The Invisible Hand is about a boy, Sam, who has just started life at a boarding school and finds himself able to travel back in time to medieval Scotland. There he meets a girl, Leana, who can travel to the future, and the two of them become wrapped up in events in /Macbeth/, the Shakespeare play, and in the daily life of the school. The book is the first part of a series called Shakespeares Moon. Each book is set in the same boarding school but focuses on a different Shakespeare play.~Goodreads Blurb
Though it wasn’t very long, I found myself having to take extra time with James Hartley’s new series opener “The Invisible Hand.” With less than 200 pages I expected to be able to flip through it in an evening. If I had, I’m sure I would have been left very confused. Not only is there a flipping between very different settings and times, but there also is a story within a story. The author seems to be going for the Shakespeare iconic play-within-a-play. What originally appears to be dreams soon takes a turn into a sort of body jumping between times or storylines. At times that storyline seems to be a bit haphazard and not everything is wrapped up as nicely as I would prefer. For the first in a series, it did it’s job of drawing you into Hartley’s new world but I’m not sure I personally will be picking up the second one in a hurry. It’s not badly written, I would simply say that needing to read a book through twice in order to understand it, isn't my cup of tea.
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Note From the Publisher:James was born in Heswall, on the Wirral, England, on a rainy Thursday in 1973. He´s lived in Singapore, Oman, Scotland, Thailand, Libya, Syria, Ireland, France and Germany during his forty-odd years on the planet and has worked as a journalist, waiter, childminder and dishwasher. He lives in Madrid, Spain, with his wife and two children and teaches English.
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