The Art of Stealing Time – Katie MacAlister [Review]

The Art of Stealing Time is the second book in the Time Thief series by Katie MacAlister. This paranormal romance novel was published in 2013 by Signet.


The Art of Stealing Time by Katie MacAlisterExperts in the art of stealing time, Travellers live on the edge of both mortal and immortal realms. But a few fight their outlaw instincts…

Gwenhwyfar Byron Owens learned everything she knows about potions and spells from her two Wiccan moms, who are forbidden by Otherworld laws from teaching magic to mortals. But when their latest transgression results in the kidnapping of a mortal woman, Gwen figures the only place to hide them all is in Anwyn, the Welsh afterlife…

But Gregory Faa—a member of the Watch—is hot on their heels. A Traveller who has stolen time, he’s eager to prove himself worthy of the Watch, only he has a past with the dark-eyed Welsh beauty he’s been charged with bringing to justice. He’s tempted to just let Gwen disappear into Anwyn, until he realizes that she’s being pursued by a squad of goons and death’s minions.

Gwen is used to taking care of her moms and herself, so she can’t give in to her heart’s demand to trust Gregory, despite the fact that he’s as handsome as the day is long—and the days in Anwyn can last centuries…



This review was originally written for our old blog Books That Hook. I’m updating and expanding on some of my points for this new blog.


The Story

It’s been a long time since I read The Art of Stealing Time. Honestly, I don’t remember a lot of the plot. Maybe this will be a book I will re-read to update this review at some later point. For now, I can only say that I remember that the story flowed well and had good pacing.

The Characters

I liked this book more than the first one in the series, mainly because the main character wasn’t as annoying as the woman in Time Thief.

A lot of the characters were endearing, especially Mom #1 and Mom #2.

I thought the characters jumped from lust to marriage too quickly.

I liked how MacAlister introduced a new Traveller who could be a main character for a future book. Unfortunately, no other books were written for this series. It’s too bad. I would have liked to have learned about him more.

The Writing

The setting descriptions were good; it was easy to visualize where they were.

I enjoyed reading this book, but there were some things about it that I didn’t like. First, I didn’t like going back and forth between first and third person.

I wished I knew by the end of the book what the deal was with Holly.

Finally, I didn’t like that the short story “Time Crossed” was at the beginning of the book and was basically like the beginning of the story. Why bother making it a separate story when it just starts the book?

Off-topic: The cover was wrong for Gregory–he’s blond and has an earring.

Do I Recommend?

If you need a good dose of silliness, you should read The Art of Stealing Time. It’s a cute, unusual, story that made me laugh out loud at times.

It’s hot, too. Even within a very weird environment, MacAlister’s characters manage to create sparks, literally.

Overall, though, I thought this was a good book. If she ever writes another one, I would read it. This is the kind of book you should read if you need a little laugh and escape from all that’s normal and sane.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars (B)
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About Jen Schaper

In addition to being a book blogger, I am a mother of three children, a retail backroom coordinator, and a wannabe writer (when I make time to do it).
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