Friday, July 23, 2010

Review - Amethyst Destiny

Title: Amethyst Destiny
Author: Pamela Montgomerie
Publishing Date: May 2010
Genre: Time Travel
Rating: B-
Sensuality: Warm
Book Disclosure: I purchased this book new.

Amethyst Destiny is the second book in Pamela Montgomerie's Jewels of Time series. Julia Brodie is sent back through time to 1688 after her cousin gives her a special necklace. She finds herself in a castle in Scotland standing before a man who believes he is responsible for her time-travel. Talon, known as the wizard thinks the magical ring he wears brought her to him in order to help him find a lamp. Julia and Talon work together to find the lamp and send her back home, but they both harbor feelings for each other that complicate the situation.

Julia Brodie is one of those heroines who get on my nerves. She was a prickly little booger, always snipping at Talon and just being a pain in the ass in general. Now, Julia has valid reasons for most of her behavior, but it was annoying all the same. Talon has his own issues which stem from low self esteem. He doesn't think he is worth much without his magical ring. The good news is that Julia sees beyond that and believes him to be a good man and worthy of her love.

The pacing in Amethyst Destiny is good. There is plenty of action to keep the story moving forward. The nice thing about the characters is that they morph and grow as the story moves along. I have noticed that Mongomerie is not afraid to delve into more horrific events to stir up the readers’ imaginations. The time travel element, while fantastical itself feels more realistic to Montgomerie's writing, which leads a more realistic style as far as lifestyle and human emotions go. I didn't like Amethyst Destiny as much as I did Sapphire Dreams, however I am not ready to write this series off yet.

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Hilcia said...

Jill, I haven't read a time travel book in a long time! I wonder if the heroine adapts to the 1600's when she's there... at least superficially?

I think I stopped reading these types of books after the last one I read where the heroine went around wearing her jeans and designer boots under her long skirts throughout the whole story... and well, her LAPTOP worked (during mideval times). I decided to give myself a break after that. :D

Jill D. said...

Hi Hilcia!

Yes, the heroine adapts to the time period. I would recommend reading Sapphire Dreams first. It is the first book in this series and I enjoyed it a little more than this one. It definitely sticks with the time period.

I wonder if you are refering to one of the Masters of Time books by Brenda Joyce. I had to stop reading that series because the characters seriously got on my nerves. I think I remember reading one of the heroines wearing her jeans and high heels in the past. I didn't remember about the laptop though, LOL!

Hilcia said...

Thank you Jill. I might give these a try.

Yes, those are the books I'm referring to! And yes... I believe it's the first woman that travels in time? Her laptop worked (magically, somehow, it didn't make sense!). I gave the books away so now I can't look it up. :( But hmm... although I know these were not the best, they managed to turn me off a sub-genre a used to enjoy. Maybe it's time a tried some of them again.

Jill D. said...

Hilcia - This series was the first time-travel novels that I had read in a while. Not that many are published any more and it is one of my favorite genres. If you do give this series a try, I hope you enjoy it. I'd love to hear what you think about them.