The Mongol Ascension

A Jump in Time Novel, Book Three

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Pub Date 03 Sep 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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MISSION: SAVE THE WORLD
DESTINATION: ANCIENT MONGOLIA


Seventeen-year-old Dan Renfrew leads a normal high school life full of all the usual challenges: homework, bullies, and the enigmatic world of dating. It would be enough for most teens, but Dan has a secret. He’s a time jumper, a member of a clandestine group tasked with journeying to the past to repair glitches in history that imperil subsequent events. This responsibility alone is daunting, but it’s even more crucial now. A band of rogue time jumpers is bent on taking over the world, and Dan can’t find any allies to join him in the fight to stop them.

In a last-ditch effort to foil the conspiracy, Dan and his partner Sam plunge into history together. Landing on the steppes of Mongolia in the year 1179, they meet a brave Mongol teen on a courageous quest to rescue his kidnapped wife. But Dan and Sam soon discover that there’s far more at stake than a stolen bride. They’re thrust into a desperate race against time to save the Mongol Empire—and the future of the entire world.

MISSION: SAVE THE WORLD
DESTINATION: ANCIENT MONGOLIA


Seventeen-year-old Dan Renfrew leads a normal high school life full of all the usual challenges: homework, bullies, and the enigmatic world of...


A Note From the Publisher

This is the third book in the series.
The Last Saxon King was published March 2023 (Book One)
The Celtic Deception was published August 2023 (Book Two)
The Spartan Sacrifice will be published in August 2025 (Book Four)
The Last Saxon King has been nominated for the 2024 Red Maple Award in the Forest of Reading Festival.
All of the books in the series can be read STAND-ALONE.

This is the third book in the series.
The Last Saxon King was published March 2023 (Book One)
The Celtic Deception was published August 2023 (Book Two)
The Spartan Sacrifice will be published in...


Advance Praise

“The history presented is genuinely rendered alongside the captivating fantasy and fictional elements. The storyline is replete with ancient battle action and tactics, flashes of romance, clever humor, and unexpected turns in events. Exceeding my expectations throughout, the book delivers not only fast-paced fun and adventure but engaging historical insight into a time of turmoil and change. Unreservedly recommended for readers of all ages.”–Thomas J. Howley, Historical Novel Society

“Fun immersion in the world of the Celts and the lives of endearing characters the two protagonists come to know as well as plenty of fast-paced, bloody action sequences.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The history presented is genuinely rendered alongside the captivating fantasy and fictional elements. The storyline is replete with ancient battle action and tactics, flashes of romance, clever...


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Andrew Varga delivers another winner. I love this series, it's not only fun but makes the reader think about history. What were those characters like while history was being made. Fun and action filled. Thank you.

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5 Stars! Another winner from author Andrew Varga! This is the 3rd book, & the 3rd 5 star rating from me in the ‘A Jump in Time’ series and while it can be read as a standalone, I’d highly recommend reading this series in order, I’ve loved every book so far. In this book, the main character, 17 year old Dan & jump partner Sam, jump back to Mongolia in 1179 to help 17 year old Temujin get his wife, Borte, back from the Merkits. Not meerkats like Timon from The Lion King, Merkits, a tribe in 12th century Mongolia. According to Wikipedia, after a struggle of over 20 years, they were defeated in 1200 by Genghis Khan and were incorporated into the Mongol Empire.
I love how this author makes it exciting to learn history. If I had a history teacher that made history fun to learn and imagine, I’d have learned a lot more. I’d categorize this book as historical fiction, action packed with a smidge of romance and life of a 17 year old high school student who time travels and is trying to stop an evil senator from taking over the world! Lots of interesting and entertaining information and this series should be added to middle or high school history classes.
I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. Where will Dan & Sam go next? The Roman Empire? The Wild West? Maybe an African tribe as they rounded up and sold slaves? That would be a great way to teach kids about the start of slavery in the US & how it came to be. This really is a great series and one of my absolute favorites! Highly recommend this book & this series! 100% absolutely worth it!
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Third book in an excellent series for middle school readers. Time jumping allows contemporary characters to interact with historical characters in a way that shows the past era as well as what remains the same in human actions and relationships. Creative plots and good use of characters.

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- The Summary -
The Mongol Ascension is the third book in the A Jump in Time series, in this installment, we follow Dan and Sam to 1179 Mongolia. After landing in the Mongolian steppe, they save a young man named Temujin to rescue his wife. Hoping that this jump will help them understand what Victor Stahl's plans are and hopefully help them with a plan on how to stop them.
Outside of the time jump, Dan and Sam continue to dig to uncover Victor's plans in the present.

- The Review -
Another fantastic book, I love this series so much; I would have been more interested in history if I grew up with these books.
There's a really nice balance in this book, we get to see a bit more about Dan's life outside of the time jump which allows for a bit more character development. This is nicely balanced with the time jump and larger plots being developed as well. I'm excited to see more of Dan's experiments when traveling in the time stream.
Overall, a fantastic read, I binged the whole this in a few days and already I can't wait for the next one.

- The Acknowledgement -
Thank you to NetGalley, Andrew Varga, and Imbrifex Books for the ARC. I received an advanced copy for free, but my words and opinions are my own.

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Das hier ist nun der dritte Band um den 17jährigen Dan Renfrew, dem unfreiwilligem Time-Jumper, der gemeinsam mit seiner besten Freundin Sam immer wieder zurück in die Vergangenheit reist, um dort Störimpulse aufzuspüren und zu beseitigen, sodass die Geschichte sich so abspielen kann, wie wir sie aus unseren Geschichtsbüchern gewohnt sind. Das ist so der grobe Rahmen des Geschehens, und hier nun finden sich Dan und Sam in den mongolischen Steppen vor etwa 1000 Jahren wieder, gerade rechtzeitig, um den ebenfalls 17jährigen Temuzin bei einem Angriff zur Seite zu stehen und ihm das Leben zu retten. Als Dank dürfen sie ihn dann dabei begleiten, seine gekidnappte Frau aus den Klauen feindlicher Stämme zu befreien. Falls es irgendjemand jetzt schon vermutet: besagter mongolische Teenie soll später als Dschingis Khan ein Weltreich erobern, und wir haben nun als Leser das Vergnügen, gemeinsam mit Dan und Sam eine ganz neue Seite an dieser historischen Persönlichkeit zu entdecken 😊.
Zwischenzeitlich sind wir aber auch immer mal wieder mit Dan im hier und heute, und hier hat er mit ganz anderen Problemen zu kämpfen. Seit dem Tod seines Vaters lebt er alleine und geht seit neuem zur Schule - bislang hatte ihn sein Vater unterrichtet, und das vorwiegend in Geschichte und Martial Arts jeglicher Art. Dan ist ein wenig ein Sonderling auf seiner Schule, und hat so seine Schwierigkeiten mit den dortigen Maulhelden…. Allerdings gibt es auch positive Dinge, als er die hübsche Jenna kennenlernt und sich eine zarte Romanze anbahnt. Und wie passt Sam da jetzt rein? Dan muss einige Entscheidungen treffen….
Und nicht zu vergessen, Viktor, der große Feind, der nichts anderes als die Weltherrschaft im Sinn hat, ist auch noch da. Alle Time-Jumper fürchten ihn, und doch muss er gestoppt werden. Dan ist bereit, den Kampf aufzunehmen. Das ist hier die ganz große Storyline drumherum: egal in welches historische Abenteuer Dan sich auch stürzt, im Hintergrund ist immer die Bedrohung durch Viktor und dessen Gehilfen. Und kleiner Spoiler: das Buch endet mit einem üblen Cliffhanger, gerade als Dan gegen Viktor aufrüstet.
Mein Leseeindruck: Ich war wieder total begeistert 😊. Ich habe die beiden Vorgängerbände schon gefeiert, und das hier war wieder ein geniales Abenteuer. Richtig, richtig gut geschrieben, ich war von Seite 1 mitgerissen. Die Personen bekommen mittlerweile alle richtig Tiefe, und egal ob im Jetzt oder in der Vergangenheit, ich war gefesselt.
Was halt auch immer toll ist: der Autor ist Historiker und kennt sich in den jeweiligen Epochen sehr gut aus. Das war eine coole Geschichtsstunde, ich glaube, ich habe mit diesem Roman mehr über die Mongolen und Dschingis Khan gelernt, als je zuvor.
Wir haben hier ein permanent hohes Spannungslevel, plus viele authentische Dialoge, coole Charaktere, es passt alles, man kann durch den Roman fliegen.
Es war mir ein Vergnügen, und ich warte jetzt schon auf den nächsten Teil!
Vielen Dank an den Verlag und an Netgalley für das Rezensionsexemplar!

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I loved this book! A departure from the typical historical fiction genre, but so entertaining,. Not a complex story, but I still feel like I learned a lot and I’m now going to read this author’s other works, in fact, I can’t wait!

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The Mongol Ascension is Andrew Varga's best book so far. The writing style is better, the characters have more personality (although Dan remains annoyingly thirsty) and the plot is moving quicker.

The departure from the familiar old England background also makes a difference versus the previous books, as well as the back and forth between past and present. This book is an "independent" adventure like the previous ones as but it's also where you feel that the bigger plot is moving and more pieces find their place in the board.

Andrew Varga succeeds once again into making the past feel unpleasant. Glory, nobility and heroics? No, because the truth is that you found yourself in medieval Mongolia, you would have to eat the (honestly disgusting) food of the Mongol horsemen, you could be attacked and killed at any moment, and if you're Sam you would be constantly ogled and harassed by thousands of men.

The bigger picture remains kind of vague: Victor is grandstanding and it's quite unclear how he plans to use the past to change the future yet.

One small remark, it's kind of strange that Dan didn't know who their 17-year old Mongol protector/protegee was, this name is quite known especially to history nerds. Like, I knew immediately.

Thank you NetGalley and Imbrifex Books for the ARC!

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Another fabulous installment to the series! Mongolia is such a fresh setting. I loved the new location and new plot twists. I can’t wait for the next one.

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In the third Jump in Time book, Dan Renfrew and his partner Sam travel back in time to ancient Mongolia. There, they work to fix a "glitch" in time. Upon returning home to his time, Dan finds out there's an even bigger challenge to fight in order to save the world. Dan finds allies in new friends. Author Andrew Varga's story brings historical fiction with a touch of fantasy and a promise of more adventures to come for our teen heroes Dan and Sam.

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A time-travelling adventurous teenage duo end up landing in Mongolia, and unbeknowing to them, they stumble into discovering that, it's up to them to save Mongolia and their future, maybe. They don't teach you this stuff in your history class. Whose for saving the Mongols?
This is the third book in the 'A Jump in Time' series by Andrew Varga. You will be following Dan and Sam as they travel to 1179 Mongolia, via Time Travel, of course. Reading this book will not disappoint you, Mr. Varga writes his story, so that it capitulates you faster and faster in the plot, and Dan and Sam are quite the individuals, to lead you, with their unique personalities, you'll want to stay by their side during whole entire reading. And you won't want to stop there, you adventurous soul, you!

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This was the first book in the series that I have read and even without reading the previous 2 books this works as a stand alone book. The premise and story we engaging and even though it is meant for a younger audience kept my attention throughout the book. The history of Genghis Kahn is something I have not read much about and was interesting to learn about his rise to power and quest to unite all the tribes of the area. The history seems to be well researched and enough characters are included to give the story depth while not overwhelming me as a reader trying to keep everyone straight. The time traveling aspect of the book was enjoyable as well. I read some excerpts to my son and he is interested in starting the series from the beginning now. I look forward to experiencing the whole series with him.

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Thank you for the ARC.
I definitely enjoyed this book and the journey. Too bad it wasn't Book-1 in the series. I still dove in and was captivated with each page I turned. This is an awesome adventure for any middle school student.
Time jumps are always exciting to see and learn through the different times of life. A good taste to lightly appreciate science. A good moving story altogether.
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The Mongol Ascension is the third book in the series written by Andrew Varga. The time glitch that Dan and Sam have to fix takes place in Mongolia during the early years of Genghis Khan. Young seventeen-year-old Temujin is on a quest to rescue his wife from the Merkit army. At first Dan and Sam don’t understand what the glitch is they spend days with the Monguls which includes hordes of armies, near death experiences and fights but nothing obvious about what the glitch they need to fix is. Dan learns important lessons about leadership and how to strategically take down a foe from Temujin. I love the added progression of the character arc of Dan, he’s 17, a time traveler who has inherited the job after his dad was murdered by another time traveler, Victor. Dan not only has to navigate the time traveling world but also high school. How does he stay out of trouble, date and have relationships with others who are not part of the time traveling community. Dan navigates all these challengers the best he can and matures more into what his next role is take down Victor Stahl before he destroys the time travel or community and the world.

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Varga is back with another installment in the A Jump in Time series, featuring homeschooled student Dan Renfred. I love seeing other homeschoolers as protagonists in books as there isn't a lot of represenation here. In this book, we travel to 12th century Mongolia. History has glitched and our characters have to help Genghis Khan recover his wife, Borte. There are many narrow escapes, misadventures, and lucky twists, but they succeed in the end. My only complaint? Given Dan's background knowledge, I felt like he should have known who Temujin was without having to look it up! (However, I understand why the author made that call for plot reasons.)

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“The Mongol Ascension” by Andrew Varga is a young adult fiction novel that is part of the “Jump in Time” series. The book follows the story of Dan Renfrew, a seventeen-year-old time jumper, who travels back in time to ancient Mongolia in the year 1179 to save the Mongol Empire and the future of the entire world from a band of rogue time jumpers who are bent on taking over the world. The book is well-written and engaging, with a fast-paced plot that keeps the reader hooked from start to finish. The author’s writing style is easy to follow, making it an enjoyable read for young adults and adults alike. The book is also filled with vivid descriptions of the Mongol Empire, which adds to the overall reading experience.

One of the strengths of the book is its characters. Dan Renfrew is a relatable protagonist who faces the usual challenges of high school life but with the added responsibility of being a time jumper. The other characters in the book, including the brave Mongol teen whom Dan and his partner Sam meet on their journey, are also well-developed and add depth to the story. However, some readers may find the book predictable, with a plot that follows a familiar formula of time travel and saving the world.

Additionally, the book may not be suitable for readers looking for a more historically accurate portrayal of the Mongol Empire, as the book takes some creative liberties with historical events. In conclusion, “The Mongol Ascension” by Andrew Varga is an enjoyable young adult fiction novel that is part of the “Jump in Time” series. The book’s engaging plot, well-developed characters, and vivid descriptions of the Mongol Empire make it a worthwhile read for fans of the genre. However, readers looking for a more historically accurate portrayal of the Mongol Empire may be disappointed.

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Third in a series of time travel adventures, we find Dan, a 17 year old high schooler facing challenges on every side. Following in the footsteps of his father, who was also a "Time Jumper", Dan jumps back in time with his best friend Samantha who is also a "Time Jumper". They land on the Mongolia steppes to meet a young Genghis Khan. The novel is well paced, well developed and riveting. Along the way, the young Genghis Kahn imparts some sterling life principles to Sam which we would all do well to adopt. There is a minimum of violence and no sex scenes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am motivated to read the first two in this series, as well .It wasn't clear to me if the series continues. We are left with the fate of the world hanging in the hands of Sam and his new Time Jumper friends. Must find out how it resolves. If you enjoy time travel novels or are looking for some good material for teens or pre-teems this is an excellent choice.

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Adorably wealthy in entertainment, love, and adventure adorned honorably with valor and credibility. Very insightful and wisdom derived like a night owl on branch of sight and action. Couldn’t put this one down until I found how it ended. However, even though the ending felt open ended like a book 4 was a pending possibility, it was still a great read! 😁

Lots of motivation and drive throughout of empowerment and growth mentality with intent to callouse minds of toughness and self-discovery of self, others, and environment.

I very much enjoyed reading this book. I am interested in reading more books by this author! Romanticizing meets History books on a walk through the light museum of time traveling and relationships/friendships. Strong writing voice and skill.

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I really enjoyed this novel even though I had not read the first two in the series (I am now going back and reading them.) This series is a great way to introduce history to kids and adults. The twists between dealing with modern day issues and then trying to not die while figuring out what is going wrong in history and how to solve it was masterful. I can't wait to read more about how they will keep the bad guys from messing up the past and the future.
Thank you to #NetGalley for the ebook ARC of #TheMongolAscension in exchange for my honest and independent review.

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Time jumper + mongolia + lets save the world - and I jumped write into it.
This is an interesting series, and it is well-written. I was interested to see the world and story unfold, and did I mention Genghis Khan is also there.
A fun read :)

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I will start this off by saying that I was dumb and didn’t read the disclaimer that said this was the third part in a series. So, that might have affected my perception of the book as a piece of a larger whole. However, with that said, I was definitely able to enjoy this book as a stand-alone, and I don’t think that there was too much plot or context that I was missing to be able to understand what was happening.

This book was a fun historical adventure. As someone who does not know too much about the history of Mongolia but loves fiction set in the past, learning about new places, and time travel adventures, this story was a good and interesting read. The author is great about making the characters feel like real young people in my opinion. He is also good at not making the past feel like a walk in the park, as the characters face several trials that feel realistic to what they would actually face when going back to a distant, unfamiliar past.

Overall, I would give this book 4.5 stars rounded up to 5, as it was fun and enjoyable, as well as informative. I will definitely be reading the first two books in the series!

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I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is book 3 in the series and I think each book just keeps getting better.

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I received this arc from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
The Mongol Ascension is the third installment in this time travel series. Best suited for middle grade to YA this series is packed with adventure and a little romance.
I enjoyed the characters Dan and Sam immensely and found the time travel parts interesting and well researched. I like Dan also learned something about himself and how to deal with the villain in the story.
I didn't know much about the Mongols before reading this book and I felt like I learned something too.
I'd like to get this series for my son in junior high as I think this would be right in his wheel house of interest.

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Did you ever wonder if you went back in time and changed just one thing how the world might be a better place? What if you had the means to fix history? Dan Renfrew is caught in a world of time jumpers. Once again he plunges into time with Sam and together they look for ways to discover and repair a time glitch. The pace is entertaining. The plot keeps you on your toes. Dan manoeuvres between never fitting in, relationships, and learning how to survive. The Mongol. Ascension takes you back to a period on the steppes of Mongolia. What is the glitch? How can Dan and Sam stay alive as they get thrown into another race against time while other time jumpers try to stop them. The adventure continues.

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Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC

This was a very enjoyable historical fiction. I can see young readers enjoying this as an introduction to the Mongol empire. It is a great vessel to make people interested in history without being boring, and the author has done his homework. This was obviously very well researched from the historical characters, to the setting, to what Mongols liked to eat and drink. I appreciate the attention to detail and it makes the reader feel as though they are right there with our time traveling protagonist.
Speaking of, Dan is a great character to see this world through. I think that young readers in particular (but honestly everyone) will be able to identify with his struggle of having this huge responsibility and trying to be a normal teenager at the same time. It is a difficult thing to juggle. I have not read any of the other books in this series (I was unaware that it was a series when I requested it) but that did not hinder my enjoyment of the book. The basic premise and plot that seems to be present in all the books was very easy to pick up on in this one and I did not feel like I was behind at all.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this and will be recommending it to some family members who I also think would enjoy it.

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This book - another time jump novel. I absolutely fell in love with this series and have not been disappointed yet again. I think Andrew Varga has done something great with this series. It was one of my favourite reads last year - and this addition to the series has become one of my favourites of this year. I hope to see more from Varga!!

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Another Varga time travel book that completely captivated me! To be frank, I was uncertain how much I’d like reading about Genghis Khan. However, it didn't take many pages at all before I could not put it down. Now I can’t stop thinking about how charming, inspirational, and loyal he is portrayed in this book. Then there’s Dan’s development in current times with other time jumpers, Victor’s plot to take over the world, and why is Victor almost obsessed with Sam. So many knots to unravel.

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Dan is a young high school student with a strange ability. He belongs to a group that can skip back and forth in time with the use of a strange transmitter. His goal is to correct glitches in time that may alter the future by altering the past. He and his friend Sam (Samantha) have the same devices and travel together. The device also assists in adjusting speech and other communications into understandable language.

He learns to defend himself at the hands of Roman Gladiators.

A time glitch has occurred during the 5th to 7th centuries and he and Sam decide to go back to save humanity and fix the glitch. The issue is: will they die trying or will they actually meet the group they need to help?

This particular glitch centers around Genghis Khan! Gengis is considered one of the premier historical figures of all time. As history tells us, Genghis spent his life in battles; both in Asia and in Europe. Can a teenager from the 21st Century become one of the Khan’s trusted allies?

This book moves well and seems historically accurate. I warn every reader to be sure they have time to devote to the book. You won’t want to put it down! 4.5 stars – CE Williams

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In this third offering in the Jump in Time series, Dan Renfrew takes on bullies at school, finds some local friends at his high school and in his hometown, and, along with Sam, visits the Mongol Empire and meets Genghis Khan.

He is still trying to find a way to stop Victor, who is intent on ruling the world using time jumping. As usual, Sam and Dan risk their lives repeatedly when they find themselves part of Temujin's forces in his attempt to recapture his kidnapped wife, Borte, from another tribe. This adventure was the start of his ascent to power.

Dan was seriously injured and had to jump back to the present for help where he confirmed that Temujin was indeed Genghis Khan. Returning to 1100's, he found Sam very upset with him.

The two finally manage to complete their mission and return to the present, where they still have issues to work out.

Fans of the series for younger students, The Time Warp Trio, will love this series as well as history buffs.

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The his was a very nice true telling of the mingols historic story. It’s a very informative read. It is definitely worth a read into the history and what they faced

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My thanks to Imbrifex books and NetGalley for the ARC. This book takes the reader in a different direction with the time travelers Dan and Sam encountering Genghis Khan. Life in the modern world also does not disappoint as more about Dan’s life and the plans Victor has come to light. The third book in this series does not disappoint leaving Dan bolder than ever. I cannot wait for the next book. Well done!

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Review: Aw shucks, the reluctant hero with a heart of gold. At 17 YO can take out 5 guys with his martial arts skills and kill known criminals (in self-defense of course). All the girls want to bang him but he walks around clueless until they jump in his lap. His demeanor and abilities shift around to fit the current story line. When he needs information he is suddenly and easily kidnapped and acts like a whipped puppy. He either is a badass or not, but using the MC as a plot device is never a good way to write.

Despite the MC being written as a total asshat, the story line and movement are really good. The historical world building is, as far as my limited education in history allows, very expansive. I think the author does a great job with world building and SHE should be principle to the series. Just kill off dumbass and let her take over the MC role.

I still had a great time reading this.

Rating: 4.4/5

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I found myself surprised that this novel is classified as middle grade. Typically, middle grade novels have the protagonist being at an age close to 13yrs, but Dan is 17yrs-he drives, he's worried about romance. While there are other considerations for making something middle grade, such as the maturity level, I was thrown by its suggested audience. With that said, I also understand why it might not appeal to a young adult audience. Despite its exciting moments of battle and high school concerns, there is a slowness to the book to make it easier to follow and it has a great deal of repetition. So I would suggest this book to more of an avid reader than just the average middle schooler.
As for the novel itself, I enjoyed it. I appreciate all the historical facts that were woven into the story. I like the historical notes at the end that really highlights how much of the truth was kept in the story. I know this book is part of a series, and while I did not read the previous two books, there were enough references to the previous novels that I did not have any trouble following along with the overarching plot line. As a fan of history, I love to learn new things, and this book certainly taught me something new about the Mongols.

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A great blend of fiction, fantasy, and historic action. I loved the story and the characters. The author paints a vibrant picture through the battle scenes, buildup, and drama of the book.

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My 15 year old has read every book of this series, and was excited about the chance to read the third one. I will defer to him for the review: The first part of the book was the best of the series, and he loved the time travel part. The end of the book was a bit slower and he didn't enjoy that part as much. Overall, a solid book and he is looking forward to continuing in the series.

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