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Time Travel YA Fantasy Review: Changing Nature by April White

Changing Nature by April White (The Immortal Descendants #3)


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Synopsis from Goodreads
Immortal Descendants are disappearing and seventeen-year-old Clocker Saira Elian is next on the list…

Saira and Archer’s romantic London summer is shattered by the bold kidnappings of Immortal Descendants. It’s clear Mongers want control of the Descendant Families, and when they target a powerful Shifter, there’s no doubt they will eliminate anyone who stands in their way.

A split in time could be the cause of this new Monger aggression, and Saira, Archer and Ringo suspect their time-traveling nemesis Bishop Wilder. One dangerous world is exchanged for another when Saira and her friends track Wilder to the gloomy streets of Paris in 1429. They find the city besieged by marauding wolves led by a fanatical peasant girl who will be known to history as Joan of Arc.

Crossing the time stream to repair it has dropped them into the heart of the Hundred Years’ War on the eve of an epic battle, where the line between friends and enemies will be drawn in blood. To finally end the deadly game of cat and mouse with Wilder, Saira must confront her greatest challenge yet: the truth about her changing Nature.

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8.5/10

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Like all books by April White, Changing Nature rocked my socks. The closest comparison I can come up with for this paranormal fantasy is Deborah Harkness' trilogy,  although the witches here are replaced by Immortal Descendants with various talents.



Saira is a Clocker, a time traveller, and at just under 18-years of age she's already managed to stop Jack The Ripper in Victorian London and save Elizabeth Tudor from the executioner's axe - all in a pursuit of a villain bent on splitting the time stream for his own gain.

This time Saira, Archer and their friends have to travel into 15th century France during The Hundred Years' War, and I admit I was hooked straight away. I LOVE this time period, mostly due to my intense crush on Catherine series by Juliette Benzoni, which I read countless times in my teenage years, but it's also oh so....juicy! and Miss White depicted it really well.

Changing Nature is extremely well-paced, very intense and well-crafted. Saira is a fantastic heroine. She reminds me of Buffy Summers with her tenacity, levelheadedness and the ability to gather loyal supporters around her who will follow her into the fire. Despite her superpower (time travel) she is an ordinary tomboy with a knack for free running, and that only makes me admire her even more. Great story, awesome series, very much recommended.

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Перемена Натуры - потрясающая книга, как и всё, что выходит из под пера Эйприл Уайт. Ближе всего эта серия к трилогии Деборы Харкнесс и написана в том же жанре паранормального фэнтези, только вместо ведьм здесь Бессмертные Потомки с разными талантами.

Саира - путешественница во времени, Клокер, и за свои почти 18 лет уже успела остановить Джека Потрошителя в Викторианском Лондоне и спасти Элизабет Тюдор от  топора палача - всё это в погоне за бессмертным злодеем, пытающимся изменить прошлое для своих целей. В этот раз Саира, Арчер и их друзья отправляются во Францию времён Столетней Войны, чтобы предотвратить ещё одно из нарушений временного потока.

Я должна сказать, что очень люблю этот период благодаря серии "Катрин" Жюльетты Бенцони, которой я зачитывалась в подростковом возрасте. Однако настоящей звездой книги всё же остаётся Саира. Она напоминает мне Баффи Саммерс своими упрямством, настойчивостью и смекалкой, и также как и Баффи она окружена верными друзьями, готовыми ради неё на всё.

Перемена Натуры - книга напряжённая, полная экшна и очень интересная. Мисс Уайт остаётся одним из лучших примеров жанра в подростковом фикшне, и серию эту я вам очень советую.
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