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Review | The Black Tempest

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It’s summer in Emmett’s Bluff, and the ice is spreading. Six months after confronting an enemy from the future, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have returned to their normal teenage lives. Or, they’ve tried to. During the battle to save their town, a mysterious force awoke inside the twins. Time calls to them, and it’s growing too strong to be ignored.

When warriors from a mysterious ancient kingdom appear, they bring warnings of an unstoppable foe—one whose control of the ice is powered by Time itself. But ice is far more than the Black Tempest’s signature. As the twins uncover the truth behind it, they realize their town is only the beginning. If the Black Tempest is not stopped here, his corruption will threaten the very course of history.

As cold advances and doom draws near, the twins’ only hope lies in learning to wield Time itself, and in trusting their strange new friends—even if those friends have secrets of their own.

** from Goodreads

Hott Review:

I wasn’t expecting The Black Tempest. Admittedly, I should have been A Year of Lightning snuck up on me too, yet I was still shocked when I was drawn into a story I couldn’t put down.

The action in The Black Tempest is non-stop. So much so that before I was even 40% in I ordered print editions of both books in the Time Shift Trilogy for my son. (The middle child doesn’t love eBooks ;( what’s wrong with that kid?) Between the action, that was sometimes too fast for my old brain, the solid friendships, and the age-old fight of good and evil this book is sure to please!

While A Year of Lightning was firmly in the middle-grade category, The Black Tempest is a solid YA read. The romantic relationships have moved to the next level, there is some searing smooching, and there’s some alcohol use by one of the teens that’s not necessarily appropriate for younger readers. Most in high-school will have seen/experienced more but for the MG, probably not. (Yes, I know I live in my own little bubble of conservativism.)

While you don’t need to read A Year of Lightning to enjoy The Black Tempest, you won’t want to miss the first book in this enthralling series! I actually can’t wait for the finale. Except, there are some events that are alluded to and I’m already dreading the heartbreak for this family that’s already overcome so much.

All in all, I recommend The Black Tempest to all, but especially to high-school boys and reluctant readers. Remember, I even BOUGHT copies with my own money AFTER reading it!


Author: Ryan Dalton
Source: Jolly Fish Press
Publisher & Date: April 25th 2017 by North Star Editions
Genre: YA Sci Fi Adventure
ISBN: 1631631063 (ISBN13: 9781631631061)
Pages: 448
Grade: A+
Ages: 15+
Steam: YA
Setting: Emmett’s Bluff
Series: The Time Shift Trilogy #2
The Year of Lightning
The Year of Lightning
The Black Tempest
The Black Tempest

Author Bio:

RYAN DALTON either wears a cape and fights crime abroad, or he writes about it from his red captain’s chair at home. Perhaps he’s a superhero that’s trained with the world’s finest heroes, or he’s a lifelong geek who sings well and makes a decent dish of spaghetti. It’s also plausible that he’s been plotting to take over the world since he was ten, or that he’s since been writing novels to stir the heart and spark the imagination. Either way he lives in an invisible spaceship that’s currently hovering above Phoenix, Arizona.

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