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The Time Engine: The Fourth Book of the Moonworlds Saga by Sean Mcmullen
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765318763
Date: 22 July 2008 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The fourth book in Sean McMullen's Moonworld Saga shows that history is likely to repeat itself, whether we study it or not. And that the textbooks will be wrong anyway. And that nothing is quite what it seems. At least, these are the realizations that Wayfarer Constable Inspector Danolarian discovers after being abducted into the future, inserted into the past, stranded in the remote past, and generally popped around time like a shuttlecock, tying up loose ends and wresting control of his life from the hands of the gods.

From official release/information:

Swords, sorcery, and time travel are a strange and dangerous mix.
Wayfarer Inspector Danolarian saw his world's future and did not approve. The inspector knew about time travel because he had once met his future self. What he did not know was that he would be abducted into the future, and wind up on the run with a constable who had shape-shifted into a cat. Danolarian would also find himself marooned in the ancient past, where he would have to recover his time engine from five thousand naked, psychopathic horsemen.

A faulty repair plunges him another three million years back in time, to a world of strange, beautiful people living idyllic lives in splendid castles. But things are not always as they seem. After being attacked, he learns from his unlikely rescuer that time travel is not entirely real. A furious Danolarian returns to his own time, planning revenge against the time engine's true builders.

(Source: Tor Books)

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