Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Curse of Time by Andreea Pryde is the first book in the Cursed Watches series. Scarlett doesn't believe in magic. Curses aren't real. Enchantments don't work. Angels and demons don't exist. But when she starts her new job at a museum, she's confronted with everything she never believed existed. Everything in her life changes after she discovers a connection she has to the past and the ability she has to take over a woman's body, with permission, in the 19th century. Her trips to the past uncover lies and secrets that could change the path of the future, which could change everything in her own future. Scarlett's new job opens her life up to endless possibilities, danger, romance, time, and god-created artifacts. Scarlett's story takes place within the present day, but she develops a connection that reaches back to the 19th century with a woman named Leah.
Her journey is rooted in her evolution from skepticism to belief, which understands her role in time and her own power. The story has a darker undertone that runs throughout the story as it weaves between the present and the past. Andreea Pryde shifts Scarlett between her journey in the present and as Leah in the past, which are interconnected to the search for the artifact called the Watch. The mystery of their connection runs throughout the story with answers slowly unfolding as Scarlett digs deeper into their dynamic. The two women are from different time periods but both of their stories are emotionally driven and beautifully written. The Gods' Artifacts provide an original twist on Greek Mythology that revolves around the search for the first artifact which is a Watch made by Chronos to give immortality to a mortal woman he fell in love with. The mythology elements in The Curse of Time place a unique spin on Greek mythology which Pryde uses to deliver a story that has tragedy, drama, and heartache that transcends time.