"History is just one damned thing after another" -Arnold Toynbee
This book, first in a series by Jodi Taylor, introduces us to Madeleine Maxwell, known as Max. Max is a professor of history from Thirsk University and receives the offer of a lifetime for an historian, the chance to "investigate major historical events in contemporary time," as its described at St Marys Institute of Historical Research. So begins Max's adventure through history, studying events both great and small from a very close viewpoint.
I have to enthusiastically recommend this series for anyone who enjoys history and science fiction. Jodi is an entrancing story teller, and her characters are vibrant and attention grabbing from the start. The story unfolds from Max's viewpoint, and her struggles with her inner demons are just as engaging as the many moments of hilarity and frivolity as she and her coworkers move through history. The only issue I have with the series is how quickly I ran through the books available here, now I'll have to either wait patiently for more, or engage in a more directed search myself.
As a warning, Jodi is not shy about showing relationships with an unabashed earthiness, and her descriptions of death and injury pull no punches either. If that warning doesn't scare you off, I would be willing to bet that this series will grab your attention.