Sunday 25 March 2018

Blog Tour / Book Musings - The Invisible Hand by James Hartley

The Invisible Hand

The Invisible Hand is about a boy, Sam, who has just started life at a boarding school and finds himself able to travel back in time to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl, Leana, who can travel to the future, and the two of them become wrapped up in events in Macbeth, the Shakespeare play, and in the daily life of the school. The book is the first part of a series called Shakespeare´s Moon. Each book is set in the same boarding school but focuses on a different Shakespeare play.
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My Musings :

The first thing which caught my attention was the time travel concept of the story and the second point was the name, Shakespeare. After that I was intrigued and wondering how the author would incorporate both in the same story. It was different and seemed to not mesh when thought of so I was pretty curious.

The story includes the boarding school concept too so that's another point which had my interest from the beginning. The starting was a bit slow with Sam's school life with a bit of time travel thrown in.Then Leana came into the picture and it kind of started to get surprising with the meshing of time frames. I quite enjoyed the Macbeth addition. It was fun revisiting the tale.

The story is a composite of romance, adventure and mystery. Overall the pace was a bit slow in my opinion while the plot was well written. This is a perfect book for teenagers and it would help them to get into the Macbeth story.

I am quite curious how the other books will be played out in the series now. It's a different take on the classic Macbeth tale. The author has made it interesting with addition of different fantastical themes to it. It is altogether a pleasant reading.

I received a copy for reviewing purposes which doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review : A fantastical take on the classic Macbeth.

My rating : 4/5

My reread factor : 3.5/5

Author Bio 

 James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.

His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.

He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.

James studied journalism in London and later travelled through Ireland, France, Germany and India generally having a good time, before finally settling in Madrid, Spain, where he now lives with his wife and two children.

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