The Tea Machine by Gill McKnight is a fantastical tale of time travel. I found myself simultaneously enthralled and confused.
The main character of this novel is Millicent Abberly who hails from London via 1862. Millicent is a strong, sharped tongued, independent, super intelligent woman who is light years ahead of her time. Miss Abberly is a forward thinker, who is more than capable of handling a time traveling adventure. Good thing for her, her brother Hubert just invented a time traveling machine.
The story starts as Millicent takes an unexpected journey to 100 years into the future. No, she doesn’t end up in the 1960s, she goes to a parallel universe when Roman Empire is fighting to control the galaxy. There she meets up with Decanus R.J. Sangfroid, a handsome lady soldier, who is battling colossal squid that are hell bent on destroying the ship that Millicent just showed up on.
I told you this story was fantastical, and it doesn’t stop at a futuristic squid battle. Millicent, Sangfroid, Hubert and a handful of other characters have caused a ripple in time. Time travel has consequences and this crew must be dealt with the fallout.
I had to really think about this book upon conclusion. What could I say to a fellow reader, I asked? So here goes… This book has a lot going on. At times I was lost as to where we were going. Just when I thought I had figured it out, nope Millicent and company are off to another adventure. You have to read this book with a wide open imagination, don’t try to figure it out until it’s completed. I did enjoy my time with it. I loved Millicent, she is awesome. I do wish more of Millicent and Sangfroid’s love story was brought to the forefront of the story. McKnight did a good job of establishing chemistry between them in the beginning of the book, but it was like it became a side note in the final third of the story.
I think if you are really interested in science fiction you will find this book fascinating. If you are looking for a clear cut romance, this may not be the one for you. It’s definitely different, but different is not a bad thing. This book is what I would call unique!
4 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Ylva Publishing
The Tea Machine (The Teatime Chronicles Book 1)
by Gill McKnight