Firstly I wish to say that I am doubly delighted to be hosting THE BOY WHO STOLE TIME by Mark Bowsher on the second day of his Blog Tour, as it is of course the eve that our clocks fall back one hour so perfect timing! I haven’t ever seen a picture of an author that radiates so much joy. I really wish him every success with an amazing career as a writer.
When 12-year-old Krish finds out his mum is dying, he is desperate to give her more time to live. This leads to a deal with a devil-like creature to travel to another realm, Ilir, and a full on quest before he can collect the Myrthali – the essence of time itself.Ilir is a tiny desert world where the days are a handful of hours long and there is magic and treachery on every corner. Here Krish is set three impossible challenges by the brutal King Obsendei to win from him the Myrthali. He joins forces with the razor-tongued, young girl-wizard Balthrir, who hopes to free her parents from the Black Palace; a living, breathing structure built entirely out of those subjects who have incurred the wrath of the King.
But as Krish battles these impossible tasks he may be about to learn that there is more than his mother’s life at stake as he gets embroiled in a blood-thirsty fight for power in Ilir that will push his friendship with Balthrir to its limits.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
There is a time for everything. A time to be born and a time to die but for some, time is robbed when life ends far too soon. When 12-year-old Krish’s mum lays dying in a hospital bed he knows that he would do anything to give his mum more time with him and the family. Well someone or something was watching and it was willing to take him up on that!
After receiving instructions from a devil like creature and striking a bargain for what has to be the ultimate ‘time share’ deal I have ever heard of, he sets off to find Myrthali, the essence of time itself from the realm of Ilir. Talk about jet lag! This is a real small world that Krish could walk round and with days and nights so short that a lay in could mean he lost a whole day and half the evening! The ruler of this world is a brutal King that has been made mean with too much time on his hands in the Black Palace. He sets Krish three impossible tasks for the ultimate prize of the Myrthali.
Oh wow this mystical, magical journey of hope is just pure brilliance. One character that really shines is Balthrir a young girl with a hunger to learn everything magical, in her quest to become a mighty wizard herself. She is a bit of a con artist in order to get by and brings so much humour to the story as well as being a companion and guide for Krish on his quest. Not everything is light-hearted but the beauty of fantasy stories are the creations that have the chance to be born from the author’s imagination and whoa are there some crackers. I absolutely loved the Vulrein, they are real heart pounders no matter what age you are.
The quests were exquisite, daring and dangerous adventures like I have never read before. I never knew what was going to come next just knew that the Vulrein were getting ever closer. This is a pure adventure adrenaline fix for everyone!
Sometimes you can want something and be blinkered to the consequences of the bigger picture because what ever we do every action has a reaction. There was a price to pay for stealing time. This was a story that just kept giving. An adventure that has to continue I hope not too long into the future. Only time will tell! Superb no matter how old you are.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark is a proudly dyspraxic writer and filmmaker who has made over 100 book promos for a certain publisher named Unbound. He wrote and directed his first full-length play, Not the Story of Me, at 20 and went on to make three shorts which won Best Short awards (plus one Best Screenplay award) at festivals in the UK and the US. The last of these, Only One Person Will Like This Film, was picked by the BFI as one of their ’10 to try’ out of over 300 films at LSFF 2013.
He has written short fiction (The Pitch and I Killed Tristan Metcalf and Here’s How I Did It… ) for Lionsgate’s Fright Club ezine as well as articles for Den of Geek and Cult TV Times.
Since going freelance in 2013 he has created video content for Santander, Pearson, Choice Support, The Big Issue and MyLex as well as music videos (all based on concepts he pitched to the artists) for Nisha Chand, Ekkoes, Good Work Watson, Morgan Crowley and Go-Zilla. He recently wrote and directed the pilot episode for a sitcom based on his previous career in film marketing entitled It’s All Lies. He isn’t married and doesn’t live in Surrey but he did once climb a mountain dressed as Peter Pan.