The River of No Return

The River of No Return

Book - 2013
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In Bee Ridgway's wonderfully imaginative debut novel, a man and a woman travel through time in a quest to bring down a secret society that controls the past and, thus, the future.

"You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return." Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life's advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild's enemies and to find something called the Talisman.

In 1815, Julia Percy mourns the death of her beloved grandfather, an earl who could play with time. On his deathbed he whispers in her ear: "Pretend!" Pretend what? When Nick returns home as if from the dead, older than he should be and battle scarred, Julia begins to suspect that her very life depends upon the secrets Grandfather never told her. Soon enough Julia and Nick are caught up in an adventure that stretches up and down the river of time. As their knowledge of the Guild and their feelings for each other grow, the fate of the future itself is hanging in the balance.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2013
ISBN: 9780525953869
Branch Call Number: FAN F RID
Characteristics: 452 p. ; 24 cm

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JCLGreggW Jan 15, 2014

A delightful novel of historical fiction with romance, time travel, and fun and interesting characters, Bee Ridgway’s debut novel feels surefooted and masterful, as if she’s been churning these things out for years. Lord and military commander Nick Davenant dies fighting in Spain during the Napoleonic Wars, but wakes up 200 years in the future and told he’s a member of a time-travelling group called the Guild. During a trip back to his original time to find a talisman that could rip time apart, he comes across Julia Percy, a young woman with her own time manipulation secrets but with no knowledge of the Guild. The plot meanders and winds around a bit, but you won’t even notice since you’re having such a fun time with the characters. A great beach read, and a great novel in the tradition of A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness and the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon.

KHaney Jan 03, 2014

If you loved Discovery of Witches and the Diana Gabaldon series, you will love this book too! Interesting story, great historical detail. Can't wait for the second in the series.

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stephaniedchase
Dec 13, 2013

Nick Davenant is a marquess who suddenly, and inexplicably, found himself flung 200 years into the future. Discovered by The Guild, a group of time travelers like him, Nick learns he has a set of unusual skills, and learns to hide those skills in order to fit into modern life. Firmly settled into his life of gentlemanly leisure, he is called into service by The Guild and learns he is needed to go back in time -- to 1815, three years following his disappearance on the battlefield. Once there, he is reunited with the woman who has long been part of his dreams, the lovely Julia, who has secrets of her own.

Combining the world-weariness of some of our favorite long-living characters of recent novels (Matthew from A Discovery of Witches and Jake from The Last Werewolf come to mind) with a meditation on the fickle nature of time, the magic that flows beneath what we think we know, the power of love, shifting alliances, and a look at a Britain on the verge of massive transformation, The River of No Return is an engrossing and entirely satisfying read with elements to appeal to a wide variety of genre readers.

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bshoeline
Sep 08, 2013

I really enjoyed the story. It is interesting to view history from the perspective of the people present in the time and how they might view it if they knew what the future would bring. I am looking forward to the sequel!

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kubiak458
Jun 28, 2013

Finally finished! This book went on for entirely too long. The editor should have cut at least 200 pages, or more, of babbling. I liked the idea of the story so I kept giving it just a few more pages. After a while I was just too invested to quit. Come to find out it’s a series, so the story isn’t over, and I don’t plan on reading the rest. Boy, I’m sure glad I was such a trooper and finished the book! I guess it’s a good thing I wasn’t reading it near a river, or I might have given it a good toss, and brought true meaning to the title. I couldn’t because it’s a library book. This book killed my reading pace so I’m off to find one to resurrect it.(less)

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