Tuesday, September 20, 2011




“Hold tight,” I said. “No matter what happens, do not let us go.”
“We won’t,” my dad said.
“Never,” Mom added.
And with a look at Lia, we laid our hands upon the prints.
Gabriella and Evangelia Betarrini are just two normal American teenagers. Normal except for the fact that they time travel to fourteenth-century Italy, where they’ve lived in castles they’ve seen as crumbling ruins, become swept up in historic battles, and fallen in love with handsome knights willing to do anything to keep them alive.
 They’ve returned to the present to save their father, just short of his tragic death, and now all four return to the place that holds the girls’ hearts, medieval Italy. But remaining there means facing great risk as the battle for territory wages on and the coming Black Plague looms. Can they convince their parents to stay and leave behind everything they’ve worked so hard to accomplish? And will the girls sacrifice their futures in an uncertain past? Or in facing death head-on, will they discover life as it was always meant to be lived?
My Review:
Stunning conclusion to The River of Time series. I was almost afraid to read Torrent because I just couldn't imagine how Bergren could possibly end the series to my satisfaction...but she more than succeeded. I'm not sure that I can find enough adequate words to express the immense pleasure and excitement --- the sheer exhilaration -- this read brought to me. It's like Bergren fine-tuned every ounce of her writer's craft and poured it all into this novel.

Torrent has it all -- drama, romance, comedy, action, suspense -- in a dizzying, page-turning extravaganza that I just couldn't put down. It's hard to write a review without giving anything away. Let's just say that there's more than one swoonworthy hero within these pages -- and the romance...Be. Still. My. Heart. Ooooohhhhh so romantical...beyond my expectations and unlike anything I've read in a long time. How's that for a bit of vague praise?

As larger-than-life heroines, Gabi and Lia continue to enthrall me, as they did everyone else in Sienna. And Bergren puts them through their paces as they face diabolical plots and imminent danger at every turn. The pacing in this novel is incredible -- a steady rush of action and adventure combined with tender and even comedic moments. This is an all round not-to-be-missed-very-good-read.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of Torrent please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. The draw is open internationally and the winner will be announced on Sunday September 25. Good luck!


  1. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This book looks amazing. I would love to win this. Thanks again.


  2. I've never been able to get into time travel books or movie. Outlander is still on my night table with the bookmark about 100 pages in. But your review certainly makes me curious to try Bergren's series. I'm sure my daughter--the fantasy writer--would adore it. :D

  3. Good luck, Rebecca!

    Oh Sandra -- this is a really good time travel series and I bet your daughter would love it!!!

  4. would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  5. I'm really looking forward to the latest installment in this series. Thank you for the chance to win "Torrent".

    Cambonified (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. I can't wait, I love this series!!!

  7. I've heard so much about these! They sound amazing! Great review :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  8. Na, you certainly won't be disappointed!

    You too, Claire. It's one of the best series I've read. Love how Bregren was able to keep the momentum going throughout all three books.

    Faye -- Good luck!

  9. I've heard Bergren's books are very good. Thanks for the review!

  10. Hi, Kav! I read and reviewed Waterfall for my blog and I would love to win Torrent...have to finish Cascade first! Great books for any age!


  11. this sounds like a wonderful read! Would love to have it!

  12. Hey Jessica, you heard right. Good luck in the draw.

    I agree, Diana, Lisa managed to bridge the generation gap when she wrote The River of Time series!

    It is a wonderful read, splashesofjoy. Good luck!

  13. Hi Kav,
    Please enter me for this one. I love Lisa's other works but haven't read this one yet. Sounds interesting:) Thanks so much!


  14. Consider yourself entered, Charity!

  15. I haven't really read many books about Fantasy and Time Travel and your review has many intrigued so definitely going to have to check out another new author and add her books to my wishlist.

    Can you please add my name to your draw. Many thanks.

    zabook at tpg dot com dot au

  16. You have me excited to read this "romantical" book! I'd love to be entered. Thanks, Kav.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  17. Time travel? Sounds like an interesting read!

  18. Bother. I clearly missed this giveaway. :P I loved the first two books in the series, and can't wait to read "Bourne"! :D And this one...can't wait either. So many good books to read!

    Anyway, I see your a big fan too. I have an interview with Lisa coming out on March 2, I think...feel free to stop by! :)