The second Chronos Files book, “Time’s Edge” details Kate’s continued fight against the Cyrists, a religious cult organized (and manipulated) by her grandfather Saul and Aunt Prudence. The Cyrists – time travelers like Kate – have made themselves rich and strong through certain stock predictions and political manipulations that have reshaped history. Now a wealthy, powerful group, they are predicting a “culling” of all but the faithful, an apocalypse designed to wipe out any who do not believe. It is up to Kate, one of the only non-believers who knows what they are up to, has the ability to travel in time, and is willing to try to stop them, to hop back and forth, collecting Chronos keys before the Cyrists can control them all. During each jump, Kate learns more and more about what the Cyrists are capable of and what their “culling” might entail. Kate believes she is working in the shadows, under the Cyrists’ radar, to undermine their cause, but when she finds an alley consorting with her enemies, she realizes that Saul and Prudence are much closer to her heels than she ever imagined.
This book is just as riveting as the first, with Kate torn between two men, several times, and doing what’s “right” before the Cyrists unleash their wrath upon the world. Kate is an endearing character: a no-nonsense, typical teenaged girl who loves The Princess Bride, onion rings, coffee, and her boyfriend, so you slide effortlessly into her world. And when Kate is called to battle the Cyrists, you experience her dilemmas, her anger, her fear, and her resolve right beside her. The plot complexities caused by back and forth time travel can be confusing and the jump to 1930s Georgia causes a lag in the narrative, but the hint at the end will leave you anxious for the story to continue. An amazing journey for teenagers and adults alike, the twists and turns within these books will keep you thinking for days after you set them down. Do not miss!
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GIVEAWAY: Ms. Walker has kindly offered signed copies of both “Timebound” and “Time’s Edge”, as well as an e-copy of each of her three Chronos Files books to five lucky blog readers. Please include your name and e-mail address (name at domain name dot com) in the comments section below. One entry per email address, please. Both U.S. and international residents are eligible. Names will be drawn at random. Entries close at 10pm EDT Sunday the 19th. Winners will be announced here on Monday, October 20th and then contacted privately so that they may get their prize!
I received an advanced e-copy from NetGalley.