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 book was adorable. Filled with magical realism and set in steampunk London, Timekeeper was everything I could have wanted. Ever since reading and loving Bone Gap, I’ve been wanting to read more magical realism novels, and I’m so pleased I had the opportunity to pick up this gorgeous, beautifully-written novel. While I haven’t read many steampunk novels and I didn’t really think it would be my thing, I really enjoyed the world this story was set in and the way in which the characters were shaped by their environment. I just loved it!
London is honestly one of my favourite settings for novels. It where we have A Darker Shade of Magic and The Infernal Devices, and now Timekeeper. There’s something so magical about this beautiful city, and I loved every second I spent in it with these characters. And not to mention — clocks! I loved the mystical element surrounding the clocks and finding out that there was time personified was honestly the most exciting thing ever. Major fangirling mode activated.
Not only did I adore the setting and the gripping plot, I also absolutely loved the characters. Danny was such a loveable sweetheart and I wanted nothing more than to just envelop him in a hug and tell him everything was going to be okay. Suffering from anxiety and PTSD, he was the type of person that could be fragile at times but incredibly resilient at others. I loved his determination to save his family and his bravery in helping save London from time itself grinding to a halt.
And then there was Colton. Poor, innocent Colton. I mean, he’s a clock, which is awesome, but he’s completely adorable and I loved his relationship with Danny. They were so cute together, and I was pleased to find that there wasn’t any instalove. Their relationship was built solidly and left me swooning. They were perfect together and my heart would drop every time I thought something bad might happen to them. Don’t touch my queer babies!
Ultimately, Timekeeper was an exciting steampunk story with adorable characters and a gripping plot. For fans of novels set in the past with magical realism elements, I couldn’t recommend this book enough! The cuteness of Danny and Colton’s relationship alone should be enough of a persuader for you to add this one to your TBR — you won’t regret it!
Have you read Timekeeper yet? Do you read many books set Victorian London? Are you a fan of magical realism or steampunk? I want to hear your thoughts!
Thanks to NewSouth books for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!
Adorable vintage clock used in header sourced from Clip Art Kid!