What to expect

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.

This is the stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim.

Critics Review

  • “Narrator Gary Furlong immerses listeners in a steampunk Victorian world…With Furlong’s stellar voice acting, the story’s many characters are distinguishable and memorable. As written, Danny and Colton’s forbidden romance veers towards the saccharine, but Furlong keeps it on the side of sweet and believable.”

  • “This LGBTQ steampunk romance sports a killer premise and admirably thorough world-building…The characters—even the bad guys—are sympathetically drawn and commendably diverse in sexuality and gender.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • “Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice…A must-have richly written fantasy.”

    School Library Journal
  • Timekeeper is an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original. Between its compelling world, its lovely prose, and its wonderful characters, the pages flew by.”

    Victoria Schwab, author of Our Dark Duet
  • “Alive with myth, mystery, and glorious romance, Timekeeper will keep hearts pounding and pages turning til the stunning conclusion. Reader beware—there’s magic in these pages.”

    Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere
  • “Timekeeper’s premise is original and its world unique.”

    Entertainment Weekly

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