Rysa Walker’s debut novel and the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Winner “Timebound” (Chronos Files Book 1) takes readers through a remarkable time-travelling journey that begins when Kate Pierce-Keller meets up with her estranged grandmother who is carrying a strange looking medallion that emits a blue light. The grandmother, Katherine, explains that she’s dying of cancer and wishes to spend more time with her granddaughter. But as Kate gets to know her grandmother, she learns there is much more to the story. Katherine was born in the year 2280 and was a time traveling historian before becoming trapped in the 1960s. Working for Chronos – a company of time traveling historians that travel back and forth in time to do historical research – Katherine studied the women’s rights movements. Without giving away too many plot points here, the life of Katherine, Kate, and Kate’s parents become threatened when a mad man creates the cult of the Cyrists – a religious cult of the chosen with himself as the leader – and decides that Katherine is a threat and so must be eliminated. Kate must learn to control the medallion and jump back to the nineteenth century to ensure the existence of her grandmother, her mother, and herself.
This book absolutely blew me away. I spent days afterwards just going through all the plot intricacies in my mind. I can’t say that I caught every subtlety Walker wove into the story, but I can promise you that the ride is so amazing you won’t mind a few hiccups of confusion. The love stories, the bond between Katherine and Kate, Kate’s witty, irreverent humor – it’s all brilliant. Very well written and totally captivating, this story will stay with you for weeks after you finish it. Don’t let the “Young Adult” label mislead you. This is a story at its best – filled with all the emotion, suspense, and triumph a reader wants. This is one you cannot miss.
“Time’s Edge”, the continuation of Kate’s story, is due to be released October 2014. Ms. Walker will be joining me here on the blog to discuss it this fall, so please stay tuned!
Amazon link for the book is here.