Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling

This entry is part [part not set] of 2 in the series Nantucket Series

Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes
First book in the Nantucket Series
Publisher: Tantor Audio (October 27, 2008), Audiobook – 25 hour(s) and 13 min. (608 pages), ASIN: B001JK662G

Imagine how different our world would be if the knowledge and technology of the 21th century was introduced to the people of the Bronze Age?  Island in the Sea of Time brings up this concept when Nantucket is inexplicably thrown into the past.

This is the first of three books in the Nantucket series, and it is considered both science fiction and alternative history.  Mr. Stirling has written numerous books and series in the science fiction, fantasy and alternative history genres.  This book takes current day Nantucket and places the island over 3,000 years in past. It is told in a third person narrative by the various different characters.

This is a great book, I love the concept. There was plenty of action with lots going on all the time. The characters are interesting and likeable, even some of the bad ones, but I did not feel they were as deep as I would have liked. Overall it is an exciting and fascinating read. First we deal with the adjustment the Americans had to go through once they realized where in time they were and then we see the impact they are having on the people in 1250 BC.  Hindsight is definitely an asset in this situation.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading alternative history. I am looking forward to reading Against the Tide of Years, which is the next book in the series.

Question to Ponder: Would our world be better today or worse, if our technology was introduced and implemented within the confinements of 1250 BC?

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4 thoughts on “Island in the Sea of Time by S. M. Stirling”

    1. I noticed from your blog that you enjoy books in all different formats. I listened to Island in the Sea of Time as an audio book that I downloaded from my library. I do not know if your libary offers this service, but if you are not already using it you might want to check it out. I find audio books are a great way to get my read fix while I do housework, workout etc.

      thanks for the follow, I am following you now too!


  1. It’s always an interesting concept introducing future technology in the past.

    In his book Timeline, Michael Crichton sends students back in time and they develop gun powder in meadevil France. From my understanding though, there was one battle where some form of gun powder was involved historically but no one knows what it was (just from eyewitnesses) because it hasn’t been seen since.

    1. I like to think that our world today would be a better place. I like to think that not only would we be introducing more advanced technology, but we would also be introducing a more civilized way of life. I have read other Michael Crichton books which I quite enjoyed, I will certainly look closer at Timeline as it sounds interesting.

      Thanks for the comment and the follow. I am now following you as well.


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