The Outcasts of Time by Ian Mortimer

The Outcasts of Time

December 1348. What if you had just six days to save your soul?With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and suffer in the afterlife. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world, or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries – living each one of their remaining days ninety-nin...

Details The Outcasts of Time

TitleThe Outcasts of Time
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction, Fantasy

Reviews The Outcasts of Time

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Two brothers end up being “The Outcasts of Time”. Why? Well, they were given a choice. Either stay in the year of 1348, the time of the terrible Black Death (plague) in Europe, or live 6 individual days in a consecutive 99 year interval into the future. So 1447, 1546, 1645…and so on. With the plague around and the loss of all their family and friends, they have witnessed unbelievable wretches. As it was during those days, they believe they ...
  • Andrew Smith
    If you were told you had but six days left to live and that you could spend them with your family or you could ‘see what no living man has seen’, what would you choose? Such a choice was presented to John of Wrayment, in plague ridden 14th Century England, and he chose the latter.So starts this entertaining romp set in and around the city of Exeter, Devon. The kicker to the choice he makes (courtesy of an encounter with a disembodied voice) i...
  • Lucy Banks
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.In-depth race through history, under the guise of a novel.Once again, this was one of those books that I started, with no idea what to expect (it's much more fun that way, isn't it?). At the start, my head was fully blown. However, there were points in the middle when I was left scratching my head a little. Allow me to explain...The book follows two brothers at the ti...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    DNF @ 40% Let me start by saying I love historical books. Especially ones that teach me about things I may not have known or help to bring to light nuances that I had perhaps not thought of before. However, writers absolutely must bring me into the time period in a way that is interesting and intriguing. Telling me about tin mining, church/state representation, clothing and the food is just dull. PlotThe Outcasts of Time starts during the time of...
  • Cathy
    It is several weeks since I finished this book and I’m still trying to decide what to make of it. I found it by turns puzzling, frustrating, impressive, thought-provoking, didactic and moving. Positioned as historical fiction, at times it seemed more like social history, political treatise, fantasy or philosophical debate. John’s and William’s journey is really a device to take the reader on a journey through time, charting changes in cloth...
  • Pamela ✨I Blame Wizards✨
    On the surface, Ian Mortimer’s The Outcasts of Time has everything an historical novel should have.  It was full of sumptuous description, historical accuracy, and a well-developed protagonist used to illustrate his own zeitgeist.  It is a shame then that no strength of writing could make up for the one thing that The Outcasts of Time was really lacking.  A plot.Within the first few pages, I was already worried that Ian Mortimer would go the...
  • Amanda
    I took a few days to think about my reaction to this, as I didn't want to say anything without consideration. But my gut reaction still stands: the structure here is repetitive and boring, and as a time travel piece, it's dull and theologically didactic. Once the narrative gets away from Mortimer's wheelhouse, even the detail and the events get rather sketchy and vague. But this is, to me, typical of writers pretending they're not working in a ge...
  • Samantha
    This novel is beautiful in its prose, fascinating in its historical detail, and emotive in its themes on humanity and the passing of time. I was first drawn in by the promise that renowned historian Ian Mortimer would be taking readers on an adventure through time. Finding that this book does that while also making thought provoking statements on the human condition, I was helpless to put it down once I started it.The story of John of Wrayment an...
  • Johanne
    Oh I so wanted to like this book - I love the Time Traveller's Guides but sadly the fictional offering is much weaker. There is no plot to speak of just a 7 day 700 year wander through time. Secondly and probably there is far too much moralising and a surprisingly romantic view of the how much better life /people were in the past - it felt almost UKIP'y; an Anti-Whig view of history! And religion...don't start me on the treatment of religion...On...
  • Cher
    3.5 stars - It was really good. The man who has no knowledge of the past has no wisdom.Such a fascinating synopsis and start to the book - A 14th century man contracts the plague and is visited by a supernatural being that explains his soul is currently destined to go to Hell. He has 7 days left to live; he can choose to live them out in his current time with his family, or spend each remaining day in a new century (plague-less), always 99 years...
  • M.J.
    I received a free E-Arc from Netgalley.Ian Mortimer is a fantastic historian - looking at the past with new eyes and in so doing shedding light on events that are often, erroneously, presented as a fait accompli. For this reason, I was very excited to be given the opportunity to read and review his first work of fiction.The Outcasts of Time is a deeply intriguing novel, looking not at the past through our perception, but rather the future (which ...
  • Tonya
    This was a decent book, but not really for me. Two brothers just infected with the plague in 1348 get the chance to live out their last six days each 99 years further into the future, all while seeking redemption. They do explore a little, and learn a bit about each new era they are in, but I wanted more out of that aspect of the book and less of the redemption story.
  • MTK
    Μια διαφορετική εκδοχή του ταξιδιού στο χρόνο, που εστιάζει στους ανθρώπους αντι για τα γεγονότα. A very different take on time travel, focusing on humanity instead of history. Very good.
  • Brian
    Ian Mortimer is a social historian and the author of the popular Time Traveller's Guide books that provide light hearted introductions to a range of historical periods. The Outcasts Of Time is his first essay into the world of fiction. The book begins in 1384 with the protagonist, John, and his brother, William, wandering through a countryside devastated by the Black Death which they both contract before too long. However, through some unexplaine...
  • Chrissie
    The journey taken by the reader throughout this book is extraordinary. One of those rare feats in the meshing of genres of fiction, Mortimer successfully combines time travel, historical fiction, road trip, and adventure with the examination of humankind, morality, religion, acceptance, and philanthropy.The main character, John of Wrayment (whose name occasionally gets butchered by time), and his brother William are the titular outcasts of time...
  • John
    If Frank Capra had earned a PhD in English history, and lost all sense of what constitutes engaging story-telling, then he might have written a novel like this one.
  • Kate
    Bewitching, thought-provoking and increasingly powerful. A fantastic premise. 4.5 stars.
  • Latkins
    In this fantastic novel, historian Ian Mortimer expands on his Time Traveller's Guide series by offering us a fictional guide to centuries of change. It begins in 1348, at the height of the Black Death, as brothers John and William find themselves in dire straits in their home county of Devon. John is married with children, and wants to return home to find out if his family are okay, as all around the brothers people are dying from the plague. Th...
  • Anna
    "We are living on a frozen tears of our ancestors."Well, this quote summes up a good chunk of the book for ya.Trigger warning! for: abuse, multiple sexual assaults, violence.Also, if a religious talk tires you up, be prepared. Cause Johnny-boy can deliver that to a great extent.Wow.I feel things.And I don't know what to do with that at the moment...Knowing at least a little about Mortimer's previous books, this work of historical fiction comes as...
  • Runwright
    The Outcasts of Time is about two brothers living in the 1300s. On their way home from a war, they are afflicted with the deadly black plague and have a supernatural experience where they are given the choice of how they want to spend their last few days on earth – return home to die with their families, thereby infecting their loved ones and sacrificing their lives too, or live one day at a time for the next several centuries, doing good in th...
  • Cheryl
    This book was a bit puzzling and strange, but I liked it. I actually had a hard time putting the book down. However, there is no strong basis for my liking the book, as I felt the plot was weak and the main characters philosophical thoughts took over and became excessive times. The character was likeable and I enjoyed the time travel aspect, even though it was rushed. I am left bemused on why I liked the book.
  • Ophelia Sings
    This reader is accustomed to travelling through time with the wonderful Ian Mortimer. His acclaimed Time Traveller's Guides provide vivid windows on the past which are at once entertaining, sobering and endlessly informative. But Mortimer, it seems, is not content with transporting us to one era at a time; in The Outcasts of Time, the reader is taken on a whistle-stop through six centuries of tumultuous history. It's an ambitious undertaking, but...
  • lucky little cat
    Sedate time travel novel that spotlights various nuggets of English history. The French Taunter mulls it over. Two Everyman brothers flee the plague-ridden Middle Ages, but take a sizable load of guilt and responsibility along with them. The rest of the novel is an episodic trek through the ages, cleverly anchored with precise details from each century. For example, the brothers are astonished to find that a century after their own, their home ...
  • Annemarie Macken
    A brilliantly written and thought-provoking book, which ensures the reader is not only taken on a journey through time and history, but also that they take the time to search their own selves for what it means to be truly good or do a truly good act. The soul-searching is prevalent throughout the book and it is through the thoughts and angst of the protagonist, John, that we are able to explore a range of thoughts and feelings about humanity, lov...
  • megs_bookrack
    *I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Wow - what a book! I know I will be processing this one in my mind for a while - thank heavens for Kindle highlighting. I did a lot of highlighting during the course of reading this book, not because the concepts were difficult to understand or follow but because they were so meaningful. Ian Mortimer, as many know, is a wonderful historian, and he doesn't dis...
  • Maria
    I was struggling whether it’s a 2 stars book or a 3 stars one for me. Let’s say it’s 2.5. I had a lot of problems with this book. First, I personally hate religious talk. And for the most of the book that’s all the main character does. It gets tiring. A lot. Second, I myself am not strong in history, let alone a British one, since I am not British. So at times I really struggled to get the picture the author was painting for us. Having li...
  • Kathy
    Rather than travel through space to move the story forward, and rather than the usual traveling backward in time, stonemason John and his brother find themselves traveling forward through time in basically the same neighborhood, 99 years at a pop. John is kind, yet his act of kindness in rescuing a baby during the plague results in the death of many (including himself). Lots of explorations of what changes and what doesn't over time, and deeper d...
  • Sara
    We are introduced to John de Wrayment and his brother William Beard (called so because of the town where John resides and William's appearance) on December 17, 1348. John is a mason and sculptor, noted for his carvings in churches, in which he has a pure faith. John is faithful with a loving wife and three sons. William is a wool merchant who has a more questioning nature of religion and enjoys more worldly pleasures. Both have fought for Edward ...
  • Pamela
    This novel was an unique way to portray history through the ages, by two brothers who upon waking each day have found 99 years has passed. John of Wrayment and William Beard, are brothers in the 12th Century and found themselves with infected with the plague that is ravaging their country. A spirit comes to their aid and offers them life, cured of the plague with the trick or payment being they will wake each day 99 years in the future, and with ...
  • Jeanette
    2.5 stars rounded up for the premise and the first chapters which were intense plague year witness.But so much of the rest, because of their strictures of "6 days" 100 years- that just about disrupted any continuity to characters' lines/ outcomes or even the historical physical descriptions of the "town" in different eras. Because life was short lived and the witness lines all broken.And it was just too preachy too for people in such loss and tur...