Captives of Time

Bosse, Malcolm

Published by Laurel Leaf, 1989
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Synopsis: Late 14th century Europe. The lives of sixteen-year old Anne and her mute younger brother Niklas are shattered when they witness the senseless murder of their parents by a band of marauding soldiers. Now alone, Anne and Niklas begin the perilous journey north in the hopes of finding their uncle Albrecht, a clockmaker – and their only chance for survival. But medieval Europe is a violent place, and as they forge onwards, Anne and Niklas must beware of the dangers that lurk ahead... Upon finding refuge with their uncle, Anne soon learns the art of clockmaking – and of her uncle’s revolutionary plans to invent a clock. But these plans soon attract the attention of rival forces who also seek to control the power of time. With dangerous foes lurking on every corner, as well as the ever-present threat of the Plague, will Anne and Niklas ever find safety? A gripping tale of survival and bravery, Captives of Time features a colourful cast of characters whilst capturing the harsh realities of life in 14th century Europe.

Praise for Malcolm Bosse

‘A novel of the 14th Century is a formidable undertaking but Mr Bosse has wonderfully succeeded.’ Graham Greene ‘A deeply moving novel of a young boy’s search for roots in two countries.’ – New York Times 'Not since Shogun has a western novelist so succeeded in capturing the essence of Asia- The New York Times Book Review Malcolm Joseph Bosse (1926–2002) was an American author of both young adult and adult novels. He was born in Detriot, Michigan, and is a graduate of Yale University. He served in the US Navy and was also an English teacher in City College of New York in Manhattan. His novels are often set in Asia, and have been praised for their cultural and historical information relating to the character's adventures. Bosse mostly wrote historical fiction after the publication of The Warlord, which quickly became a bestseller. He also won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1983.

From School Library Journal: Grade 7-10 Time is the binding theme in this starkly imagined life in late medieval Europe. Sixteen-year-old Anne's Uncle Albrecht, an ex-monk, seeks to order time as if thus to ascertain the mind of God. But rival forcesa duke, the church, and the town merchantsalso seek control of this new power image, the clock, amid social upheavals of laborers, marauding soldiers, outbreaks of plaguetimes of casual brutality, rape. Anne narrates this three-year account (her mute younger brother and his ever-present pet rabbit her companion and foil), from the horrendous opening scenes of her parents' murder, to a future made hopeful through her clockmaking experience. There are wonderful minor characters, such as a crazed Knight Templar and a Jew who finds temporary refuge as a copyist. Although some characters are introduced or events staged to present special information (e.g., knighthood, taxation, housekeeping practices), the crafting is so good and the writing so vivid that readers will be grateful. There are a few sunny spotsice skating and delight in a spring day after being plague-bound, but the overall atmosphere evoked is somber and symbolic. Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
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