Keeper of the Hourglass
The Life and Death of Peter Nichols
by G.L. Garrett
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Pub Date 19 Dec 2019 | Archive Date 30 Jan 2020
To a ten-year-old, death is far from kind: it is imprisonment! To help the living get to their next day, Peter is required to work in the “Conservatory,” a library where every person is represented by a “LifeBook.” Turning the pages of LifeBooks is excruciatingly dull, so Peter plots his escape! However, that would ruin Apius’ evil plan to obtain an Ancient Hourglass that controls time. With the hourglass in hand, all of the guarded souls in the LifeBooks could be his, making him unstoppable.
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This is a truly beautiful book that plays with the themes of life, death and time in a clever and imaginative way and also challenges the concept that paths of pre defined. An excellent book that I would highly recommend to any fantasy lover not just the recommended YA group. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
Understanding and accepting death is a hard thing to do , especially if you are a ten year old boy . When Peter wakes up in a strange place he is more confused than he has ever been. After some confusing conversations Peter is faced with the truth . He has died and is now in the first stage of the afterlife . He is at the Conservatory. Peter is told his job is to work with the LifeBooks but he only has one goal . To get back home to is parents . The story follows Peter’s journey through sadness, anger, discovery and acceptance as well as battle with evil . I really enjoyed the concept of heaven / the afterlife in this book. It paints a unique picture of all lives are linked in some way . I feel this book is better aimed at younger readers as it is written from the point of view of a child . However reading it as an adult was still a lovely experience. The author has balanced the wonderful aspects of life with the darker elements of grief and death amazingly . To be reminded of how it felt to be a child trying to understand something as life changing as death was a eye opening experience. Overall I enjoyed the book. As I said before I do feel that it is better suited for younger readers as they will be able to relate to is more that I did as an adult. Some parts felt a little rambly to me but then again , as it is written from the point of view of a ten year old it is exactly how I would expect a ten year olds thoughts to be . Many thanks to Netgalley, Black Rose Writing and G.L Garrett for my copy of this book to review .
Peter is ten years old. He discovers that he has no idea where he is. He finds out that he is not in the heaven that he thought he would be in. Peter is given a job in the conservatory that contains lifebooks where each person’s life is represented. He will be turning a page of each booklife so that person can move on with their life. Peter finds this to be so boring. He wants to go back to his parents and be with them. He wants to see them no matter what. Will he see his parents? If he does, what will happen? Peter makes a friend who is more than what he appears to be. The discoveries and adventures made this an intriguing novel for me to read. It’s an interesting description about the place where Peter is. Coping with everyday life, grieving due to the loss of a loved one, and friendship are themes in this novel. It is written with a genuine feeling of warmth and understanding.