Time's Legacy

Time's Legacy

Book - 2010
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Barbara Erskine returns with this beautiful and haunting tale of dark forces and mystical powers.

Cambridge, present day: Following the death of her mother, Abi Rutherford receives a mysterious bequest âe" a misshapen crystal sphere known as the Serpentâe(tm)s Stone, which gives her glimpses into mysteries long concealed by the church.

Western England, 25 AD: A stranger has come to the chilly Somerset wetlands, with a story of hope and reconciliation. But he is being followed by powerful forces, determined that he will not undermine Roman rule in Britain.

Abi questions what connects these ancient events and her gift. Why do so many people seem desperate to hide the truth?

A dark shadow has fallen across the centuries, and a woman is in fear for her life. But is it danger that awaits her, or the final truth so long whispered across the echoes of time?

Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2010
ISBN: 9780007302277
Branch Call Number: ERSKI
Characteristics: 436 p

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librarylil Aug 31, 2016

Druids and ghosts and history oh no!

BPLNextBestAdults Jul 13, 2011

This prolific author is adept at using polarizing themes in her latest book: history and the supernatural, Christian and pagan legends, present day and Druidian suspense. Two simultaneous stories form the plot. Abi Rutherford is the new assistant priest in the English town of Cambridge. She quickly is in trouble with the minister who fears her visions of ghosts are the work of the devil. Her ghosts are actually a replay of a long ago happening when a healer from Galilee was a visitor among the Druids at Glastonbury. There is enough history to bring the Celtic tale alive, exploring the historical legends of pre-Arthurian Glastonbury, one of Britain’s most sacred places.
As Abi follows the story in broken psychic visions, her own safety is at issue. Her boss, Kieran Scott, becomes increasingly deranged in his effort to save her. Abi is an endearing character, intelligent and even with her theological training, open-minded.
The author is very skilled at keeping both stories at equal levels of suspense so the reader willingly leaves off one to join the other. This tactic actually heightens the suspense and once in mid-story, this book is hard to put down.

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Jun 30, 2011

I had never read Barabara Erskine before but after reading this book I'm quite sure I will try another of her novels. I really enjoyed this story. There is actually two parallel stories going on here...one in the present and one in the past during the life of Jesus. An element of the book deals with the roots of Christianity but it also touches on pagan beliefs in early Britain as well as the supernatural. The story moves along nicely and offers a bit of suspense. A good book to lose yourself in

ehbooklover Oct 29, 2010

When a young Anglican priest inherits an unusual crystal from her mother she suddenly finds herself witness to a two-thousand-year-old tragedy which will cause her to question her faith. Enjoyable, but not one of her best.

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