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Time's Vault: A CHRONOS Anthology Kindle Edition
New to CHRONOS? Scroll down the page for links to the full-length books in both series.
Included in this anthology:
Simon Says: Tips for the Intrepid Time Traveler
"Kate Down Under"
"Full Circle" (A CHRONOS Origins Story)
"The Circle That Whines" (A CHRONOS Origins Story)
CHRONOS Mission Files
"Ashes and Rose"
From the Publisher
From the Author
- Timebound (CHRONOS Files Book 1)
- Time's Echo
- Time's Edge (CHRONOS Files Book 2)
- Time's Mirror
- "The Gambit"
- Time's Divide (CHRONOS Files Book 3)
- Simon Says
- "Whack Job"
- Time Trial (graphic novel)
- CHRONOS Mission Files (bonus content)
- "The Circle That Whines"
- "Full Circle"
- Now, Then, & Everywhen (CHRONOS Origins Book 1)
- Red, White, & the Blues (CHRONOS Origins Book 2)
- "Ashes and Rose"
- Bell, Book, & Key (CHRONOS Origins Book 3 coming in November.)
- ASIN : B096KSWXKG
- Publisher : Starry Night Books (June 15, 2021)
- Publication date : June 15, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5950 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 700 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 173586692X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #202,819 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Times Echo: A CHRONOS Files Novella 1.5: Kiernan’s side of the story from Timebound is told from his point of view. It’s 1905 and he’s thinking about his encounter with her in 1893 at the World’s Fair. But when he discovers that she disappeared in a Cyrist scheme, he decides he must do everything in his power to bring her back. Will he succeed? And how is Simon involved with all of this?
Kate Down Under (short story): In a “lost” chapter from Time’s Edge left on the cutting room floor, Kate is on a mission collecting CHRONOS keys. Going to Australia in 1942, she’s meeting with a stranded CHRONOS historian named Adrienne. What will happen to Adrienne since she can’t time travel anymore?
The Gambit (short story): In 2304, CHRONOS historian Saul Rand is at a party theorizing how religion is the best way to change society for the better. Little do we know that this talk is all part of his grand and nefarious plan. But to implement it, he needs to experiment and gather some data to see if his theories are correct. Traveling to 1780 with his CHRONOS partner, Katherine, who is unaware of his plans, thinks they are there just to witness the past. Will Saul succeed or will Katherine catch him messing with the timeline?
Time’s Mirror: A CHRONOS Files Novella 2.5: In this novella, the focus of this story is on Prudence. Her history is expanded upon including her crucial relationships with her mother and her sister. In 1984, her life is upended evermore when she discovers a CHRONOS key and uses it for the first time. Trying to rectify her mistakes, she recruits someone new, named Saul Rand, to help her. Can she accomplish her task and what price must she pay to try and do so?
2092 (short story): Mila is a proctor for the Elisi Alliance, which is on the losing end of an ongoing war with the Lor. Desperate for an edge, they look for new planets in the hope of gaining allies and maybe even an advantage. When Mila finds planet XE7 is exhibiting unusual readings, she is sent to investigate, hoping she will recover something she once thought lost. But what she finds is more she ever imagined, as they possess something that might turn the tide of the war! And what does all of this have to do with time travel?!
Simon Says: Tips for the Intrepid Time Traveler (novella): This is the origin story of Simon, a supporting character (not affectionately) called the “Rat Bastard” by his peers who becomes more and more crucial over the course of the “Chronos Files” trilogy. Here we meet him as a child growing up learning about history, time travel, and the Cyrist religion on The Farm in Estero, Florida, 1898. As he grows older, he meets and develops a friendship with Kiernan, a loner who keeps his distance. When his time-traveling abilities bring him to the attention of Saul, the leader of Cyrists, his life will change forever.
Whack Job (short story): Simon is the right-hand man to Saul, a megalomaniac with delusions of grandeur. After destroying CHRONOS, Saul relies on Simon to time travel and adjust history so it suits his own ends. So, when Simon gets very curious about the trial of Lizzie Borden for murdering her step-mother in 1892, Simon can’t help himself and investigates the mystery of what really happened the day of the murder. And what he finds will astound him!
Splinter (short story): In 1905, Kiernan sees an injured and bleeding duplicate version of himself blink into existence. As he tries to reconcile his memories of the past after this event, he struggles with a conundrum about a crucial moment in 1893 where someone he cares about died, Kate. Can he actually save her from a serial killer and at what cost to himself or his duplicates?
The-Circle-That-Whines (short story): Daphne the dog lives with Kate during the events of the “CHRONOS Files” trilogy. Trying to make sense of the CHRONOS keys and all the strange people coming into and out of her household, She realizes she doesn’t like the CHRONOS keys and everything they’re doing to her loved ones. Her way to solve the problem inadvertently kicks off the events for the “CHRONOS Origins” trilogy.
Full Circle (short story): Madi discovers something in her garden and finds herself time traveling for the first time! Going back to 1839, can she escape the Cyrists she meets? Picking up after the conclusion of “The-Circle-That-Whines”, it forms the second part of the catalyst that sets the events of the “CHRONOS Origins” trilogy in motion.
CHRONOS Mission Files: There are five stories here, framed as reports from CHRONOS agents in the field and what they observe. Three are from Katherine Shaw, one is from Saul Rand and one is from Delia Morrell. All of them flesh out the time period which they are investigating, providing some historical background from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Topics at the World’s Fair include murderer H.H. Holmes, a Spanish princess with a progressive opinion, and Colored Americans Day at the World’s Fair. Also, there’s Saul Rand meeting with Cyrus Teed to talk about religion (!) Finally, Delia meets with a clairvoyant who helps find a missing girl and has some interesting prophecies about the future. All these Mission Files are interesting and dive more into the history of their respective time periods through a vignette pivoting around a crucial person of note.
Ashes and Rose (short story): Rose is on a mission with CHRONOS in March 1911. She’s researching two women of historical importance, who also connected to a mysterious factory fire in New York City. But when she inadvertently impacts history, what will she do next and how will CHRONOS react?
Rose is a character from the second book in the “CHRONOS Origins” trilogy, Red, White, and the Blues. She learns an important lesson here, which impacts what her character says and does from this point forward. In providing the backstory behind this lesson, it defines Rose’s character and many of the characters in the CHRONOS Origins trilogy.
There are also some cool cameos of other characters from previous CHRONOS stories, which is always a treat. Finally, this is also a brand new, never-before-published CHRONOS short story that can only be found in this collection. It’s definitely a worthwhile read that I highly enjoyed. Not only for the intrigue but for its larger impact on CHRONOS in the future.
This entire compilation contains a ton of entertaining stories that answer some of the questions you might have had while reading any of the novels in the CHRONOS trilogies. Questions you might have about Kiernan’s, Simon’s, or Prudence’s backgrounds. How did Simon and Kiernan come to be so close, like brothers? Or how Saul and Simon became friends and how they came to create a relationship of mutual convenience.
How about splinters were used to save Kate in H.H. Holmes’ murder house? Or the alien invasion in 2092 that all CHRONOS stories reference? We get the full accounting of what happened there. Saul’s experimentation and meddling with the past to create the Cyrist religion is also expanded upon. There are even stories connecting to Clio from the “CHRONOS Files: Time Trial” graphic novel!
Let’s not forget the short stories that kick off the events of the current CHRONOS Origins trilogy. There are also the origins of one of CHRONOS’ most important tenets of time travel.
There’s plenty of connective tissue between stories here, answering many of your burning questions. It gives much room for additional characterization while fleshing out supporting characters and situations. The closer focus on these people and these moments from the CHRONOS novels are welcomed, informative and fascinating.
These stories were published as far back as 2014 and this collection contains all the shorter tales published since then, plus some nifty bonus material. When looking at this compilation and all the stories contained within it, I’m able to see the wider tapestry the author has created with all these CHRONOS stories. This collection focuses on some of the smaller threads that make up this larger tapestry and spotlights other aspects of this captivating universe. All CHRONOS enthusiasts should read this collection because it’s a treasure trove of terrific time travel tales!
Please note I received an advance copy of this ebook.
The story and novella from Simon's perspective give an insight into the mind of a character that, when solely viewed through Kate's Prudence's and Kiernan's eyes, is brassy, a bit slimy, and mostly just generally unlikeable. Butthrough Simon's baudy and yet also somehow funny and vulnerable narration, we see a young, scared, uncertain boy who never really had a proper family to raise or care for him.
Honestly, I could go on and on, touching on every aspect of this anthology, ... but that would take a while. I'm usually a hard sell when it comes to anthologies, just because they tend to be long, and some of the material is superfluous. You sometimes get a feeling an author is reaching for material to include, but that's not true of this collection. Every included piece answers a question, gives you new appreciation for a character, or is just a fun read. And, of course, one of the other things that I love about Rysa's work is that you learn so much about history by experiencing it through the eyes of her characters, which is a definite plus if, like me, you're woefully uneducated about US history!
I'm an avid book reader, and one of the most important things for me is that an author not lose steam halfway through and drop the narrative or get lazy with details ... and this is why I love Rysa's work so much. She never abandons a character or story line, never takes shortcuts. Even after reading a large anthology like this she'll leave you wanting more!