Timekeeper (Timekeeper Trilogy Series #1)

Timekeeper (Timekeeper Trilogy Series #1)

by Tara Sim


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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.

The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers—picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510706187
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Series: Timekeeper Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tara Sim can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area in 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, and check out her website for fun Timekeeper extras.

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Timekeeper 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sad broody boy who needs a million hugs, a sweet romance that made my heart grow three sizes, and a whole pile of really interesting wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey world-building, and some mystery too? WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT. Nothing more. You don't want anything more. TIMEKEEPER is utterly delightful. I confess that when I picked up this book I was a teensy eensy little bit worried that rumors of its adorableness would be greatly exaggerated. But I am delighted to report that I had nothing to fear! It is every bit as adorable as promised! MAYBE EVEN MORE SO. Specifically: Danny is every bit as adorable as promised, and very soon I will succeed in figuring out a way of making myself fictional and traveling back in time so I can give him those million hugs he so desperately needs. And the forbidden romance he has with his charming clock boy (just... go with it, it makes sense in context) is so incredibly sweet and lovely. The bizarro time-controlling time-shifting time-stopping aspects of the world-building are so cool. Not going to try to explain it here. There's this whole rich mythology and a whole bunch of implications and... it's really cool stuff, and it makes for really great context for a whole bunch of shenanigans and dangers and cleverness that's so much fun to follow.
Ellen_G More than 1 year ago
Timekeeper is a magical and touching adventure through love, loss, and the journey to finding what’s most important in life. There are many different facets in Timekeeper such as rich world building, deep characters, romance, mystery, pain (emotional and physical), genuine relationships, a complex mythology…the list goes on and on. Where other books could easily be bogged down by such an extensive list (and I’ve read many books which fall into this trap), you don’t get that at all with Timekeeper. The story moves seamlessly through all its complex topics, and by the end I was amazed when I thought back to everything that was included. I had hardly realized it while reading because it all is so gracefully incorporated, I never felt like I was being dumped with info or slogging through text just to get back to the plot. I’m someone who is very picky about romances in the books I read, especially when it comes to YA. It’s frustrating for me to read a romance that doesn’t feel real, but the romance between Danny and Colton is so sweet and refreshing, you can’t wish for anything but a happy ending for them. I also appreciated that the romance is well paced. It isn’t love at first sight, and is also realistic to the passions of a newly budding relationship, while still having the simple, sweet moments. If you’re worried that the romance overshadows the plot of clock towers being sabotaged, you have nothing to fear. Though the romance does play an important role, it doesn’t take over the book, and comes to share the spotlight equally with the plot of finding out what the hell is happening, along with the fate of Danny’s father. Overall, this is an excellent, solid, satisfying, and uplifting read. I eagerly recommend it for anyone looking for a breath of fresh air in the YA book world.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
I haven’t read a steampunk novel in FOREVER. So much so, that I remember that the last time I was reviewing a steampunk novel, I remember saying the EXACT same thing! In Short, Timekeeper was an interesting, slow-paced and romantic read that had me hooked from start to finish. Daniel Hart is the youngest mechanic who has ever been inducted into the Mechanic’s Union. Set in 17th century London, Clocks around the world connect with each other to give the world Time. Without the clocks, the world will be stuck in an endless time loop, repeating the same minute over and over again for eternity. When a clock malfunctions, or needs upkeep, the Mechanics step in, and using their special ability to sense time, they fix all problems, except for one: Three years ago, the city of Maldon Stopped. For three years, its citizens have lived in a time loop, not aging, unable to leave the city limits, reliving a minute at a time. And Daniel Hart’s father is one of those people. Image result for timekeeper tara sim With a mother that blames him for his father’s entrapment, a strange apprentice in the clock tower that has Danny thinking about more romantic things than fixing gears, and attacks on clock towers everywhere, there is no more dangerous time than now for a mechanic to fall in love. Timekeeper was such a DIFFERENT story. I adored the romance between Danny and Colton/ Brandon. It was a young, forbidden romance, with both of them constantly figuring out how they could work despite all the things working against them. I loved that the Mechanic’s Union had such a great part in this, including the other Mechanics like Matthias, Lucas and Daphne. I ADORED Danny’s best friend, Cassie, with her normal car mechanic skills and sound advice, romantic or otherwise. The dialogue was slightly awkward in the last few scenes, especially during the reunion of a certain few people. Moreover, there were all these POV changes to THE GODS (?) that were strange. I can only imagine that they will be making an appearance in the next few books, but it was still so strange to switch from steampunk 1800’s London to a God’s Story, even if it was about Time. All in all, I would DEFINITELY recommend Timekeeper for a different, romantic read!
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I actually went into this not really knowing what it was about, except magic clocks which was enough to interest me. The world-building, the writing, everything sucked me in from the beginning and did not let me go. Danny is a clock mechanic in a world where the towers control the time. The mechanics make sure that time keeps running smoothly, but most of them no longer believe the mythology of how these towers came to be. Neither does Danny... until he meets a fabled clock spirit while fixing a tower. But Danny also needs to find out how to save his dad, and figure out who is bombing clock towers before they kill him too. My favorite part was probably the world-building. The story is set in an alternate Victorian London, and I loved it. I also loved the writing, and the tidbits of their mythology that were added in. I felt that added a lot to the story, as it added background in a way that wasn't just telling us. While I did like the characters, I wish Danny had been fleshed out a bit more. His character seemed almost... flat. I did enjoy the secondary characters, especially Cassie. I will admit, I almost didn't see the ending coming. I think I was just too entranced into the story to think about it, but I did appreciate that the story kept me on my toes. I thought this was a standalone when I read it, but it's actually a series. While this can stand on its own, I am excited to see more from this world and these characters
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I had heard about this on Twitter and loved the premise, so I was quite excited to start. I loved Danny and Colton. Their relationship was adorable and I really enjoyed the scenes with the two of them. Cassie was also quite awesome and I hope we get to see more of her. Hands down, the best part of this story is the world building. I love the idea of clock spirits and London is my favorite place in the world, so I was half in love with the book before I even started. There were a couple of sections that were a bit slow and some scenes that felt repetitive, but overall it was intriguing and captivating. I'll definitely be reading the next book. **Huge thanks to Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss for providing the arc free of charge**
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
I loved this steampunk, romantic and suspenseful book! Please Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way. In an alternative universe where time in Victorian England is literally controlled by clocks, Danny is racked guilt. The youngest person ever to become a mechanic, he is still haunted by the thought that he is responsible for his father being stuck in a town that has Stopped. Once I understood the world that this book is set in, I loved it. It was fun, romantic and suspenseful. What I liked: World-Building: In this version of Victorian England, the industrial age has progressed far ahead than in real-life. There are automobiles (run on boilers), automatons helping customers in shops, and mechanics whose job it is to keep the clocks running so time doesn't Stop. The author didn't go overboard with the innovations. Tara Sim just tweaked small details of Victorian life to include more technology. This created tension between traditionalists and those who could see how machines could improve people's lives. Throughout the book, the author sprinkles in mythological stories and then ties them in with what happens in the book. This is such a beautiful aspect of the book. It fleshed out this world for me as a reader. Romance: Danny is assigned to the Colton clock in a small town named Enfield. The clock's spirit, named Colton, recognizes Danny's loneliness, and reveals himself to Danny. Their romance is beautiful and tugs at the heart. It shows both the good and the challenging parts of a relationship. All is not roses and chocolates for this couple. As they get to know each other, they must deal with fear, jealousy, and selfishness on both of their parts. I really enjoyed how Tara Sim showed this as a complex relationship. Suspense: As the story progressed, I got caught up in the action and could not put it down! When I am losing sleep and am happy about it, I know this is a great book! I loved that the culprit was not obvious (at least to me), until late in the story. There were obstacles for Danny to overcome, and I couldn't wait to read how Danny would navigate these problems.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Timekeeper is a fantastic love story set up in an alternate steampunk Victorian London, where time is controlled via clock-towers. The author has crafted a unique world and mythology around the idea that time is a force that is being utilized by these towers to keep things running, and Timekeepers are the caretakers of said clock-towers, and can sense the structure of time itself. Danny is one such Timekeeper who comes across a clock spirit when he goes out to repair one such clock-tower. He has been traumatized from an near-death accident in his past, and from the loss of his father, who is stuck in a town with a non-functioning clock-tower. When he meets the boy who is the clock spirit, he does not know how it will tie in to the bigger problem the Timekeepers are facing. A key element of the story is the mythology itself – how the clock-towers and the spirits came to be. Once you get that, you realize how the spirits have been caged to the towers all their lives, never able to leave it. They yearn to be among humanity, but can never be. So, in this complicated scenario, it is very difficult to have a romantic relationship with a clock spirit. The forbidden nature has more to do with this fact than their genders, and yet Danny keeps risking his job to come visit his love, while also a little frustrated with his (the clock spirit) attempts to gain his attention by messing with the tower. It is cute at times, but a little unhealthy also – like one person keeping the other in a relationship with threats of bodily harm. So, I would recommend this book more for the story and the world, than the romance. That has yet to impress me. But, overall, it is a good book and worth a read if you love steampunk, time manipulation and alternate worlds.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts of a bit slow but if you can stick it through its very much worth the wait. Everything has significance without unnecessary fillers.
Melissa Hammond More than 1 year ago
From my sister: "I finished reading the Timekeeper. And by reading I mean inhaling. It was absolutely superb. It took me a day and a half. the whole world, the characters, the concepts, were all so well done."
LittleFoxAndReads More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I was hooked ever since I glimpsed the synopsis and I had big expectations for it. Boy did it meet those expectations…exceeded them even. Timekeeper is set in an alternative Victorian world where time is controlled by clock towers that are spread throughout, one in each town or city. If a tower gets damaged, time gets messed up and if it is destroyed, time stops at the specific town. Think fantasy, mythology, mystery and forbidden romance wrapped in with cool steampunk elements. The writing is clever, charming and lyrical at times. It just works so well with the setting, especially in describing clockwork, the magic of time and how it interweaves with destiny, fate and life. Our protagonist, Danny Hart, is a lonely clock mechanic who is doing all he can to save his father from a “stopped” town. He is the youngest and one of the best mechanics from the Clock Mechanics Union, but is constantly undermined and largely ignored at his work place. Colton is a clock spirit from the town to which Danny is assigned. He is sweet, unassuming and the most ADORABLE character ever!! The romance between them is so heart-warming. I loved every bit of their interactions and enjoyed the dynamics between them. There are scenes between them that are written so well that your heart will ache and soar. Danny’s relationship with his mother and, overall, the tension between them after his father’s accident felt sooo real. It caused me a lot of pain. There are a lot of other great characters like Cassie, Brandon, Daphne and so many more. I did not expect to love them as much as I did. I want to see much more of them and I feel like that’ll happen in later books. A series of accidents are happening in close-by cities and Danny is left to connect the pieces, trying to stop more towers from being bombed while trying to save his father who has been trapped in a “stopped” town for three years. In the midst of it all, he is forced to face the reality that his relationship with a clock spirit is forbidden. As the story moves forward, you can feel things spiral out of control. I felt Danny’s frustration and anger and despair. I literally had no idea how things would play out and I could not stop reading. There were twists and turns that blew my mind and kept me at the edge of my seat. The romance and mystery- both executed perfectly- aren’t the only things going for this book though. There were themes of loneliness, guilt and humanity. About sacrifice, forgiveness and friendship. But most of all: love and how it blinds us to consequences.
NicFictionAddiction More than 1 year ago
You know how sometimes you start reading a book and you just instantly LOVE it? That was me with this book. And it never stopped. Several times while I was reading, I literally just had to stop and say out loud, “I love this book!” What Fed My Addiction: Steampunk adventure with a magical twist. The worldbuilding here is just utterly fantastic. I adored the concept—time is actually controlled by physical clocks in each time zone (it’s actually not as simple as that, but I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave it at that). It makes for a fragile existence sometimes, and mechanics who have a special connection to time’s threads are the only things keeping the world moving smoothly. The romance. Again, this book is so hard to talk about without giving details away, so I’m going to be really general here. I will point out that the main character is gay and that people’s struggles to accept that are a part of the story (but not the overall focus of the story). I was incredibly emotionally invested in the romance in this book, and the moments between Danny and Colton made me want to burst at the seams with happiness. And then there was the added difficulty because they are truly star-crossed lovers—Danny and Colton have to balance their feelings for each other against doing what is right, and there are no simple answers. The romance was only one element to a beautifully complex story, but it was the element that drew me in the deepest. Guilt and anxiety. Danny’s relationship with his mother is complicated, both because of his sexuality and because he’s dealing with guilt over something that happened with his father just before tragedy struck. He’s also trying to get past anxiety because of an accident that almost killed him. He wants more than anything to go back to the life he loves as a mechanic, but he’s held back by his emotional issues surrounding his job. The mystery. Usually in a story like this, the mystery is my least favorite part. In this case, there were so many intricate webs of emotion surrounding the mystery that I found it fascinating. I was kept guessing the whole time I read, and even when I figured out elements of what was going on, there were plenty of surprises! What Left Me Hungry for More: Very little. I could get nit-picky and tell you about one element of the storyline that felt contradictory (just about something that the mechanics had rules about but that no one seemed to believe in—it seemed weird to have rules about something you thought wasn’t real). Okay, I guess I just did. But, honestly, there is SO little that I didn’t love about this book that you should just skip this part and go buy the book. So, in case you didn’t already catch this, I ADORED this book. It’s imaginative and adventurous and full of wonder. I give it an exuberant 5/5 Stars! ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
The-Broke-Book-Bank More than 1 year ago
I have tried audio books before but it didn't work out. I was so excited for Timekeeper I just had to give it another shot. I'm so glad I did! Not only did I LOVE Timekeeper but I'm going to keep trying audiobooks out now since this went so well. ↣ I love the worldbuilding. Original, doesn't just focus on Britain like the rest of the world doesn't exist. ↣ It felt gaslamp-y enough for me. But I'm not huge into the genre so YMMV. ↣ I personally loved the snippets of mythology between chapters. It helped me "get" what the tension between clock mechanics and the public were. ↣ A+ PTSD representation and anxiety. ↣ I LOVE how it handles money and bills. You're damn right that's something to worry over and should be included. Going hungry is f--ing awful and given how many people struggle with home and food security, not enough books or characters deal with it as well. ↣ I liked Danny's mum. She's struggling too and a full person. She's admitted to messing up as a mum and trying. She's also a smoker, which sounds weird to be happy over but both my parents are smokers and it's odd to never see it in fiction unless it's a villain. She's not a villain, she's a victim too. ↣ I love how she's there for Danny when he needs it and they finally talk and work out their troubles. I'm glad to see a relationship that isn't an abusive nightmare or perfectly perfect. ↣ I love Danny & Colton!!! They're solid people apart but so, so adorable together. Them getting to know each other? *swoon* Even their fighting was cute. ↣ I love Danny's best friend, Cassie who happens to be a girl. She's a kickbutt auto mechanic and their friendship is goals. ↣ It's not all about the romance, there is the bombing plot and other mechanics to deal with. Usually, I'm head over heals for this. Of course, this only happens when I WANT the book to go back to the romance....*sigh* ↣ I guessed who was behind it only a bit before Danny, and that was the only thing I predicted. ↣ I cannot wait for the sequel this November! ↣ Narrator was amazing, really brought it to life and just sounded perfect. I can still hear him in my head for certain lines and *dreamy sigh* The biggest drawbacks for me was trying to review and quote using the audiobook format. Trying to find a quote that I didn't bookmark the area sucks. Then going through all the bookmarks because I bookmarked EVERYTHING sucked. I ended up getting frustrated and said F- it for my review. Any tips for a newbie audio reviewer? I'd love to hear them!
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
blamethebooks More than 1 year ago
Timekeeper had me hooked right from the beginning. I instantly liked all of the characters and was really intrigued by this alternate Victorian London that Tara created. The world in this book is so cool. I would love to be able to visit the clock towers and watch the autos roll down the street. I could picture every scene so perfectly and I can't wait to learn even more about this world in future books. One of my favorite things about Timekeeper was the way LGBTQ issues were presented in this book. Tara created a world in which people were pretty much indifferent to homosexuality. They were way more concerned with other issues (like time) and barely showed any interest in the fact that Danny liked boys. Wouldn't that be an awesome world to live in??? I just adored how gender issues were brought to light in this book, but weren't the main focus of it. They were there, but they weren't the main issue. I loved that this message was sent, and I really hope to see more books with similar themes. Personally, I didn't find Danny and Colton's relationship as adorable and gush-worthy as most people. I think that was mostly due to my aversion to romance in general, though. They were an adorable couple, but I felt like they fell in love (or became infatuated with each other) a little quickly. Despite what I saw as insta-love, I still really loved both characters and want to see them live happily ever after. All in all, I was so pleasantly surprised with Timekeeper. I can see huge potential in Tara Sim as a writer in general and in this series as a whole. I can't wait to read the next book. I can just feel Tara growing as a writer and it makes me so excited. Big things are in store for Tara Sim, and I highly recommend you pick up Timekeeper and give it a shot. You won't be sorry.
BeesKneesBookishKorner More than 1 year ago
Timekeeper was an intriguing novel. Set in Victorian England, the story is about Danny who is a clock mechanic. Without Danny and others like him, clock towers would not continue to function properly and thus, time would not function properly. On a job, Danny meets a clock’s spirit, Colton, and they fall in love. It’s kind of a star-crossed lovers type of romance. This book has a lot of romance and suspense. It’s definitely a page turner. The writing was good and Tara Sim doesn’t lose focus despite writing about several themes: Victorian England, LGBT, science fiction, and fantasy. Other than the clocks controlling time, this novel was pretty light on the steampunk elements, which is why I added the ? in my beginning description. The time element itself was pretty unique. I can’t recall another book that I’ve read that used this theme in quite this way. I was mildly annoyed by the relationships that Danny had with the adults in this book. They constantly doubted him, made decisions without Danny’s input, and generally were negative aspects in Danny’s life. Sounds pretty typical when you think of a 17 year old and adults. However, at times, it felt contrived and nitpicky rather than moving the story forward. This was minor though but still felt it was worth mentioning. Over all, I enjoyed this novel and I can see the appeal to a younger audience. It was a fast read and I was surprised when I saw that it’s almost 400 printed pages since I read it as an electronic advanced copy. I’m not sure I’ll follow this series through and read the next one though. (This review originally appeared on the Bees Knees Bookish Korner)