Monday, 19 March 2018

The Invisible Hand by James Hartley @jameshartleybks #BlogTour @rararesources #Review

Thank you for joining me for my stop on the blog tour for The Invisible Hand by James Hartley and today I will be sharing my review. First of all let's take a look at the description for the book...

 The Invisible Hand is about a boy, Sam, who has just started life at a boarding school and finds himself able to travel back in time to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl, Leana, who can travel to the future, and the two of them become wrapped up in events in Macbeth, the Shakespeare play, and in the daily life of the school. The book is the first part of a series called Shakespeare´s Moon. Each book is set in the same boarding school but focuses on a different Shakespeare play.

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I really enjoy time slip/time travel stories so once I read the description for The Invisible Hand I was very intrigued. Now I will confess I'm 33 years old so maybe not the in the ideal age range for this book. However I thought that the story was fast moving and had the right amount of mystery for people of any age to become intrigued by. As well as showcasing a Shakespeare play within the story and making his work more accessible to a possibly younger audience. James Hartley gives key points of the story and manages to integrate them into Sam's story. I enjoyed the parts where Macbeth was included and I would have loved to read more but I can also understand that if too much was included it may have slowed the story down.

I loved the school setting and it certainly added to the mysterious atmosphere throughout the story. It's a pretty quick read but this helps to keep the momentum going and the transition from time periods was pretty good for the most part. There are a few twisty moments that kept things interesting and took Sam on quite a journey.

The Invisible Hand is a mysterious story within a story!

With thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.

James was born on the Wirral, England, in 1973 on a rainy Thursday. He shares his birthday with Bono, Sid Vicious and two even nastier pieces of work, John Wilkes Booth and Mark David Chapman.

His mother was a hairdresser with her own business and his father worked in a local refinery which pours filth into the sky over the Mersey to this day. They married young and James was their first child. He has two younger brothers and a still-expanding family in the area. As an Everton fan he suffered years of Liverpool success throughout the seventies and was thrilled when his father took a job in Singapore and the family moved lock, stock and two smoking barrels to Asia.

He spent five fine years growing up in the city state before returning to the rain, storms, comprehensive schools and desolate beauty of the Scottish east coast. Later years took he and his family to baking hot Muscat, in Oman, and a Syria that has since been bombed off the surface of the planet.

James studied journalism in London and later travelled through Ireland, France, Germany and India generally having a good time, before finally settling in Madrid, Spain, where he now lives with his wife and two children.

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  1. Thanks Rachel! Glad you enjoyed it - hope everyone else does too. Loads more stories, backgrounds and giveaways on my website if anyone wants to come over. Thanks again, James.

    1. You're most welcome, James.
      Best wishes Rae :)