Book Look: Will mending the past leave his future in ruins?
Iread a lot. I read every book my Spring Oaks Book Club picks. I read every book someone gives me for Christmas. even joined the Green-Jell-O Book Club on Goodreads because I’m always searching for a new book – and I liked the name of the group.
I am an omnivorous reader – I read non-fiction, historical fiction, crime fiction, the classics, but very rarely fantasy. It might be an age thing. I’m not exactly a fantasy-loving young adult, so writers who target this group sometimes miss me by a mile unless it’s a topic I’m interested in and I like the cover.
“The Time Key” by Melanie Bateman is about time travel and the cover illustration by the author is perfect. Those are the two reasons I chose to read this debut novel declared a “clean fantasy” book. I liked “Ranger’s Apprentice” and “Fablehaven” with the same “clean fantasy” tag, so I thought it was time to try another one a time machine; he has something much from the list. better. The setting, in old and then newer
The first chapter is fantastic! Part One London, is a great choice. There is a large (and every part) has a beautiful illustration cast of characters both human and mystical by the author, who is also a talented artist. with tiny vaelie Lena being one of the It begins: “There couldn’t be a better time most enchanting. There are also plenty of to begin Stanley Becker’s story than at the shadowy villains to keep the plot interesting. moment he stood on the frozen stone wall of Kingston Bridge overlooking the river Stanley travels back and forth in his Thames, breathing in the winter night and own story seeking answers from his past pressing the icy metal barrel of a pistol to and hoping to change an inevitable future his jaw.” Wow. I wish I’d written a long of sorrow and despair. In his trips to sentence that good. Writing for newspapers the future, he also hopes to find answers has made it impossible to resurrect and help. If you know the future, can you that skill. change your past? Stanley acquired a time
At one point in the book, Stanley travels key which allowed him to travel through back to the summer of 1868 and has time. This is the gift we all wish we had a conversation with his 7-year-old self gotten for Christmas this year. Since we after revealing he has come from the future. didn’t, we can experience time travel by Don’t we all wish we could give our reading “The Time Key” without even younger selves some advice and guidance? leaving our chair by the fire, which is a His younger self believes his claim much less scary way to travel. is impossible and causes the adult Stanley “The Time Key” is available from to chuckle when the boy says, “If you books & things (publisher Sweetwater came from the future wouldn’t you need Books), Barnes & Noble, Amazon and at a time machine?” Stanley doesn’t need Melaniebatemen.com.