lunedì 24 marzo 2014

The Branches of Time

Luca Rossi - The Branches of Time

Can you live knowing that those who loved you never existed?

The population of the island of Turios is mercilessly exterminated by the workings of black magic. Only Bashinoir, badly wounded, his wife Lil, and the Priestess Miril have survived. Determined to give their loved ones a worthy burial, the three soon discover that the corpses have disappeared. Their only hope for salvation now lies in the magical protection of the Temple, as sinister threats continue to pursue them. A shadow spreads over their hearts, dividing and destroying them, as their bodies appear to be fading away. Feeling increasingly isolated, Bashinoir watches as the two women grow closer…
In the Kingdom of Isk, wizards and wisemen alike must bow down before the insatiable King Beanor, whose greed for power and war is matched only by his hunger for sex. A young woman he has chosen as his next bride does not, however, wish to surrender her freedom to love and live. Will games and tricks under the sheets turn the tide in a war that has lasted thousands of years?

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Customer reviews - 1+ reviews - 5 out of 5 stars

★★★★★ An intricate, fast-paced tale
By Enrico Grafitti 
Those familiar with Luca Rossi’s previous book, the collection of short stories ‘Galactic Energies’, will not be disappointed with this, his first full-length novel. ‘The Branches of Time’ takes the reader on an intricate journey using Rossi’s genre-busting mix of fantasy, science fiction and erotic overtones in a tale that will entertain as it challenges our perception of time. The premise is original and is handled with mastery: the effect on a small isolated group of people of changes made to the timeline where they exist. Rossi’s approach is intimate in that he explores how the events influence the individuals, rather than the totality of the world they inhabit. By employing this tactic, he invests the reader in his characters and their particular understanding of the alarming occurrences that befall them.
Sci-fi, particularly, is all about pushing the boundaries, and the author creates a fast-paced tale which will have the reader question their understanding of the solidity of history and time itself. In doing so, he adds to the richness of genre in a way that Clifford D. Simak, Philip K. Dick and many other great writers have previously done.
Highly recommended for readers who like their entertainment with deep significance.

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Goodreads - 67+ ratings - 4,91 out of 5 stars

★★★★★ Blondie~♔
A lonely journey of truth into the unknown.
First off, I would so much want to say a big ginormous thanks to Luca for giving me this to read. Loved every minuite of the story. Found it to be an extremely intriguing Read. After reading the staggering Award winning Galactic Energies, I was so excited about getting to read this wonderful new story of Lucas., both are such page turners.
He has worked wonders on this outstanding and amazing book. Luca is such an amazing person, and he has so much talent, creating this story for us to enjoy. The story itself is such an easy read to follow, writing is so clear also, and Lucas imagination is one I greatly admire a huge deal.
Imagine during the wedding ceremony, the unfortunate happens and you have to run for cover? There's not even anytime to breath, for if you do, you could be exterminated.
What caused this shower to happen? Could this of been caused by a Meteorite, or some other greater force that's unknown to man?
But where have the bodies disappeared to, and how did they get moved, there were too many of them?
What about magic, that might have explained just to where and how the bodies moved, wouldn't it?
Well done Luca, you've done it yet again and I'm honoured to know you. I'm so proud of you entirely. This man is a genius. I know everyone is addicted to this fab man just like I am.

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Book blogs

★★★★ AuthorSpot
"Luca Rossi delves into time-travel fantasy with amazing success. From the first page you are drawn
into this incredible world which Luca in some instances literally dreamt up!
I am proud to say that after reading this master-piece cover to cover, Luca can indeed create incredible fantasy worlds, people and realms.
I have to admit, I am a little in awe of his creation, few authors can give you exactly the amount of information they want to give you, and only when they want to give it to you!
‘The Branches Of Time’ is an instant classic by my standards, in league with the Game Of Thrones any day of the week, it has everything; imagination, intrigue, primal draw, and sex appeal. If it was a man I would be drooling right now!"
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★★★★ Mes Livres
Mes Livres"This novel is full of dark magic, cruelty, lust, despair and betrayal. I found it easy to read and it held my attention right to the end. It would appeal to those who like reading unpredictable mystical novels."
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★★★★ Gale Stanley
Gale Stanley's blog"I just finished an intriguing science fiction tale and had to share. The Branches of Time by Luca Rossi hooked me with its unique plot, and many unexpected twists and turns. The story begins with a wedding on the island of Turios. Suddenly, a shower of lethal splinters turns the peaceful scene into chaos. Only three people survive. Even the bodies disappear. What caused this catastrophe? A meteorite? Aliens? Or some higher force? I’m not telling. You have to read this book.
Luca Rossi’s novel is a combination of time-twisting fantasy, scifi, and erotica. His writing reminds me of Philip K. Dick, one of my favorite scifi authors. I highly recommend it."
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★★★★ Angel Safer
Angel Sefer's blog"A fascinating, fast-paced, and well-written tale seasoned with hot erotic scenes!
“The Branches of Time” is a masterful blend of adult fantasy and science fiction. It has a very intriguing and original plot with lots of unpredictable twists and turns, as well as captivating characters. Before I knew it, I was drawn into this new world the author created, full of wizards, priestesses, time-travel, and magic…
This is the first novel in this genre that literally kept me glued to the pages and is definitely worth a 5 star rating!"
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★★★ Invincible Love of Reading
Invincible Love of Reading"Luca Rossi’s The Branches of Time is very different from his Galactic Energies anthology. Here, The Branches of Time is a Novella and part of a series. Character development is excellent, as one might expect. He also delves into time travel as a weapon, which is an interesting twist. For a novella, there are many twists in the plot that Luca Rossi expertly deals with. It has more adult themes, and I would only recommend it for a mature audience."
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★★★ Write on Wendy
Write on Wendy"Luca Rossi expertly engages the emotions throughout the several storylines presented in this book. The characters are well-drawn, with each having motivations, emotions, goals and ambitions of their own. Even when the story drifts away from these two primary groups, the emotions remain high and engaged. Luca Rossi presents a complicated series of events that cross time and space as the various actions and interactions of different individuals and groups create consequences for the others."
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★★★ Samyann
Samyann"This story starts with heart-thumping action on the first page. As a reader, all I could think is, ‘Wow, where can he go from this?’ Well, hold-on, because he keeps going. The Branches of Time is a thrill ride of good and evil. Characters are well rounded, empathetic, colorful. Action is tense and for a fantasy novel, believable situations."
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★★★ Wordrefiner
"A great framework for an epic saga.
Mr. Rossi has constructed a fascinating tale full of fantasy, magic and wizards. He has magnificently mixed in time travel and a cameo of people from a distant future."
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