Having been haunted by the past and enslaved by the present, James Griffin-Mars is taking control of the future.
Earth is a toxic, sparsely inhabited wastelandthe perfect hiding place for a fugitive exchronman to hide from the authorities.
James has allies, scientists he rescued from previous centuries: Elise Kim, who believes she can renew Earth, given time; Grace Priestly, the venerated inventor of time travel herself; Levin, James’s mentor and former pursuer, now disgraced; and the Elfreth, a population of downtrodden humans who want desperately to believe that James and his friends will heal their ailing home world.
James also has enemies. They include the full military might of benighted solar system ruled by corporate greed and a desperate fear of what James will do next. At the forefront of their efforts to stop him is Kuo, the ruthless security head, who wants James’s head on a pike and will stop at nothing to obtain it.
The second book in a series can be a bit rough. A lot of the set up has already been done in book 1, it’s too early for the big finale, and you have a few hundred pages of Interesting Stuff to get through. Not every second book survives that, but luckily for me, this one does a fantastic job.
Unlike Time Salvager, which spent a lot of time in the past, Time Siege is almost exclusively set in the present, and everyone spends a lot of time dealing with the consequences of their actions. I really enjoyed the time jumping in the first book, so I was a little disappointed to begin with when I realised there would be less of it, but the shenanigans throughout the book more than make up for it.
James was considerably less exasperating, but he also lost some of his spark. Kuo was very interesting, kind of like the snarling dog you don’t want to walk away from, and would maybe like to try patting. I don’t want to spoil anything, but there were a couple of characters reintroduced brilliantly, and I really liked the effect this had on the plot.
The writing style was just as good as in the first book, and while there’s less time jumping, the action is just as intense and well-paced throughout the book. It’s definitely a strong continuance of the series, and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it all ends.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.