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Time’s Edge (The Chronos Files, book 2)

by Rysa Walker

Rated: Mild

Kate was able to start fixing some of the problems her power-hungry grandfather created in Timebound, but she had a long way to go toward saving most of humanity from his evil plans, being carried out through his retroactive creation of the Cyrist church. In Time’s Edge, she works with Kiernan, her love from a lost timeline (who remembers her but whom she doesn’t remember), to try to collect the CHRONOS keys of various future historians who ended up stranded in the past thanks to Saul’s destruction of the return point for them in their future time. She is rebuilding a relationship with Trey, whom she remembers but who doesn’t remember her from a timeline she had to change (to get her parents back), and it’s going reasonably well, but she is having to remind herself about her dedication to Trey when she spends time with Kiernan, who clearly loves her. Yes, it’s a timeline love triangle.

Kate is managing to make headway in her goal to collect keys, but then she finds out it may be useless. She still has no idea exactly what her crazy-from-muddling-all-the-time-with-timelines aunt plans for her, and what her motivations are with her and her mom. She has no idea how she will be able to defeat Saul and save innocent lives, but she’s working hard anyway, putting in 72-hour days sometimes. The very end of this book finally gives her (and readers) some idea about how that may be possible, so I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the third book.

A fun series and pretty well done on the part of the author, keeping all these time details straight. I’m still not really satisfied with the love angle between Kate and Trey; it just feels a bit forced. I still think the author is trying really hard to present this difficult choice between Trey and Kiernan, but it seems pretty obvious for readers. We shall see…

Rated: Mild, for some mild and moderate language, some kissing scenes, and violence. It could be almost a moderate. There are a few themes and scenes that could be a bit more for older teens. The main character still hopes to have sex with her boyfriend at some point when the timelines have settled down, and one scene has the boyfriend reserve a hotel room that doesn’t get used.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Time’s Edge (The Chronos Files, book 2)
  • by Rysa Walker
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Young adult
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