Why this book?
One of the most compelling parts about time-hopping science fiction is vicariously experienced through the culture clash of past and present. It’s even better if it’s happening in the head of a single character. Mendoza was rescued from the dungeons of the Spanish Inquisition in the 16th century and thrust into the world of the Company, a civilization-spanning corporate agency operating behind the scenes of history for the profit of far-future shareholders. Time travel in this universe only goes one way, backward, and Mendoza will take the long way to the future: an engaging, sprawling, harrowing journey through centuries.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
This is the first novel in what has become one of the most popular series in contemporary Science Fiction, now back in print from Tor. In the twenty-fourth century, the Company preserves works of art and extinct forms of life (for profit of course). It recruits orphans from the past, renders them all but immortal, and trains them to serve the Company. One of these is Mendoza the botanist, who is sent to Elizabethan England to collect samples from the garden of Sir Walter Iden. Her quest is jeopardized by Nicholas Harpole, who stirs unfamiliar emotions within her about her…