On her eighteenth birthday, Abigail Jordan foresees the death of a woman, and then it comes true. From there, she goes on an incredible journey of self-discovery in which she uncovers the secrets of her past and her heritage as a timekeeper--people chosen to record and measure time, but not change it. But timekeeping isn't the important aspect for Abigail; for her, it's finding out what happened to her biological mother, Elisabeth. Her mother's death was deemed a suicide, but Abigail knows it isn't true.
In the midst of World War II, Abigail must battle both the literal war in the world and the war within herself. Her biological father, Mathias, wants her to learn about his world, while other mysterious figures want her dead. She has to decide who to trust in order to determine where she belongs.
Set in 1940s era London, The Timekeeper's Daughter follows Abigail as she goes on a journey of self-discovery all while battling issues dealing with love, family, tragedy, and trust.
Plot: This novel features an energetic plot. However, it's not entirely clear what the Timekeepers do or what impact their work has on the world—plot points one hopes will be better developed in sequels to what appears to be the first book in a series.
Prose: Naylor’s prose style is simple, direct, and serves the unfolding of the story, its adventures, and the twists and turns of its plot.
Originality: The foundation of Naylor’s story is a familiar theme in other works of fantasy fiction. Its representation through the society of Timekeepers is an original variation on that theme.
Character Development: The characters in Naylor’s novel are a mixed bag. Abigail Lu Jordan is a satisfyingly complex young woman. By contrast Phillip and Mathias seem one-dimensional, defined primarily by their relationships to Abigail.
Date Submitted: June 21, 2018
"The Timekeeper's Daughter is an exciting, refreshing story with characters you can't help but love and mysteries you can't wait to unravel." -Andrea Berthot, author of The Gold and Gaslight Chronicles