Timekeepers – Catherine Webb

Now, fair warning. There are some minor spoilers for Waywalkers below so if you haven’t read it and are planning to then maybe give this post a miss.

The sequel to Webb’s first Sam Linnfer novel Waywalkers, Timekeepers resolves the duology. Sam finds himself cut off from his allies as the Pandora Spirits are used against him in a bid to release Cronus from his prison. New kids on the figuartive block, the Ashen’ia, offer Sam protection but the mysterious Master and Mistress who command them are manipulating Sam for their own ends. All the while Sam’s father, Time, demands he submit to his fate: save the universe and destroy himself in the process.

Since Sam can no longer rely on pretty much anyone we met in Waywalkers there are a lot of characters missing from Timekeepers. While we do get to meet a few new ones, such as the comically named Tinkerbell, the almost complete absence characters I was invested in frustrated me.

The actual plot wasn’t bad, with a lot of well written action and fight scenes which is appropriate since Sam spends basically the entire book on the run from one thing or another. There is an awful lot of build up for the final battle for the universe but, while there are some great action sequences and information reveals, the actual climax was almost boring and not very well described. There is also quite a lot unresolved in regards to some characters, Loki in particular.

Overall I enjoyed this series but I’m not sure if I would re-read it. If you’re a fan of magic and mythology but don’t like explicit gore in your reading then check out Waywalkers and Timekeepers.

3 stars.

Similar reads: Fated by Benedict Jacka, The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond.

Timekeepers was published in 2004 by Atom. ISBN: 1 904233 43 0.

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Waywalkers – Catherine Webb

Waywalkers - Catherine WebbAn oldie but a goodie, Waywalkers was published in 2003 by Catherine Webb. It’s the first of two novels about Sam Linnfer (or The Devil as he is more commonly known). He’s out to discover who is responsible for the murder of his half-sister Freya. Sam soon learns that Freya’s death is part of a much larger plot to control Heaven, Hell and Earth and whoever is behind it is now trying to eliminate Sam as well.

Webb draws from several mythologies for this series in a kind of religious free-for-all. We get Jehovah, Lucifer, archangels, and the denizens of Hell. In addition to these Judeo-Christian staples, the Scandanavian gods of Valhalla, Egyptian Seth, Greek Cronus and Buddha also make appearances. Rather than being seperate groups they are all part of the same family, spawned from personified concepts like Time, Wisdom, Love and Magic. Also included are the fey folk of many cultures. It makes a colourful collection for worldbuilding and Webb does a good job of tying it all together.

The pacing is good and we learn more of Sam’s history as the book progresses which builds his character nicely. I also liked the way Webb built up Annette’s character over the book. However, at points Webb swaps perspectives to random minor characters and it could be quite jarring. There were a couple of occasions where I had to read back to clarify what was going on and who’s perspective I was reading.

The climax of the novel was a great break point to lead into the second novel. It resolved enough of the mystery around Freya’s death and the battle for Heaven, Earth and Hell to be a satisfying conclusion while still leaving me invested in Sam and what’s to come in the second novel, Timekeepers.

3.5 stars

Similar reads: Fated by Benedict Jacka, The Woken Gods by Gwenda Bond.

Waywalkers was published in 2003 by Atom. ISBN: 190423321X.