Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Book Review: In the Eye of the Storm by Robert Thier

In the Eye of the Storm, by Robert Thier
2016, 252p, YA Historical Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

In the desert, an instant turns life into death and hate into love. In the desert, everything is different. Boundaries break down, and you find yourself doing things that you would never, ever have imagined.

Lilly Linton finds this out the hard way: in the shadow of the pyramids, she and her boss, cold, calculating Mr Ambrose, must face death and danger together. Is the desert's heat enough to melt the cold heart of Britain's richest financier?

This is a sequel to Storm and Silence, which I absolutely loved! (You can learn more about it and read my review on it here.) My only complaint about the first book was that it was long and there were parts that could have been sped up a bit. This book is much shorter and there's nothing slow in this one!!

This book picks up right where the first book ended. Mr. Ambrose and Lilly are reunited and shortly after that begin a new adventure across the desert. This book focused more on their relationship with only a few other characters making appearances. Their relationship heats up a little more in this book and I was hoping for some verbal declarations of affection (you'll have to read it yourself to find out if that happens).

There are plenty of new situations that arise that kept me laughing. One of the things that makes me laugh really hard in these books is that Lilly is in some major predicaments and some of her stories are pretty outlandish. Her explanations and the way others react to them are quite funny and it's worth the read for that alone. She is such a fun character to get to know.

Mr. Ambrose and Lilly's relationship is consistent with the first book. He's the employer, she's the employee. He tries whatever he can to get her to quit and she is determined to stay no matter what he requires of her. She's not afraid or in awe of him and treats him as she would anyone else. Both of these books have been entertaining and hard to put down. I'm hoping for more of Mr. Ambrose and Lilly in the future!

Robert Thier is a German Historian and writer of Historical Fiction. His particular mix of history, romance and adventure, always with a good deal of humor thrown in, has gained him a diverse readership ranging from teenagers to retired grandmothers. For the way he manages to make history come alive, as if he himself had lived as a medieval knight, his fans all over the world have given him the nickname “Sir Rob”.

For him, Robert says, becoming a writer has followed naturally from his interest in history. “In Germany,” he says, “we use the same word for story and history. And I've always loved the one as much as the other. Becoming a storyteller, a writer, is what I've always wanted.”

Besides writing and researching in dusty old archives, on the lookout for a mystery to put into his next story, Robert enjoys classical music and long walks in the country. The helmet you see on the picture he does not wear because he is a cycling enthusiast, but to protect his literary skull in which a bone has been missing from birth. Robert lives in the south of Germany in a small village between the three Emperor's Mountains.


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