Blurb (from Goodreads):
Beth was sneaky. No lock could hold her. No cage could confine her. No door could bar her way. But, when your adoptive mother is a Spirit Binder, and all your siblings are elementals, being sneaky doesn’t really rank. That is until the devastation of a city draws her omniscient mother’s attention, and her siblings go missing one by one, then Beth’s sneakiness is the only thing standing between her, her loved ones, and the worst enemy she’ll ever face: herself.
Time Walker is a young adult, 50,000 word, fantasy novel by Meghan Ciana Doidge (After The Virus, Spirit Binder) set ten years after the events of Spirit Binder. It is the first book in the Spirit Bound series, and it's not necessary to read Spirit Binder before reading Time Walker.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Meghan Ciana Doidge.)
Beth is one of the ‘spirit bound’, which basically means that she has magic.
One of 5 adopted children of the ‘spirit binder’, Beth doesn’t really understand her magic. She’s able to sneak around in shadows without anyone seeing her, and she can open any lock just by thinking about it, but surely those are minor gifts when compared with her siblings who control earth, water, and fire?
One day, after a major earthquake, Beth’s parents leave the castle to go to the city to help repair damage caused by the earthquake, leaving Beth, her brothers and sisters, and two visiting teens alone at the castle.
When Rose (Beth’s sister) then disappears, and then during a search for her, Beth’s other brothers and sisters are taken too, Beth needs to figure out what to do and soon.
The appearance of a woman who looks similar to Beth though, and her insistence that Beth bring her the blood sword that is locked in the tower, leaves Beth with even more questions about who she really is and what she can do.
Can Beth save her brothers and sisters? Who is this other woman? And what powers does Beth really possess?
I was in two minds when starting this book, because the author’s previous book ‘Spirit Binder’, was good, but didn’t blow me away. ‘Time Walker’ was a big improvement though!
Beth was quiet a quiet character, sticking to the shadows, and practicing opening locks, even though she felt that her gift was pretty poor compared to her siblings gifts. She spent a lot of time caring for other people though, which was lovely to see.
There was a hint of romance in this book, and even a question about Beth’s feelings towards her adopted brother Bryan, as they were in no way blood related. The other boy in the story – Finn, one of the visiting kids was by far a better choice though in my opinion. I’d suggest that even just for appearances sake you don’t fall in love with your adoptive brother!
I liked the storyline in this book. I felt it was more straightforward than that in ‘Spirit Binder’, and I didn’t get confused at all during this book.
This book also had a much more YA feel to it, whether this is purely due to the fact that the main character is obviously a lot younger than Theo was I’m not sure.
This book in part reminded me of ‘The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe’, there’s a real sense of adventure, it involves siblings searching for a missing sibling, and there’s even snow and a forest!
Overall; a good YA fantasy, with plenty of mystery.
7 out of 10
The Author -
Meghan Ciana Doidge
Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock yarn. Her novels, After The Virus, Spirit Binder, and Time Walker, can be found in ebook and paperback format at all major online retailers. You can connect with Meghan on her personal blog, www.madebymeghan.ca, Facebook, or Twitter (as @mcdoidge).