OK, the title is a little misleading. If you are a horror fan, like me, the word “revenant” conjures up vengeful spirits, out for blood (cue scary music). While this book does involve spirits, demons, vampires and betrayals, that is not what this story is about.
Imagine, being called out of your body and sent into the past. So that you can be a guiding and protective spirit to a girl who, if you can’t convince her to go to Dobrenica, the country will never have existed for you to go to and find your love. We have a wild child sent from Jamaica, to England. Her mother is a rather successful pirate and her father was an escaped slave. Unfortunately, when these facts are discovered, her relatives that are supposed to be protecting her take the entire family on a trip to Paris and abandon her, after taking her dowry money. She is left abandoned and alone in Dieppe, France, shortly after the revolution. Her education and upbringing in England over the past years, unfortunately brand her as a possible member of the hated nobility. Luckily, she is able to get an introduction to Josephine and joins the Bonaparte household for a time. Sherwood Smith does a wonderful job of reminding us that history is not just about dates and facts, but about people.
This is the third book of the Dobrenica series. While it does work very well as a stand-alone, I would recommend reading the others of this series as well. If you enjoy historical fiction, with a good bit of fantasy thrown in, you will really enjoy this book. Have fun reading!
Kim Murray is happily planning her wedding when she finds herself pulled two centuries back in time. It's 1795, the rise of Napoleon, and Kim is now a guardian spirit for a twelve-year-old kid who will either become Kim's ancestor . . . or the timeline will alter and Kim will vanish, along with the small, magical European country of Dobrenica. What? Yes, the child called Aurelie de Mascarenhas must get to Dobrenica, or more than just one family will vanish.
Kim hates time travel conundrums, and knows nothing about kids. How is she going to guide a kid born on Saint-Domingue, with whom she has nothing in common?
From Jamaica to England to the Paris of the early 1800s, Kim and Aurelie travel, sharing adventures and learning more about Vrajhus, the Blessing, and the Nasdrafus than is known in Dobrenica's modern times. Along the way to wedding bells or annihilation, Kim makes a shocking discovery . . .