Review: The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick


Edward picks up what he thinks is a rock. He doesn’t know it is a sleeping Time Fetch—and touching it will release its foragers too soon and alter the entire fabric of time and space. Soon the bell rings to end class just as it has begun. Buses race down streets, too far behind schedule to stop for passengers. Buildings and sidewalks begin to disappear as the whole fabric of the universe starts to unravel. To try to stop the foragers, Edward must depend on the help of his classmates Feenix, Danton, and Brigit—whether he likes it or not. They all have touched the Fetch, and it has drawn them together in a strange and thrilling adventure. The boundaries between worlds and dimensions are blurred, and places and creatures on the other side are much like the ones they’ve always known—but slightly twisted, a little darker, and much more dangerous.

A fast-paced tale filled with mythology, danger, friendship, and a shocking centuries-old secret, The Time Fetch is sure to delight fans of fantasy adventure with its tale of ordinary kids who tumble into a magical situation.

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The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick features a unique premise and a diverse group of main characters. The novel follows a group of four classmates who, though they interact daily, know very little about one another. This changes after the students are tasked with bringing a rock to school for their science class. Edward, waiting to the last minute to finish the assignment, grabs the only rock he can find on his way to school, but this isn’t any ordinary rock. The rock is actually a Time Fetch, the resting place for foragers who do just that: fetch – or collect – time. Soon, with time disappearing all over the place and some particularly nasty witches on the hunt for the time fetch, their whole world is thrown off course. And it’s up to these four unlikely allies to band together to set things right!

I enjoyed the premise of the Time Fetch. Adults and young readers will relate to, and have no problem envisioning, the minuscule foragers eating up minutes, hours, and days in the blink of an eye. We’ve all had those days where we just can’t believe how quickly the time flies… those are the days the foragers are out and about, eating up time and making the days fly by.

I loved how different the four main characters are. This novel clearly illustrates the power of individuals banding together in friendship. Alone, none of the characters could have achieved the goal of capturing the foragers and returning the fetch to its rightful destination. Together, each were armed with specific skills, they were a formidable and effective team. The Time Fetch sends a positive and powerful message about embracing differences and individuality.

I’m hoping that there will be another adventure featuring Edward, Feenix, Danton, and Brigit. Throughout the book, the characters come to appreciate each others’ strengths and they just started to feel like true friends by the end of the novel. I’d really like to see how those relationships develop and how the characters’ interactions change and grow. Hopefully Herrick will give readers another adventure with this fun group!

I will note that I did feel that there were some pacing issues with the book. While the novel has quite a lot of action, there are some parts of the novel that felt slow. For readers that have connected with the main characters, I don’t anticipate there being an issues, but with younger readers who are easily distracted, this might prove to be an issue. That said, I think The Time Fetch is better suited to readers who are, perhaps, already strong, motivated readers. 

I recommend The Time Fetch for its fresh concept and well-developed and engaging characters.


Algonquin Books, August 2013,Hardcover, ISBN:9781616202200, 320 pgs.

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