"Paullina Simons’ dazzling time-travelling adventure continues in A Beggar’s Kingdom as Julian and Josephine embark on an incredible adventure across time and space. They live amid beauty and ecstasy in the pages of history, facing bloodshed and betrayal, countless dangers and deadly enemies. Destitution, crime, pestilence, disaster, and ancient tribal clashes are among the trials they must survive. Desperately searching for a way out, they struggle to hold on to the love that binds them together even as it rips them apart. But each time they cheat death, Julian and Josephine draw nearer to an unthinkable sacrifice and a confrontation with the harshest master of all…fate. Continuing on from the first novel in the saga, the Tiger Catcher, the heartbreaking story of Julian and Josephine continues and a love that spans lifetimes."
If you are in the market for a happy whirl-wind romance, an ‘easier read’ novel then this is definitely not the series for you. A Beggars Kingdom is perfect however for readers who love being emotionally invested in characters and stories, and to have your heart broken by fictional characters, who are captivating and end up on an extraordinary journey. The first book, the Tiger Catcher I would recommend immediately for fans of The Time Travellers’ Wife and similar novels, it has everything an epic love story needs, time-travel, romance and loveable main characters. A Beggar’s Kingdom, which is the second novel in the series builds on from the story set in the first novel.
A Beggar’s Kingdom is the second part in the End of Forever saga and follows on from The Tiger Catcher. I was captivated again following Julian on his time-travelling adventure in search of his love, Josephine. As someone who enjoys historical novels and specifically historical romances, I really enjoyed the chapters of Julian going back to different destinations each time to try and find Josephine. Specifically his determination to find her and how he loses her each time. As a reader you can feel the determination through the words on the pages, his love for her is painful and sad and through Paullina Simons’ fantastic writing you can really feel Julian’s emotions. The trials and tribulations of their love is what makes this story so unique and worth reading, the wonderful story-telling captures the essence of all places the characters travel to and what they endure.
Onto the fantastical element of the story, the time travel is done in such a clever way that it just feels ingrained in the story and not an added extra or an afterthought and that makes the whole reading experience authentic. Julian seems to live his life in past, while things in the present keep moving forward, with the new addition of Josephine’s mother, Ava, involved in the story it will be interesting to see what happens next as the story unfolds in the final book.
I am looking forward to finding out if Julian and Josephine get their happy ending in the conclusion to the trilogy which is out in December. Overall, I fell in love with the themes of the story and the portrayal of time travel within the novel, highly recommend.
Paullina Simons is the author of thirteen novels, a memoir, a cookbook, and two children’s books. Born and raised in the Soviet Union, she immigrated to the United States in the mid-seventies. She graduated from the University of Kansas and wrote her first novel, Tully, at twenty-nine. She has lived in Rome, London, and Dallas, and now lives in New York with her husband and half of her children.
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