The Hands of Time (Book #5: Elementals Series) by Michelle Madow. Print Length, 288 pages, published November 25, 2016 by Dreamscape Publishing. ASIN: B01L4ASF60
Months ago, Nicole Cassidy’s life was turned upside-down when she discovered that she was a witch descended from the Greek gods. She and the four other witches gifted with elemental powers fought all over the world—and in another dimension—to battle the supporters of the Titans and fight for the people they love. Now the Elementals must stop Typhon—the most dangerous monster in the world—from rising, and seal the portal to the dangerous prison world of Kerberos. But they won’t be able to do that without facing their hardest decision yet… a sacrifice so great that it may be one they’re not willing to make.
Source: ARC from author
My Rating: 5/5 stars
It’s tricksy being the Scooby Gang of the mythological world. There’s always one immortal being or another you’re on the lookout for, you’re all descended from one immortal being or another, and you’re often not sure which immortal beings are actually on your side. Turns out, when the fate of the entire known world hangs in the balance and you’re the chosen ones, so to speak, nearly all the immortal beings are on your side.
With reversals in time, changes of fortune, some serious research, and one damn difficult, life altering decision to make, the Scooby Gang has no time to rest. Turns out, the rising of Typhon, which has, to date been the group’s most important task turns into almost a side note in this fifth and final read of the Elementals series. With so much going on, and without being too spoilerish, this book takes the reader on a world wind ride across time and space. There are dragons (YES!!!), gods, goddesses, demi-gods, primordial beings, and mere mortals. The population of the core group shifts dramatically as they face Typhon and the closing of the portal to Kerberos.
From the opening pages of this read, the reader is thrown head-long into crazy. There are numerous long explanations, some backstory, and decisions that would tax even the oldest among us. The KIDS are asked to decide who will give up their life in order to seal the portal to Kerberos. As a demigod, Nichole has to be involved in the sealing process and Chris has other issues that keep him from being the one. This leave Danielle and Blake and I think we all know by now how that’s going to go down L Needless to say, the group works until the very last moment looking for a way to save everyone only to be told, there is no other way. One among them must be sacrificed in order to save the world.
The Bottom Line: The Hands of Time is truly a wild and crazy ride that I most willingly went on. Knowing this is the final book in the series, I expected quite a ride and certainly got that and more. I expected the bulk of the book to be about the defeat of Typhon, but was surprised to find that task actually played only a small part in the overall plot. What took up the bulk of the read was the closing of the portal to Kerberos. Madow really went all out with this part of the plot. The decisions the kids faced caused them to fracture as a group, pull together as a group, and make choices that no child should ever have to face. The Hands of Time runs the gamut of emotions from happiness to stark fear, love to hatred, and hopefulness to desolation. Though I hated to see some events happen, I will say I have tremendous respect for an author who is willing to kill off a character because it is simply right for the plot. Madow is true to her plot and her characters and by the end of the read I found myself quite satisfied with the end of this series. Some of the satisfaction came in the very last pages in what I can only describe as a damn-near perfect epilogue!
About the author and where to find her:
Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship. To get instant updates about Michelle’s new books, subscribe to her newsletter and follow her on Amazon!