Series: Timekeeper (#2)
Author: Tara Sim
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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 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.
Spoiler free (?) review:
To be fair, this is the second book so there isn’t much I can say without spoiling something.
The book is set a few months after Timekeeper and we see Danny (our main character) settled in with his life, living happily with his clock-spirit boyfriend and trying to mend his bond with his parents.
Sadly, we need conflict to have a book so things happens.
Clock towers are attacked in India but time hasn’t stopped as it’s supposed to.
Obviously, because he is a hero and he can’t catch a break, our boy is sent here along with his fellow clock mechanic Daphne, who is part Indian.
The story is captivating and the writing will make you fly through the book.
Also, I’m in love with the cover
You can see how I reacted to the book as I read it on GR, I found out after I finished that the dumb things I wrote on my Kindle could be shared so go check it out if you’re curious.
Give this boy a break, please. At the beginning he is so happy, although he’s still hiding things from his dad and that blows up as expected. He gets to see another side of his beloved England and starts to question what he took to be hard truths. The only thing is that there’s so many things happening to him that he doesn’t get the time to process. I’m curios as to how he will react
if when he sees Colton in the ship (because he is gonna wake up soon and feel perfectly fine since the bullet was fake and he IS PERFECTLY FINE) Seriously, he’s gone through so much and he is always alert waiting for the next problem to arise.
So many things happen to my clock-son! The back story we get is amazing and the fact that he forgot but now they are all remembering where they came from. I need to see how he tells Danny but especially what he thinks of the plan to destroy the towers. He was super brave going all the way to India but at some points I couldn’t help but be exasperated by his naivety (especially when he gave away his ticket, luckily he could walk the rest of the was BUT IT WASN’T NECESSARY)
She grows so much in this book. We didn’t see enough of her back in the first one since we were focused on Danny but I loved her personality. She tries to reconnect with a side of her family that no one has told her about her whole life. She lands in India and wants to take everything in but she remains painfully aware of her English roots and it takes her aback some.
“Doesn’t matter. We’re British.” There was a bitter edge to her words, as if she wished she could claim otherwise.
Queen of my heart, indian clock mechanic who takes no shit. I hope we get to see more of her on the next book, especially I want to see how she relates to what her brother was doing, did she know? was she in on it? Did she make them go to Delhi on purpose or was it a coincidence? The only thing I didn’t like is how she used Harris’ secret against him to get what she wanted. That’s a low blow.
I’ll be honest, at the beginning I thought Akash would try to get with Danny, it was just his easy charm and good looks, I guess. I loved him, the way he tried to protect his sister and give a little bit of India back to Daphne when he realised she wanted to know more. He was a strong character and helped so much.
Mom and Dad Hart
No one tells them anything and they are trying to help. Imagine when they came back home and suddenly Colton was gone, and then they have no news from India until a message comes saying their son is alive. I imagine them being like: was he not meant to be alive? Wasn’t he supposed to be looking at clocks?? They live a hard life
Captain Harris and Partha
They weren’t very good at hiding lbr. They could have locked the door
Captain Harris was inside, and clearly preoccupied. He held another man in his arms—the Indian sepoy, Partha. They were kissing.
I felt for them, their relationship was a hard one and they were just trying to make a better place. I’m on their side about the revolution, it would have been worth it to kill a tyrant to free a country. But murder is bad and all that jazz
Frankly I didn’t like this guy much.His default name in my head was the creeper. There are far easier ways to do what he wanted without almost killing Danny a couple of times and then kidnapping him and drugging him and keeping him in a ship.
The Prometheus’ crew
I. NEED. TO SEE. MORE. We got the bare minimum of these people because Danny was mad and sulking in his prison/cabin. I think there’s a lot of potential for the third book and if we get to know them all better we will get a better understanding as to why they are doing what they are doing and also how the fuck they discovered all that stuff with Aetas?
Everything?? But if I had to make a list then:
The relationship between Danny and Colton was so pure and real and loving that I fell in love. I mean:
Danny had once thought he would never be capable of such a bond. And then he’d met Colton.
He never thought he’d have someone who loved and cherished him in return and now… brb I’m crying
The social commentary
What England had done to India seemed truly unfair, like someone breaking into your house to suddenly declare it belonged to them.
For someone whose part of her country is STILL invaded by England
Malvinas, this was something that hit me hard. The things that Danny saw and didn’t quite understand, the way Daphne wanted to relate to people she was related to but couldn’t. The fight for freedom. It was beautiful and so well executed.
Danny trying to protect Daphne from the soldiers at the beginning was so fun for me, like, boy you are too gay to do that but A for effort
St. Daniel, patron saint of keeping soldiers away from girls who didn’t want their attention.
Clock spirits We get to see more spirits and interact with them (!!) I enjoyed that, poor DAphne having to learn Urdu and Hindi to communicate on her own and Danny giving Meera a heart attack when he forced their spirit to appear.
I hope they are all okay. Maybe whan doused with the water they were freed and became real people again? Maybe there’s a chance for Colton and Danny to live happily ever after? Maybe the creeper guy and the rest are not actually anarchist murderers?
There’s only one thing to put in here but it’s also the worst (TM)
If you got this far is because you read it and you know what’s coming::
THAT CLIFF HANGER
WHY DO YOU HATE ME TARA???
Also the perfect way to rip my heart out is to have these two almost meeting, almost there, so f*cking close. And THEN
I better be the only one that ended up dead here
if you kill my son I die again
The books hadn’t described this India.
No, they never do. When books by colonizers describe the places they took it’s always painted as the good white people who brought peace and religion to the godless heathens.
For hundreds of years, he had been walking on top of his own bones.
This was SO hardcore, I loved it. I mean, it’s sad but at the same time is dark and fascinating to think of.
Danny still didn’t know where right or wrong stood, or if he was even within sight of their horizons. Maybe it was enough to constantly be in search of the difference.
I think that this right here is the point of the book. We can think we are good people, we can see others as an enemy and we can criticize their morals but the whole point of being alive is seeing things change and changing our minds with them. What we saw as right at some point can suddenly turn into something awful, or vice versa. We have to constantly ask ourselves, search for the truth and know how to rectify our course.