Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2)

34138282Chainbreaker by Tara Sim

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: January 2nd, 2018
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Steampunk, LGBT, Adventure, Culture


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.


Timekeeper is a great series for both readers who are new to the steampunk genre and those who have years of experience.

Because, really, how many books have you read that focus mainly upon clock towers + mythology + gay romance? It sure is a first for me.

This is a series that does not lack originality. I read the first book two years ago and I remember complaining about the amateur-ish writing and one stereotypical character.

Well no need to worry. Tara Sim has learned a lot these past two years. Her writing has become more professional and her characters have gained three-dimensionality. Daphne was a character I could not stand in the first book but in this one I absolutely could not wait to learn more and more about her.

It’s an adventure and a mystery. Danny is sent to India with Daphne to find out why clock towers are destroyed and especially why time goes on as though nothing happened when it’s supposed to stop. Danny and Colton are therefore separated for almost the entire story, but it’s an important separation that allows both characters to meditate on their feelings for each other and their own selves.

I can’t wait to read the final book. Boy am I intrigued by the ending. Bonus: the hardcover is astoundingly gorgeous!


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2 thoughts on “Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2)

  1. Oh man, this cover is gorgeous. I’m glad you’re enjoying the series so much. It sounds like you liked this one even more than the first book. Don’t you love it when that happens?

    Thanks for sharing! I’m in need of a good steampunk novel. 😉


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