Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for The Collective, a YA fantasy novel by R. S. Williams. I’ve followed the author on Twitter for ages and I’m subscribed to her email newsletter, so I was excited to read her book. It sounded amazing, so I couldn’t turn it down!
Matilda Gregson never knew a world outside hers existed, that is until Harvey comes along and shows her something beyond her imagination. All that is on Tilly’s mind is finishing her dissertation, getting her degree, and spending time with her friends before the end of the school year.
But everything changes when she meets Jenny, an agent of a secret society, and nothing prepared either of them for the adventure they are about to endure. Under the pressures of surviving, their friendship grows and they find friends in the most unlikely of places, and betrayal just around the corner.
Will they both be able to stop him before he tears Jenny’s society to the ground?
The Collective by R. S. Williams:
I can be incredibly fussy when it comes to fantasy novels. This one sounded great though – pirates, adventures and time travel all smushed into one story? Yes please!
The story had me hooked from the start. It starts off pretty normally, with a group of friends writing their dissertations in a university library, and it all spirals from there. The rest of the book is full of intriguing plot twists and there are plenty of mysterious moments that leave you wondering what will happen next.
One thing I especially liked was that we could clearly see the development of the characters. The two main characters, Tilly and Jenny, went from being strangers to great friends, battling pirates and enemies and fighting their way through time. It was especially great to see the whole story being lead by these strong women who just kept getting stronger. Power to women! fist in the air
I must admit though, there were a couple of things that almost put me off reading. The punctuation and grammar seemed a little off in quite a few points, but I’m not sure if this will be fixed for the final copy. There were also a couple of times when very contemporary language was used by pirates in the 1700s. This wasn’t a big deal though because it didn’t happen very often, and it didn’t really put me off the book as a whole!
If you want a book filled with adventure, pirates, strong women and time travel, this is definitely the book for you! The story reminds me of the Angels Unlimited/Agent Angel series by Annie Dalton, one of my favourite childhood series. If you read the series as a kid, see if you get what I mean if you read this!
About the Author
Rhianne Williams, formally known as RS Williams, writes Fantasy, Adventure and Romance novels. As an avid reader Rhianne has always been in love with the written word and the emotions a good story can create.
Discovering she had a knack for creating stories as a teenager, she started work on her first story. However, at 16 the mundane adult world called her back to an admin job and Rhianne put writing on the back burner until she turned 20. Rediscovering her fascination with writing and creating Rhianne then threw herself back into her writing in 2014.
When she isn’t catching plot bunnies, typing up her creations or writing on her blog, you’ll find her in front of the television watching her favourite shows, spending time with her family and getting lost in others fictional worlds.