The Timeseer's Gambit

The Timeseer s Gambit It s been three months since mild mannered Christopher Buckley began working with Olivia Faraday the eccentric Deathsniffer They ve hunted killers solved murders and learned to work together But th

It s been three months since mild mannered Christopher Buckley began working with Olivia Faraday, the eccentric Deathsniffer They ve hunted killers, solved murders, and learned to work together But their greatest challenges are yet to come As a brutal heat wave wracks an increasingly unstable Darrington City, someone is killing young priests Worse, they are using boundIt s been three months since mild mannered Christopher Buckley began working with Olivia Faraday, the eccentric Deathsniffer They ve hunted killers, solved murders, and learned to work together But their greatest challenges are yet to come As a brutal heat wave wracks an increasingly unstable Darrington City, someone is killing young priests Worse, they are using bound elementals to do it As Chris and Olivia contend with rogue spiritbinders and a church under siege, the clock ticks down toward the trial of Doctor Francis Livingstone, accused of orchestrating the fall of the Floating Castle and the death of thousands Chris believes the doctor is innocent, but the tide of the conspiracy aligned against him is strong enough to wash away anyone who would stand for him.How far is Chris willing to go to save the doctor Can Darrington city survive the rival forces tearing it apart And can Olivia find her first serial killer before another body drops

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  1. Kate McIntyre was born and raised in the frigid white north, having spent her entire life in Moncton, New Brunswick She learned to appreciate the quintesstial Canadian things endless winters, self deprecating jokes, the untamed wilderness, and excessive politeness Somehow it was the latter that she chose to write about.She has been writing since she was five years old and nothing has ever stopped her for long Her first novel was about a lady mouse detective saving her turtle janitor boyfriend from kidnappers, so it s nice to know she always loved lady detectives She is the proud author of sixteen embarrassing hidden novels and one publishable one.Kate loves crochet, video games, board games, reading, and listening to bad pop music very loudly She spends several months of the year in Illinois, and the rest of the time lives in a big country home with two cats who refuse to stay on diets and the world s friendliest dog.

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  1. Read all my reviews on urlphantomhiveoklikes In my review of the first book in the series, The Deathsniffer s Assistant, I remarked on Olivia s general unpleasantness, but I m glad to be able to say that during this book she thaws somewhat and becomes bearable.Another crime to solve, this one is special in the sense that it has to do with the magical system of this alternative England Young priests those without a categorization are being murdered by loose spirits, but why and by whom This is s [...]

  2. The Faraday Files Book 2 4.5 starsThe Timeseer s Gambit is the second book in The Faraday Files series by a fantastic up coming author, Kate McIntyre I fell in love with the first book, The Deathsniffer s Assisstant, when I read it last year and I have been not so patiently waiting a whole year for this second book I can t get enough of the brash Olivia Faraday and her sensitive and meek assistant, Chris They are quite the dynamic duo In this new book, both characters are growing and developing [...]

  3. I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The Timeseer s Gambit is an excellent followup on the promise of the first novel, delivering of the fascinating world of Chris and Olivia and the tremulous society that continues to slowly fall apart around them I d go so far as to say I enjoyed it better than the first book an impressive feat given how much I enjoyed Deathsniffer s Assistant Kate McIntyre has skill for making her world as much of a character as the [...]

  4. ARC received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review thud this is me fainting because of the awesomeness that was this book I was a little bit afraid I wouldn t love the sequel as much as the first book, but that was sooo not the case because let me tell you this story was fantastic we got to know the characters we already love much , and meet some very interesting new ones now I am even curious about the next book in this series full review on the day of the release edited to add m [...]

  5. Over the past year, I ve grown increasingly familiar with a terrible, bittersweet feeling It hit me first when Rey came on screen in Star Wars The Force Awakens It hits me again and again and again whenever I watch Steven Universe I can feel it creeping up on me from behind with Ghostbusters, though I haven t even seen it yet.It s a nostalgic pang I nearly always end up crying I m crying with joy for the kids like me who will grow up with these stories, and I m crying with something else for the [...]

  6. I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for this review.The Timeseer s Gambit is an amazing follow up to The Deathsniffer s Assistant that leaves me satisfied and yet still yearning for The story opens up following Christopher s mother at the Floating Castle, giving a further glimpse into the events of the devastating night that took his parents and shook Darrington City I loved seeing Julia from the eyes of someone other than Michael and Christopher McIntyre does a wonderful job of pa [...]

  7. I am loving this series the concepts, the characters and the world the author has constructed This second book contained intriguing background and brought understanding to light She fleshed out the characters a bit along with new mysteries solved and I cannot wait for the next in the series She brings modern issues into her story but makes me realize they are human issues that have been present throughout time I did receive a copy of this book for an honest review.

  8. I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review What follows is my own opinion.This is a review of the second book in a series and as such will contain spoilers for the first book reviewed here.OverviewI found it hard to get back into the novel at the beginning I wish I still had my ARC of the first book then I could have got my head back around the terminology and the complicated political landscape I would fully recommend reading Deathsniffer first this is not a series [...]

  9. I received an ARC for this book and agreed to write an honest review.I am really enjoying this series The Timeseer s Gambit is the follow up to The Deathsniffer s Assistant, a steampunk alternate history series created by Kate McIntyre While the stories focus on the coming of age of Chris, a young man who has to fend for himself and his sister, they also tell of a society that s struggling with political conflict, energy issues, and unemployment As I read, I was sometimes charmed, sometimes repu [...]

  10. The Timeseer s Gambit is the sequel to fantasy mystery novel, The Deathsniffer s Assistant While there is a separate mystery, I highly suggest reading the books in order since there are some ongoing plot threads and character arcs.Three months after Christopher Buckley started working for the eccentric detective Olivia Faraday, they ve got a new case Across the city, young priests have died in apparent accidents, yet there appears to be a connection If that weren t enough, Dr Livingstone is abou [...]

  11. Disclaimer, I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Other disclaimer, I am going to be buying a hard copy version of this book anyway because hot damn.A sequel to The Deathsniffer s Assistant which I thoroughly enjoyed, The Timeseer s Gambit starts off only a couple of months after the first, and Chris Buckley s trying to dig into whatever power I guess that he felt in the ending of the last one Also digging into his mentor s suicide a little Also, finishi [...]

  12. Sequel delivers I enjoyed the first book of this series enough that when I saw the sequel listed on , I preordered it I was not disappointed Frustrating events and odd reactions confounded me through the beginning, but by the end, growing to know these characters through their mistakes and fumbles, they have become some of my favorites If you enjoy a little bit if steampunk, Victorian mystery, with some elemental fantasy, then this world will captuvate and make you desperate to know of their s [...]

  13. Look, I m still blown away by the first book in this series which I finished 36 hours ago , so my mind is a little overwhelmed after now finishing this sequel in less than 12 , but oh boy There is just so much to unpack, so much to love, about these books.I ve covered most of their appeal in my review for the first one, but a major thing I appreciate here is that there s an entirely separate mystery in this sequel, while the overall story still follows from the first book Which, in my experience [...]

  14. This is book 2 in the Farraday files and poor Christopher is extremely confused and upset by his apparent bisexuality Olivia and Chris are on the trail of an apparent serial killer who is focusing solely on priests Also happening is the trial of Dr Livingstone I really enjoyed this series and hopefully there will be soon.

  15. More reviews and no fluff on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress With The Timeseer s Gambit, McIntyre delves further into her distinct characters and their unique world While we learn about Chris, Olivia, and especially the dark truths about the spiritbinders, there is also another series of murders to solve in tandem Everything is interconnected and it all comes back to the Floating Castle disaster Intricate plotting, pathos so palpable as to be crushing, and solid writing make this one of my best [...]

  16. This novel picks up a few weeks after the ending of the first book in the series, The Deathsniffer s Assistant Chris is still dealing with the suicide of Fernand, his old family friend and mentor, as well as coming to terms with Rosemary s departure for the country This novel starts out with the mysterious murders of young priests The clergy in this world are those without magic and yet the murders are being committed in locked rooms through the use of bound elementals, something no one in the c [...]

  17. This was a difficult book for me to not only rate but also to read and part of me says it s because I didn t read the first book I read in another review that this series is not one you can pick up the sequel without reading the first and know what is going on I was lost for a vast majority until I just decided to nod my head and pretend I knew what was going on That being said, there is so much world building in this book and it happens in dribs and drabs but it is constantly there With the sla [...]

  18. I received an advanced copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.I love the second half of this book Everything after the dance lesson scene is great and if the first half had been as good, this would definitely be a 5 star review Not that the first half isn t good but it just didn t grip me as much as the later parts did.This book picks up shortly after Deathsniffer s Assistant left off, which Chris working as Olivia s assistant to solve murders A new case lands on Olivia s desk, invo [...]

  19. I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.The minute I found out the sequel to Kate McIntyre s first book was coming out, I knew I needed to read this one The first book introduced the reader to a fantasy world in an Edwardian like time period The main character, Chris Buckley had just been categorized and had a job with Olivia Faraday, a Deathsniffer Think Sherlock Holmes and fantasy, that s the world McIntyre crafted.This book adds onto the world and history behin [...]

  20. Short, spoiler free review An incredible sequel, this book takes the ideas and world building introduced in The Deathsniffer s Assistant and pulls the reader even deeper, focusing this time on the religious and magical sorting systems in Darrington City and their social impacts Character depth and growth is definitely a large part of The Timeseer s Gambit, addressing a lot of important concepts in regards to internalized biases and personal struggles in a judging society The mystery du jour take [...]

  21. An intricately written steampunk fantasy with characters that have grown with each book A fascinating society of death sniffers, word weavers, timeseers, and other occupations add to the complex world where one is categorized according to what some factions feel are archaic laws Magic is growing weaker and many no longer have crucial abilities Two factions are warring one to keep the status quo and one to move forward without the magic of elementals Will and Chris take a prominent role in this [...]

  22. Not quite as good as the first book in the series but a fun mix of mystery and magic I wish there were details about the magical world, how it s used, what different slyphs there are, why the testing needs to be torture, what Tech they have other than magic etc what the church beliefs really were, why is magic dying out I think the story might have been better motivated with twists and hints to the killer in that fashion Also as a second book those are things I wanted to be starting to get fil [...]

  23. This book is an interesting mystery various leaders of the area churches are being murdered In Darrington City, everyone is subjected to shock treatments at a certain age until they are categorized Some of the categories are deathsniffer, spiritbinders, e.g.Chris works for a deathsniffer, Olivia, and they are charged with solving the murders Chris memory was altered, so he does not have a real classification but made one up for himself The church leaders are those who were not able to be classif [...]

  24. Olivia Faraday continues to be my favorite part of these books Rosemary, Rachel, and Maris are pretty entertaining as well for their parts The magic seems fun but I d like to see some in depth knowledge of it, right now it s almost just they wave their hand and it works Did we make any progress in figuring out why less people are born with the ability Didn t seem like it to me, but maybe I missed it, is it because of categorization I m pretty sure I remember them stating it had been in decline [...]

  25. Even better than the firstThis is a masterfully written detective novel set in a strange but familiar fantasy world The writing is as good as the first novel, and the characters change and develop before our eyes The plot moves the tale forward while hinting at developments to come The magic system remains central to the plot and the characters without overwhelming either And any magic system with deathsniffers must be exceptional What a glorious tale about mystery, intrigue, politics and religi [...]

  26. This is the second book in Ms McIntyre s series The Faraday Files, and she s an author who is improving as she goes Excellent writing, character development, and plotting.I like how Christopher is developing as a person, a young man who is quite possibly bisexual, but is having a difficult time accepting himself as such Also, he s beginning to remember stuff lost from his childhood as well as a rather dangerous ability that could get him into deep trouble if anyone finds out.I look forward to th [...]

  27. The authors writing has definitely improved It was a good murder mystery with two interwoven plots the murder and the thing with the politics I did get annoyed at the main characters description of the Deathsniffers grin as evil or wolfish when it is just her knowing where to go and trusting her instincts But that is just me being picky over all was a good read.

  28. Curiouser and curiouser cried Alice I think that sums up my feelings about this series Over the two books so far some very interesting secrets and story lines are appearing It s really a 4.5, losing half a mark for a couple of things I ve seen before in other books, but they are very minor niggles.

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