The power of the opening pages sustains itself for the entire story, and it's a story that is not easy to forget, with genetically enabled time travel, the threat of imminent death, and even a dash of romance. The settings are also a delight, as Walker effortlessly whisks the reader from the comforts of present-day Washington, DC, to the rather alien world of 1893 Chicago. But what really makes Timebound so memorable is Kate, its heroine. Like many great heroines, she's intelligent, witty, and courageous. But she's also flawed, and more than once I found myself crying out in frustration at the choices she makes. I was so invested in her—so thrilled by her successes, so terrified by her losses—that I became utterly bewitched.
As much as I enjoyed my back-to-back readings of Timebound, Rysa doesn't plan on leaving her readers wondering what happens to Kate next. She's hard at work on the sequel, and I cannot wait for the opportunity to fall into Kate's world once again.
One final note: An earlier version of Timebound was self-published as Time's Twisted Arrow before winning the ABNA Grand Prize. We're delighted to have discovered it through the contest and to be presenting it to you today.
- Courtney Miller, Acquiring Editor