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2016 is full of amazing debuts and today I'm helping promote & shine a spotlight to a very intriguing beginning of a new series that mixes historical fiction and fantasy: TimeKeeper by Tara Sim!
I'm gonna give you some information about the book and author and will also be sharing my review!
TimeKeeper by Tara Sim
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.
Tara Sim can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. TIMEKEEPER is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, or check out her website tarasim.com for fun extras.
From the first time I heard about this book and read the first line "Two o'clock was missing" I was so very intrigued by its premise! A book that deals with time but not with time travelling!?
And I was not disappointed, no time travelling whatsoever, but instead we get a wonderful mix of historical fiction and fantasy, with alternate Victorian times where time is controlled by clocks towers built so long ago that the art of doing so is lost.
Though the first 30-40% of the book felt a lil slow paced, I was so very intrigued about the mythology and the world building of this story, that I was never at risk of giving up on the book. It was so well done and so captivating! We follow Danny's story and we also get a few flashes of the past before it became the mythology we learn about during Danny's times.
Danny is a prodigy Timekeeper that is recovering from an accident and still trying to live with the absence of his father, that has been trapped in a town that Stopped in a mysterious accident. His relationship with his mother is strained because neither of them has really open to the other and feel not only their grief and guilt but also the imagined or not weight of the blame of the other.
I felt like although the character development was good, it suffered a bit comparing it with the fantastic world building and mythology, but I still felt very invested in Danny and Colton's relationship and really enjoyed reading about Danny and Cassi's friendship! A book can have romance and not sacrifice friendship and other relationships, and here we have a good example!
I feel like I should have guessed the main mystery earlier than I did, but somehow like Danny himself, I never really connected the dots because it was just the most unexpected even if with enough hints it should also have been the most obvious? I don't know!
With its combination of mystery with high stakes, fantastic world building and strong character relationships, the author really delivers in giving us a story that lives up to its very unique premise! Add to that the fact that it doesn't end with a cliffhanger and I'm a very happy camper, really looking forward to what's to come next in the TimeKeeper trilogy!