i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has travelled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveller who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.
My favourite quote form the books is “This was the danger, the seduction of time travel, she realised – it was the opportunity, the freedom of a thousand possibilities of where to live and how to start over. It was the beauty open to you in your life if you only stopped for a moment to look.”
Passenger is the first in a duology by Alexandra Bracken. I loved this book and was completely hooked within the first few pages. The premise of this book is so interesting to me as it incorporates two things that I absolutely love history and travel and if I could have any superpower it would be to be able to travel into the past. In this book we move from Modern day New York to 1776 New York to Britain during the London Blitz. The Writing throughout this book is beautiful and extremely quotable (which I love in a book). I loved the characters and their development throughout the book. The relationship between Nicholas and Etta was great though it was a little insta lovey which is the only criticism I have of the book. The twist at the end is brilliant and leaves you craving more. Overall this book is a scavenger hunt through the past and if you love history and adventure then I highly recommend you pick this book up.
Overall I gave this book five out of five stars.