Author: Kerstin Gier, translated from German by Anthea Bell
Series: The Ruby Red Trilogy, book 1/3
Genre: Romance, Time Travel, YA
Release Date: May 10th, 2011
(first published January 6th, 2009)
Gwyneth Shepherd, a seemingly ordinary high-schooler living in modern-day London, discovers that she has inherited her family’s time-traveling gene. She is thrust unprepared into The Lodge, the secret society of time-travelers spanning over hundreds of years. There are only twelve time-travelers, each one represented by a precious stone; Gwen, the final stone, is the Ruby. She is to close the circle of time-travelers and fulfill a certain destiny – but she has no idea what that destiny is.
Gwen must elapse (travel through time) for a certain amount of time per day through means of the the chronograph, one of only two time-traveling devices in the world, to avoid sporadic trips into the past. Sometimes she is sent into the past for no reason other than meeting her time-traveling quota; other times she is sent on important missions – like meeting the intimidating founder of the Lodge, Count Saint Germain – with her time-traveling companion, Gideon de Villiers.
Gideon doesn’t have the highest opinion of Gwen at first because of her lack of experience, but over time she gains his trust, approval, and possibly his affection. We see the mounting tension in their relationship, which the author masterfully keeps unresolved until the end of the trilogy. As if time-traveling weren’t interesting enough, their romance definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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