A Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St. Mary's #4)
St Mary’s is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth instalment of the Chronicles.Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don’t even make it to lunchtime.The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they’re pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide and seek until they’re finally forced to take refuge at St Mary’s – where new dangers await them.As usual, there are plenty of moments of humour, but the final, desperate, Battle of St Mary’s is in grim earnest. Overwhelmed and outnumbered and with the building crashing down around them, how can St Mary’s possibly survive?So, make sure the tea’s good and strong…

A Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St. Mary's #4) Details

TitleA Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St. Mary's #4)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 24th, 2015
PublisherAccent Press
ISBN-139781910939499
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adventure, Audiobook, Humor, Romance

A Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St. Mary's #4) Review

  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Hook, line, and sinker.This series has it all, historical adventure and quicksilver wit, but more importantly, it is stuffed to the gills with great characters that are constantly shifting and changing, and like quicksand we step into them at our peril, only to lose ourselves more as we struggle against them.Am I happier after the roller coaster that was the previous novel? Yes. Absolutely. I was given a little breathing space by how this had turned into a novel of a chase through time, and it g Hook, line, and sinker.This series has it all, historical adventure and quicksilver wit, but more importantly, it is stuffed to the gills with great characters that are constantly shifting and changing, and like quicksand we step into them at our peril, only to lose ourselves more as we struggle against them.Am I happier after the roller coaster that was the previous novel? Yes. Absolutely. I was given a little breathing space by how this had turned into a novel of a chase through time, and it gave me just enough time to get used to the fact that I think I like these character iterations just a bit more than the previous ones. Huh? You ask? Well if you have to ask then you haven't read the novels and it really isn't my place to spoil such things for you here, now is it. But if you're curious, then maybe, just maybe, you ought to be reading this grand, grand stuff, and know just how delicious and heartwarming and heartbreaking it is. :)That being said, I had a great time with many of the particulars, and especially loved the tribute to Connie Willis's Doomsday Book. And I was a bit miffed that we didn't get more time with Akhenaten, I can't really complain. It was rather a whirlwind romance. I mean, run for their lives. :)Am I satisfied with how everything got situated? Hell yes. Do I retain all faith in the powers of Jodi Taylor to tear my heart out and stamp on it a bit before pumping it with a massive dose of antibiotics and carefully stitching it back up into my chest? Yes.She's one hell of a storyteller. :)
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  • Trish
    January 1, 1970
    *takes a deep breath*Phew, we made it! And you know what? Especially compared to the last one, this was EASY! Of course it was a race at break-neck speed and we got an epic battle as well, but overall it was more humorous and the happenings were more light-hearted than in the previous books. Which is to say: (view spoiler)[no further MC died! Honestly, I wouldn't have been surprised if the author had had the balls to kill off Leon AGAIN, but I was happy beyond belief that she didn't (hide spoile *takes a deep breath*Phew, we made it! And you know what? Especially compared to the last one, this was EASY! Of course it was a race at break-neck speed and we got an epic battle as well, but overall it was more humorous and the happenings were more light-hearted than in the previous books. Which is to say: (view spoiler)[no further MC died! Honestly, I wouldn't have been surprised if the author had had the balls to kill off Leon AGAIN, but I was happy beyond belief that she didn't (hide spoiler)]! Of course, that makes me all the more apprehensive about the next book, but I digress ...In this installement of The Chronicles of St. Mary's Max and Leon are running from the Time Police that started chasing them almost immediately after Mrs. Partridge had brought Max to what I call TimeLine 2. Of course, the author probably did that to toss the two characters this way and that way in order to see (or, rather, in order to keep the reader guessing) if the two would start fighting each other or fit together. I am still not convinced (view spoiler)[the whole I-live-in-a-parallel-timeline-now-but-they-are-all-just-like-my-people thing actually works for me. It might be extremely similar but it's just not the same! Sure, it's a convenient way to let Max have it all despite dramatic events and I really love this Leon, even more than the other one, but I just can't shake that feeling ... (hide spoiler)] but I love me a good chase and thanks to their constant hopping with the pod, we got to see and experience quite a number of very interesting historical places like the River Thames frost fair or even Pompeji! But this book is about more than that. So much more. St. Mary's itself is at risk and we finally know what Dr. Bairstow and Leon were sent back for (something readers have been kept in the dark about ever since book 1)!The most important thing about St. Mary's being at risk, was to correctly portray its soul. Its people. And Jodi Taylor managed, once again, to be brilliant at that. Whether it is the fighting Major Guthrie, the eccentric chief medical officer, the wacky Prof. Rapson and Dr. Dowson or faithful Tim Peterson ... THIS is what St. Mary's is all about and what makes it so special. The best scenes were (view spoiler)[when Max FINALLY opened up about her past - and what a dreadful one, I was expecting it and still it made me rage - and Leon gave her the PERFECT gift later (hide spoiler)] or when (view spoiler)[Max and Tim2 bonded while he was lying there, infected with the plague (hide spoiler)] or when (view spoiler)[Prof. Rapson and Dr. Dowson revealed their true characters that aren't that clumsy at all but sharper than a Katana and calmed Max down (hide spoiler)] or the epic trial that had me laughing throughout because I just love this sort of thing. Not to mention the incredibly funny bits like this little gem: I resurfaced to find they were discussing Prentiss's love life. Or lack thereof."It's quite easy, really," Hunter was saying. "You just talk to them. These days, men can understand even quite complicated words. Watch."She turned to Markham, who had recently returned to the orbit of her affection like an erratic comet, and smiled dazzingly at him. As always, whenever she was near, he sat up and looked like an expectant spaniel. She dropped her voice an octave or two. "Well, hello there, big boy. And how tall are you?"He swallowed hard. "Five foot six.""Well, let's forget about the five feet and talk about the six inches, shall we?"I thought he was going to faint. He made the faint gobbling noises of one whose blood has fled south for the winter.Hunter regarded him complacently and then turned back to Prentiss."See? Easy. Give it a go.""I will."She looked around. Major Guthrie was just walking past."Good afternoon, Major. How tall are you?""Um, six feet and half an inch," he said, and stood bewildered, as, to a man, St. Mary's slid to the floor and laughed its head off.[...]It would have taken a better women than me to resist the temptation."Leon, how tall are you?""Five foot ten inches."What can you say. I mean, this is just too funny, admit it!Everytime St. Mary's is described I get this cozy feeling. A bit like Hogwarts and the Gryffindor common room in Harry Potter. Warm and safe, smelling of tea (and possibly some kind of explosion thanks to R&D) and just ... home. Which is why I wanted to cry when (view spoiler)[almost the entire building was blown up/burned/shot to smithereens during the final battle - again, there is a comparison to Hogwarts. (hide spoiler)] Thankfully, it is just (view spoiler)[the structure itself (which is bad enough for me). It will probably be rebuilt soon, and the people - except a few we only knew briefly by name - survive. Moreover, HOW St. Mary's fought was just perfect and definitely a sight to behold and it just warmed my heart. That everything went relatively well (hide spoiler)] was a HUGE surprise and tremendous relief. We did get a little less historical stuff in this one (many jumps but except for Pompeji only brief glimpses) but I didn't mind. It made for a nice and refreshing change, although I will be glad to be back on assignments!Overall, what stands out about this installment is how sweet the characters are (except for BB of course). That was just the balm I needed. Bear 2.0 Moreover, it was made clear that the author apparently thought every action through (maybe even before she started the very first book) and I can't help but have complete and utter faith in her ability to bring it all together in a very satisfying way, which is why I'm upgrading my ratings for the previous books where I had deducted a star because I wasn't completely sold.
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  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    January 1, 1970
    I was on the fence for this series books 1-3On the one hand I liked all the history stuff and visiting different moments in history to see what it was really like. On the other hand the drama llama would always rear its ugly head in the relationship aspect and Max and Leon just could not get their shit together enough emotionally to have a grown up conversation for a moment. Then there were the shenanigans at the end of book 3 that I liked and hated all at the same time. It was confusing.Well no I was on the fence for this series books 1-3On the one hand I liked all the history stuff and visiting different moments in history to see what it was really like. On the other hand the drama llama would always rear its ugly head in the relationship aspect and Max and Leon just could not get their shit together enough emotionally to have a grown up conversation for a moment. Then there were the shenanigans at the end of book 3 that I liked and hated all at the same time. It was confusing.Well no more I liked this book so much that I’m glad I gave this series another try. Again we hurtle through history and I’m surprised by how much I enjoy the little snippets that we get to see of different times. I also am loving the new Max/Leon dynamic and change up of the bad guy situation.Max and Leon 2.0 are so much more well adjusted and better for each other and I finally feel some of the heat/chemistry between them on a deeper level that just the sleeping together aspect. Plus they had adult conversations, some of them rather silly and fun, but the drama was never due to some stupid fight between them. “I’m not a surgeon.’‘You don’t have to be. You’re an engineer. That’s almost the same thing.’‘Your ignorance is frightening.” The new threat to St. Mary’s seems very real and getting to know the new St. Mary’s 2.0 took a little getting used to but overall it seemed like it was going to be a lot of fun. Now this is time travel with a multiverse so I had to let some logic go. Because some of he things that have happened up to this point didn’t happen in both places but people still ended up about the same place. Did that sentence make any sense probably not, but that was half the point. I had to let go that Max/Leon 2.0 didn’t have some of the same experiences together that Max/Leon 1.0 did and so a few things don’t match up but overall they still ended up together and had the same overall experiences. Anyway I just gave up said “sod it” and moved on with the story without trying to put real world logic into it. So I’m glad I continued the series because it is a lot of fun overall and the big showdown at the end had some sad moments but also some really great ones, condoms full of flour being one of them. I’m looking forward into seeing what other kinds of trouble Max/Leon and Peterson can get into going forward.
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    You know, Somebody--like the folks over at Torchwood, seeing as they're done with that series, or HBO (they sooo need to drop that dreadful True Blood series) reeeeeeally should take a look at these books and run with 'em. Seriously, y'all, let's not even worry about telling Goodreads & Ms. Taylor how BRILLIANT this book is and get down to brass tacks, hmm? Who should play Max? Ooooo, how about Rose "You-know-nothing-Jon-Snow" Leslie? Or Leon? Mrs. Partridge? Dr. Bairstow? I know, I know, GO You know, Somebody--like the folks over at Torchwood, seeing as they're done with that series, or HBO (they sooo need to drop that dreadful True Blood series) reeeeeeally should take a look at these books and run with 'em. Seriously, y'all, let's not even worry about telling Goodreads & Ms. Taylor how BRILLIANT this book is and get down to brass tacks, hmm? Who should play Max? Ooooo, how about Rose "You-know-nothing-Jon-Snow" Leslie? Or Leon? Mrs. Partridge? Dr. Bairstow? I know, I know, GOT & Outlander were out forever before they were wisely developed for the small screen, but I don't want to wait that long! HA! Again, my heartfelt thanks, Ms. Taylor, for the incredible ride.
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. This really is a gem of a series! Presumably by this point in the series, readers will agree with me-otherwise why would you still be reading it?! The first half got a bit repetitive and I was starting to think maybe Jodi Taylor was off her game a bit...and THEN it all picked up. I love the camaraderie, the characters of St. Mary's, even Isabella Barclay- the one we love to hate! But most of all- Maxwell and her irrepressible personality. I even love the frustration of the reader each 4.5 stars. This really is a gem of a series! Presumably by this point in the series, readers will agree with me-otherwise why would you still be reading it?! The first half got a bit repetitive and I was starting to think maybe Jodi Taylor was off her game a bit...and THEN it all picked up. I love the camaraderie, the characters of St. Mary's, even Isabella Barclay- the one we love to hate! But most of all- Maxwell and her irrepressible personality. I even love the frustration of the reader each time Farrell and Maxwell are torn apart so often by time travel!Recommended, but start at the beginning if you don't know this series.
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  • Steven
    January 1, 1970
    I can't praise this book series enough. Even when the author turns everything we know on its side and upside down and backwards and shakes it all up, these books are still well-written, fun, sexy, exciting, action-packed, and adventurous.Quickly worming its way up into my favorites list. :)
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  • Choko
    January 1, 1970
    *** 4.25 ***A buddy read with the Wednesday UF group @ BB&B!St Mary’s 2.0 and Leon 2.0... Really, the whole world is 2.0 and only Max is the original version, feeling kind of confused and lost in this so very same and so completely different world. Mrs. Partridge has a lot of brass to be doing this to our favorite neurotic historian. I am still not sure I can forgive everything the author put us through the previous book. However, arousing all those feelings in the reader, despite most of th *** 4.25 ***A buddy read with the Wednesday UF group @ BB&B!St Mary’s 2.0 and Leon 2.0... Really, the whole world is 2.0 and only Max is the original version, feeling kind of confused and lost in this so very same and so completely different world. Mrs. Partridge has a lot of brass to be doing this to our favorite neurotic historian. I am still not sure I can forgive everything the author put us through the previous book. However, arousing all those feelings in the reader, despite most of them being randomly heartbreaking, is a mark of a talented author who knows how to involve the reader emotionally in her tales. Well, after the devastating happenings in book 3, I was kind of expecting a gentle easing into the next life of Max and Leon. However, all my hopes for a relaxing read were blown away by immediate jump into the typical for the members of St Mary’s chaos and world shattering destruction. Almost from the first page, after some recapping, our heroes were pressed into jumping to London in the 17th century, Ancient Egypt, Pompeii, and eventually plague ridden 14th century Southwark. There is a new player in the mix - the Time Police, a special military unit which has been created sometime in the future and its only reason for existing is to police and ruthlessly enforce the rules of Time Travel, mostly destroying all alleged anomalies. "...“The whole thing is completely weird, unbelievable, and impossible. On the other hand, I travel through time for a living, so don’t talk to me about weird, unbelievable, or impossible. Really,” ..." It is good to see some old friends but also disconcerting, because although we think we know them, they are not quite the same and everything is just a bit off, just enough to keep you on your toes. The queen Bitch is back and just as bitchy as always. With all the history we get to visit and all the violence inflicted all around, I am surprised that humanity has not blown itself completely up long time ago... "... “I personally think humans have got about as far as we can go. We're wrecking the planet. We're never short of good reasons to massacre each other. Wrong god. Wrong race. Wrong color. Wrong sex. I'm actually quite surprised a thoroughly pissed-off History hasn't waved a flaming sword and we're all back in caves in the snow, chewing on half-cooked mammoth. And even that's more than we deserve.No wonder we still can't get to Mars. I suspect the Universe is making damned sure we don't get the chance to contaminate other planets with our stupidity. It's keeping us on this one where the only thing we can damage is each other.” ..." There are many very disturbing scenes and implications, some of them needed and some of them who knows how relevant to the overall plot, but Ms. Taylor has managed to retain her creative cruelty to all - her characters and readers, no one left unhurt... At the same time, I am completely addicted to the world and want to know everything that has happened, is happening now, and will happen in the future to all those who are still standing... St. Mary's is what it is - a place for laughter, tears and a lot of hilarious and tragic history and the historians who study it!!! Obviously, Historian is the new Superhero!!!! "... “Getting things done at St Mary’s is a bit like elephants mating,’ explained Peterson. A remark that caused some mystification. ‘You know – there’s frantic activity at high level. There’s screaming and stamping. A lot of dust is raised. Nothing happens for two years and then you’re crushed by the result.” ..." Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you Need in the pages of a Good Book!!!
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  • Jaya
    January 1, 1970
    I can't get enough...Already dreading when i'l finally run out of books in the series, although there are few more to go and a few itsy-bitsy novellas floating about
  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come :) 3.5*
  • Ian
    January 1, 1970
    Leon and Max both died. And now they're both back. In this episode they must do battle with brutal time police who are hunting them down for messing with the time line in a St Mary's of an alternate dimension. You know how sometimes day-time soap operas kill off a character and then six months later their identical twin brother shows up, usually to do a little ratings CPR? Well to be honest this book really feels like that. It's still quite good though.
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  • Richard Derus
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: St Mary’s is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth instalment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don’t even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they’re pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide and seek until they’re finally forced to take ref Rating: 4.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: St Mary’s is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth instalment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don’t even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they’re pursued up and down the timeline, playing a perilous game of hide and seek until they’re finally forced to take refuge at St Mary’s – where new dangers await them. As usual, there are plenty of moments of humour, but the final, desperate, Battle of St Mary’s is in grim earnest. Overwhelmed and outnumbered and with the building crashing down around them, how can St Mary’s possibly survive? So, make sure the tea’s good and strong… My Review: This was a satisfactory entry into the ongoing series of time-travel themed novels. Several important developments occur and are contextualized. A high-stakes event is played out in such a way as to leave the reader in some doubt as to its outcome.I passed an evening in the company of St Mary's. Perchance you would like to do the same.
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  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't very into the first half, but the second half was dark and serious and I couldn't put it down.
  • Elizabeth Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    This was the best for me of the whole series. Leon and Max took over the first half of the book and it was absolutely fantastic. Jodi Taylor completely redeemed herself after the upset of Book 3 and gave me such a high with this one. I loved it. This relationship - up to now so problematic - really took off in this book. The dialogue between these two is always crisp, clever, witty and heart-warming. And of course I'm madly in love with Leon Farrell!It's a brilliant piece of fiction that simply This was the best for me of the whole series. Leon and Max took over the first half of the book and it was absolutely fantastic. Jodi Taylor completely redeemed herself after the upset of Book 3 and gave me such a high with this one. I loved it. This relationship - up to now so problematic - really took off in this book. The dialogue between these two is always crisp, clever, witty and heart-warming. And of course I'm madly in love with Leon Farrell!It's a brilliant piece of fiction that simply drags you along in its wake. I adore this series, and this book is totally my favourite. After reading book five, I turned straight round and read this one all over again. I can't praise the series enough. It's clever, funny, full of highs and lows, and completely mad throughout, but you get so involved, it feels like you're there. Love the characters, familiar and not so much, love the history, love the crazy goings-on. I've said it before, this series is the best thing since Harry Potter.
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  • Maria Dimitrova
    January 1, 1970
    Somewhat of a buddy read with the Wednesday Group of BB&B. Because my eyes still hurt and I had to stay away from the discussion I'm glad I decided to give this book a chance as things have much improved now that we've switched worlds. Unfortunately it took three books to get here and the few things I liked about the previous world did not happen in this one *coughs* killing Bitch-face Barkley *cough*. I really enjoyed the chase through time and the new and improved Leon. Now let's see if Ma Somewhat of a buddy read with the Wednesday Group of BB&B. Because my eyes still hurt and I had to stay away from the discussion I'm glad I decided to give this book a chance as things have much improved now that we've switched worlds. Unfortunately it took three books to get here and the few things I liked about the previous world did not happen in this one *coughs* killing Bitch-face Barkley *cough*. I really enjoyed the chase through time and the new and improved Leon. Now let's see if Max can grow up as well. Though I won't be holding my breath about that. After all both showed incredible immaturity in the previous book. From the moment the Time Police were introduced I started wondering how the hell are these guys given permission to traipse around the timeline. They are incompetent, utterly ignorant and quite honestly a lot bigger threat to the timeline than whatever they were send to prevent. And it was to be expected. Why no one saw how utterly stupid their creation is from the very beginning is beyond me. But then again human stupidity is endless.
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  • Hellvis
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, dear lord. I laughed, I cried... I laughed so hard that people on the train platform started to edge away from me. I laughed at work (when I was meant to be working) and sniggered down the phone to a customer (please don't tell my boss). I'll never again look at a swan and see their majestic beauty - I'll see St. Mary's running en masse in the opposite direction. Of course, any mention of the lake reminds me of the car episode (read the other books), so I don't think I'll ever look at a lake Oh, dear lord. I laughed, I cried... I laughed so hard that people on the train platform started to edge away from me. I laughed at work (when I was meant to be working) and sniggered down the phone to a customer (please don't tell my boss). I'll never again look at a swan and see their majestic beauty - I'll see St. Mary's running en masse in the opposite direction. Of course, any mention of the lake reminds me of the car episode (read the other books), so I don't think I'll ever look at a lake in the same light either...As usual, I digress. I was had at 'we didn't even make it past lunchtime'. Lunchtime? Pah. The Marmite hadn't even thought about getting intimate with the toast, which is a crime in itself, but I soon forgot about that. This is St. Mary's afterall, and with the Time Police rampaging up and down the timeline, condiments were the last thing on my mind...
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  • Marjolein
    January 1, 1970
    Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com A Trail Through Time starts off right where A Second Chance ended and basically this is the moment where the aforementioned second chance really comes into play. Leon and Max are on the run and hunted through time and space (though maybe just through time). As they jump up and down the timeline, a new threat becomes more and more clear. And it is not just Leon and Max who are threatened by it. I was a little bit sceptic at the beginning Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com A Trail Through Time starts off right where A Second Chance ended and basically this is the moment where the aforementioned second chance really comes into play. Leon and Max are on the run and hunted through time and space (though maybe just through time). As they jump up and down the timeline, a new threat becomes more and more clear. And it is not just Leon and Max who are threatened by it. I was a little bit sceptic at the beginning of A Trail Through Time. I didn’t particularly care for the whole (view spoiler)[ change of dimensions kind of thing, because it seems like an easy way to create fake suspense. I mean, ‘oops, if Leon or Max are killed again, we jump right into another dimension and all will be well’ (hide spoiler)] I didn’t really care for some of the changes that were made in this novel, although in hind side, after having read the whole series (up to now), I see why Taylor had to so (or it would have been impossible to explain the absence of the Time Police in the first three books. As is the case with more things in the series, that sometimes feel a bit forgotten or too rushed into a conclusion, I still haven’t figured out exactly what Mrs. Partridge’s plan is exactly. Besides these minor points it was just plain old entertainment. I enjoyed it a lot and I can not stress it enough. The characters are gold. I had never expected I would say this about a time travel series, but the characters really make the series. They feel as old friends already.
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  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    January 1, 1970
    From characters to plot, and everything in between, Jodi Taylor's The Chronicles of St. Mary's series is hilarious, touching, fascinating and wonderful. This isn't a series where everything goes perfectly. In fact, lots of people get hurt, fight, do stupid things, and generally make butts of themselves. Max herself being no exception to this rule. But the pain, the stupidity, and the anger is always tempered by laughter, snark, friendship and love.This was true of books 1-3, and its certainly tr From characters to plot, and everything in between, Jodi Taylor's The Chronicles of St. Mary's series is hilarious, touching, fascinating and wonderful. This isn't a series where everything goes perfectly. In fact, lots of people get hurt, fight, do stupid things, and generally make butts of themselves. Max herself being no exception to this rule. But the pain, the stupidity, and the anger is always tempered by laughter, snark, friendship and love.This was true of books 1-3, and its certainly true in A Trail Through Time, the 4th book in The Chronicles of St. Mary's You know when the books open that Max and team are going to get themselves in some sort of trouble, then they'll get through it. Then something else will happen. And that, in the end, St. Mary's will overcome. St. Mary's. Not necessarily any/all of the characters because its amazing that some of them (Markham) even manage to make it down the stairs on a daily basis without breaking their neck. Or blowing themselves and others up (Rapson). Or how long some of them can resist the urge to smack everyone back to the Stone Age (Mrs. Partridge). Never has this been more true than in this book.Max finds herself in a situation she didn't think was possible, racing desperately up and down the timelines with someone she thought lost forever. Pulling her usual tricks of being in exactly the wrong place at exactly the wrong time. Surrounded by familiar strangers, facing an unfamiliar villain, and trying to find a way to deal with Isabella Barclay - again! - Max is in for one of her roughest rides yet.It's a great read, and Max and crew feel like family to me already. The kind that you love to pieces but never get within 5 feet of without making sure there's no way they can accidentally hurt themselves or you. The ones that leave you cherishing at least two or three new memories of laughter every time you see them. The Chronicles of St. Mary's is a must-read series, and A Trail Through Time is an excellent entry into it. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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  •  Olivermagnus
    January 1, 1970
    Trail Through Time is the fourth book of a fascinating historical fiction/time travel series. Madeleine Maxwell is a historian at St. Mary's where they jump through the timeline to “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” I won't even give a hint of what this one is about because events that happened in Book Three, a Second Chance, are referenced numerous times and would only serve as a spoiler for this book.The characters travel to some interesting places including ancient Eg Trail Through Time is the fourth book of a fascinating historical fiction/time travel series. Madeleine Maxwell is a historian at St. Mary's where they jump through the timeline to “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” I won't even give a hint of what this one is about because events that happened in Book Three, a Second Chance, are referenced numerous times and would only serve as a spoiler for this book.The characters travel to some interesting places including ancient Egypt and Pompeii during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The book is a great combination of mystery, historical fiction, and zany humor. We are also introduced to some new villains. I have listened to all four of the series in audio, narrated by the phenomenal Zara Ramm. I can't imagine anyone else doing such a wonderful job and highly recommend the audiobook versions if you can get them. The entire series is quite unique and Jodi Taylor continues to weave engaging stories that keep me coming back. I can't wait to get the next book in the series, No Time Like the Past.
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  • puppitypup
    January 1, 1970
    Adventure/Romance Good stuff!Nonstop action in this one, and I do mean nonstop. I actually docked a point because I needed some breathing room. Which I did finally get, near the end.Again, my highest regard for Ms. Taylor's writing. No matter the immediacy of whatever life-threatening event is at hand, the underlying thread of emotional uncertainty is so well carried, perfectly balanced by bursts of truly funny dialogue.You know how you feel when you reach the half-way point of your vacation, an Adventure/Romance Good stuff!Nonstop action in this one, and I do mean nonstop. I actually docked a point because I needed some breathing room. Which I did finally get, near the end.Again, my highest regard for Ms. Taylor's writing. No matter the immediacy of whatever life-threatening event is at hand, the underlying thread of emotional uncertainty is so well carried, perfectly balanced by bursts of truly funny dialogue.You know how you feel when you reach the half-way point of your vacation, and from that point forward your heart sinks a little each day? That's how I feel right now, only two more books. I really do not want this series to end.There are no cliff-hangers in this series, but the books must be read in order.I saw one or two bad words, no more, and there is one intimate scene, easily skipped.
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  • Carolyn
    January 1, 1970
    Great fun, every one!These wackadoodle time travel adventures are the perfect antidote to a stressful workday. Read them all, every word! I command you!
  • Christa Schönmann Abbühl
    January 1, 1970
    It took me a while to get back to this series after the terrible things that happened in the last volume. This time I have no complaints. It was, as always, one hell of a ride. But worth every minute. And with major improvements in the romance department. I hope this keeps up in future books.
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  • Tim Hicks
    January 1, 1970
    There's definitely a loss of momentum with this one. Since Taylor has gone on to #9, maybe she got it back. But when I see all the point-five novellas etc., I just see a cash cow being milked. We start with a long bit of tiresome fleeing. Go to the past, get in trouble, oh noes we can't get to the pod, oh there it is, ahh just in time! Can they not just once go to the past, decide they should leave, and just leave uneventfully? The good humour is still here, even if it takes the form near the en There's definitely a loss of momentum with this one. Since Taylor has gone on to #9, maybe she got it back. But when I see all the point-five novellas etc., I just see a cash cow being milked. We start with a long bit of tiresome fleeing. Go to the past, get in trouble, oh noes we can't get to the pod, oh there it is, ahh just in time! Can they not just once go to the past, decide they should leave, and just leave uneventfully? The good humour is still here, even if it takes the form near the end of old jokes. I allow it because they are old jokes the St. Mary's staff could plausibly have known. There's a character named Van Owen. An unusual name that also appears in Warren Zevon's "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner." If that was intentional, well played Ms. Taylor. THere's also a character named Polly Perkins. That is quite a bit more interesting, because it is also the name of the lead character in Terry Pratchett's "Monstrous Regiment." in which the major crisis is resolved by .... (view spoiler)[a flour explosion! (hide spoiler)]OK, so we come to the Battle of St. Mary's. (view spoiler)[If they come then Leon's dead. They came. Leon isn't dead. (hide spoiler)] WTF. This is like having Hamlet's body carried off stage by Claudius and Polonius, and then when they complain that he's heavy, Hamlet gets up and takes one end of the stretcher. Next issue: It's been made clear that (view spoiler)[all the other St. Mary's instances will have their hands full with their own Time Police and will not be able to help this one. Then Leon brings a powerful force anyway. (hide spoiler)]Now the battle is over. (view spoiler)[ It's been made clear that nearly everyone we know is dead. Then the tide turns and most of them aren't. (hide spoiler)]Mrs. Partridge can do anything but chooses not to. Series should never have gone there. And in the end, Barclay slips away again, despite being very badly battered. Unless the author was telling porky pies AGAIN. Not the first time she's had a villain slip away to be rescued in the next book.I may not make it to book 9, in which the Earth is blown to smithereens by aliens (who were lied to by still-not-dead-Barclay), but Alternate Maxwell #3 (who was safe in a pod at the time of the explosion) gets Alternate Leon #4 (who we thought was dead, and indeeed he was, but he isn't) to bring a previous backup of Earth made by Mrs. Partridge as one of the inevitable plans made by Dr. Bairstow #2. (There is, of course, only one Mrs. Partridge).
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  • Karsyn
    January 1, 1970
    If you've only read through the first two books of this series, or even got to the 3rd, this one is one you must get to soon. It's just awesome after the end of 3. While not my favorite, it's really pivotal in the series. If you like time travel at all, you should just read all this series, right now!!=================I didn't love this one AS much as the others, but still a 4.5 stars for me. So much changed for it. It was good but crazy and sad at times. I hope that (view spoiler)[she sees HER If you've only read through the first two books of this series, or even got to the 3rd, this one is one you must get to soon. It's just awesome after the end of 3. While not my favorite, it's really pivotal in the series. If you like time travel at all, you should just read all this series, right now!!=================I didn't love this one AS much as the others, but still a 4.5 stars for me. So much changed for it. It was good but crazy and sad at times. I hope that (view spoiler)[she sees HER St Mary's again (hide spoiler)], but even if not, I'm sure she'll still get into lots of troubles. Onto the next!
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  • Linette
    January 1, 1970
    One timeline or another, these books are so much fun!
  • Josie Jaffrey
    January 1, 1970
    Watch The Gin Book Club's video review here: https://www.josiejaffrey.com/single-p...This fourth instalment in the St Mary's series is a bit of a departure from the previous books in the series, but that novelty is refreshing and well-managed. Instead of focussing on one main excursion to the past with a few other adventures thrown in, this book sees Max and Leon jumping from time to time in a series of short visits, culminating in a return to St Mary's for a final showdown.Although Taylor's boo Watch The Gin Book Club's video review here: https://www.josiejaffrey.com/single-p...This fourth instalment in the St Mary's series is a bit of a departure from the previous books in the series, but that novelty is refreshing and well-managed. Instead of focussing on one main excursion to the past with a few other adventures thrown in, this book sees Max and Leon jumping from time to time in a series of short visits, culminating in a return to St Mary's for a final showdown.Although Taylor's books are always pacy, this one really kicks it up a notch. The flitting panic of the first part of the book constantly builds the tension and, combined with the author's habitual humour, this makes for addictive reading.The Good:Where to start? The jam-packed, fun-filled action of these books is always just wonderful.My highlight in this particular novel was the Pompeii excursion. I've been fascinated by Pompeii since I was very small, and I thought the author's glimpse into its destruction was vivid, tragic and compelling. Somehow, she manages to wrap all of that emotion into a bundle that's coated with such gentle regard that it feels loving rather than brutal.The Bad:I'm not sure I have anything bad to say about this book. Those who read my review of the third book in this series may recall that I was unsatisfied with the parallel universe aspect of the story, but in retrospect I think that concern was unfounded. The author deals with the issue head-on, acknowledging that Max and Leon are not each other's version of themselves, but posits that this shouldn't stop them from falling in love. Given that I have such a strong aversion to the mechanic in principle, Taylor must have dealt with it masterfully because I accepted it happily by the end of the book.The Ugly: As with the other books in the series, there were a few squiffy punctuation marks and typos scattered around, but I only noticed about three of each in this instalment.The Quote:"Laughter bubbled inside me, as unstoppable as a greased elephant on a helter-skelter."The first book in this series was recommended to Josie by the Wallingford Bookshop. Then she got hooked...
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The fourth book in this hilarious time-traveling series was just as full of adventure and wit as the previous books. The addition of the Time Police was both fun and exciting (and I still adore the ending to the last book that led into this one). I love these books and all the history I learn from them, the laughter that they cause, and the relationships in them. Looking forward to the next one!
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  • Nigel
    January 1, 1970
    Another really enjoyable St Mary's book. Max is one of those highly appealing characters for me and the whole concept of the series is well worked and written. I'll be reading more but do read them in order.
  • Robyn
    January 1, 1970
    As usual, hijinks galore (exhaustingly so) and a great narrator.
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    It is astounding to me how excellent this series continues to be at the fourth book in. I liked this book as much as I loved the first in the series [which was a LOT - five stars then too].The author is fabulous, and I can only assume that she has everything in this series fully formed out in her head already, because the world-building in this is sensational, the characters are out-of-this-world amazing, and the plots just keep getting funnier, more exciting and more clever with each new book. It is astounding to me how excellent this series continues to be at the fourth book in. I liked this book as much as I loved the first in the series [which was a LOT - five stars then too].The author is fabulous, and I can only assume that she has everything in this series fully formed out in her head already, because the world-building in this is sensational, the characters are out-of-this-world amazing, and the plots just keep getting funnier, more exciting and more clever with each new book. Chronicles of St. Mary's is now in my top 5 favourite series EVER, and it gets better with each new book. I can't get enough of this series!!The last book left us hanging off a cliff by our last two finger nails, which, I admit, was upsetting. But with this book, things are resolved. But, of course, being St. Mary's, they don't stay resolved for more than a minute before chaos ensues, mayhem arrives, and Max and friends are off on life-threatening adventures yet again. I mean, you want to be upset for these poor people, what with the ridiculous things they are forced to deal with. Then again, considering who these people are, and what they're used to dealing with day in and day out, well, a drink [or six] and some sarcastic trading of insults will more or less settle the nonsense so everyone can just get back to it.The cleverness and humour in these books is simply beyond almost anything else out there, and it delights me with every new book. There are few other series in which the books literally make me laugh out loud continously as I read them. This series does that with every book.The world is so well-conceived that it seems obvious what's going to happen how the characters will behave . . . well afterwards it's obvious, while it's happening, you're just so engrossed you can't do more than hang on tight with both hands while praying everyone will come out the other side in one piece . . .or at least alive, which, being St. Mary's is probably the best case scenario.Truly, I can't think of enough accolades to give this series. I've loved every book so far, and this one, as I said before, was my favourite after the first book in the series. I'm besotted by these characters, the world they live in, and the adventures they go on. I have my fingers, toes and everything else crossed that Jodi Taylor has many more stories in her head for the St. Mary's gang to live out. I will keep reading these as long as she writes them. Love this series!!
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  • Jacey
    January 1, 1970
    Continuing to blaze through all of Jodi Taylor's St Mary's Books...Yes there are spoilers here for the first three books.In the fourth instalment we see Max getting used to life in an alternate universe, similar, yet significantly different from her own. In this one it's Max who died (in a stupid accident) and Leon who was left devastated and alone. Mrs Partridge - PA to the director and part-time Muse of History and Max's rescuer after Agincourt- annoyingly tells Max that she has a job to do bu Continuing to blaze through all of Jodi Taylor's St Mary's Books...Yes there are spoilers here for the first three books.In the fourth instalment we see Max getting used to life in an alternate universe, similar, yet significantly different from her own. In this one it's Max who died (in a stupid accident) and Leon who was left devastated and alone. Mrs Partridge - PA to the director and part-time Muse of History and Max's rescuer after Agincourt- annoyingly tells Max that she has a job to do but doesn't tell her what it is. She assumes, at first, that it's to rebuild the wreck thet Leon has become, but it becomes apparent that (although sorting out Leon won't hurt) that's not the main task. Max has hardly recovered from dying at Agincourt when the Time Police show up and it becomes obvious that they are an organisation out of control. Fleeing from time to time with the TP barely an hour behind them, Max and Leon barely have the leisure to rebuild anything.Things gradually clarify and Max realises what she's fighting for... and battle if joined. Max wins the first round with a clever trick that her now dead counterpart in this world couldn't have pulled off, but the biggest battle - for St Mary's itself - is yet to come. Once again, a page-turning read that I devoured in a day and I immediately went on to order some of the short stories and book number five. These are light, easy reads, but not short of bags of dramatic tension and heart-stopping action.
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