This book is quite a fun roller coaster ride, taking the reader back and forth through time and different pasts and futures as Will and Tim get tangled up in an evil plot.
My only problem with this book is the ending. It really seemed to me that after such a wonderfully-written book, Rankin gave up about 10 pages before the end, and left way too many questions in my mind (most of which I won't spoil for you now) and wrote what I felt was a cop-out ending (which, by the way, only lasted for half a page).
I got attracted to Rankin's writing after exhausting (and re-reading) my Terry Pratchett collection; Rankin's "Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse" was my introduction and if these two books so far are any indication, I will enjoy the others I have ordered. Hopefully, though, from the front cover all the way to the back cover.
A cabal of witches have redirected history and the hero must solve the problem of who they are and how to fix what they've done.
We have all been lied toâa great and sinister conspiracy exists to keep us from uncovering the truth about our past. Have you ever wondered how Victorians like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells dreamed up all that fantastic futuristic fiction? Did it ever occur to you that it might have been based upon fact? That War of The Worlds was a true account of real events? That Captain Nemo's Nautilus even now lies rusting at the bottom of the North Sea? And what about the other stuff? Did you know, for instance, that Jack the Ripper was a terminator robot sent from the future? In this book, learn how a cabal of Victorian Witches from the Chiswick Townswomen's Guild, working with advanced Babbage super computers, rewrote 19th-century history, and how a 21st-century boy called Billy Starling uncovered the truth about everything.