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The Time That's Given

The Time That's Given

by David Litwack

Narrated by Jon Noto

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David Litwack

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When Burt is surprised by a magical guide, and says he wants to become a hero in a fantasy realm, he discovers a more complex world than he'd expected.

Kirkus Reviews calls it: ¿A keen and delightful multi-genre tale about a hero grappling with two worlds.¿

Feathered Quill Book Awards calls it: ¿...a delicious and thought-provoking book full of introspective questions and the choices one makes in the moment.¿

Burt Higgins' retirement is not going well. With too much time on his hands, he broods on the state of the world, obsessively following the worst of cable news and the Internet. Increasingly angry at the state of affairs, he nurtures a fantasy that a dark lord from another realm has foisted these problems on humankind. If only he could transport to that world, he'd confront the demon and use the magic found there to defeat the beast and end despair forever.

On a particularly bad news day, Burt learns that, indeed, one must be careful what one asks for.

¿I consider The Time That's Given one of the most inspiring fantasy novels I have ever read.¿ ~ Astrid Iustulin, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews (5 STARS)

EVOLVED PUBLISHING PRESENTS a speculative, magical realism, fantasy adventure from David Litwack, the multiple award-winning author whose books have received such extraordinary acclaim. This one will entertain you, to be sure, but it might also cause you to reconsider your life, your dreams, and your goals.


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  • The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky
  • The Time That's Given
  • The Children of Darkness (The Seekers - Book 1)
  • The Stuff of Stars (The Seekers - Book 2)
  • The Light of Reason (The Seekers - Book 3)

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Kirkus Reviews

Traveling to a dreamlike realm, a man embarks on a difficult quest but may have trouble returning to reality in this novel.

Burt Higgins spends his post-retirement days alone in his Massachusetts home. His wife, Betty, a retired art teacher, is in New York studying for her MFA. One day, Burt lights a candle he bought in Prague, where the shopkeeper claimed the item was magical. A boy appears and says he's Burt's guide to take him wherever he wishes to travel. He chooses to go to "the source of despair," apparently the origin of the "murky shadow" connected to the guide. In this other world, two children, Matthias and Hannah, mistake Burt, still in his bathrobe, for a wizard. He befriends them and their mother, Elizabeth. When someone later abducts one of the kids, Burt revises his mission—ending all despair—to include a rescue. This is possible, as the guide is the "scribe" of Burt's story. But it means Burt will be part of this world and have a harder time returning to his own. Soon, he's recalling memories of life with Betty and their two kids and questioning which world is the real one. Litwack (Along the Watchtower, 2018, etc.) doesn't hide the possibility that Burt is dreaming. But there is definite mystery, as the protagonist suspects the realm he believed was real is actually a dream. This makes for intriguing dual worlds: The alternate one is often familiar (a family much like Burt's) while the real world has fantasy elements (terrorists are cruel in the same way as storybook villains). Ultimately, the tale excels as a fantasy, with elements like portals and an enchanted sword, and as a drama, with breast-cancer survivor Betty having undergone a biopsy, its results unknown at the narrative's start. But the author truly shines in more conceptual moments. Burt contemplates a version of the afterlife that is, essentially, a "forever dream" of accumulated, imagination-enhancing memories.

A keen and delightful multigenre tale about a hero grappling with two worlds.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940175593205
Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC
Publication date: 02/17/2022
Edition description: Unabridged

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