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Reviewed by Renee Wehrle for Readers' Favorite
Lilith’s once utopian world is literally falling apart around her. Belial, a dark being who went against the doctrines of the Children of the Law of One, has evoked the wrath of Poseidon and sentenced Lilith’s beloved city of Atlantis to crumble into the sea. In Sharon Ledwith’s Legend of the Time Keepers, Lilith, her father and uncle must flee Atlantis while trying to salvage the sacred arches that are the foundation of the Atlantean beliefs. Uncle Kukulkan is sent to track Belial down, while Lilith and her father, Segund, the Keeper of the Arches, take the seventh arch with them to the Black Land. They must get to the Black Land by boat from their sinking island.
Lilith is beside herself in this new land where the people speak oddly and the land is so dry and arid. Reluctantly, she meets new friends while learning the customs of the Black Land. Children of her age must receive their life seal from Istulo, the seer, which assigns individuals a lifetime occupation. Lilith’s occupation is to be a timekeeper. Her friend She-Aba doesn’t get the occupation she wants, Tau is a scribe and Mica is a snake charmer. The significance of Lilith’s destiny begins to unfold when one of her friends betrays her in the most unthinkable way. What Lilith does next will determine the fate of her fellow Atlanteans and whether her father lives or dies.
Legend of the Time Keepers is a mythical middle-grade fantasy with a twist in time. Sharon Ledwith’s writing touches all of your senses and draws you intimately into Lilith’s fanciful world. The plot twists and turns surprise you in the end. A great little adventure for reminding pre-teens the importance of making new friends, listening to elders, and knowing when to ask for help. A fast read good for all ages, especially if you ever wanted to know what it might be like to be an Atlantean.