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, Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fantasy

Reviews The Outcasts of Time

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Pamela
    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...
  • Kate
    Bewitching, thought-provoking and increasingly powerful. A fantastic premise. 4.5 stars.A review:
  • 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...
  • 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.