The Clay Lion

What if you could go back in time to save the person you love the most?

The rules are simple. If you want to travel back in time, you need to be at least eighteen years old. You can only travel within your own lifespan for a maximum of six months. And above all else, you must never, ever, change the past.

But that’s exactly what Brooke Wallace plans to do.

As Brooke faces existence without her beloved brother, his life cut short by a rare disease, she can think of only one solution – travel back in time to prevent his death. However, her attempts at fixing the past challenge her to confront everything she believes to be true about herself. And ultimately, she is forced to discover whether or not we can ever truly be in charge of our own destiny.

Admittedly this story has a bit of a heartbreaking premise so you might be hesitant to jump in because after all who wants to knowingly spend their time on something full of sorrow? The Clay Lion though breaks the normal rules and is the start to a wonderful series thanks to the skillful writing talents of Amalie Jahn who provides one of those stories that grabs you and won’t let go.

She has created a powerfully visual story but still manages to leave enough open to allow the reader to put something of themselves into plot and characters so you feel invested in taking this journey. Although we often hate to hear the phrase “everything happens for a reason”, somehow Jahn manages to take that idea and make it beautifully inspiring.

This is just one of those books that makes you glad you chose to put a pause on the life button so you can take time to fall head long into the world Jahn creates. You’ll smile, cry, feel your heart break, and keep picking yourself up to push through to the end as she walks you through this journey and her own interpretation of the stages of grief from hope to healing with a dash of love along the way.

Even if the time travel thing feels like it’s been done before and you may be burned out on it you should still give her a chance to show you what she’s done with the age old idea of what would we do with a second chance?

Thank you to Netgalley and Bermlord for allowing me to review this book.

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