A Shape on the Air
by Julia Ibbotson
Publication Date: October 9, 2021
Genre: Historical Mystery
Series: Dr. DuLac, Book 1
For fans of Barbara Erskine, Pamela Hartshorne, Susanna Kearsley, Christina Courtenay
Can echoes of the past threaten the present? They are 1500 years apart, but can they reach out to each other across the centuries? One woman faces a traumatic truth in the present day. The other is forced to marry the man she hates as the ‘dark ages’ unfold.
How can Dr Viv DuLac, medievalist and academic, unlock the secrets of the past? Traumatised by betrayal, she slips into 499 AD and into the body of Lady Vivianne, who is also battling treachery. Viv must uncover the mystery of the key that she unwittingly brings back with her to the present day, as echoes of the past resonate through time. But little does Viv realise just how much both their lives across the centuries will become so intertwined. And in the end, how can they help each other across the ages without changing the course of history?
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Praise for Julia Ibbotson and A Shape on the Air
“In the best Barbara Erskine tradition … I would highly recommend this novel” Historical Novel Society
“Amazing …a really great book …I just couldn’t put it down” Hazel Morgan
“a beautiful tale … a must-read for fans of time-slip and time-travel” Cathie Dunn
“gripping, with a very real sense of sense of threat and danger, an enthralling mystery focused on hidden treasure, a wholly convincing romance, all across both timelines! Anne Williams
“Lovely identifiable heroines in both time periods … I love the strength and vulnerability” Melissa Morgan
“Meticulously researched and wonderfully evocative. Loved it!” Anne Harvey
About the Author
Acclaimed, award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and the concept of resonances across time. She read English at Keele University, England (after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa) specialising in medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a school teacher, then an academic as a senior university lecturer and researcher.
She has published a number of books, including memoir, children’s medieval fantasy, a trilogy set in Ghana, and medieval time-slip, as well as academic works. Apart from insatiable reading, she loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the countryside in England and Madeira where she and her husband divide their time.
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Dr. Viv DuLac’s relationship abruptly ends and she finds herself slipping into the life of Lady Vivienne and facing danger from a man who plans to marry her to gain control of her inherited lands. With events in 499 seeming to be echoed by the events in her modern life, Viv calls on her knowledge as a medievalist to puzzle out these time slips, as well as the help of friends and a new acquaintance to determine what must be done to aid the “shapes on the air.”
With an intriguing scientific take on time travel and a fascinating interpretation of the Lady of the Lake legend, A Shape on the Air is a spellbinding time slip story. Deeply researched and engagingly written, this is one for the re-read shelf.
This review refers to a digital copy I voluntarily received and read. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.
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