Synopsis: Meet Rolland Wright – a seventeen year old orphan living out of his car in rural Woodland Hills, California. Aside from grappling with the fact of being abandoned by his drunken father two years previous following his mother’s mysterious murder, his life mostly revolves around finding a warm place to sleep at night. When one day he is attacked by men claiming to have killed his father, Rolland discovers a strange ability to slow the flow of time around him, beginning a journey that takes him to places outside of time, space, and eventually to the early 19th century to fight the sinister General Andrew Jackson. With the help of a rag-tag group of historical and mythical figures with various supernatural abilities of their own (Joan of Arc, Jesse James, etc) known as the Knights of Time, Rolland solves the mystery behind his mother’s murder, falls in love, battles the evil Edward Vilthe – reaper of souls, and finds a home of his own in the paradise known as Eden.
It starts out a little slow but the pace quickly picks up once Rolland gets attacked. My heart went out to Rolland as it becomes apparent how his father’s despair left him an orphan and homeless.To me, it feels like people forget that all family members are affected when there is a death of loved one. Too often they fall apart instead of banding together. I feel like the historical figures added in were a nice touch and I like that he kept the time periods as well. The characters were lively and easy to relate to. I definitely look forward to reading the second book when it comes out! Over all, great read for those that enjoy fantasy mixed with science fiction but do warn it is longer than most young adult books.