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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Twin brothers, Sheft and Teller, have been separated for a long time, and now they will be meeting each other in an unusual manner and in a very dangerous place. Teller’s mission is to bring his brother to the lair of the oppressor, the Spider King. Will he betray his brother or help him escape and reach the place where a small group of resistance forces are working to set their country free? But things don’t follow through as planned, for the twins find themselves in a deadly situation and poisoned. With only thirteen hours left to live, can their rescuers locate the antidote to the deadly poison in time to reclaim their lives? And why won’t Teller wear the toltyr, the pendant that proclaims who he truly is? Time Candle by Veronica Dale is a heart pounding, tantalizing fantasy that is every bit as entertaining as it is exciting.
I was pulled in by the compelling plot, and right from the opening lines I knew I would love this book. The plot follows a tale of two brothers, but there is a subplot that follows the story of Mariat and that creates the suspense which makes this story even more engrossing. Veronica Dale writes with confidence and her prose features a great setting with powerful images. Although the setting is imaginary, it leaves readers with beautiful sights, great smells, and a geography they can easily imagine. Time Candle is character driven, but the plot is boosted by a memorable conflict and the reader gets caught up in the read, watching out for the exciting and satisfying denouement. This book was absorbing and utterly entertaining.