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Aborologist Florence Brock, steps into the hollow of an ancient tree, and awakes transported several hundred years into England's past. Thrust into a land at war, where her skills count for nothing and her life even less, Florence has to forget everything she once knew and become something more. Her fate is entwined with Nat Haslet, a savvy and resourceful soldier maroone Aborologist Florence Brock, steps into the hollow of an ancient tree, and awakes transported several hundred years into England's past. Thrust into a land at war, where her skills count for nothing and her life even less, Florence has to forget everything she once knew and become something more. Her fate is entwined with Nat Haslet, a savvy and resourceful soldier marooned beyond his own time, desperate to get back home. Nat has learned what it is to survive in this broken land, doing what he must to stay alive. Their incursion in the time-line alerts both friend and foe. There are those who would help them - The Taxanes - a secretive order as ancient as the trees themselves, who protect the time-line from ripples that were never meant to be. And there are those who would seek to use Florence's knowledge for a far darker purpose, twisting history to their own malevolent ends. Now, Florence and Nat must forge an understanding if they are to navigate the treachery of England's lost and brutal past, before time itself runs out.


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Aborologist Florence Brock, steps into the hollow of an ancient tree, and awakes transported several hundred years into England's past. Thrust into a land at war, where her skills count for nothing and her life even less, Florence has to forget everything she once knew and become something more. Her fate is entwined with Nat Haslet, a savvy and resourceful soldier maroone Aborologist Florence Brock, steps into the hollow of an ancient tree, and awakes transported several hundred years into England's past. Thrust into a land at war, where her skills count for nothing and her life even less, Florence has to forget everything she once knew and become something more. Her fate is entwined with Nat Haslet, a savvy and resourceful soldier marooned beyond his own time, desperate to get back home. Nat has learned what it is to survive in this broken land, doing what he must to stay alive. Their incursion in the time-line alerts both friend and foe. There are those who would help them - The Taxanes - a secretive order as ancient as the trees themselves, who protect the time-line from ripples that were never meant to be. And there are those who would seek to use Florence's knowledge for a far darker purpose, twisting history to their own malevolent ends. Now, Florence and Nat must forge an understanding if they are to navigate the treachery of England's lost and brutal past, before time itself runs out.

32 review for Shadow of the Savernake: Book One of the Taxane Chronicles

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine Wilkinson

    Had a weekend reading fest with this book - could not put it down. Seems Ms Hackett is a new author- I predict she has a huge future ahead of her. Her storytelling is superb, and she writes a brilliant time travel tale. I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness and Jodi Taylor and genuinely think this book is equally as good as any of theirs. All the main characters are superb, and one is deliciously evil - don’t want to create a spoiler alert by naming who it is! Where’s Book No. 2?! Had a weekend reading fest with this book - could not put it down. Seems Ms Hackett is a new author- I predict she has a huge future ahead of her. Her storytelling is superb, and she writes a brilliant time travel tale. I am a huge fan of Diana Gabaldon, Deborah Harkness and Jodi Taylor and genuinely think this book is equally as good as any of theirs. All the main characters are superb, and one is deliciously evil - don’t want to create a spoiler alert by naming who it is! Where’s Book No. 2?! I need to find out what’s going to happen to Florence and Nat. A real treat to find a new author that left me wanting more.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tom Watkins

    Hackett puts together a world that is full of entertaining characters and fantastic plot twists, that ensures you are hooked from the go! Her delightful prose betrays the fact this is indeed her debut novel and instead transports you in to the heart pounding excitement that Florence Brock experiences throughout her tale - so much so, you might just wish it was YOU that dissapeared in to the Hollow of an ancient tree and in to Englands past! A thoroughly enjoyable read that ticks all the boxes and Hackett puts together a world that is full of entertaining characters and fantastic plot twists, that ensures you are hooked from the go! Her delightful prose betrays the fact this is indeed her debut novel and instead transports you in to the heart pounding excitement that Florence Brock experiences throughout her tale - so much so, you might just wish it was YOU that dissapeared in to the Hollow of an ancient tree and in to Englands past! A thoroughly enjoyable read that ticks all the boxes and leaves you in love with the characters and story - all of which Hackett has wonderfully crafted. A wonderful opening to her series. Certainly, both a novel and author to keep your eye on!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    The past in this story is most definitely brutal, but unlike a lot of fantasy while there are several obligatory historical rapes, we don’t have to read too much gory detail (perhaps because the author is a woman) , for which I was thankful. I was worried initially that this would be a knock-off of the Outlander/Cross-stitch series, but I’m pleased to report that this is not the case! I enjoyed the story, and there were lots of hints that we were about to compare time in three different direction The past in this story is most definitely brutal, but unlike a lot of fantasy while there are several obligatory historical rapes, we don’t have to read too much gory detail (perhaps because the author is a woman) , for which I was thankful. I was worried initially that this would be a knock-off of the Outlander/Cross-stitch series, but I’m pleased to report that this is not the case! I enjoyed the story, and there were lots of hints that we were about to compare time in three different directions (the English civil war, Florence’s home time – basically nowadays – and Nat’s home time) but it never quite got off the ground. Meeting the occasional true historical character was interesting, and done with a light enough touch that the author then did not have to bend too much to change her story or the facts. It was also good to meet characters from a range of backgrounds – none of this historical hobnobbing with only the upper-classes: we meet villagers, clergymen, townsfolk, small gentry and soldiers, and the characters and their motivations are distinct and separate. My main criticism of this book is that it needs proper editing. There was so much description (both descriptive passages and every noun had at least one adjective) that it really bogged down the action, and I was a good fifth of the way in before I felt engaged. There were also occasional silly errors – for example, the characters getting ready to set off early one morning, an event (you guessed it, rape attempt), and then immediately going to bed with no further action, as if the author had forgotten what was going on. I know it sounds small and picky, but once I started noticing these mistakes they kept coming. The plot was exciting, with just enough mystery (we know who the baddies are, but quite how bad and in what way?) and there’s quite a bit of action. You do get frustrated with the characters’ misunderstandings (it happens over and over again), but eventually they sort it out. We are promised lots of information about trees, and although some of this is drip-fed through the book I wanted more! But then I’m quite information-driven, maybe other people would be happy with the little we get, just enough to whet the appetite. Nat (the male protagonist) is remarkably modern as to his morals and social mores, for a man who was born in 1955, I think exploring the similarities and differences of all three times would make this book more interesting still – perhaps in the sequel? https://inconsistentpacing.wordpress....

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mrs CD

    I was given this book as a gift, and at first I wasn't sure if it was 'my thing'. I was completely wrong. I was hooked in the first chapter and found it a compelling read. The language Hackett uses brings the book fully to life. It has magic, mystery, adventure, intrigue, suspense and humour. The time travel adds a fascinating dimension to the narrative and the interplay between the main characters is intriguing to follow. There are definite hints as to potential plots for the future, but who kn I was given this book as a gift, and at first I wasn't sure if it was 'my thing'. I was completely wrong. I was hooked in the first chapter and found it a compelling read. The language Hackett uses brings the book fully to life. It has magic, mystery, adventure, intrigue, suspense and humour. The time travel adds a fascinating dimension to the narrative and the interplay between the main characters is intriguing to follow. There are definite hints as to potential plots for the future, but who knows where it will go. I certainly couldn't see all of the twists and turns coming! Can't wait for Book 2 - and the film! Great first book Jayne, wishing you every success with the next ones.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jane Kelsey

    Very interesting, realistic take on time travel (full review to follow)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Mills *from the heart of a bibliophile lair*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Hackett

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beth Balen

  10. 5 out of 5

    Siv

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Sylvia Wardle

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ann Fish

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Johnson

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  16. 5 out of 5

    Suzette

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alex Givant

  19. 5 out of 5

    Louna

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lilly Charysma

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Tibbitts

  22. 5 out of 5

    Keri

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    Charlene

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    Melissa

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    Elizabeth Englund

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    R Shaw

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    Jessica

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    Frederick Rotzien

  32. 4 out of 5

    Cinthia

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