Bourne (River of Time series, 3.1) / Lisa T. Bergren
Tributary (River of Times series, 3,2) / Lisa T. Bergren
HS (Adult) Rating: 5
Lisa Bergren continues her young adult historical fiction series featuring Gabriella (Gabi) and Evangelia (Lia), two contemporary teens living extraordinary adventures in the 14th century Italy.
Bourne picks up where Torrent ends. Gabi, a new bride, is lady of the castle. She is dealing with the injured from the latest battle. Even her husband Marcello lies severely wounded. With Gabi married, the story of Luca and Lia unfolds. Greco tries to come to terms with his new life among the people of Siena, his former enemies. Meanwhile, deadly assassins are targeting the secret brotherhood and their families, putting them in the midst of danger when they go to rescue Luca’s family.
Tributary takes place about a year later. There are only minor skirmishes now, no major battles. Suffering from battle fatigue, Lia feels unable to pick up her bow and arrows to shoot. Gabi is also facing an unexpected situation: she is pregnant. Now they are in more danger by those who want revenge. Luca and Lia come to an understanding. When Fiorentini-born Allesandra chases a wild boar into their midst, Greco meets his match! Unlike the earlier books, Gabi is not the main narrator.
Bourne and Tributary are novellas (shorter in length than a novel). Originally only in ebook format, they are available in a single volume. These novellas have the same quality as the novels in this series; they captivate the reader and quickly transport them back into the story. Bourne and Tributary have action, adventure, romance, strong plot and character development. Her heroines are not “damsels in distress” – they are strong warriors when the need arises. The heroes are men of honor. There is a strong sense of family, faith (appropriate, not preachy), and love (courtly, romantic). Despite the violence of the battles, the series is a “clean read.” The final book in the series, Deluge, will be available in 2013.
Highly recommended for young adults, teens, and adult readers.