Young teenagers Matt and James find a time portal whilst training for the forthcoming rugby season. Every time they venture through it they are transported back to the past where they take on the bodies of people from that time period whilst retaining their own young minds.
In each adventure they meet and engage with a different myth or legend of that period and play a vital role in helping them towards a particular mission or cause.
All is not straight forward though because it is not easy for two 21st century boys to survive without the normal comforts of life, especially so, when they realise that their modern gadgets don’t work in the past and they can’t phone home when things get a little tricky.
Already thinking ahead to the next rugby season, James and Matt decide to spend their summer holidays in training to improve their fitness. On only the second day, however, their swim in the local river leads them to a waterfall whose cavernous depths take them out into another time and place.
Here they meet strange folk - strange yet very familiar folk they know only from books and films. Could they really be in Sherwood Forest talking with the legendary Robin Hood and his faithful band of brothers?
Less than a week since their return from Sherwood Forest, our intrepid time-travelling hero’s, Matt and James, venture through the cavernous depths of the waterfall and are transported, once again, to another place and time.
This time however, they find themselves in Scotland on the banks of the famous Loch Ness where mysterious sightings and encounters of strange beasts are commonplace amongst the local community and used to attract tourism to the otherwise work starved area.
Time-travelling best friends, Matt and James were eager for another adventure through the mysterious underwater portal they had discovered earlier that summer.
They had already fought alongside Robin Hood and defended the Loch Ness Monster from unscrupulous trophy hunters.
Where on earth might the waterfall cavern take them next? Never in their wildest dreams would they have imagined this place, this moment in time, these people – and one in particular…
Once again Matt and James were ready to go through the time portal seeking another amazing adventure.
Each time they pass through it is different, they never know where they will end up or who they will meet. This time is no exception as they find themselves back on English ground.
They meet a wizened old man who sends them, with a very unusual companion, on a quest to retrieve a famous relic and prevent a war that threatens to tear the country apart.
Seeking further adventures in times gone past, Matt and James find themselves in the mountainous regions of Canada. This time, with an unusual group of explorers, who are intent on finding a mythical creature of some stature.
Travelling high into the mountains, to places unvisited before and seemingly devoid of life, they search for evidence that can prove the creatures’ existence. What they find is nothing short of incredible in more ways than one!
The waterfall beckons again and Matt and James cannot resist its lure.
This time they are transported to Southern England, in the eighteenth century, where they find themselves in uniform for the first time.
It’s a hostile time, with unscrupulous characters who will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals. It pays to turn your back and ignore the ways of the time, but that has never been Matt and James’ way!
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This is an absolutely great book that gives a good sense of time period its set in. It’s a comfortable read but it constantly keeps you on your toes. I couldn’t put it down.
This is a great follow up from Walking with the Hood and I enjoyed it even more. I really liked the characters, the good ones and the bad and the action was great.