Tributary, by Lisa T. Bergren
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
Genre: YA Novella
Publication Date: June 2012
The world is at peace, for the most part, for Gabi and Marcello. After struggling through crisis after crisis, there’s been a time of rest for the two of them, giving everyone a chance to breathe a little and settle down into their lot in life. Gabi and Marcello are finally given some time together.
Lia, who is still struggling with PTSD after all of the battles she fought and is trying to find her place in the past. Rodolfo Greco is trying to piece together the bits of his life after being branded a traitor and losing all that he had. They’ve also been working on a shelter that would keep them safe during the upcoming plague. It’s been a long year, but a needed year of rest and rebuilding for the family.
Of course everyone understands that in this age, peace is fragile and the smallest thing can knock the world off balance. That’s where Alessandra comes in. A brave young woman who goes out hunting for her dinner and accidentally crosses the paths of the Forelli clan. Alessandra virulently hates the Forelli family. They have destroyed her own family – namely the loss of her brothers in the war – and she has no grace or peace to extend their way. Unfortunately, the world isn’t nearly as black and white as she might think and she soon finds herself on the wrong side of a plot to bring down the Forelli family.
Lisa Bergren has done it again. I still love these characters and the injection of a fresh new perspective to the series happened precisely at the right place and the right time. The only thing I am not a fan with these two latest additions to the River of Time series is the length! Both books have been novellas. Though I completely understand Lisa’s perspective in writing them, I can’t help but miss really truly diving in to the world of our favorite time travelers. On the other hand, if it’s this or nothing, I’m happy with a joyous splash through the stream.
If you enjoyed any of the other River of Time books, you’ll be happy to revisit our favorite She Wolves Of Siena and see what they’re up to these days.
Rated PG13: There’s some violence and adult situations in these books making them definitely for older teens.