Author: Lisa Mangum
Series: Hourglass Door #2
Published by: Shadow Mountain
Publication Date: May 10, 2010
The hourglass door has closed behind Dante, sending him back in time to hunt down Zo, Tony, and V. Abby knows that Dante, as a Master of Time, is the only one who can stop them from destroying time itself. She also knows that he will need her help. But almost immediately, things start to change, and Abby's worst fears are realized when Zo begins targeting her past specifically.
As Abby's world fractures around her, she must face a terrible truth: either Dante didn't make it through the door, or he is lost forever. So with Dante's blueprints in hand, she begins construction on a new door, a new time machine that will either save Dante - or doom him.
With each new change that ripples into her present, Abby's life continues to spiral out of control. Her relationships with Jason, Natalie, and even her family are threatened to the breaking point - and beyond. Zo's power is greater than Abby ever imagined, but as she struggles to free Dante, she receives help from an unexpected - and unlikely - ally.
The Golden Spiral picks up not too long after The Hourglass Door left off. Dante is stuck somewhere in the time machine… the time machine that was destroyed. So now all Abby has to do is build a brand new time machine in order to get him out. If only it were so simple. Unfortunately, Zo, who is now free to travel between time at will, starts wreaking havoc on Abby’s past causing her life to change around her. As Abby deals with the changes Zo creates, she has to try and stay ahead of him in her race to free Dante.
To be honest, I liked The Hourglass door, but it didn’t engage me as much as I would have liked. However, The Golden Spiral totally made up for it. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story, and I actually felt connected with the characters. The Hourglass Door set the foundation for The Golden Spiral, and I felt like it wasn’t until the 2nd book that the story truly flourished and really got into the time traveling.
I really liked Abby’s strength and determination, she’s a strong character that never comes across as whiny or needy. She has her breakdown moments, but she’s quick to pick herself up and try to solve the problem. I enjoy those types of characters. Also, Abby and Dante’s relationship is strong, but it isn’t overbearing, and I appreciate that. I’m still trying to figure Leo out. I think there is more to his story and his connection to Abby, and who exactly is Sofia? Hopefully that will be explored in the next book.
Mangum did a good job at connecting things that happened in The Hourglass Door to what was going on in The Golden Spiral. It drove me crazy in the first book because it never answered or explained certain things, but most of them are answered in this one. So I have high hopes that it will all be wrapped up nicely in The Forgotten Locket. I love time travel stories, but can’t stand it if there are loose ends.