A Symphony of Echoes (Chronicles of St. Mary's #Two)
by Jodi Taylor
Review by Gayle Surrette
Night Shade Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781597808699
Date: 12 July 2016 List Price $12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
A Symphony of Echoes continues the adventures of Madeleine "Max" Maxwell that began in Just One Damned Thing After Another. Max is a historian, one of the few employed at St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research where they "investigate major historical events in contemporary time". But this fancy phrase is just to avoid saying they time travel to historic events.
This book, like the first one, is nearly non-stop action -- so don't start it unless you have time for a marathon reading. After all where would you take a break: when running from Jack the Ripper, escaping from Assyrian soldiers, capturing dodos, investigating a Shakespeare play that has Mary Stuart beheading Elizabeth, taking a chance on time coordinates that no one know where they lead, facing certain death from an old enemy, and trying to stay alive when they run into the man that nearly destroyed them in the last book. That's just the day to day work in the Historical Research business.
There are also relationship issues. People do have lives outside of work. St. Mary's is also recovering from the betrayal and mayhem of the last book. The staff and historians must rebuild trust and self-confidence. Readers may be surprised how they go about rebuilding trust and self-confidence, but I think you'll have to agree it is in a manner perfected suited to the members of St. Mary's Institute of Historical Research.
You'll learn a lot about history as well as enjoying an action packed adventure, with characters that seem to come alive on the page. It's easy to slip into the narrative and live the adventure with them.
There's more books in The Chronicles of St. Mary's, and I for one will be anxiously waiting to find out what happens next.