by Susan Squires

September 2010
ISBN: 978-0-312-94355-4
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press
Mass Market Paperback

Diana Dearborn, a romance author who also works at a local San Francisco museum, dreams of finding the kind of romance and adventure she writes about. When a visitor at the museum gifts Diana with a leather tome written by Leonardo DaVinci, Diana translates that the book refers to a time machine, and itís located in a secret room at the museum!

Diana, who cannot remember anything before age 13, has always had an obsession with Camelot and the days of King Arthur and Merlin. How exciting to fulfill her dreams and visit that wondrous time and place! Powering up the machine Diana is hurled back to the moment when Camelot has just fallen. Witnessing the destruction of the castle and the violence of the still fighting knights, Diana encounters a badly injured warrior, Medraught of Orkney. Rather then leave the knight to die Diana takes him back with her, not knowing the evil she is about to unleash on the 21st century!

Sir Gawain has waited a long time to find Diana. Hurled forward in time with the young Diana by his father, Merlin, they were separated when they materialized in the 21st century. Gawain has found his Diana living in San Francisco, but the danger his father warned him to protect Diana against is now here. The Mists of Time swirl around Gawain and Diana as they try to right a time line damaged by Dianaís mistake in bringing back the vicious Medraught aka Mordred.

The Mists of Time never really connects the dots of a choppy plotline that gets more confusing as the book progresses. The supposed romantic connection between the characters of Diana and Gawain is a back seat after thought to the time-travel theme. Mordred makes a disgustingly horrid villain to stand, and a lot of the situations are never quite explained properly. (Why would Gawain stalk Diana and not just make him self known to her right away?) Overall, Susan Squires'The Mists of Time is not worth the effort.

Reviewed in October 2010 by Bonnie.

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