Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1)
by Tara Sim
Source: Audiobookworm Promotions
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.
4 of 5 Stars
When I first started this audiobook, I began to get really skeptical. I’m not sure why it took me so long to get into the story. Perhaps it’s just that I don’t listen to a lot of fiction audiobooks, but I’m really glad that I stuck with it. The first part of the story is relatively slow. A lot of time is spent getting to know the world and the various characters we meet support that. Everything that happened helped me with connecting with Danny on a different or new level. I appreciated getting into his story and felt like I was experiencing his anxiety right along with him on numerous occasions. I smiled every single time he used coping skills that I’ve used myself when on the brink of a panic attack.
I’m not usually a fan of romance but I really enjoyed how it played out in this book. First I enjoyed immensely that the book featured a homosexual relationship. I’ve come across a few lesbian pairings in my reading by don’t find the male side of this genre often, especially in young adult. Danny and Colton are an adorable pair and I found myself holding my breath whenever things got tense. I ended up listening to the last three hours of this straight just so I could know how things would turn out.
I won’t say too much about the ending, but I really enjoyed it. It’s a good wrap up of the situation of this story but leaves a very big opening for a continuation of the series. I’m very curious to check out the next book, Chainbreaker which will be released in November of this year. I’m hoping the same narrator will be available for the rest of the series because I really enjoyed his reading style. I admit, I especially enjoyed his different accents. This was especially true for the characters that sounded Irish or Scottish. Overall, a very good story that I really enjoyed once I got through a bit of a slow start.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Forever Young Audiobooks. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
About the Author: Tara Sim
Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and 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. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.
About the Narrator: Gary Furlong
Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back. Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over. He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.