Daily Archives: March 29, 2017

The Ship Beyond Time

Hot Key Books sent me this book in exchange for an honest review, and I’m glad they did, because it was another breathtaking adventure on the high seas!

The Ship Beyond Time – Heidi Heilig

33195435._UY200_The breathtaking sequel to the acclaimed The Girl from Everywhere. Nix has escaped her past, but when the person she loves most is at risk, even the daughter of a time traveler may not be able to outrun her fate—no matter where she goes. Fans of Rae Carson, Alexandra Bracken, and Outlander will fall hard for Heidi Heilig’s sweeping fantasy.

Nix has spent her whole life journeying to places both real and imagined aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. And now it’s finally time for her to take the helm. Her father has given up his obsession to save her mother—and possibly erase Nix’s existence—and Nix’s future lies bright before her. Until she learns that she is destined to lose the one she loves. But her relationship with Kash—best friend, thief, charmer extraordinaire—is only just beginning. How can she bear to lose him? How can she bear to become as adrift and alone as her father?

Desperate to change her fate, Nix takes her crew to a mythical utopia to meet another Navigator who promises to teach her how to manipulate time. But everything in this utopia is constantly changing, and nothing is what it seems—not even her relationship with Kash. Nix must grapple with whether anyone can escape her destiny, her history, her choices. Heidi Heilig weaves fantasy, history, and romance together to tackle questions of free will, fate, and what it means to love another person. But at the center of this adventure are the extraordinary, multifaceted, and multicultural characters that leap off the page, and an intricate, recognizable world that has no bounds. The sequel—and conclusion—to the indie darling The Girl from Everywhere will be devoured by fans of Rachel Hartman and Maggie Stiefvater. Includes black-and-white maps.

I was very much looking forward to the release of this book basically from as soon as I realised it existed. The girl from everywhere was one of my top books of 2016, and I was so on board with heading back to see Nix and her crew as she finally takes the wheel as a Navigator.

In the time between my posting this and the actual publication of the book, it underwent a total image change. Together with the girl from everywhere, the new cover art was designed to give a more cohesive feel to the international editions of the book, which it definitely does. I’m gutted that my editions no longer match, but having actually gotten my hands on the physical edition, it still looks pretty striking, and I’m coming around to it.

Lots of the very fun stuff from the first book was in this sequel to it. Nix and her fractured relationship with her father, the crew, including Bee and her wife, Kash and Nix’s gorgeous interactions, traveling to mythical and historical destinations, and a whole heap of development of the time travel system, the characters, and their relationships.

We also got a new perspective character and new dilemmas to consider about the reality of mythical characters. I’m looking forward to more of that!

This book was almost – almost! – as good as The Girl From Everywhere. It was focused more on human dilemmas and time travel intricacies, though, than piracy. Although I really enjoyed this book, by comparison to the intricate, many-stepped piracy plot that underpinned the first book, it fell slightly short. But it was a really excellent book, and I’m now gutted that I have to wait all over again for the threequel.

Four stars




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