"The Sterkarm Handshake is a book for fans of the fantasy, time-travelling genre, however this is a book with a difference. There's a fair bit of techincal jargon when we're in the present, and a lot of unfamiliar language when we're in the past. This is a book I enjoyed a lot, despite the fact that it sometimes becomes confusing.
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The Sterkarm Handshake by Susan Price is an extraordinarily detailed historical-modern ... more
science fiction novel in which members of a team of researchers from the 21st century travel through a time tube into the lives of the Sterkarm clan in 16th-century England. At first the narrative concerns itself with the creation of a realistic and believable portrayal of the living conditions and the relationships of a tough, violent group of people whose feelings for each other are not that dissimilar from those of human beings living 500 years later. As the novel progresses, the relations between the 21st-century individuals and the Sterkarms simultaneously deteriorate and deepen. Incidents pile one upon the other, the sense of conflict increases and the action becomes both increasingly violent and increasingly complicated. External action is balanced by the development of internal feelings and one of the modern team, a young girl named Andrea, falls deeply in love with a young Sterkarmer. This is a novel for sci-fi bookworms with a love of history, a touch of romance and masses of action. --Tamsin Palmer (Ages 10 and over)