Mini Review: The Keys of the Watchmen by Kathleen C. Perrin

The Keys of the Watchmen
The Watchmen Saga #1
Kathleen C. Perrin
Genre: YA Time Travel
Katelyn Michaels plans on hating every moment of her visit to Mont Saint Michel with her father’s new French wife. Once there, she is confused when she experiences sensations of déjà vu as she and her younger brother explore the medieval village and abbey. She is even more disturbed when she is confronted by two unusual young men, one who insists she has a sacred mission, and the other who will stop at nothing, even murder, to prevent her from fulfilling her destiny.

When the oddly-dressed but alluring Nicolas slips Katelyn a strange medallion, she is whisked back through time where her Watchmen hosts tell her she is the only hope to save Mont Saint Michel. Even worse, she learns that those trying to destroy the mount are led by a fallen angel intent on learning the mount's closely-guarded secret.

Katelyn is torn by feelings of anger at being taken back in time, inadequacy at finding a modern solution for a medieval problem, and responsibility for the mount’s starving inhabitants. She is also perturbed by her surprising attraction to the ill-tempered Nicolas. Will she stay to learn why she was chosen by the Archangel Michael and find a way to save his mount?
Review copy provided by the author



Finishing a book meant that a reader could finally get the answers; however, the Keys to the Watchmen left me with even more questions. 

Why was Katelyn Michaels chosen to go back in time, be a Watchwoman and help save Mont Saint Michel from the Godons? 

Katelyn Michaels experienced déjà vu as she toured modern Mont Saint Michel. Then, out of nowhere she was confronted by two mysterious boys, each offering differing outcomes but the same destiny. When she touched an intriguing medallion, she was whisked back in time and the wheel of fate truly began to turn. 

From my perspective, Katelyn was random girl picked by fate to go back in time and enact a sacred mission. But what is it about her that made her Watchman material? Does she have lineage? Does she have an extraordinary ability? Or is she just simply a “Chosen One” without rhyme or reason? Why her? 

What does being a Watchman really entail? Does his/her duty limit itself to safeguarding Mont Saint Michel? 

A Watchman, in itself a rare species, has a duty to guard and keep safe the secrets of Mont Saint Michel. But is that really it? Or are there other duties and obligations that has yet to be revealed? Is it voluntary, a calling, rock-paper-scissors or Pikachu, I choose you? 

Katelyn should have read the fine print. 

What was the secret of Mont Saint Michel? It wasn’t really clearly stated (was it finally revealed at all?) 

Will Katelyn and Nicolas ever meet again? Or is this another Chihiro/Haru case? 

Overall

The draw of time travel fiction is a chance for me to relive history vicariously as real time travel hasn’t been physically achieved yet. 

Descriptive and comprehensive, Kathleen Perrin’s writing managed to transport me to the 15th century.

Ayanami Faerudo

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