This month’s Spotlight Week features TIME BOUND, TIME’S ECHO & TIME’S EDGE, books from the CHRONOS FILES SERIES  by author Rysa Walker.

Timebound

 

Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)

374 pages, Paperback

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Published on January 1, 2014 by Skyscape

ISBN-10: 1477848150

ISBN-13: 978-1477848159

 

First Line

I do not require life to be neat and orderly.

 

Synopsis

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and Kate’s genetic ability to time-travel makes her the only one who can stop him. Risking everything, she travels to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the killing and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost, however—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does she have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

 

time's echo

 

Time’s Echo: A CHRONOS Files Novella (The Chronos Files)

99  pages, Kindle E-book

File Size: 1561 KB

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Published on April 25, 2014 by Skyscape

ASIN: B00JY0FOUS

 

First Line

Kate’s breath is soft against my shoulder when the chirping sound finally wakes me. 

 

Synopsis

Kiernan Dunne abandoned his family ties to help Kate fight the Cyrists, and he’s never regretted that for one moment. But he doesn’t understand why Kate can’t remember that night in 1893 Chicago, when she turned back to face the killer chasing them through the smoky corridors of the World’s Fair Hotel. Kate placed the CHRONOS key around his neck and made his eight year old self promise to wear it always, and that’s a promise Kiernan has never broken.

When Kate suddenly vanishes after a Cyrist-engineered time shift, that hidden medallion is Kiernan’s only hope for finding her. He returns to the Cyrist fold to look for clues, but his search will lead him back to the question that has haunted him for years–what really happened after he left Kate at the World’s Fair Hotel?

 

time's edge

 

 

Time’s Edge (The Chronos Files Book 2)

450 pages, Paperback

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Published on October 21, 2014 by Skyscape

ISBN-10: 1477825827

ISBN-13: 978-1477825822

 

First Line

A pungent whiff of rotting fish hits my nostrils before my eyes open.

 

Synopsis

To stop her sadistic grandfather, Saul, and his band of time travelers from rewriting history, Kate must race to retrieve the CHRONOS keys before they fall into the Cyrists’ hands. If she jumps back in time and pulls the wrong key—one that might tip off the Cyrists to her strategy—her whole plan could come crashing down, jeopardizing the future of millions of innocent people. Kate’s only ally is Kiernan, who also carries the time-traveling gene. But their growing bond threatens everything Kate is trying to rebuild with Trey, her boyfriend who can’t remember the relationship she can’t forget.

As evidence of Saul’s twisted mind builds, Kate’s missions become more complex, blurring the line between good and evil. Which of the people Saul plans to sacrifice in the past can she and Kiernan save without risking their ultimate goal—or their own lives?

 

My Review

I am not at all surprised that TIMEBOUND (then titled Time’s Twisted Arrow) won the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Grand Prize award. And I won’t be surprised if the other books in the series win many other awards.

Time travel stories are incredibly difficult to pull off, but author Rysa Walker manages to do just that (and more) in her  CHRONOS FILES series. I have read all books in the series so far, beginning with TIMEBOUND (Book One), continuing on with the related novella TIME’S EDGE and ending with TIME’S EDGE (Book Two). In all three books, Rysa Walker has done a spectacular job of keeping me enthralled and at the edge of my seat.This is honestly my favorite time travel series.

While some time travel books leave me confused and disoriented with their twining timelines and multiple versions of characters in different time periods, the CHRONOS FILES SERIES’ time travel component is so masterfully done, that the characters and their storylines are easy to follow. Rysa Walker’s unique explanation of time travel and her choice of settings perfectly complement the exciting plot lines in each book. The addition of historical events and people made the stories feel even more real for me.

In TIMEBOUND, the story’s protagonist Kate Pierce-Keller, travels back in time to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Not only does she have to go up against the people bent on erasing her very existence (the zealot Cyrists, led by her own grandfather Saul, and her aunt Prudence), she also has to go up against renowned serial killer H.H. Holmes. Thankfully she has allies helping her–including  her grandmother Katherine, Katherine’s friend Connor and two teenage boys from completely different timelines who are both in love with her. Trey is from Kate’s own era, while Kiernan was born in the late 1800’s.

TIME’S ECHO is written from Kiernan’s point of view and gives readers a glimpse of his life with another version of Kate. A Kate who disappears after the Cyrists create another time shift.

In TIME’S EDGE, Kate and Kiernan join forces to try and collect all the Chronos keys. While they go to many different locations and periods, they ultimately end up fighting for their lives in 1911 and 1938 Georgia.

The characters in the CHRONOS FILES series (both heroes and villains alike) are so realistically portrayed, it’s hard to imagine they’re not real people. Kate is headstrong and determined, and pushes through her many doubts, fears and the  many dangers she faces in each new mission. As in all YA novels, there is a love triangle though one in this series is unique in its take and deliciously complicated on so many levels. The romance in the story isn’t the main focus, but instead added another layer of excitement to the story.

Rysa Walker is a master at world-building. She describes every timeline, era and setting so well, combining fiction with historical truth, and making me feel as if I were really there. The plot and subplots in all three books were exciting and brilliantly executed. Although I could predict some of the  turns of the story, the big plot twists were ones I that took me by surprise. The series is action-packed, emotionally compelling and simply amazing.

I highly recommend the CHRONOS FILES series. The CHRONOS FILES is definitely in my Top 10 list of all-time favorite series–which is saying a lot since I’ve read so many. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series!

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