“A perceptive and gripping tale of race and family… While Woodstone profoundly addresses modern African American struggles, the tale is equally dynamic in the supernatural and historical genres.”
— Kirkus Reviews
Finalist for the 2020 Readers’ Favorite Book Award!
“A strong literary fantasy novel about race, family, and time-traveling.” — IndependentBookReview.com
On the morning of her wedding in 1859, West African clan princess Amara wakes to find she is blessed — or cursed — with the power of prophecy. In her visions, she sees the slaver Van Owen, who will soon arrive on her shores. Her father will challenge the invaders, wielding magic against rifles and whips, and setting in motion Amara’s bid for freedom — a quest that will extend for five generations. But no wait is too long, for Amara can see far into the future, and Van Owen is immortal.
From the past, Amara can only watch as Van Owen hunts her descendants in modern day Harlem — Terry, 15, the target of a school bully; Regina, 11, who stopped speaking years ago; Jerome, 17, who seems so well-adjusted; and Warren, 26, a down-on-his-luck drifter. But Amara knows what they all have in common: a power they have not yet fully discovered, a power they inherited from her. What she doesn’t know is how she can help them in their battle against Van Owen. After all, in their time, Amara has been dead for 70 years!
“????? The beauty of Woodstone’s prose evokes the intensity and allegorical journey that is usually reserved for literary fiction. The writing is simultaneously gorgeous, terrifying, and hopeful.”
— Readers’ Favorite
“An exceptional story that will place you in the heart and mind of each of the amazing characters. Prepared to be moved by a unique story that delves deep into the historical abuse of a people but has dynamic pockets of excitement, heartbreak, and the paranormal. Highly recommended.”
— Lesley Jones, international best-selling author
About the Author
R.B. Woodstone is a writer, educator, and musician from New York City.
R.B. is fascinated by stories that blend fantasy and history. With Chains of Time, one of his primary goals was to create Black heroes whose unusual abilities allowed them to establish a connection between past and present.
Half of the proceeds from this novel will be donated to Equal Justice Initiative.
R.B. is currently working on several novels including Time in Chains, the first sequel to Chains of Time. He is also writing a rock musical based on Dante’s Inferno.