Verdict: 5 Stars
Books like this one make me love digital publishing. Not only do I have something to read while suffering through the interminable wait between Timebound and Time’s Edge (book 2), but I get a whole new perspective on the storyline, thanks to author Rysa Walker self-publishing this novella-slash-teaser while we wait for Amazon Publishing’s Skyscape imprint to put out the next book.
Fans of Walker’s 2013 ABNA Award winning YA time traveling adventure will enjoy seeing this side of the story as Kiernan Dunne hops around looking for clues as to what happened to Kate at the end of the World’s Fair near the end of the nineteenth century. He has a few clues, but has to jump around without destroying anything–easier said than done in time travel, it seems–in order to seek the information.
The interesting thing about authors who release these novella-length or alternate POV stories is the readers’ reactions. Some are so involved in the original novel that any additional insight is welcome and sought after. On the other hand, purists often get frustrated with the alternate narrator or the shorter length, and end up feeling dissatisfied with the new title.
Fortunately, Walker brings her same level of detail and character development to this shorter work, meaning sure, it flies by, but it was certainly worth the time. Walker’s second full-length book in the CHRONOS Files series is due out in October 2014.