In a world where Time Travel is totally possible, a mysterious gene prophesied by such legends as Albert Einstein is supposed to be inherited by Charlotte. Only it’s Gwynneth that’s gotten the mysterious gene, and can zap through time to fulfill a mysterious ancient prophesy no one really wants to talk about.
Originally a German book, Ruby Red is an international best-seller, and has been sitting on my TBR shelf for a really long time (Okay, since the beginning of the year… but that’s a long time!) I got it on Audio book to begin, then switched to reading the physical book. Both were very well done!
In a series of adventures mostly aimed at getting Gwyneth familiar and capable in the time traveling department, they travel back to the early 18th century and the 1900s. During both escapades, they dally in mystery solving, a bit of espionage, the odd sword fight, and Gwyneth realizes she has to be careful about who she trusts. Her own family has secrets they aren’t sharing!
Gwyneth is an awesome young lady. She’s smart, spunky, and can see and talk to ghosts (I’m pretty sure this will be important later on in the trilogy!). While she seems to be ignored or discounted because of her lack of ‘training’ (languages, sword fighting and other skills Charlotte has learned), she has a knack for knowing exactly what to do (though sometimes struggles with actually doing it!).
We also have Gideon, who has been training with Charlotte (and seems to have a relationship with her) and is devoted to the organization, and his part in it. He’s more than a little upset at Gwyneth taking on the job, but reluctantly escorts her through the past. He and Gwyneth have a few minor arguments, but they seem to have the solid foundation for a relationship (whatever happened to Charlotte though?).
The other characters seem to be very shady and I feel that this first book didn’t really give us a chance to get to know them well. They feel slightly two dimensional, but it makes me feel like they’re keeping secrets and lying about something (which I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually were!).
This was a really fun and exciting read, and I can’t wait to read the next book! Sapphire Blue, followed by Emerald Green. There is also a movie (it’s originally German, but I found it on YouTube dubbed in English), but be warned! The Ruby Red movie follows much of the plot of the first book, but it also includes some of Sapphire Blue. But it is a really good movie! 🙂
Kerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the Ruby Red trilogy, as well as several popular novels for adults. She lives in Germany. Read more here: http://us.macmillan.com/author/kerstingier