Book Review: #BookBlog – The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross

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#BlogTour – Monday 3rd December

Hi All, Another Blogtour, another day! I am seriously loving all of the books I have been invited to read, but this one blew my mind. It was intense and exciting from the first word! I was honoured to be asked to read it and to include it on my blog. 

Thanks as always must go to the fantastic Blogtour host, Rachel ( for inviting me along. As mentioned in the past, I have always been a sucker for a good front cover and this pulled me in instantly by the way it looked. Thanks also must go to the author, Paul Ian Cross ( who brought this amazingly inventive story to life. 

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When I read this book, I came away with one word on my lips….’wow’

The story was a thrilling, science-fiction rollercoaster ride that had you plunging deep into the essence of the book with each word. I was in awe of how well the story flowed and the fact that the story centres around time-travel had me hooked…..I have come away wanting more….

But…before I give you more on this book; lets see a little bit from the author. 

About the Author

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Paul Ian Cross is a multi-award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.

Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in science communication; presenting science to non-scientists. He enjoys his science career but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He likes introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest; allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!

Paul’s nephew Hayden influenced his decision to become a writer. He loved seeing Hayden’s reaction when his sister Michelle first read one of Paul’s stories to him!

In his spare time, Paul likes to visit new and exciting places. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye.

Paul’s debut picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, won second prize in the ‘Picture Books 5 and Younger’ category at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2017. The book trailer also won first place in the ‘book trailer’ category at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards later that year.

Paul’s second book, Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons, won an honourable mention in both the ‘Picture Books 6 and Over’ and ‘Health’ categories at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018.

And that brings us to now… Paul is currently working on several new books. Paul’s debut upper middle grade novel will be published in 2018. The Lights of Time is the first novel in a brand-new series: The Chronicles of Engella Rhys.

Paul hopes you enjoy reading his stories as much as he enjoyed writing them!

About the Book

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Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.

As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.

But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?

Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.

Purchase Link

My Review

I will reiterate what I said previously….WOW! This book was absolutely fantastic from  beginning to end. I was completely pulled into the world of Engella; I loved the time travel elements finding myself captivated as I delved deeper and deeper into the book and despite the various jumps through time, the book never became confusing and I was able to follow the story easily.  I had so much fun reading this story and found it very difficult to put it down.

Engella is such a likeable character, I saw how determined she was and felt the emotions as she aimed towards her main goal. I felt her fear of the Hunters and read with a racing heart as she avoided capture. I was happy with how the story panned out, but not happy that it was over. I am so glad that this isn’t the end of this story and that there is more to come. I cannot wait to read more about Engella and see where she goes from here. I loved the interaction between the other characters and the dialogue flowed easily. This was a true page-turner and a book that kept you guessing….definately one to add to the TBR list. 


Fantastic! Amazing! Brilliant! A book that held me captive from page 1! GIve this book a go! You will not be disappointed! I look forward to seeing more from Paul Ian Cross.

Rating – A Big Well Deserved 5 out of 5 stars for me!! Fantastic! I think this book may be on my list of books to read again… 🙂

If you would like to read more reviews from this tour, please check out the bloggers named below.

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Thanks All
S x

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