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Firestarter (Volume 3) Hardcover – Jan. 15 2019

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"Firestarter is a magnificent ending to the Timekeeper trilogy. With its high stake sacrifices, heart-stopping action, and increasingly tender romance, this explosive final volume will give fans reasons to cry and reasons to cheer. I couldn't put it down." —Jessica Cluess, author of A Shadow Bright and Burning

Praise for Chainbreaker:

"You won’t be able to put this one down." —
Huffington Post

Chainbreaker is an elaborate tale of magic, gods, and the beautiful, unfortunate humans caught in an ancient titanic struggle. You’ll cheer. You’ll cry. And once you enter this world, you’ll never want to leave." —Traci Chee, New York Times bestselling author of The Reader

"Mysterious, compelling, and urgent,
Chainbreaker's scintillating prose, complex and multi-dimensional characters, and quick pace will pull you in till it leaves you breathless and transformed." —Aditi Khorana, author of The Library of Fates and Mirror in the Sky

"Expands on the universe created in
Timekeeper, with new mythology, character development and international intrigue that really highlights Tara's talent for world-building. Chainbreaker combines factual historical research with a believable and original magic mythology to create a world that feels wholly real. With pacing and action running like clockwork, this is a startlingly unique series with a truly golden set of diverse characters." —Lauren James, author of The Next Together

"Riveting and complex . . . Tara Sim’s newest fascinating tale full of magic, intrigue, and clocks will hook you." —

"A wonderfully diverse read with unforgettable characters you can't help but root for." —

"An imaginative and action-packed novel set against the backdrop of Indian uprisings against the British occupation." —
Book Riot

"Our most anticipated sequel of the year." —
Paste Magazine

" Sim continues to offer an action-packed adventure for her lovely queer couple, but
Chainbreaker features a particularly vivid environment and dynamic new characters thanks to the author’s personal cultural experiences." —BookMarked

Praise for Timekeeper:

Paste Magazine Best Book 2016
Barnes & Noble Teen Blog Best Queer Fantasy 2016

Timekeeper is an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original. Between its compelling world, its lovely prose, and its wonderful characters, the pages flew by." —Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Alive with myth, mystery, and glorious romance,
Timekeeper will keep hearts pounding and pages turning til the stunning conclusion. Reader beware—there's magic in these pages." —Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere

Timekeeper is a triumph. . . . If you read only one such book . . . let it be this one.” —Bustle

Timekeeper’s premise is original and its world unique." —

"While the world is wildly interesting and fantastic, with broken clock towers that have left towns frozen in time, it’s the emotional impact and diverse cast of characters that make this book soar . . . The resulting story is an exciting and inclusive one, drawing in elements of magic, mystical spirits, swoon-filled romance, and just so much more.” —

"Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice. VERDICT: A must-have richly written fantasy novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next volume." —
School Library Journal

"Sim creates a cast of complex and diverse characters, as well as a mythology to explain how the clock towers came to exist . . . an enjoyable, well-realized tale." —
Publishers Weekly

“[M]ystery, LGBTQ romance, and supernatural tale of clock spirits and sabotage that explores how far people might go for those they love. Its strongest elements are the time-related mythology and the supernatural gay romance.” —

"This LGBTQ steampunk romance sports a killer premise and admirably thorough worldbuilding, helpfully annotated in the author’s afterword. The characters—even the bad guys—are sympathetically drawn and commendably diverse in sexuality and gender." —
Kirkus Reviews

"An enjoyable start to a promising new trilogy." —

About the Author

Tara Sim can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area in California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. She is the author of Timekeeper and Chainbreaker. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website for fun Timekeeper extras.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sky Pony (Jan. 15 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 528 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1510706208
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1510706200
  • Item weight ‏ : ‎ 601 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.97 x 4.06 x 20.96 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
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Tara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she's not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

TIMEKEEPER (Sky Pony Press, Fall '16) is her debut YA novel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A strong finale
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Reviewed in Italy 🇮🇹 on August 26, 2022
Quando li ho acquistati avevo terminato da poco la lettura de 𝐼𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑖𝑝𝑒 𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑔𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑒𝑟𝑜 e 𝐿𝑎 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑧𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑑𝑖 𝐴𝑐𝘩𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑒; desideravo trovare un’altra coppia #lgbt che potesse prendermi sino alla follia e, in parte, ci sono riuscita!

Siamo immersi in un mondo vittoriano. Il tempo è controllato dalle torri con gli orologi e i meccanici vengono venerati; il lavoro che svolgono (riparare e proteggere le torri) viene considerato fondamentale, visto che un orologio danneggiato può fratturare il tempo e uno distrutto può direttamente fermarlo. Tuttavia, questo mondo è in pericolo a causa di una serie di bombardamenti volti a distruggere le torri.
Ed è qui che entra in gioco Danny Hart, un giovane meccanico prodigio che si dimostrerà in grado non solo di riparare gli orologi, ma anche il tempo stesso.
Ma non è finita qui! Sin dal primo libro veniamo a conoscenza di uno straordinario particolare: ogni torre ha in sé uno spirito che mantiene in funzione il tempo.
Ed è così che Danny fa la conoscenza di Colton, lo spirito di un ragazzo intrappolato nella Colton Tower. Boom! Scatta la scintilla.
Il secondo e il terzo libro sono più incentrati sull’azione e sull’avventura; v’è un mistero da svelare, che ci accompagnerà sino alla fine.

Sincera? All’inizio pensavo non mi sarebbero piaciuti. Andavo a rilento nella lettura e facevo fatica a seguire, ma non appena mi sono immersa nell'avventura...ho divorato tutti e tre i libri. Mi piacciono i personaggi (chi più chi meno), le coppie che nascono e lo sviluppo della storia. A volte quello che capitava ai protagonisti mi è sembrato ‘'troppo’’, ma sono particolari su cui posso sorvolare. La scrittura è fluida, non trascende mai nel volgare: Danny e Colton sono una delle coppie più pure e dolci mai lette.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately satisfying, but too much pain
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting intense end to the trilogy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intense, heartbreaking, yet ultimately uplifting end to a beautiful series
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 22, 2020
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