Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier




Publisher: Macmillan


Date Published: 10th May 2011


Pages: 322




Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.




Thank you, thank you, thank you to whoever thought it was a good idea to have this book translated from German. I learnt some rudimentary German in high school but don’t think I would be able to read an entire novel in German.


If you are unaware, this is a trilogy about a girl in a family where once every couple of generations there is a time traveller. And this time Gwen is the time traveller… intrigue ensues.


The concept of time travel in this universe is very well explained. I find there is something annoying when a book about time travel is all over the place and you just don’t understand how things work and why.


The Institution that has been implemented to assist the time travellers of past and present is amazing and diverse. I feel that there is so much more to all these characters that the author hasn’t told us yet.


This is a whirlwind tale through – and a race against – time. Excellent for anyone who love mystery, adventure and romance all wrapped into one.


There is apparently a movie adaptation named Rubinrot. Only, it’s in German. I may need to see if I am able to get a copy in English that will play in DVD/BluRay in Australia, because this book would work so well as a movie.


For me, I would rate this 4.25 out of 5 with a big thumbs up. I’m interested to see where Gwen and Gideon end up and learn more about the other time travellers.

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