Series: Timekeeper #1
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Author: Tara Sim
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Summary: Two o’clock was missing.
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.
Ship: Danny x Colton
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Colton, Cass
Needed BROTP: Colton & Evaline
Fave Quote: “There comes a moment when time seems to slip faster, running long then short, shadows shrinking as the sun climbs. It’s the moment, he decided, when you’re no longer a child. When the concept of time and the need for more of it come together and make you powerless. Make you yearn for the longer days, the lazy days, before you knew what time passing actually meant.”
While I would rate the overall story only 3.5 stars, Tara Sim’s writing is positively out of this world beautiful. She takes the concept of time and just throws what we know out the window and paints her own definition, and then some, with her words throughout the story.
We are given an alteration of Greek Mythology to accompany this steampunk, slightly advance technology, but in 1800’s time frame London. There are little mini chapters sprinkled without that even tell the tale of Aetas and the Gaian Gods that I would love more of. I’m a giant Mythology nut so there’s that.
The story revolves around a young teenager that is a skilled Clock Mechanic and the small town Enfield that has a moody teenager of a Clock. Literally, Colton was getting ‘hurt’ for attention. But Colton’s teenagerness is nothing compared to Danny’s. Danny Hart has major idiotic teenage moments that just make you want to pull your hair out and scream “Stop Being Stupid!”.
Their Love story is great but at times made the story drag just a tad. There were points where you felt like it was a little too much, but maybe it’s a metaphor for how love can be. All encompassing that you forget everything else around you….. where did that philisophical shit come from.
I really liked the whole mechanics side of this story and plot. I would love to get so much more depth in the workings of Clock Spirits & time and i have high hopes for the next two of this series.
While Timekeeper does not end on a cliffhanger, it is open ended enough you want to continue with Chainbreaker, which i will definitely be doing. Hopefully Danny can do some growing up throughout the stories.