Today it’s a pleasure to take part in the BlogTour A Crown in Time by Jennifer Macaire.
Jennifer Macaire is an American living in France. She likes to read, eat chocolate, and plays a mean game of golf. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St Peter and Paul High School in St Thomas and moved to NYC where she modelled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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About the book
In the far future, a convicted criminal is given a chance at redemption. Her mission? To save the crown of France by convincing a young noble not to join the ill-fated Eighth Crusade.
But nothing goes as planned, and Isobel finds herself accompanying a hot-headed youth on his way to fight the infidel in Tunis: a battle Isobel knows is fated to be lost.
From the rainy villages of medieval France, to the scorching desert of Tunis – Isobel faces her destiny and tries to fulfil her duty, knowing she can never return to her time, knowing that a wrong move can doom the future, or doom her to be burned as a witch.
Let me start out by saying that the future has a lot to answer for. Imagine the sheer audicity of a future civilisation thinking they can not only meddle and direct the past as they wish, but also mete out punishment in the form of abandoned time-travellers.
The whole idea in itself is a contradiction. We will send you back to ensure a certain event in history happens or doesn’t happen, and if you aren’t succesful you will be expunged from history – oh and by the way it’s a one way ticket. As if the presence of someone who shouldn’t be there in the first place isn’t going to cause any ripples in time whatsoever, especially if they are then resigned to being stuck there regardless of how their mission goes.
Isobel was a bit of a mixed bag for me. At times she appeared fully aware of any possible impact she may have on time and at others she was just reckless, which explains why nothing goes as planned.
What is clear is that, and I found it quite a valid point, is that theoretical knowledge is not the same as on-hand experience. It is one thing to read of poverty, disease, violence and misery, it’s quite another to experience medieval times in the flesh. I think that is certainly a footnote for historians to ponder upon, especially when the research department is prepping time-fixers.
It’s historical fiction within a futuristic setting. Macaire lets the more modern part of the premise walk hand in hand with the historical part like a silent partner. The occasional slip of a word, phrase and flashback is often the only reminder that the main character is merely a pawn in a bigger picture.
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