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The Time Key Paperback – June 14, 2016
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"To change the past...to know the future... these ideas are not unusual in stories of time travel,but Melanie Bateman's book breathes new life into these concepts through intriguing characters and compelling story telling. The connections between people in the story are blended with the ideal amount of mystery and adventure, tragedy and triumph, that the novel is nearly impossible to put down. The Time Key is certain to resonate with and inspire readers everywhere." -Brett Jensen, Author of the Relegated Trilogy
"Time travel is a fascinating yet confusing subject, but The Time Key weaves a brilliant and exciting story in such a simple way that instead of being confused you're left wishing you were a time traveler yourself. Stanley Becker's tear-jerker of a story has it all: tender family moments, exhilarating time travel, mysteries to be solved, strange creatures from other worlds, child-like imaginings, and a personal journey like no other. It's like Gulliver's Travels for a new age. I wish I had a Time Key!" -C. Louis S., Author of Pizza Planet
"Melanie Bateman weaves fantasy and mystery into a fusion of adventure. Her attention to detail and setting brings this new world to life. It's a clever and heart warming book that will arouse your life after death curiosity and have you eager to read about the possibilities. The classic tale and beauty of life and death springs out of the pages and into your imagination. The Time Key will have you wondering if the unseen can truly help us." -Erin Nelson, Author of So You Got Boys, Do Ya?
"Melanie Bateman's new novel The Time Key is an entertaining, fantasy-infused romp through space and time. She has artfully created compelling characters woven into an intriguing plot and story line. I highly recommend this enjoyable read for anyone partial to the Sci-fi/Fantasy genres." -Kevin C. Scholz, Architect, Artist, and Educator
About the Author
Melanie Bateman is a freelance illustrator whose passion for nature and pretty pictures will sometimes translate into written stories. When she isn't daydreaming, she enjoys being a mom.
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I don't like books that pull out all the stops to try to make me cry. But The Time Key didn't. The author simply presented the characters as they are and the hardships they deal with and I ended up crying on my own. I really felt connected to Stanley and his desperation to try anything to just get his family back. I felt all of his emotions right along with him and was determined to see him through to the end.
I also really appreciate the aspect of fantasy in this book. The Time Key is based in old London, but suggests the universe is much bigger than we imagine with different realms and races. I'm not sure what the author has planned for her next book but I hope she writes another book centered around Lena, a tiny tree dwelling, human like creature trapped far away from her enchanted home. I want to explore more of the world that Bateman only gives us glimpses of.
Probably the only problem I had with this book, was a personal pet-peeve of mine. The book is written in third person, however, instead of staying silent and letting the reader soak in the story, the flow is periodically interrupted by the unidentified narrator directly addressing the reader. You don't know anything about the narrator until the very end of the story so it's very difficult to connect to "them". This drove me bonkers, as it always does. It's probably not a problem for most people, but its just a "no no" for me.
For those of you craving a certain level of romance in books, you won't find much of that here. Except for Stanley's enduring devotion for his wife even so many years after her death. Falling in love isn't what this book is about. Instead, it focuses more on regaining that love once it is lost forever. Definitely a recommended read from me.
— C. Louis S., Author of Pizza Planet
I love reading sci fi with many twists and this book did not let me down. There's fairies (vaelies), shadow shifters, gypsies and time travel! Not to mention different worlds separated by gods and it all intertwined so neatly together. Loved it! Can not wait for the sequel/ trilogy (hopefully?!).