The Black Tempest Book Cover The Black Tempest
The Time-Shift Trilogy, Book 2
Ryan Dalton
Fantasy, Sci-fi, Time-Travel, Mystery, Thriller
North Star Editions
April 25, 2017

It's summer in Emmett's Bluff, and the ice is spreading. Six months after confronting an enemy from the future, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have returned to their normal teenage lives. Or, they've tried to. During the battle to save their town, a mysterious force awoke inside the twins. Time calls to them, and it's growing too strong to be ignored. When warriors from a mysterious ancient kingdom appear, they bring warnings of an unstoppable foe—one whose control of the ice is powered by Time itself. But ice is far more than the Black Tempest's signature. As the twins uncover the truth behind it, they realize their town is only the beginning. If the Black Tempest is not stopped here, his corruption will threaten the very course of history. As cold advances and doom draws near, the twins' only hope lies in learning to wield Time itself, and in trusting their strange new friends—even if those friends have secrets of their own.

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Reviewed by Melissa Brus

Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team

The Black Tempest is the second book in The Time Shift trilogy and it would definitely be beneficial to read these books in order. Not having read book 1, there were many instances where I had to re-read to be sure I was understanding what was happening in this story. It is a true testament to the author’s skills that the plot was so interesting that not having all the information was secondary to what in the world was going to happen next!

The core group of characters center on the twins, Malcolm and Valentine. The twins are recovering from a battle with an enemy named Lucius from the first book. They are high school freshmen in the town of Emmett’s Bluff.  While they face the end of that first year of high school, they also must face new dangers, time travel, as well as family drama and first kisses. It seems life throws everything at these young people, but they are also gifted with a group of friends and family that are with them every step of the way.  Mal and Val discover they have abilities beyond their imaginings. New faces in their small town help them harness that power and become vital to the success of this newest battle against evil.  Neither the characters nor the plot is one dimensional. There is a lot going on in these pages. The group of teens is neither simple nor stereotypical. They make you root for them. Ryan Dalton has created a fantastic world with teenage characters who draw the reader into their adventures. I am looking forward to reading the final book.