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Xanthe meets Brackston's most famous heroine, Elizabeth Hawksmith from The Witch's Daughter, in this crossover story with all the "historical detail, village charm, and twisty plotting" of the Found Things series (Publishers Weekly). City of Time and Magic sees Xanthe face her greatest challenges yet. She must choose from three treasures that sing to her; a beautiful writin Xanthe meets Brackston's most famous heroine, Elizabeth Hawksmith from The Witch's Daughter, in this crossover story with all the "historical detail, village charm, and twisty plotting" of the Found Things series (Publishers Weekly). City of Time and Magic sees Xanthe face her greatest challenges yet. She must choose from three treasures that sing to her; a beautiful writing slope, a mourning brooch of heartbreaking detail, and a gorgeous gem-set hat pin. All call her, but the wrong one could take her on a mission other than that which she must address first, and the stakes could not be higher. While her earlier mission to Regency England had been a success, the journey home resulted in Liam being taken from her, spirited away to another time and place. Xanthe must follow the treasure that will take her to him if he is not to be lost forever. Xanthe is certain that Mistress Flyte has Liam and determined to find them both. But when she discovers Lydia Flyte has been tracking the actions of the Visionary Society, a group of ruthless and unscrupulous Spinners who have been selling their talents to a club of wealthy clients, Xanthe realizes her work as a Spinner must come before her personal wishes. The Visionary Society is highly dangerous and directly opposed to the creed of the Spinners. Their actions could have disastrous consequences as they alter the authentic order of things and change the future. Xanthe knows she must take on the Society. It will require the skills of all her friends, old and new, to attempt such a thing, and not all of them will survive the confrontation that follows.


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Xanthe meets Brackston's most famous heroine, Elizabeth Hawksmith from The Witch's Daughter, in this crossover story with all the "historical detail, village charm, and twisty plotting" of the Found Things series (Publishers Weekly). City of Time and Magic sees Xanthe face her greatest challenges yet. She must choose from three treasures that sing to her; a beautiful writin Xanthe meets Brackston's most famous heroine, Elizabeth Hawksmith from The Witch's Daughter, in this crossover story with all the "historical detail, village charm, and twisty plotting" of the Found Things series (Publishers Weekly). City of Time and Magic sees Xanthe face her greatest challenges yet. She must choose from three treasures that sing to her; a beautiful writing slope, a mourning brooch of heartbreaking detail, and a gorgeous gem-set hat pin. All call her, but the wrong one could take her on a mission other than that which she must address first, and the stakes could not be higher. While her earlier mission to Regency England had been a success, the journey home resulted in Liam being taken from her, spirited away to another time and place. Xanthe must follow the treasure that will take her to him if he is not to be lost forever. Xanthe is certain that Mistress Flyte has Liam and determined to find them both. But when she discovers Lydia Flyte has been tracking the actions of the Visionary Society, a group of ruthless and unscrupulous Spinners who have been selling their talents to a club of wealthy clients, Xanthe realizes her work as a Spinner must come before her personal wishes. The Visionary Society is highly dangerous and directly opposed to the creed of the Spinners. Their actions could have disastrous consequences as they alter the authentic order of things and change the future. Xanthe knows she must take on the Society. It will require the skills of all her friends, old and new, to attempt such a thing, and not all of them will survive the confrontation that follows.

30 review for City of Time and Magic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paula Brackston

    Hi, I'm not actually going to write a review of my own book! I think my brain is taking a bit of a holiday. While I was checking in on the reviews here I accidentally rated my own book as one star. Horrified, I tried to delete the rating but couldn't, so had to up it to five star. Maybe this highlights just how easy it is to rate something while browsing without realising you've done it. Anyway, happy reading, peeps! Hope you like how the story continues. x Hi, I'm not actually going to write a review of my own book! I think my brain is taking a bit of a holiday. While I was checking in on the reviews here I accidentally rated my own book as one star. Horrified, I tried to delete the rating but couldn't, so had to up it to five star. Maybe this highlights just how easy it is to rate something while browsing without realising you've done it. Anyway, happy reading, peeps! Hope you like how the story continues. x

  2. 4 out of 5

    PamG

    In City of Time and Magic , Paula Brackston brings a well-written and entertaining mix of historical fiction, fantasy, time travel, romance, and suspense. It is the fourth book in the Found Things series and readers will benefit from reading the series in order as there are references to events in previous books. The novel is set in and around Marlborough, a market town in the English county of Wiltshire in contemporary times and 1878 London. Our protagonist, Xanthe, and her mother Flora live In City of Time and Magic , Paula Brackston brings a well-written and entertaining mix of historical fiction, fantasy, time travel, romance, and suspense. It is the fourth book in the Found Things series and readers will benefit from reading the series in order as there are references to events in previous books. The novel is set in and around Marlborough, a market town in the English county of Wiltshire in contemporary times and 1878 London. Our protagonist, Xanthe, and her mother Flora live in Marlborough above their antique store, The Little Shop of Found Things. Xanthe has found that she can time travel to address injustices, an ability known to a few as Spinning. Objects sing and whisper to her to let her know when and where she is needed. At the end of book three, the main mission was accomplished, but there was a major cliffhanger. This book starts two weeks later with Xanthe feeling betrayed and worried about a friend. When three objects sing to her, she isn’t sure which one will take her on the mission she desires. Xanthe has gained some confidence in herself and her ability to understand what the found objects need her to do. However, she is still learning what it means to be a Spinner able to travel to other times and places. She shows tremendous growth during the course of this fourth novel. The secondary characters provide the emotional support that Xanthe needs at this stage of her understanding of Spinning. They also bring realism to life through their quirkiness, hobbies and personalities. The antagonists’ motivations are as believable for 1878 as they are today. Paula Brackston does a great job in giving the reader a sense of both time and place, and her descriptions help the reader to travel with Xanthe. The story has history, mystery, suspense, danger, deceit, uncertainty, secrets, villains, hope, friendship, sorrow, grief, love, duty to family, and much more. The author brings history to life with an entertaining story that is suspenseful, dramatic, and emotional. Be prepared for the imagery to engage your visual, tactile, auditory and olfactory senses. Overall, it was compulsively readable, full of some surprising twists, and provides a believable historical atmosphere full of danger. This engaging combination fully delivered on the promise of its premise and opening scenes. The subplots tied together well, the main characters were strong, and the ending was explosive. Readers that enjoy time travel mixed with suspense and history will likely enjoy this novel. St. Martin’s Press and Paula Brackston provided a complimentary digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for November 16, 2021. This review was originally posted at Mystery and Suspense Magazine.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    This is the fourth book in the Little Shop of Found Things series, and this is a series that definitely needs to be read in order. This installment feels more finished than any of the previous books (which all ended on serious cliffhangers) but there is potential for either spin-off books or the continuation of the series at some later point. Although this series started off as magical realism, I feel like it has evolved to include more magic, historical context, deeper exploration of Xanthe's po This is the fourth book in the Little Shop of Found Things series, and this is a series that definitely needs to be read in order. This installment feels more finished than any of the previous books (which all ended on serious cliffhangers) but there is potential for either spin-off books or the continuation of the series at some later point. Although this series started off as magical realism, I feel like it has evolved to include more magic, historical context, deeper exploration of Xanthe's powers (and those of others), time travel, and more sci-fi/fantasy themes. The books have become more complex as the series has progressed. As The Garden of Promises and Lies ended on a huge cliffhanger with Mistress Flyte kidnapping Liam just as Xanthe returned to the present day, City of Time and Magic starts with Xanthe searching for an item that will take her to Liam. What she discovers when she returns to that time is surprising and much more complicated than she initially had believed. This book series is filled with emotion and wonder, some suspense, some romance, and a great deal of adventure and peril. I am not typically a fan of historical fiction or heavy supernatural themes, but I really love this series and the characters that the author has created. I listened to this partially as an audiobook and the narrator Marisa Calin (who has narrated all four books in the series) does an incredible job voicing the various characters. At this point, I hear her in my head as Xanthe's voice even when I'm reading the book on the page. If you haven't read any books in this wonderful series, I encourage you to pick up The Little Shop of Found Things and enjoy the adventure. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    The third book of Paula Brackston’s Found Things series ends on a horrifying cliff hanger, time travel/spinner Xanthe Westlake’s boyfriend Liam has been pulled from her arms and is left lost in time and space. In the terrific City of Time and Magic Found Things #4, Xanthe must figure out the who, what, and where of Liam’s reality. The who is fairly easy, Xanthe realizes her former ally, the one who has taught her so much about being a time traveler/spinner is the one who kidnapped Liam. Lydia Fly The third book of Paula Brackston’s Found Things series ends on a horrifying cliff hanger, time travel/spinner Xanthe Westlake’s boyfriend Liam has been pulled from her arms and is left lost in time and space. In the terrific City of Time and Magic Found Things #4, Xanthe must figure out the who, what, and where of Liam’s reality. The who is fairly easy, Xanthe realizes her former ally, the one who has taught her so much about being a time traveler/spinner is the one who kidnapped Liam. Lydia Flyte has served at Xanthe’s teacher, friend, guide, in her journeys through time helping people. Why would Lydia commit such a betrayal? Xanthe must find the antique item that will “sing” to her, guiding her back to Liam, this time not to people who need her help. Xanthe has found three unique pieces in the sale items of a kindly old man who is minimizing this possessions. They sing to her and will guide her back to Victorian times, where Xanthe has determined Liam and Mistress Flyte are waiting for her, but which item? Xanthe travels back using one of the items. She almost immediately encounters the man Lydia was so in love with, but with whom she still ended their affair. Erasmus Balmoral is Lydia’s former lover and he imparts important information as does his wife, Elizabeth. Can we all say Easter Egg? Each found object and each trip back to Victorian times leads Xanthe closer to Liam, Lydia and a wicked group that will change the future as a result of their greed. I rarely read paranormal, fantasy, time travel etc books. Brackston has been an exception as her writing is so exceptional. All of the elements of a great adventure are present but she gives us the bonus of meticulous historical research, characters that are a half bubble off the usual, tropes that are at least turned around if not turned upside down. Xanthe and her mom, Flora moved to the market town of Marlborough, Wiltshire after Xanthe’s dad shockingly demanded a divorce from Flora. The mother and daughter bought the Little Shop of Found Things from the estate of the man who started the charming shore. Xanthe mostly sources the stock and her Flora does any necessary restoration. It is the combination of Xanthe’s affinity for certain small antiques that have started singing to her along with cries for help; and a small ancient blind house (lock-up) in the located on two strong ley lines in the back garden of the shop/flat that starts Xanthe on her time traveling adventures. In City of Time and Magic both in modern and past times Xanthe continues her lessons in learning to trust, love and learn; because of the these lessons Xanthe has acquired more allies; more knowledge of the book she has found and guards with her life, and more responsibilities.. Xanthe also has strong lesson in the meaning of justice and how even small moments will make a large difference in the lives of many. The other three books in this series aren't necessary to read before City of Time and Magic,, but I wouldn't miss them either. None are a replay on the other, all very original. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC for review purposes.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: November 23, 2021 Paula Brackston brings her time traveling romance novel series “The Little Shop of Found Things” back with a vengeance with her fourth instalment, “City of Time and Magic”. Delighted to get a chance to read the first three novels, I was excited to know that Brackston had continued this charming series, and went into t Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: November 23, 2021 Paula Brackston brings her time traveling romance novel series “The Little Shop of Found Things” back with a vengeance with her fourth instalment, “City of Time and Magic”. Delighted to get a chance to read the first three novels, I was excited to know that Brackston had continued this charming series, and went into the fourth with high expectations. Brackston did not disappoint! During a recent trip back in time, Xanthe lost her new love, Ian, somewhere across the centuries, as he was snatched from her grip. Desperate to find him again, she searches for antique items from long ago, hoping that one of them will call to her and will bring her to the time where Ian lies in wait. After finding a writing slope, a broach and a hatpin that all call to her with such strength Xanthe knows Ian must be on the other side of one. But which one will take her to where Ian is? With the help of a few spinner friends, a witch and a Scottish bartender Xanthe uses all of her resources to help locate Ian, but finds that she may have a much more important task at hand. A nefarious group known as “The Visionary Society” are using their Spinner talents for evil, and Xanthe must destroy them before they alter life and the future as we know it. I found Brackston’s first three novels compelling and delightful, and it was not necessary to read them in order. However, the fourth would come up empty without having the first three novels to go on, as “City” requires a deeper knowledge of the settings and the characters in order to fully enjoy it. That said, every novel in this series is a delight, and should not be missed! Once again, Xanthe and her mother Flora are back in action, running their antiques shop. All of the usual characters return, including Harley and Ian, and Miss Flyte’s character has an unexpected twist that will have readers doubting all they knew about the elderly time spinner. This character takes place primarily in London (in both modern day and in various stages of the past) and Brackston paints such a detailed picture that she serves to completely ensconce the reader in the city, both with modern day technologies and without. The romance component in this novel is sweet and heartwarming, now that Ian and Xanthe have found their way to each other, but the focus of the plot continues to be on the magical items and Xanthe’s trips through time. I loved Brackston’s creative spin on the ‘singing objects’ and I am glad to see they remained a strong component of the plot. Like its predecessors, “City” has a conclusive ending, but still leaves many possibilities open for future novels, which I very much look forward to. Brackston’s series shows no signs of slowing down, and I hope to be along for the ride!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    This is the fourth book in the Found Things series and I've followed it from the start. It just gets better and better. I think this was my favorite so far, but it may be that I just know all the characters and like them more each time I visit them. In this book Xanthe finds three items that sing to her (previously it has always been only one) and she must choose the perfect one that will take her back to the time and place where Liam was taken from her in the last book. She has to rescue him an This is the fourth book in the Found Things series and I've followed it from the start. It just gets better and better. I think this was my favorite so far, but it may be that I just know all the characters and like them more each time I visit them. In this book Xanthe finds three items that sing to her (previously it has always been only one) and she must choose the perfect one that will take her back to the time and place where Liam was taken from her in the last book. She has to rescue him and bring him back to the present. Xanthe is pretty sure that Mistress Flyte has Liam, so she needs to find them both. For this book you really need to have read the last one. There's too much going one that you would miss if you haven't. This is a great mix of history, mystery, suspense and time travel. Overall a great series. and I hope there will be more adventures for Xanthe. Thanks to St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy. This book will be published November 16, 2021.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lyndi

    In this latest installment in the Found Things series, the story picks up where we left off with Xanthe desperately searching for an item that will return her to Victorian England, where her boyfriend Liam was left behind. Mistress Flyte, who Xanthe trusted as a friend, snatched him away from her in the last book when Xanthe was time spinning them home. Then she finds three items at the same sale... but if she chooses incorrectly, she could waste precious time away from Liam's rescue. She finall In this latest installment in the Found Things series, the story picks up where we left off with Xanthe desperately searching for an item that will return her to Victorian England, where her boyfriend Liam was left behind. Mistress Flyte, who Xanthe trusted as a friend, snatched him away from her in the last book when Xanthe was time spinning them home. Then she finds three items at the same sale... but if she chooses incorrectly, she could waste precious time away from Liam's rescue. She finally arrives in the correct time only to discover that Lydia Flyte was using Liam as bait for the Visionary Society, a group of spinners that use their gifts for evil purposes that could change the course of the future. Xanthe and her friends, both old and new, must fight to stop this ruthless group. I love this whole series, so I was really excited to get chance to read it now as an ARC through NetGalley! Each book makes me more excited for the next, and this one didn't disappoint. Liam just makes an excellent match for Xanthe, putting his own life in the line to help her. I'm so excited that she brought Elizabeth, her main character from the Witch's Daughter series, into this book. I look forward to even more exciting things to come. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own and given voluntarily.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ This was great! I have really enjoyed this series so far so I was excited to read this newest installment. This book picks up shortly after the events of the first book so I do recommend reading this series in order. I found this book to be incredibly entertaining and I love the historical detail and the wonderful characters at the heart of this story. Liam was left in an uncertain situation at the end of the last book and Xanthe is d This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ This was great! I have really enjoyed this series so far so I was excited to read this newest installment. This book picks up shortly after the events of the first book so I do recommend reading this series in order. I found this book to be incredibly entertaining and I love the historical detail and the wonderful characters at the heart of this story. Liam was left in an uncertain situation at the end of the last book and Xanthe is desperate to do whatever it takes to get him back. She starts looking for something that will call her to him wherever in time Mistress Flyte has taken him. She finds three items and must decide which one will be the one she needs. Her choice leads her to meet some really interesting characters that end up playing a huge role in the story. She soon learns that there are some very serious things that she cannot ignore and it will test her abilities greatly. The characters in this book were wonderful! Xanthe has embraced her role as a spinner and is doing everything in her power to do good. Liam was very understanding and I love the fact that he is willing to put himself in danger if that is what is required of him. I love the fact that Harley got to play a larger role in this book and hope to see that again in future installments. It was great meeting Elizabeth who I understand is a character from Brackston’s previous novels and I loved what she added to this story. The mystery in this story kept me guessing. I had no idea how Xanthe and the rest of her group would pull off everything that they needed to do but I was excited to go along for the ride. There were some pretty big developments that should have a big impact on the series moving forward. I found this book to be very entertaining with a lot of excitement. The historical details also added a lot to the story. I would recommend this series to others. It is an incredibly well-done take on moving through time with characters that are easy to care about. I cannot wait to read more of this author’s work. I received a review copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hupe

    Thank you, NetGalley, Paula Brackston, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book! It releases on November 23rd, 2021! City of Time and Magic by Paula Brackston is one of my most anticipated reads for this year! I am not kidding, I had a countdown. This is book four in the Found Things series. I have loved every single book so far. I will admit, I wanted to cry at the end of the last book because it ended on a cliffhanger. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD Liam has ended up in the Victorian Thank you, NetGalley, Paula Brackston, and St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read this book! It releases on November 23rd, 2021! City of Time and Magic by Paula Brackston is one of my most anticipated reads for this year! I am not kidding, I had a countdown. This is book four in the Found Things series. I have loved every single book so far. I will admit, I wanted to cry at the end of the last book because it ended on a cliffhanger. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD Liam has ended up in the Victorian Era, dragged there by Time Spinner, Lydia Flyte. Xanthe trusted Lydia, how could she betray a friend and fellow Spinner? Xanthe needs to find a way to get to Liam, but first, she will need help. She will need objects to take her and this time it isn’t just one object that sings to her, it is three objects. Second, she will need backup. Her friend Harley has always wanted to accompany Xanthe on her adventures, and now it is his chance. Getting to the correct time was easy, but finding Liam and discovering why Lydia kidnapped him is another matter. Thankfully, Xanthe and Harley run into a former Time Spinner and his wife. Together, they discover that a group called the Visionary Society is using the Spinner powers to get information from the future to further line their pockets–which could have dangerous consequences. Xanthe will find out what she is capable of and who she is meant to become. I will say this now. This book will not have the same effect on the readers who have not read the previous books in the series. This can’t be read as a standalone because readers will miss out on all the beautiful plot and character development leading up to this book. It would also help if readers read The Witch’s Daughter series because this book is also a crossover! And let me tell you, it was everything I wanted in a crossover book event!!! I was ecstatic to see some of my favorite characters again!!! However, if you are reading this book without having read the previous books or the Witch’s Daughter series…it may not have the same appeal. “It seems strange to me that in all your spinning through time, you have not yet encountered a witch?” CITY OF TIME AND MAGIC I really love how Xanthe grows in this book. She is finally understanding the depth of her powers and that, in turn, is helping her acknowledge the feelings and emotions she has been suppressing. Xanthe and Liam are dynamic together but don’t even get me started about Harley! I would gladly take a spin-off all about Harley. He proved himself an asset in this journey and a loyal friend. As always, Paula Brackston knows how to weave fantasy, time travel, and historical fiction with ease. I read this book in a day and I am already counting down the days before her next book! I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I have read the prior three books in the series and loved them all. City of Time and Magic did not disappoint. In fact, it was a delightful addition to the series though it would equally work as a standalone novel. Of course, your enjoyment will be greater if you read the previous books. It is so satisfying to visit again with characters you already know and love plus go on another time travel adventure with them. As always, Paula Brackston’s writing is lyrical and engaging. The storyline draws y I have read the prior three books in the series and loved them all. City of Time and Magic did not disappoint. In fact, it was a delightful addition to the series though it would equally work as a standalone novel. Of course, your enjoyment will be greater if you read the previous books. It is so satisfying to visit again with characters you already know and love plus go on another time travel adventure with them. As always, Paula Brackston’s writing is lyrical and engaging. The storyline draws you in and keeps you turning the pages. Each time we learn more about Spinning and in this case, a bit about other forms of Magic. I especially enjoyed the new character of Elizabeth and hope to see her again in a future installment. Yes you read that right, I do believe there are more of Xanthe’s adventures in store for us. This time travel adventure was a bit different because she brought Liam and Harley with her. That added a fun twist to the Spinner/Time Travel element. How have they both, Liam and Harley, been impacted or changed by their time travel adventure? Also different is that three, not the usual one, objects sang to Xanthe. We also witness the growth of Xanthe as a Spinner in which she comes into her own. I have not read the Witches series but am now very intent on reading it since there was a crossover. Honestly, I need to read all of Paula Brackston’s books because I find her writing, character development and storylines so enjoyable. Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tammy(PeaceLoveBooks)

    What a fantastic magical new chapter in Xanthe's story! I have loved the previous books in the Found series and I do recommend reading them in order and back to back(isn't that the only way to read a series?!) What a fantastic magical new chapter in Xanthe's story! I have loved the previous books in the Found series and I do recommend reading them in order and back to back(isn't that the only way to read a series?!)

  12. 5 out of 5

    FMSWarrior

    Xanthe Westlake has a special ability to hear calls of people who need her help through items that were once theirs. To provide the help that is needed, Xanthe travels back in time to whenever the person’s need arose. With the ability to walk through time, Xanthe has to be prepared for the cultural, design, language and other difference that each time period has. On her last trip back in time, she took her boyfriend Liam and he was kept behind by another spinner. Now answering a call, Xanthe hop Xanthe Westlake has a special ability to hear calls of people who need her help through items that were once theirs. To provide the help that is needed, Xanthe travels back in time to whenever the person’s need arose. With the ability to walk through time, Xanthe has to be prepared for the cultural, design, language and other difference that each time period has. On her last trip back in time, she took her boyfriend Liam and he was kept behind by another spinner. Now answering a call, Xanthe hopes it takes her to the same time and place so that she can bring Liam home again. This time she takes her friend Harley to help her as she doesn’t know what she is going to have to face. With the help of her friends, both old and new, Xanthe will right a wrong and help those whose needs called to her. Each time there are questions, not only of who is calling her and what help they need, but what time will she be traveling back to….and more importantly, will she be able to return home again. Paula Brackston is one of my favorite authors, I really do love most everything she writes. This is by far my favorite series of hers and I cannot get enough of Xanthe and her travels. If you have never read one of Paula Brackston’s books, you are missing out! If you have read her before and haven’t read this one yet, what are you waiting for? You’ll be hooked too!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Hedges

    I love this series! The characters are superb - so realistic. Brackston is great at description, particularly in the past time periods. I could smell the streets of London and imagine the sounds and sights as I read. Each book in this series builds on the last and I can't wait to read the next one. If you like time travel and mystery this series is a must-read. Thanks Netgalley for the ARC. I love this series! The characters are superb - so realistic. Brackston is great at description, particularly in the past time periods. I could smell the streets of London and imagine the sounds and sights as I read. Each book in this series builds on the last and I can't wait to read the next one. If you like time travel and mystery this series is a must-read. Thanks Netgalley for the ARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Johnson

    I absolutely love this book. If there were 10 stars I would give it 10 stars. I didn't want to put it down, and hated to see it end. I hope there will be more books in this series. Paula Brackston is a phenomenal author. The story is beautifully told, rich with history, and wonderful characters you feel you know personally. It pulls you in and I would highly recommend this amazing book. And be sure to read the others in the series as well. I absolutely love this book. If there were 10 stars I would give it 10 stars. I didn't want to put it down, and hated to see it end. I hope there will be more books in this series. Paula Brackston is a phenomenal author. The story is beautifully told, rich with history, and wonderful characters you feel you know personally. It pulls you in and I would highly recommend this amazing book. And be sure to read the others in the series as well.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kasia

    I won this book from Goodreads and I'm glad I did! It was a challenge to start because it is a continuation of her other Found Thing books. I didn't know this to begin with, but now I am eager to read more by this wonderful author! I won this book from Goodreads and I'm glad I did! It was a challenge to start because it is a continuation of her other Found Thing books. I didn't know this to begin with, but now I am eager to read more by this wonderful author!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    Review to come! 1/11/2022

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Bagworth

    Paula Brackston surpasses herself yet again with City of Time and Magic, book 4 in the Found Things series. Xanthe goes back in time to find Liam, but finds more than she bargained for this time, facing danger head on. Superbly written , full of history, twists, great plot lines, and a cross over with "The Witch's Daughter." A must have read for 2021. Paula Brackston surpasses herself yet again with City of Time and Magic, book 4 in the Found Things series. Xanthe goes back in time to find Liam, but finds more than she bargained for this time, facing danger head on. Superbly written , full of history, twists, great plot lines, and a cross over with "The Witch's Daughter." A must have read for 2021.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tina Liaos

    I loved the story, but I was wondering whatever happened to Xanthe's ex. I remember he left town but it didn't seem like he was done with her and I was left with the impression that he'd be back. Did I miss something? I loved the story, but I was wondering whatever happened to Xanthe's ex. I remember he left town but it didn't seem like he was done with her and I was left with the impression that he'd be back. Did I miss something?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aime Sund

    *Many thanks to NetGalley for the ARC and the opportunity to leave this review.* I was thrilled to be chosen to read an ARC of City of Time and Magic, and once again, author Paula Brackston did not disappoint. The 4th volume in the Found Things series is richly depicted and woven with conflict and tension in 1870s London, with the added benefit of a crossover character from one of her much-loved other books. I thoroughly enjoyed the inclusion of Elizabeth and getting to know some of her past bett *Many thanks to NetGalley for the ARC and the opportunity to leave this review.* I was thrilled to be chosen to read an ARC of City of Time and Magic, and once again, author Paula Brackston did not disappoint. The 4th volume in the Found Things series is richly depicted and woven with conflict and tension in 1870s London, with the added benefit of a crossover character from one of her much-loved other books. I thoroughly enjoyed the inclusion of Elizabeth and getting to know some of her past better as well. Xanthe once again is presented with a scenario in which to test her spinning power and is challenged with a new role within the Spinners community. She begins amassing a support group that hints at even more books to come in the series (Yay!). The events surrounding Liam's rescue, which were put into motion at the end of the previous book, force her into resolving her feelings for Liam himself, once and for all (we hope). City of Time and Magic sees Xanthe's character ascend into realms of confidence and strength she wasn't aware of. As always, the descriptions of London and its society make the setting a character of its own, one much loved by fans of historical fiction. Ms. Brackston infuses her stories with authentic details that bring the story to life in the reader's mind, and her reader community devours her research hungrily. City of Time and Magic is a must-read for series followers and historical time-travel enthusiasts alike. Come along with Xanthe as she attempts to save history and Liam from those who seek to exploit both. Highly recommended!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fareya

    It has become my early winter tradition to snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a new Found Things book where I get to revisit the charming small town of Marlborough and the characters I've grown so fond of over the years. City of Time and Magic is just as magical and adventurous as its predecessors. There's intrigue, danger, suspense and a few very well placed twists. I also found it to be the most emotional out of the four books in the series. And as with the previous installments, I loved th It has become my early winter tradition to snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa and a new Found Things book where I get to revisit the charming small town of Marlborough and the characters I've grown so fond of over the years. City of Time and Magic is just as magical and adventurous as its predecessors. There's intrigue, danger, suspense and a few very well placed twists. I also found it to be the most emotional out of the four books in the series. And as with the previous installments, I loved the detailed descriptions of the historical era Xanthe travels to. I very much enjoyed the new supernatural angle and also the time travel and fantasy aspect that the author has immaculately embedded into the story. Also, a welcome surprise was the sweet, heartwarming and long awaited romance between Xanthe and Liam. I feel like this might be the last book in the series because there was no cliffhanger and everything wrapped up neatly, but if the author wishes she can definitely continue with the series. Meanwhile I am going to check out The Witch's Daughter series that I believe is related to this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Thomas

    City of Time and Magic by Paula Brackston 9781250260697 320 Pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Release Date: November 16, 2021 Fiction, Historical Fiction, Time Travel, Magic Xanthe is frantic to find a found item so she can return to the past and find Liam. In the last book, as they were returning to their time, Liam was pulled from her arms and lost in time. Now she must when and where to find Liam. When she goes to an estate sale, three items sing to her but she isn’t sure which item will take her City of Time and Magic by Paula Brackston 9781250260697 320 Pages Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Release Date: November 16, 2021 Fiction, Historical Fiction, Time Travel, Magic Xanthe is frantic to find a found item so she can return to the past and find Liam. In the last book, as they were returning to their time, Liam was pulled from her arms and lost in time. Now she must when and where to find Liam. When she goes to an estate sale, three items sing to her but she isn’t sure which item will take her to Liam. Now more than ever she needs the help of her mother and friends. This is the fourth book in the Found Things book series. As with the previous books, the story is well paced, and the characters are well developed. The story is written in the third person point of view. I love everything about this series from the setting to Xanthe’s black London cab car to the description of people and places in the past. If you enjoy Paula’s other books, you certainly will want to read this one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    LESLIE J

    City of Time and Magic is the 4th book in the Found Series, and it is the best one! This is a cross over story, so it is best if you have read all The Found Series and The Witch’s Daughter Series. Life in Victorian England collides with time travel when Xanthe must choose from three singing treasures to see which will take her to Liam. It seems Liam has been kidnapped and now Xanthe must rescue him or risk losing him forever. To rescue him, she must join forces with her old friend Lydia and infi City of Time and Magic is the 4th book in the Found Series, and it is the best one! This is a cross over story, so it is best if you have read all The Found Series and The Witch’s Daughter Series. Life in Victorian England collides with time travel when Xanthe must choose from three singing treasures to see which will take her to Liam. It seems Liam has been kidnapped and now Xanthe must rescue him or risk losing him forever. To rescue him, she must join forces with her old friend Lydia and infiltrate a group of Spinners who have decided to use their abilities in nefarious ways. The books in The Found Series keep getting better and better as Xanthe is being molded into the Spinner she needs to be to keep peace in the galaxy. Oh wait, wrong story. But not really, as The Spinner book has revealed Xanthe’s true calling. I cannot wait to see what other adventures are in store for Xanthe and her friends, as she has finally come clean about her time traveling so, they can help when needed. Thank you very much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s press for sharing this eArc with me. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.

    I received a complimentary copy of City of Time and Magic from NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. I have loved every book in this series, and this one did not disappoint! I especially liked that Xanthe accepted the help of her friends: others who wished to assist in her greater calling. New elements of magic introduced in this novel open up a whole new world of opportunities for future books, for which I will be impatiently waiting. Elizabeth was an especially inte I received a complimentary copy of City of Time and Magic from NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. I have loved every book in this series, and this one did not disappoint! I especially liked that Xanthe accepted the help of her friends: others who wished to assist in her greater calling. New elements of magic introduced in this novel open up a whole new world of opportunities for future books, for which I will be impatiently waiting. Elizabeth was an especially interesting addition to the storyline. Great book and also series!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela Sanford

    The fourth book in the Found Things Series was an awe inspiring read that grabbed my attention from page one! I have followed Xanthe's story from the beginning and each time the plot gets more exciting! Having lost Liam in the third book of this series, Xanthe is trying to find some lost object that will sing to her and lead her to where Liam is lost. Not knowing what time or place he is at, Xanthe has to be patient so that she doesn't cause more harm than good. With the help of local pub owner The fourth book in the Found Things Series was an awe inspiring read that grabbed my attention from page one! I have followed Xanthe's story from the beginning and each time the plot gets more exciting! Having lost Liam in the third book of this series, Xanthe is trying to find some lost object that will sing to her and lead her to where Liam is lost. Not knowing what time or place he is at, Xanthe has to be patient so that she doesn't cause more harm than good. With the help of local pub owner Harley, Xanthe soon receives the answer to her problem when she locates not one but three objects that are singing to her, but which one will lead her to Liam? Will those from Xanthe's past be the cause of Liam's disappearance? What will Xanthe have to do in order to get not only herself and Liam back home safely but Harley, as well? Be sure to get your copy so you can follow the dangerous adventure that Xanthe, Liam, and Harley find themselves on. Filled with new aquaintance's and old ones, as well, City of Time and Magic was a magical read that continues to keep me addicted to Author Paula Brackston's magnificent series! I am excited to see what spinner extrordinaire, Xanthe will be getting into next!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nina

    I won this book From GoodReads! This is the second book I've read by this author, but wont be the last. I love the premise of time spinning. This book is full of romance and magic that delights the reader and leaves her wanting more! I won this book From GoodReads! This is the second book I've read by this author, but wont be the last. I love the premise of time spinning. This book is full of romance and magic that delights the reader and leaves her wanting more!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I have waited so long for this and it did not disappoint! The story takes off where we left off and Xanthe is desperate to find her love Liam. As a Spinner sometimes she must put her own feelings aside and work for the good of all history and it’s people. As the story unfolds she has to choose a item that will hopefully lead her to Liam and her once friend Mistress Flyte. She is not expecting that finding him is just the beginning to fight against Spinners who use their gift for evil. This was a I have waited so long for this and it did not disappoint! The story takes off where we left off and Xanthe is desperate to find her love Liam. As a Spinner sometimes she must put her own feelings aside and work for the good of all history and it’s people. As the story unfolds she has to choose a item that will hopefully lead her to Liam and her once friend Mistress Flyte. She is not expecting that finding him is just the beginning to fight against Spinners who use their gift for evil. This was a emotional roller coaster I read in a single day and I didn’t see that ending coming! As a huge fan of the series I can never read enough of it and Xanthe so I’m praying that it never ends! Fantastic!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anastasia Artayet Shepherd

    As a devoted fan of the Found Things series, Paula has really outdone herself on this installment! Mistress Flyte, Erasmus Balmoral, and the Visionary Society will have you sipping tea and fanning yourself in dismay. I truly needed a victorian fainting couch! Remember to not keep your mouth open for too long dearest, when you discover the truth about Mr. William J. Morris. Paula made my eyebrows peak with Elizabeth, Tegan, and Aloysius. She gave us an easter-egg/cliffhanger with the “Tegan’s very As a devoted fan of the Found Things series, Paula has really outdone herself on this installment! Mistress Flyte, Erasmus Balmoral, and the Visionary Society will have you sipping tea and fanning yourself in dismay. I truly needed a victorian fainting couch! Remember to not keep your mouth open for too long dearest, when you discover the truth about Mr. William J. Morris. Paula made my eyebrows peak with Elizabeth, Tegan, and Aloysius. She gave us an easter-egg/cliffhanger with the “Tegan’s very life depends on me finding her before…” and I went down a rabbit hole to see if I missed something along the way in the other Found Things books. She and Google gave me a mic drop, because I realized Elizabeth and Tegan are in “The Witch’s Daughter” from the Shadow Chronicles series, which I’ve not read yet! I AM SO EXCITED!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Laverdure

    Reviewed for Books & Benches Historical Fantasy Fiction | Pub: Nov 16, 2021 | 320pp | St. Martin's Press Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley | Content Rating:* 1 Heart - N/A A bewitching series like no other! CITY OF TIME AND MAGIC, written by talented author Paula Brackston, is time spinning and enchanting romance at its best! Brackston has outdone herself to captivate her readers with this mysterious, suspenseful and magical work of fiction. Ms. Brackston nicely blended her beautiful Reviewed for Books & Benches Historical Fantasy Fiction | Pub: Nov 16, 2021 | 320pp | St. Martin's Press Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley | Content Rating:* 1 Heart - N/A A bewitching series like no other! CITY OF TIME AND MAGIC, written by talented author Paula Brackston, is time spinning and enchanting romance at its best! Brackston has outdone herself to captivate her readers with this mysterious, suspenseful and magical work of fiction. Ms. Brackston nicely blended her beautiful characters, especially the main heroine Xanthe, into a time-travel journey filled with surprises. You won't be disappointed. I'm truly a fan of her work. Last time, Xanthe's boyfriend Liam was taken away by Mistress Flyte. For those who may not know, Xanthe is a time spinner who has a special gift; she hears ‘things singing to her’ which means someone needs her help and she'll have to time-travel to find them. She needs to find special antiques that will whisper to her. This time, Xanthe meets an old man who offers three pieces that intrigue her so much, including a writing box, a hatpin, and a piece of mourning jewelry. Each treasure will sing to her and send her on a journey filled with interesting twists and conflicts. We also meet Erasmus Balmoral, a time stepper. But who is the mysterious old man who sold her the antiques? During her journey, she meets the Visionary Society, a group of evil spinners who want to change the future. Does she have the skills to fight them and rescue Liam? You’ll have to read City of Time and Magic if you want answers! If you love Ms. Brackston's novels, then you will enjoy the crossover of some of the characters from her previous books. I like the fact that she has done quite a bit of research in finding antique pieces that helped to create her Found Things universe. I greatly enjoyed this spellbinding story and had fun following the fierce and brave heroine Xanthe.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    From the gorgeous cover to the very last word. I was completely enthralled with Paula Brackston’s City of Time and Magic. I have truly enjoyed the author’s Found Things series, and this latest installment could be a very satisfying end to the series, or a delightful segue to the main character’s next time travelling adventure. Ms. Brackston is a talented researcher and storyteller. Her brilliant details emersed me in the 1878 London. I loved the rich details that made the story vividly come to li From the gorgeous cover to the very last word. I was completely enthralled with Paula Brackston’s City of Time and Magic. I have truly enjoyed the author’s Found Things series, and this latest installment could be a very satisfying end to the series, or a delightful segue to the main character’s next time travelling adventure. Ms. Brackston is a talented researcher and storyteller. Her brilliant details emersed me in the 1878 London. I loved the rich details that made the story vividly come to life. Her characters, whether primary or secondary, sparkle. I appreciated Xanthe’s growth in confidence and skill in this latest book,, especially since her talents were truly put to the test. I adored getting a second look at one of Ms. Brackston’s characters from a different series. The inclusion of Elizabeth from The Witch's Daughter series delighted this fan of the author, and for new readers, that addition will not have the same meaning, but will not detract from the story. The suspense and danger ramped steadily in City of Time and Magic. Readers were left hanging from a cliff in book 3, The Garden of Promises and Lies, and from page one, Xanthe is on a mission to right a grievous wrong. The story arc is perfection. I was a bit disappointed in the pace at a key point in the story; the plot point might have been important but I could have done with a little less focus on that particular plot point. Overall, a fantastic time-travel story that is rich in historical detail and tightly woven storylines. 4.5 stars I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. For more reading recommendations, visit Book Junkie Reviews at www.abookjunkiereviews.wordpress.com

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    City Of Time And Magic is the conclusion to the fabulous "Found Things Series". I have read the series from the beginning and highly recommend this series. This is a wonderful conclusion with the charcters we love and even a tie in to the author's Witches Daughter Series. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher. My review opinion is my own. Be prepared to dive into this book and read it cover to cover ! All the magical elements we love are here as well as charcters we adore and have come to lo City Of Time And Magic is the conclusion to the fabulous "Found Things Series". I have read the series from the beginning and highly recommend this series. This is a wonderful conclusion with the charcters we love and even a tie in to the author's Witches Daughter Series. Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher. My review opinion is my own. Be prepared to dive into this book and read it cover to cover ! All the magical elements we love are here as well as charcters we adore and have come to love in each book . This last in series is set in England in 1878 and features our time spinner protagonist, Xanthe, and her mother Flora. Xanthe has a unique gift . She does time travel to address injustices. Objects speak to her and ask for help. She goes where help is needed. This book starts two weeks after the last with Xanthe betrayed and terribly concerned about a friend. Now three objects speak to her and she is not sure which mission she must prioritize. Xanthe has grown over the course of this series and is now a strong confident woman and proud of her abilities. Throughout this book we see her courageous and standing on her own. Some loss occurs in this book that is heartbreaking for her . The author crosses over with the series A Witch's Daughter and that segway is wonderfully drawn to incorporate both worlds for the reader. Its a fantastic conclusion to this beloved series . This series has it all , magic, realism, romance, history and adventure.

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