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Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite
The Last Timekeepers and the Dark Secret by Sharon Ledwith is a young adult fantasy. Jordan and the other timekeepers go back in time to stop Crowley from changing history. They find themselves in Nazi-controlled Amsterdam in 1942. While Crowley has integrated himself into the Nazi command, the timekeepers join the Dutch resistance. After rescuing a girl from drowning, they quickly make friends who will help them complete their mission. They soon discover that Crowley is searching for a book for his evil master, Belial. The timekeepers race to find the book before Crowley, and to discover why he needs it. Jordan will be tested and made to find the strength deep inside himself so that he can save his friends and the world.
Set in the midst of World War Two, The Last Timekeepers and the Dark Secret gives a grim glimpse into German atrocities and the lives of the brave men and women who stood up to them, sometimes at great cost. Sharon Ledwith’s cast of hilarious teens and the grown-ups who look after them make for some seriously funny scenes. I was never bored at any time. The conversations are lively and the scenes colorful. It reminded me of the Goonies with all the shenanigans going on. Sharon Ledwith’s humor doesn’t take away from the plot, but adds a camaraderie to the characters that drives the story. The Last Timekeepers and the Dark Secret gives a unique take on the time-travel genre and the legend of Atlantis. This book would make a great addition to any YA reader's collection.