by Rysa Walker


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An Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award winner—Grand Prize and Young Adult Fiction.

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost—if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

Publisher’s Note: Timebound was originally released as Time’s Twisted Arrow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477848159
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Series: Chronos Files Series , #1
Pages: 374
Sales rank: 622,971
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rysa Walker grew up on a cattle ranch in the South. Her options for entertainment were talking to cows and reading books. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight. These days, when not writing, she teaches history and government in North Carolina, where she shares an office with her husband and a golden retriever named Lucy. She enjoys yoga, über-dark chocolate, Galaga, and Scrabble. She still doesn't get control of the TV very often, thanks to her sports-obsessed kids. Timebound is her debut novel.

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Timebound 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
BlackAsh13 More than 1 year ago
This was surprisingly good! The main character, Kate, is a 17 year old who discovers that her grandmother is actually a time-traveling historian from the future who got stuck in 1969 as a result of her husband's sinister plans. Little does Kate know that she was part of her grandmother's own plan to put an end to her husband's schemes. I went into this not expecting much, and got more than I bargained for. Even though the main character is a still in high school, and there is a young romance involved, the story didn't get bogged down by it. It fit in nicely with the rest of the story, which was well written and mature. It definitely satisfied me by delivering the kinds of twists and turns that one expects from a time travel adventure. I picked up the audio book version, and I was equally impressed with the narrator, Kate Rudd. She was excellent throughout. She did a great job with differtiating voices for her different characters without sounding ridiculous (her male voices could use some work, but can't fault her for that I guess!). This is the first part of a trilogy, and at the end it's clear that there's more to the story, but it doesn't end on a cliffhanger. I didn't think I'd be moving on to the next installment, but now I'm pretty sure I will be.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
Timebound is the third time travel novel I’ve read in about a month. So I’ve decided to take a bit of a different approach to this review because well, this book was so darned fun, but with the grandparents being born AFTER grandchildren, I’m not sure I can adequately explain everything I loved about this book without thoroughly confusing you. To put it quite simply, I loved Timebound by Rysa Walker. Even with all the confusing time loops and people getting erased a-la-Marty-McFly, the romp through Chicago’s past to save the world from some religious cult gone bad was tons of fun. Just the kind of serious, yet lighthearted read I needed. And if it wasn’t for the #ShelfLove Challenge, I probably would have jetted out to Amazon to buy books 2 and 3.
archetype67 More than 1 year ago
Gave this one a 3.5. It was an enjoyable, fast-paced story with a time-hopping heroine who had to prevent her own erasure.  Well the plot was engaging — a future time-traveler , Cyrus, who breaks rules, sets himself up as the head of a religion that focuses on wealth in this life. While trapped in time, he has figured out a way to change the past through others (the children and grandchildren of other traveler trapped in whatever time their last voyage was to) and with each change, gives his religion more power and influence, while attempting to eliminate those who oppose him. Kate must protect her grandmother in order to prevent Cyrus from getting what he wants - which turns out to be far more sinister than just a religion that garners its top members access to great wealth. She must, after coming to terms with her ability to travel in time, stop her grandmother's murder which would end her existence. The concept is good, and readers need to think because of the complexity of time-travel and the politics and religion ideas presented. There is some humor and some typical, but manageable teenage-angst and I can see the appeal to the YA market, although it falls short in some places of the better novels in YA. Where the novel fell short for me was in the narration - 1st person with far more narration than story and in a voice I found shallow and somewhat stereotypical, teenage private school girl. Fortunately, that was balanced by the more interesting characters of her grandmother Katherine, her love-interest and the other key characters. Early on, it seemed far too easy for Kate to roll with the massive change in her life.  But, it was good enough that I will read the second in the series and hopefully Kate becomes a more fully realized character.
GiltBuckram More than 1 year ago
"History is sacred--like a nature hike. Leave only footprints, take only memories." Sixteen year old Kate lives a normal teenage life, going to school, hanging out with friends, and taking karate, that is until Kate's grandmother comes back into their lives after ten years. Kate's mother and grandmother have a chilly relationship at best. Her grandmother reveals she is dying and would like a closer relationship with her granddaughter. Later, Kate realizes her grandmother not only wants a relationship but needs Kate's help, with which she entrusts a blue medallion for time-traveling. Interestingly, the villain in the story is Kate's grandfather who is going through time and changing events for his benefit to become the leader of the Cyrists. Kate travels to many places in time including the 1893 Chicago's World's Fair. Can she successfully travel throughout time without erasing or altering the future? Who doesn't love a story about time-travel? Rysa Walker contrived the elements of this book seamlessly that all the loose ends were tied and questions answered by the end of the book; no detail was left out. Her depiction of the character Kate is relate-able, down to earth, and she quotes "The Princess Bride"'s, Inigo Montoya. "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die." Does it get better than that? If you haven't seen the movie, put it on your to-do list. What's better than all of the above combined? This book belongs to a series! This is the first, the second was just published in October 2014 and the third is set to be released in September 2015!
Evette7 More than 1 year ago
This book was nearly impossible to put down from the second I opened it. The story is very, very well written and there isn't any of the normal craze that often comes with time travel books. I would read this again in a heart beat and hope that a book two is soon on the horizon.
Scotman55 More than 1 year ago
Timebound, by Rysa Walker A new author with a new book, praised by Amazon. What could go wrong? Not much! Meet Kate, a typical teenage girl with a BFF, a smartphone and a mom who dislikes her grandmother. Kate keeps getting these “episodes” where the world seems to shift and twist, like she had epilepsy. It’s not an epileptic fit, it’s a Time Fit (my words). Yikes! I’ve read plenty of science fiction and love time travel, so the story is a familiar one – a reluctant heroine who realizes it’s up to her to make things right. A medallion that only a few with a special gene can see. And Kate, the most powerful time mage ever, learning the ropes of the family business. And quickly too, since her mentor (a grandmother who actually is a historian from the 23rd century, working for CHRONOS) has just disappeared! Obviously a lot of research went into this, as 1893 Chicago’s Exposition and its resident serial killer, a Dr. Holmes, makes rather clear. The author attempts at suspense work well for this reader, though frankly I could have done without the 16 year old squealing about how cute some boy was. But I’m not the target audience, alas. Characterization: Kate grows up fast in learning the ropes of time travel and she’s developed well. What’s with this Simon guy and his attempts at murdering the time line? We never meet Saul, apparently her grandfather, with delusions of grandeur and power, creating the Cyrists, a cult as big as the Roman Catholic Church, predicting the demise of Man. The story rolls along but I’m not that much educated at the end about the Cyrists, other than a tour through their temple (great scene where Kate gets kidnapped and uses some martial arts against Eve, a girl who could also use some character development). That’s my only beef: not meeting Saul, not really getting into the meat of CHRONOS as an organization, and their naivety in thinking one of their historians would think nothing of breaking the rules to change things to their liking. The Love Triangle: YA novels often have love triangles but this one with a twist. Girl meets boy, falls in love, boy forgets who she is on the next time line. Alternatively another boy meets girl, falls in love, and girl forgets boy for the same reason! Yikes! I oddly like that weird kind of twist. Bottom Line: Really curious how Rysa Walker will turn this all around. Timebound is an intro book, a general introductory chapter of something more. Let’s see where she takes us. Recommended.
CatheMarie More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book! Time travel is always interesting to me. This story very believable and easy to relate to. The characters are human and flawed, just like the rest of us. Even though I wanted to know how it was going to end, I was sad to come to the end of the story. Looking forward to the next book.