Series: Timekeeper Trilogy #2
Published by Sky Pony Press on January 2, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: eBook, Mass Market Paperback
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Tacoma
Clock mechanic Danny Hart knows he’s being watched. But by whom, or what, remains a mystery. To make matters worse, clock towers have begun falling in India, though time hasn’t Stopped yet. He'd hoped after reuniting with his father and exploring his relationship with Colton, he'd have some time to settle into his new life. Instead, he’s asked to investigate the attacks.
After inspecting some of the fallen Indian towers, he realizes the British occupation may be sparking more than just attacks. And as Danny and Colton unravel more secrets about their past, they find themselves on a dark and dangerous path—one from which they may never return.
Every now and then, a book presents an entirely unique premise that draws me in immediately. CHAINBREAKER, with its clock towers that maintain time, is one of them. Even though I hadn't read the first book in the trilogy, I had to read CHAINBREAKER, and I'm glad that I went with my gut on this one.
Danny is a delightful main character. He's relatable but also inherently good. His relationship with Danny is the core of the book, and I found them sweet together. But the book doesn't pull punches when questioning if these two should be together. I appreciated that CHAINBREAKER took that stance. Colton is a clock tower spirit, after all. He's ageless and experiences the world very differently than humans. Colton, despite his timeless existence and ability to hear anything in his town, doesn't understand money and only knows how to read and write because of Danny. There's an experience and power imbalance in their relationship. Luckily, CHAINBREAKER provides Colton the opportunity to grow independently from Danny.
The mystery of the falling clock towers is intriguing. It kept me engaged from beginning to end. However, there's quite a lot of information dump near the latter third of the novel, mostly working as preparation for the third and final book. That, along with a series of dream sequences that detract from the action and the potential for further character development, significantly weaken the book.
Despite its faults, I enjoyed CHAINBREAKER. I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first book. And I’d really like for the third to come out sooner rather than later; fair warning, this book ends on a significant cliffhanger.Series Titles:
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