The Chronos Files

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 9,642 ratings

Timebound Publisher's Summary

2013 Winner — Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award — Grand Prize and Young Adult Fiction Winner.

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence.

Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future. Risking everything, she travels back in time to the Chicago World’s Fair to try to prevent the murder and the chain of events that follows.

Changing the timeline comes with a personal cost — if Kate succeeds, the boy she loves will have no memory of her existence. And regardless of her motives, does Kate have the right to manipulate the fate of the entire world?

©2013 Rysa Walker (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • Timebound

    • By: Rysa Walker
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4,324
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,911
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,915

    When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Completely Enjoyed It

    • By Lessa on 06-27-14

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 1.5

    • Time's Echo

    • A CHRONOS Files Novella
    • By: Rysa Walker
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 873
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 798
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 796

    Kiernan Dunne abandoned his family ties to help Kate fight the Cyrists, and he's never regretted that for one moment. But he doesn't understand why Kate can't remember that night in 1893 Chicago, when she turned back to face the killer chasing them through the smoky corridors of the World's Fair Hotel. Kate placed the CHRONOS key around his neck and made his eight-year-old self promise to wear it always, and that's a promise Kiernan has never broken.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Finally a novella for my favorite character

    • By Claudia H on 03-14-16

    Regular price: $14.95

  • Book 2

    • Time's Edge

    • The Chronos Files, Book 2
    • By: Rysa Walker
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879

    To stop her sadistic grandfather, Saul, and his band of time travelers from rewriting history, Kate must race to retrieve the CHRONOS keys before they fall into the Cyrists’ hands. If she jumps back in time and pulls the wrong key - one that might tip off the Cyrists to her strategy - her whole plan could come crashing down, jeopardizing the future of millions of innocent people. Kate’s only ally is Kiernan, who also carries the time-traveling gene.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Maybe I'm too much of an adult for this YA book

    • By Marie on 11-13-14
    • The Chronos Files, Book 2
    • By: Rysa Walker
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    • Release date: 10-21-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073 ratings

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 2.5

    • Time's Mirror

    • A CHRONOS Files Novella
    • By: Rysa Walker
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 545
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 495
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 494

    A simple blink is all it takes to yank Pru from the car with her dad into a world of hurt. She awakens in 2305 to find herself pinned under what's left of CHRONOS headquarters, thanks to a recent terrorist attack. Their prime suspect? Her mother, Katherine Shaw. And everyone wants to know how Pru got her hands on a CHRONOS key.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOOOOOW!

    • By Lizi McKibben on 08-19-15

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Time's Divide

    • The Chronos Files, Book 3
    • By: Rysa Walker
    • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
    • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

    The Cyrists are swiftly moving into position to begin the Culling, and Kate's options are dwindling. With each jump to the past or the future, Kate may trigger a new timeline shift. Worse, the loyalties of those around her - including the allegiances of Kiernan and the Fifth Column, the shadowy group working with Kate - are increasingly unclear.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I have mixed feelings about this one.

    • By Bookworm on 11-11-15

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 3.5

    • Simon Says: Tips for the Intrepid Time Traveler

    • The CHRONOS Files, Book 3.5
    • By: Rysa Walker
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 231
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 215

    Simon Rand's life isn't exactly linear, but he's okay with that. He was older than his mother when they first met, and he's traveled pretty much everywhere the CHRONOS key can take him. Much of his childhood was spent in the 1890s on the Cyrist Farm with his friend, Kiernan Dunne, but summer vacations meant hanging out with his grandfather in the 2020s, training to be Saul Rand's right-hand man, and fixing bits of history to help build Cyrist International.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • nice

    • By spruillella on 07-26-16

    Regular price: $6.95