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.