PUBLISHER: Hot Key Books
DATE PUBLISHED: 16th February 2016
It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.
Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…
Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.
A time-traveling pirate ship…. I think that will pretty much sell everyone on this new story by Heidi Heilig. The plot is truly exhilarating with so much packed into these pages. This swashbuckling adventure had so much happening that blurred the lines between Fantasy and reality.
The characters were incredible. From Nix and her power to navigate to her father, Slate, who is addicted to finding maps to take him back to a time when his deceased wife was alive. Kash is a truly intriguing character whose background I imagined to be Arabian Nights. His relationship and protection of Nix was touching.
The primary setting of this book was Honolulu, Hawaii. Based in 1886 the concept of a time traveling pirate ship made way for many liberated treasures under deck including outfits to help the crew fit in. Hawaii is a tropical paradise that was a stunning setting for this story and lent its own magic.
Overall, this was truly a unique story with not only adventure but many complicated interpersonal relationships. This was an amazing story with a fast pace and positively loveable characters. Picture Pirates of the Caribbean mixed with Doctor Who… but truly unique.
Keep Calm and Read On,