The Mists of Time

Da Vinci Time Travel Series, Book 4

Diana remembers nothing of her life before she was 13. She knows that she was found wondering Chicago streets speaking a language no one understood or knew. She was eventually adopted but now even her adopted parents have died. Diana has had some romance novels published though she still needs to work as a docent at a local museum to pay her bills. 
While working, a lady handed Diana a very old book. It was written by Michelangelo concerning a time machine. Diana isn’t too sure she believes in time machines but she’s willing to check it out. In the basement of the museum is a large wooden structure that when activated takes Diana to Camelot! Charging up the hill running from a burning village are soldiers, near the machine are Merlin and a young boy and coming up to them is a injured fighter. Without thought, Diana takes the fighter and returns to modern times.
The fighter is Mordred, the killer of King Author and son of the witch, Morgan le Fey. Some of his mother’s powers passed on to Mordred and now he’s ready to conquer this new world he finds himself in. As an adaptor, it doesn’t take long for Mordred to adapt to this new century and learn its language and technologies.
Gawain’s mission is to protect Diana. His father, Merlin, sent them forward in time but some how they were separated when they got here. Gawain ended up spending 12 years in prison for killing two men. Six months ago, he got out and he finally found Diana but she doesn’t remember him. She thinks he’s a stalker!
How is he going to get her to trust him? Mordred needs to be stopped but Gawain can’t do it alone. Things are going to get really hairy before they get straightened out.
This is the fourth book in this series. Not only is each story totally different from the ones before it, but each can be read without having read the previous books.
The characters are extremely unique and interesting. What else could you expect from Merlin’s son and Morgan’s son? They’re a bit magical though not as powerful as their parents. They each have a purpose and a drive to succeed yet each are vastly different too. Diana is compassionate as well as inquisitive. She also has a lot to learn especially about love.
Each main character has a magical twist which gives the story a different twist. Mordred is an adaptor or he can adapt to where ever he is. It only takes a matter of hours before he can speak English and familiarize himself to modern inventions. Gawain can become mist and travel through cracks. He’s also stronger than a normal man. Diana can locate things and knows what people are going to say just before they say it. 
Mordred causes problems not only in modern times but in the past too. Each action can change history and Diana and Gawain need to make sure that it doesn’t change too much. They have lots of other things influencing them too as they travel through time, like not running into themselves!
I really enjoyed reading this book. This time series doesn’t just bring someone out of history to present day but has a more complex plot which keeps your interest. It was great seeing Camelot and how the Saxon’s were living. It was also interesting to see how things might have changed had the Saxon’s not been defeated. Every time I thought things would slow down or have the potential to drag, the story would have a quick change and off we would go again leaving any thoughts of slowing down behind.
The romance had its own quirks. Gawain is truly interested in Diana but believes having sex should form a bond between the couple. Diana had a crush on Gawain when she was a young girl, though she doesn’t remember it. She’s sure that someone that good looking couldn’t possibly be interested in her. Each wants the other but is possitive the other doesn’t want them. Can they figure this out before their adventures end?
I’m not sure how to accurately call this book……it definitely is about time travel…….has murder and mayhem……..has treachery…’s a historical…’s contemporary…….it’s fun. There are so many ways to look at this story and each only shows a portion of it.

Book Blurb for The Mists of Time

Diana Dearborn knows all about romance, at least in the books she writes. But passion eludes her in real life—until she’s offered the chance to travel back in time to Camelot. The world of King Arthur and Guinevere is nothing like she pictured, neither is the knight she encounters on her return to San Francisco: Gawain, the hero of her current project. He’s complicated, mysterious, and sexier than anything her imagination could conjure. And he’s been waiting for her…

Now, joined together in a desperate race, Diana and Gawain must prevent an ancient, evil force from wreaking mayhem in the all-too-real present. Diana must learn to trust Gawain—even while she encounters secrets about her own past. But even if their mission succeeds, does Diana’s destiny lie with this man from another time—and will their love alter history forever?

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 5.00