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
Disclaimer:I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
My rating:4/5 stars
The Timekeeper is set in this fascinating world where these clocks control time.It’s such an unique premise and I really loved reading about this alternate Victorian society that is so fragile due to the fact that their existence is pretty much depending on these clocks. It’s such a fascinating idea and I found the mythology that explained how these clocks came to be was so interesting and i loved the snippets we got but kind of wish we got more. It’d be really interesting if this mythology played a bigger role in the other books because I honestly find it so fascinating.
While I did really enjoy the book, personally I found the plot to be kind of boring and not exactly what I would want from a book like this. It was very much a book where not a lot was going on and I usually don’t mind but there was just something about it that didn’t quite captivate me as much as I would have liked to it. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it because I really did, it’s just why I didn’t rate it a five stars because other than that it was really wonderful and I’m really looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
Well I loved the setting and the concept of the novel, my favorite part was definitely the characters which is usually the case for me.They were all precious cinnamon rolls and while I did like the development I saw, I’m excited to see some of the more minor characters get some page-time in the upcoming books.
I thought Daniel was such a complex character and I loved seeing his relationship with the other characters and I really liked seeing his PTSD play out. I also thought the subject of his sexuality was handled extremely well and I thought the author portrayed the discrimination he faced very well while also kind of changing that part of history to make people accept him a little more. I also really loved the relationship he had with his mom and how complicated it was.
Colton was also a really great character, and just a really interesting one from the get go considering he is a clockspirt. I loved how curious he was and really liked seeing the relationship blossom between him and Daniel, and it was just really adorable and I can’t wait for more in the next books. I did find it was a little insta-lovey which is kind of to be understood but I do think that the romance could’ve been developed a tad bit more.
Lastly I really loved the two side characters:Daphne and Cassie. They were both such interesting side characters and I loved seeing the friendship between Daniel and Cassie, and thought that cassie was just such a great friend who would do anything for Cassie. I also really liked Daphne’s character, and really liked what we saw of her but I really hope that she plays a bigger role in the next book because she was a really interesting character who I would love to learn more about.