Child of Tempus is the first book by indie author Winnifred Tataw’s, YA fantasy book series, The Gods’ Scion. This book focuses on the life journey of the main character, Prince Rodrick Purcill, and how he deals with the consequences of the horrors of the world he was born into.
Rodrick is a prince of the ruling country of Diar. He has a face kissed by the Gods themselves, with deep blue eyes and long ruby-red hair. Speaking of Gods, he also happens to be the Acolyte of Time. Gifts and curses with this power give him control over aspects of time. And being a dragon-human hybrid has its amazing perks too. But since childhood, Rodrick has had a target on his back, and his insanely power-hungry father, Demon King Ryton, comes across as his closest but worst enemy.
Throw in the workings of an alcoholic mother, a bipolar sister, a recovering addict brother, and an adopted little sister with magical powers, and you have the royal family of Diar. Things couldn’t get any worse until he meets the beautiful Princess Arcelia—but Arcelia isn’t the main problem. She and Rodrick are on now on the run from Rodrick’s father, Ryton. And with the looming risk of world destruction ahead of them, Rodrick is worried about more than college exams.
This book has a great plot that goes in unexpected ways. It’s not predictable by far. The characters also feel real and grow throughout the story, which is good to see. Also, I love the dialogue throughout. It feels authentic. Overall, this book sets up a great beginning to the series. (P.S. As an asexual, I like the asexual reference in it.)Robin
Even though it is a genre I would not normally read, Child of Tempus is an enjoyable fantasy read. The world-building is solid and the characters come alive on the page. Absolutely recommend.J. Williamson
Warning: This review contains spoilers
Reviewed By Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite (Feb. 2022)
Child of Tempus by Winnifred Tataw is the first book in the Gods’ Scion series. Rodrick is the Acolyte of Time and a prince of Diar with abilities that give him power over time. His father has always been after power and has been his enemy since Rodrick was a child. The royal family creates their own share of drama as Roderick has a strained relationship with his mother and complicated relationships with his siblings. He attends a birthday party and meets Princess Arcelia with whom he creates a bond as they’re forced to flee from the Demon King and face the reality of the destruction that brews on the horizon.
The story has an intriguing setup of a rich mythology that brings life into the world and creates the perfect drawcard for those who love rich fantasy settings. Winnifred Tataw creates a high fantasy background that has a modern tinge woven into the mythology. Dragon-human hybrids, magic, and gods are paired with modern conveniences such as a phone and Ready To Eat meals to create an original and relatable fantasy world. The book contains stories of the earth at the beginning that serve as reference guides to the lore and as stepping stones to lead you throughout the world.
The reference guides introduce you to the gods, the acolytes, and the people of the earth, which allows you to see the different aspects of the world before ever meeting Prince Roderick. The story weaves between Roderick’s perspective and various characters in his life including his family and Princess Arcelia. A fast-paced high fantasy, Child of Tempus blends rich mythology and a vivid setting as the background to a harrowing adventure and a coming-of-age story.
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