An Argumentation of Historians (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #9), by Jodi Taylor
Publish Date: May 1, 2018
Published by: Night Shade Books
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)
Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”―these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.
From Tudor England to the burning city of Persepolis, from a medieval St. Mary’s under siege to Victorian Rushford and a very nasty case of gaol fever, Max is struggling to keep her private life intact. There’s an ambitious programme hindered by giant teapots, plus Mrs. Midgely’s objection to dead hamsters in her airing cupboard, and Mr. Markham’s stubborn refusal to reveal his exact marital status.
And as if that’s not enough―the unfortunately not leprosy-laden Malcolm Halcombe is back. Admittedly, none of this is the most secure platform from which to launch an initiative to bring down the renegade Clive Ronan, but hey―what’s the worst that could happen?
I have so many thoughts about this one! It felt a little different from the rest, what with the whole 1399 thing, but it was still just as entertaining as the rest of the series. At first I thought Max’s time in 1399 was a little long, drawn out, and to be honest, somewhat boring, but by the end of it I really appreciated how it affected her emotionally and how strongly her character grew because of it. And I was so beyond happy that Max and Leon actually communicated and talked and worked on their relationship and own personal doubts together and it was just such a refreshing change to really see how far they have come as a couple. I will say the twist at the end was definitely shocking and interesting, and I can’t believe I have to wait to find out what happens next. Assuming there will be another book of course.
Finishing the Series Challenge: 7 books read, 2 series finished