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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I loved Worlds of the Timestream: The Throne, Book 1: Culmanic Parts by Richard Sutcliffe. I just want to put that out there. This is a great story and I will tell you why in this review, but I refuse to give any spoilers. This book takes place in a multiverse, a literary construction popular in comic books and based on modern theoretical physics. I first saw this concept executed by a true master when I read Michael Moorcock’s Eternal Champion series. Culmanic Parts takes place in a world where history has taken a different turn from ours at some key point. What is basically different in this universe is Irish history and development. I love it! I am a big fan of Irish history and folklore and this book allowed me to get a glimpse of how European, and thus world history, might be different if Ireland became a dominant power instead of England.
Culmanic Parts is very well written and Richard Sutcliffe pays close attention to the details of life during this period which is around 1014 A.D. Just as important to me was the attention to military life and the development of armies. I thrive on that stuff. But to my surprise, the attention to detail wasn't the greatest strength of Culmanic Parts. It was simply one strong area in a book that was very strong in every aspect. But what caught my attention were the strong female characters in an age where women were, for the most part, powerless. Richard Sutcliffe writes strong women well. I had to keep going to the front of the book to check again whether a woman had written it or not. There were so many great characters in Culmanic Parts that I found it difficult to stop reading. I loved it and so will you.