22gigantes.com - Andrea gets a second chance on the sixteenth century side of the Time Tube—only to find that nothing changes more than the past. Having returned to the twenty-first century she was born into, Andrea Mitchell tries to forget her travels through time—and more specifically, her sixteenth-century lover, Per Sterkarm. She never felt at home in her own century, but it looks as though she’s stuck with it. Then Andrea’s former boss and enemy, James Windsor—executive of FUP, the corporation responsible for the creation of the Time Tube—offers her another chance to travel back to the past. She jumps at it, hoping to rekindle her romance with Per. But it’s not the homecoming she had hoped for: Per doesn’t know who she is. . . . It seems Windsor has found an alternate sixteenth-century Scotland, and there, Per is not quite the man Andrea fell in love with. Now, wrapped around Windsor’s finger, the Sterkarms are on the verge of a bloody feud with their long-standing enemies, the Grannams. But Windsor’s manipulations can’t stand against the wiles and cunning of the Sterkarms. With Andrea’s help, they will turn the tables on both the Grannams and the “Elves” from the future. Beware the Sterkarms! A Sterkarm Kiss is another thrilling tale in the award-winning Sterkarm series, perfect for fans of Outlander and Vikings.
Most helpful customer reviews 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful. Good, but not as good as STERKARM HANDSHAKE By MKB First, I'd say you really must read the first book in order to enjoy this one & to "get" it. Ok, that being said, I felt that the in the first book the plot & characters were much more developed & realized. In this book, the reader is just thrown into the action & there is much less character/plot development, instead there is a lot of violence as noted in one of the editorial reviews.I also was disappointed in the ending. It is, indeed, a cliff-hanger & one can only hope that the auther plans a 3rd installment...one that is a bit more slow-paced & thoughtful (like the first) rather than nonstop fighting & slaughter as muc of this one was. Still, I felt her ending was a cop-out & would have rather that this book been wrapped up a bit better...with a 3rd installment still to come.Even having made these points, I did enjoy much of the book & look forward to reading more about Andrea & Per in the future. Their love story is what really keeps my interest, & I hope to see more of that angle if there are future books. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. "For There's Sweeter Rest, on a True Love's Breast..." By R. M. Fisher The novel that preceded this, "The Sterkarm Handshake" was an explosive, riveting and nail-biting story based around the concept of the cultural clash that would follow 21st century time travellers attempting to exploit the riches and opportunities that the past had to offer. The corporation FUP had completed a Time Tube that would transport employees into the past of a different dimension, in order to explore the possibilities that the unspoilt land offered. Only one thing stood in their way; the fierce and treacherous Sterkarms who were not prepared to stop their feuding and troublemaking just because a bunch of "Elves" asked them to.The scientific ramifications of a time travelling device was not the focus of the novel; instead Susan Price focused solely on the interactions between past and present, and the impossible odds that her protagonist Andrea Mitchell had to face in attempting to negotiate between such uncontrollable powers. As the winner of the Guardian's Children's Fiction Prize and short listed for the Carnegie Medal, "The Sterkarm Handshake" comes very highly recommended.But how does the sequel live up to the original? Sadly, like most sequels, not as well. "A Sterkarm Kiss" begins about a year after the Time Tube was closed down. Andrea now works as a barmaid and has lost all hope of ever seeing Per, her 16th century love, again. But then the extraordinary happens; her old boss, the greedy, immoral and cowardly James Windsor approaches her and offers her back her old job as liaison to the Sterkarms. The Tube is up and running again, but this time the old mistakes won't be repeated. This time the Tube connects into a new dimension; where the "Elves" can begin afresh with their treatment of the Sterkarms.This time, they can use their prior knowledge of the Sterkarm leaders to manipulate them and come across as peacemakers rather than an invading force. Brokering a marriage between the Sterkarms and their main foes, the Grannams, is their first step in securing peace and a stable environment in which to exploit the land. Andrea - despite some reservations - eventually accepts Windsor's offer; the chance of seeing Per (albeit one who has never met her before) too great. But as always, there is treachery at work...The idea that they travel into a different dimension, to meet a whole "new" set of the same characters in the 16th century felt at first like a bit of a cheat, as if Price had given herself a "clean slate" in order to explore an entirely new scenario rather than build on the established situation of the previous book. However, by the end of the novel it becomes clear that there is a reason behind the change in dimension which eventually pays off - it may just be a little frustrating at first if you're eager to get updated on the Sterkarms of the first book.The novel is geared toward teenagers, but whereas "The Sterkarm Handshake" could be read by younger readers as well as older ones, I'd be a little more hesitant to put this in the hands of a thirteen year old, as there are several scenes of violence, sex and language. These types of things were also present in "Handshake", but not quite as graphically described, and there are also several deaths of established characters which come across as rather pointless (though perhaps this seeming pointlessness is precisely the point about death that Price is trying to make).And then there's the end; to call it a "cliff-hanger" is an understatement, as it seems to end mid-chapter. With this being the case, and without any third installment in place, it's difficult to understand the reasons behind writing a sequel, especially when "The Sterkarm Handshake" was wrapped up so neatly and poignantly. Price's writing talents are still on clear display here, but unless there's a third "Sterkarm" book to continue what's left unsaid here, I recommend 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful. Time Travel Fan By Phillipa W. Bayliss After reading a plethora of time travel, juvenile and adult, I find A Sterkham Kiss, and Susan Price's first Sterkham novel, The Sterkham Handshake, the very best in its genre. It's an absolute can't-put-down story, with vivid insight to 16th Century Britain (albeit another dimension of 16th Century Britain)and captivating characters. A thoroughly riviting novel that won't fail to entertain the young adult+ reader. See all 8 customer reviews...
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