Julius Montclair LaRousse is a seventeenth century
professional con-artist, pickpocket,
and not quite full-blooded human, when he meets
Scottish Lady Mary Keiko MacPhearson and her shipboard
protector, Curran Shee, an Irishman, on the docks upon their
arrival in Calais.
The three join resources and what begins as a
mutually beneficial working relationship turns into an
adventure of epic proportions for Jules, Keiko, and Curran.
The twist and turns of good and bad fortune for Jules
have ramifications for all three, individually, socially,
The opening line of
“I was then, and am now, a creature of sin”, sums up Jules
character, and he remains consistently true to this
description throughout the book.
Jules is attracted to Lady Keiko, who practices and
studies the “science of alchemy,” and his wooing of Keiko
has its own trials, tribulations, and pitfalls.
(An enchanted vial will burst if she looses her
Adding to Jules' frustrations is his ever-growing attraction
to Curran, with whom Jules is actually forming a close
Curran and Jules try to keep the small household financially
stable as Keiko’s father postpones sending funds, but events
conspire against Jules.
From duels, to prison, and shipboard, the action is
being an orphan and a peasant, to a titled nobleman, Jules
takes the trio from France to the New World of La Florida.
is a riveting tale and the first book in a now-titled
series, River of Time.
Much more than a simple “boy meets girl, girl denies
boy, boy gets girl” or even a “boy meets boy, and boy
seduces boy”, we have a complicated and engrossing tale with
descriptions and character definitions that make you feel
like you are a part of the story.
My favorite quote:
“Hope lived and died in a thousand angels'
we get so many elements to enjoy: historical setting,
fantasy, duels, political intrigue, shipboard battles, and
outposts in the New World.
is definitely a Joyfully Recommended read!