Audiobook Review & Giveaway: Chainbreaker (Timekeeper #2) by Tara Sim
Chainbreaker, the second book in the Timekeeper series, by Tara Sim was published on January 2nd, 2018! I absolutely loved Timekeeper and was thrilled that I was given the audiobook for review by Forever Young Audiobooks! Thank you so much for the review copy and for the wonderful giveaway I get to host! I have 2 physical copies of both audiobooks in the series, both Timekeeper and Chainbreaker audiobooks to giveaway! One chance here on the blog with the rafflecopter below and I will have another giveaway chance on my instagram!
Category: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Sci-fi, GLBT
Publication: January 2nd, 2018; Sky Pony Press
Audiobook: Forever Young Audiobooks
Length: 10 hours and 29 minutes
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Purchase: Amazon, Audible, Physical Audiobook, TBD
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 (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim
I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.
An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.
A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.
A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.
A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.
Chainbreaker gave me so much that I didn’t know I was craving out of this series. I had no idea how badly I wanted to know the answers to very simple questions, like about the clock spirits magic. Now that I know, I understand so much more about Timekeeper and the magic systems contained within this series. However, I feel like book 3, Firestarter, is literally going to flip everything around. Ahhh I can’t wait! But back to book 2. Chainbreaker is exactly what a second book in a trilogy should be…devastating. Yeah I said it, and I will keep this spoiler-free but that was my thought as I finished.
Danny and Colton are back living in Enfield and all feels right with the world…until they hear about the civil unrest in British occupied India. Danny is quickly summoned to go investigate new terrorist attacks on clock towers in India along with Daphne who is excited to discover more about her shared heritage. As readers we get to experience these adventures into a new land amidst the tensions of the colonization which only add and enhance the plot. I loved Daphne’s stand out role in Chainbreaker, and I was thrilled to be immersed in such a vivid cultural setting. Even though the colonization, racism, and sexism was hard to read, it was only because it rang so true to real life. I loved how strong the female clock mechanics were in this story. They refused to be overlooked. We still don’t know much about Daphne, other than we now get to know the meaning behind her tattoo, and I can only hope we see more of her in the final book.
The descriptions of the light steampunk aspects had me loving the creative mind of Tara Sim! I never really got into steampunk because to me it was all full of hindsight, but Tara makes it fresh and interesting even within the historical concepts of real life settings. The mechanical chains, the electrified prod, the airships, and those creepy spying spiders!
Since this is an audiobook review, let me talk a little about the narration. The narrator, Gary Furlong, has a wonderful soft voice. I literally could listen to him tell me stories all day long. I was never distracted by the narration, only swept away in the story. Listening to the audiobook was a pure joy and I was in a reading slump and consuming this audio brought my desire to read back to the forefront. The production was stellar, and never once did I think whoops they messed that up, which happens at times with some audio productions. No stutters, no mouth noises, no background noises, no volume changes. Everything was professional and enhanced the story twofold.
I highly recommend this series on audio. I will admit that I enjoy audiobooks more than regular reading these days. There is so much more joy I have listening to these stories than maybe if I was searching for time to sit down and turn the pages of a real book. I also find myself enjoying books that others find slow and never not once did I feel that way with this book over audio! So if you ever thought maybe a book was slow for you, I highly recommend trying to audiobook!
Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.
Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn’t looked back.
Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek’s production of Rent in 2010.
Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.
He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.
Two Winners will each win both TIMEKEEPER & CHAINBREAKER physical audiobooks! One winner will be chosen from rafflecopter and a second winner will be chosen from entering on the instagram post!
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