Danny lives in a world where time is controlled by clocktowers. Whenever they fail or fall into disrepair, time itself is affected, and the people in the surrounding areas struggle to live their lives. Danny is a mechanic, tasked with fixing the clocktowers and the stream of time. But what will happen when a small tower in a small town keeps breaking down? Who is causing this, and why?
I met Tara Sim, the author of Timekeeper, at the BTAFEST 2017, and hearing her talk about her book convinced me I had to have it, despite not having heard of it before. So I got it and even got it signed! My TBR was so huge, though, that I didn’t get to it until now, but now that I’ve read it, I can go ahead and review it.
First of all, I have to talk about the concept that Sim came up with in this story. Timekeeper is a fascinating steampunk fantasy world, and I had such a good time visiting! I loved the clocktowers and the magic involved in keeping them activated. It gives the world a sense of risk, because the fact that everything depends on cogs and gears, and adds to the importance of mechanics, and, especially, Danny. There’s moments I have sometimes where I’m just amazed by an author’s imagination, and this was one.
What about the characters? I have to admit there were small moments of confusion where I forgot who some characters were, but other than that, the others were memorable. There’s Danny, the main character. The whole book is told from his third-person POV. He’s been through a lot: not only did he lose his father three years ago, but he also was recently in an accident that almost got him stuck in a town frozen in time. He’s also recently revealed to his parents that he liked men rather than women, and they didn’t take it that well. I really loved Danny. He had many interior struggles going on through the book, and he was forced to overcome them. He, like all people, had moments of weakness and strength, and that made him more interesting to me as a reader.
Cassie, Danny’s friend, was also great to read about. She’s interested in autos (cars) and supports Danny while having her own story and past. There’s also another character I want to talk about, but I can’t really without spoiling a large part of the plot of the story. I’ll put it this way: you know how I hate romance, but I loved the romance in this book. Shocking, I know.
There was an enormous twist near the end too, and while I eventually caught on to what it was going to be, it was still exciting and quite satisfying.
I devoured this book in a single weekend, which says a lot. I had an amazing time reading this book, and will certainly be picking up the others. There’s two more books, so I need to go read them and see how Danny’s story continues.
Have you read Timekeeper? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!