The Timekeepers’ War (#1) by S. C. Jensen



The publisher sent me a copy of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

She can find anyone, for the right price—anyone, except her sister.

Ghost searches for her in every dark and desperate corner of the City. But her so-called life changes when she returns home to find a mysterious stranger with an offer to make history…and to find her sister.

A terrorist. One of the most feared figures in the City—and he needs Ghost’s help. Lynch is out to infiltrate, and destroy, the oppressive Ursaar Empire, a scaffolding of untouchable, glittering bridges and buildings above the City’s surface. He offers Ghost a chance to join his cause, to be a part of history in the making, and—more importantly to Ghost—his aid in finding Lyca, ten years gone. Between Lynch, Ghost, and an enigmatic group of scholars called The Timekeepers, the City will soon be reborn.

But Lynch’s plan means war. If Ghost agrees, she must delve deep into the heart, and darkness, of the City and its truths—and her own. Lynch will change everything she thought she knew about their world. How far will her search for Lyca take her? And can Ghost live with who she has become once she finds her?


Genre:  Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic

Length:  318 pages



The voice that comes out of Manma now is not her own. “Trust not the smiling face that illuminates the darkness, lest you be forever blinded by their light.” I try to recoil, horrified, but am frozen as rigidly as before. “Chase not the chimeras of your past, lest the beasts be freed to feast upon your future…”


My Opinion

This story introduces you to Ghost. She lives in the so-called City. Life above ground is dangerous due to the glaring sun. Life below ground is also dangerous in a post-apocalyptic world She earns her living by successfully tracking down people. Just the search for her own sister does not lead anywhere. Her world changes when a stranger waits for her at home. Lynch, a known terrorist who offers her  a remarkable job, and has a picture of her missing sister, Lyca. Ghosts life gets even more dangerous if she accepts this challenge, however, she’s not really got much to lose. I cannot tell you more about the story as it would spoil the fun of reading it yourself.

With The Timekeepers’ War, S. C. Jensen presents us with a fast-paced and intense post-apocalyptic thriller. The story is cleverly elaborated, focuses on Ghost and her perception of the events. S. C. Jensen describes her characters with not too many words and still makes you see them clearly before you. I was drawn in, felt like a member of her comrades. I could easily envision the characters – even supporting characters do not seem negligible. I had a real good time reading The Timekeepers’ War. Science fiction is among my usual reading genres, post-apocalyptic stories normally are not. The Timekeepers’ War is well written and – I am really looking forward to reading the second book within The Timekeepers’ War series.

This is a book to read again.


About the author

S.C. Jensen (aka Cat Phillips) is a writer and artist living in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Saskatchewan, Canada. Please don’t hold it against her.

She currently writes a quarterly magazine for the residents of Northern Saskatchewan, called The Trailblazer. She also writes short stories in the speculative fiction and folk genres. Her short story “The Spirit of Settee Lake” was featured in “Good Medicine Stories with Lee Maracle and Richard Van Camp” in 2010.

She is currently working on her second novel, The Children of Bathora.

She has a wonderful and supportive partner named Philip, and together they have an obliviously enthusiastic German Shepherd dog named Sako. Life is kind of perfect, really.

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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Timekeepers’ War?  Or – if you did not yet read The Timekeepers’ War – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If The Timekeepers’ War was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


7 thoughts on “The Timekeepers’ War (#1) by S. C. Jensen

  1. Reblogged this on Cat's Liminal Space and commented:
    Check out this review of _The Timekeepers’ War_ on the “My train of thoughts on…” blog! Thanks for such a thoughtful review, Karen.

    • Thank you very much, Cleo. Having to interrupt reading (due to my job) seemed like a crime. I assumed I might like this book, then I actually loved it. S. C. Jensen is a remarkable writer.

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