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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Timekeeper's Daughter by C.J.M. Naylor is an interesting YA fantasy with interesting twists and a powerful conflict. Abigail Jordan is an eighteen-year-old whose story begins when she foresees the death of a woman and it comes to pass. Curious about who she is, she begins to dig more. She discovers dread secrets about her past and her destiny as a timekeeper. She is one of those chosen to record and measure time but she can't change it. Abigail isn't as interested in timekeeping as she is in what happened to her mother, Elisabeth. Did she really commit suicide as everyone is made to believe?
This novel has powerful plot points and the young protagonist finds herself torn between worlds. While she wants to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother's death, Mathias, her father, wants her to master the skills of his craft while there are shadowy characters that will stop at nothing to see her dead. Abigail struggles, unsure about who to trust, and this is one of the elements of the story that make the conflict dramatic and rich. The setting is in London in the 1940s and the author captures images from that era in prose that is highly descriptive and enjoyable. The Timekeeper's Daughter is a character-driven narrative, cunningly plotted with a character arc that makes for an interesting journey with the young female protagonist. The story is deft and balanced, a skillfully accomplished work of entertainment. A great read, indeed.