstate NY, where he lives with his wife and two sons. When David is not writing or teaching, he dreams about becoming a chef, a rock star, maybe an actor, but probably not all at once. At present, he is wrapping up two projects: Pastimes, encounters with a Stone Age people, and Dim, a detective novel.