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Footsteps in Time (The After Cilmeri Series Book 1) by [Woodbury, Sarah]
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"Sarah Woodbury is my new favorite author ... I read all the books in the After Cilmeri series in four days! Long after I finished the last book, the stories and characters stayed in my mind, and I kept wishing I could return the world Sarah so skillfully created. I can't wait for the next book and the next ..." -- Debra Holland, New York Times bestselling author of the Montana Sky Series.

In December of 1282, English soldiers ambushed and murdered Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales. His death marked the end of Wales as an independent nation and the beginning of over seven hundred years under the English boot.

Footsteps in Time is the story of what might have happened had Llywelyn lived.

And what happens to the two teenagers who save him.

Footsteps in Time is the first book in the After Cilmeri Series.

About the Author

With two historian parents, Sarah couldn’t help but develop an interest in the past. She went on to get more than enough education herself (in anthropology) and began writing fiction when the stories in her head overflowed and demanded she let them out. Her interest in Wales stems from her own ancestry and the year she lived in England when she fell in love with the country, language, and people. She even convinced her husband to give all four of their children Welsh names. She makes her home in Oregon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 323 pages
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  • Publisher: The Morgan-Stanwood Publishing Group (Jan. 19 2011)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KAB9GU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first book by Sarah Woodbury "Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance" and was excited to read the next book to find out what happened to Meg and Prince Llewlyn. I was somewhat disappointed and felt that the two books did not correspond with each other as much as I had hoped. Although I did enjoy the book, I'm not as eager to read the third book as I feel that it will be much of the same with more battle scenes rather than the building of relationships, etc
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My favorite series ever! Great for readers of all ages. All about coming of age. The difference in expectations of the modern world versus medieval Wales. The characters are so well written and the descriptions of the past so surprising and in-depth, that one can imagine oneself in the past. I have listened to and read this book at least six or seven times and have shared with my family and friends. All love this series as much as I do.
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Alternate history scenarios are great thought excercises. I find this one very interesting. I could believe the responses of various individuals to what must be incrediblly unbelievable. I am definately going to go through the whole series.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c7ce348) out of 5 stars Cymru Fydd Aug. 19 2011
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"Footsteps in Time" is something I found browsing the internet and was not one of the many books I receive as the Book Review Editor for Ninnau. I am a fan of alternate history novels and this one ties that theme into Welsh history, again a major interest. And quite nicely done I may add.
Sarah Woodbury has written three novels on a level for young adults called the "After Cilmeri" series. While written "for young adults" the writing is on a level that even the "elderly" (like myself) can enjoy. "Footsteps in Time" is the first in this series. Ms. Woodbury has written other novels with a Welsh theme as well including a series on King Arthur, one of which I have and will get to shortly.
The book opens with two American teenagers who live near Bryn Mawr, Pennsylania, driving through a snowstorm and plowing through a huge snow drift which forces them off the road - and into a group of English horsemen near Cilmeri in 1282 thus saving the life of Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd who was treacherously murdered there in our own historical timeline. And the plot thickens....but I don't like to be a spoiler when reviewing novels, so I will leave it to the readers of Ninnau to get a copy and find out themselves.
The beginning of the novel reminds me of the science fiction book "Lest Darkness Fall" by L. Sprague de Camp written in 1939. Like Mr. De Camp the author has a good knowledge of the period (in his case Gothic Rome) she is writing about and not "making it up" as she goes. There can also be a danger in this genre of the "future characters" overwhelming the unsuspecting locals with the marvels of their time. Ms. Woodbury is careful to control this inclination. One of her characters comments, "We all have the same problem. There's a limit to the changes we can make. This isn't a democracy and never will be, not in our lifetime or your children's." Much of the story shows the difficulties of the modern characters in adapting to a new (old) world, especially the 21st century females. Just the act of saving the life of the prince is a major change to the thread of history. The printing press will have to wait.
As mentioned, Ms. Woodbury's knowledge of medieval Wales is very good. One scene that misses is when David (now Dafydd) captures the English held castle of Buellt and its English lord young Roger de Clifford. David lets the man go. One of the major sources of income of this time was the ransom of captured nobles. I don't think his advisors would have allowed such a rich prospect to go free. Several of the characters do mention the threat of the charge of witchcraft for such strange beings. Although the major witch hunts did not occur in Europe for several centuries yet, I think this has been down played.
Alternate fiction is a difficult thing to pull off successfully. Sarah Woodbury has done a fine job and I am looking forward to finishing the remaining two books.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ca4103c) out of 5 stars let down March 4 2012
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I loved the first book in this story and was looking forward to reading more, I got about halfway through and I cant bare to read any more.

the story isn't necessarily bad but it feels like it flips between first person and 3rd person or something. I will try to explain what i mean if i can...

***possible spoilers****

Llywelyn finally tells David he is his dad, a fact that David never knew. ok, cool, but then Llywelyn is referred to as 'father' and 'papa' from now on. now you wouldn't think this is jarring but the way it is done is. if it were from the point of view of David or Anna I would understand, but its the sort of none/narrator person speaking. it isn't dialogue and its not from Davids point of view as he is referred to in the same paragraph.

things like "although father had been prepared to defend it, Edward didn't appear to know the location of this ford. David settled in his saddle to wait for the company to reassemble" maybe not the best example... but you get what I mean?

oh man I'm doing a terrible job of explaining myself. I'm not good with writing terminology.

I also found it a forced thing since he only just found out after like 15 years that this person is his father and next thing you know he is referred to as 'father' and 'papa', sorry but you don't get into those affectionate titles that fast, its something earned and grown in time. it also comes across a bit juvenile.

I hope ppl understand what I'm trying to say. I really liked the prequel story and the story isn't bad its just this one thing with the perspective that has made me cringe each time its done and made e abandon it and read something else. pity since I was so into the first one and paid for this one on faith.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d23418c) out of 5 stars good read Sept. 24 2012
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I like this keeps me coming back for more. I love time travel and historic romance books. There is one that needs to be read out of order, I think. Winds Of Time might be better read before Footsteps in Time...Totally personal preference. I like that first book was free and the rest are so reasonable on KINDLE. I know that's a selling ploy, but I will gladly take it. Keep em coming!!
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1a6da5c) out of 5 stars Loved it! Oct. 23 2011
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This is a wonderful story! It has a great beginning which immediately hooks the reader. The characters are likable and believable; a brother and sister who are complex and full characters. This book will appeal to both girls and boys! Fast-paced and interesting plot. Wonderful historical fiction with historically accurate settings and events. How would a current day youth adapt to life in medieval Wales and end up changing the future? I am a middle school Language Arts teacher, and I know my students will love reading this book! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d16b4c8) out of 5 stars Vivid Historical of Welsh History May 9 2011
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A few gaffes don't ruin a book. I've changed the location and names of characters and inadvertently left a couple of the old names behind. Caught them eventually because of that newfangled search/replace feature on most word processors.

Other than that I really enjoyed this book. The history is obviously well done, and the writing is great overall.

I'd recommend it to anybody who likes historical. It even has a bit of romance, but I wouldn't put it in that subgenre.

Because of the Sarah's adherence to history, I did get a bit put out by the subjugation of Anna and Meg to less-than-person status. While totally true in an historical sense, I would have preferred to see the women retain their personhood a bit more, maybe start the woment's liberation movement of the 13th Century.

That's a very minor nitpick, however. The book mainly follows Anna's brother, David (Daffyd) and he steps up to his new role in the 13th C. Welsh world.

Anything more, and I'd have to warn of spoilers.