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Serving Time

(Servants of Time)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Life and death have been industrialized. The Forge, the birthplace of every soul, is a rumbling factory owned by the goddess Time, managed by Lucifer, and powered by the labor of demons and imps. In this dystopian world, a renegade interplanetary pilot running from his past doesn't stand a chance.

Handling Neptunian meth and dodging security cannons are all in a day’s work
ebook, New Cover, 380 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Createspace (first published May 2nd 2013)
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Elizabeth Rhodes
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This setting is far too complex for just one novel. Good thing there are sequels.

The characters are relatable from the start. Nobody is perfect, not even the gorgeous goddess who oversees the universe. And the character interactions hit a range of emotions, from hilarious to frightening to heart-rending. There was one scene toward the end that nearly brought me to tears.

I will be keeping an eye on Making Time for when it comes out.
Richard Flores IV
Review originally from my website

When I saw this cover art, I was instantly drawn into the idea of this story. I’ve said it before, but cover art matters, and this art work was stunning.

Serving Time follows two brothers, Tristan and Eneld Cross. Eneld finds himself abandoning his ambitions and helping his brother (with the help of a demon’s “visit.”). Tristan is far from a good person who goes from a murderer for hire to a drug mule. Together they hope to escape persecution
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy this review, please check out my reviews at I review only independently published books so you can always find something new!

On a day when I am irrevocably snowed in and the only thing I have to do is shovel out the goats for the third time, a book called “Serving Time” seems incredibly appropriate.

Reviewing “Serving Time” is a bit more convoluted than many of the books I have reviewed. I find myself unable to simply say “yes I liked it” or “no I didn
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review.

To be honest, there were so many reasons for me not to want to read this book. For a start, I made a vow never to read anything from the science fantasy genre years ago because my first encounter with one was absolutely horrible. Also, I'm guilty of judging a book by its cover and this book's cover certainly isn't all that breathtaking. On top of all that, the blurb wasn't all that fascinating. Getting the book from the
Carrie Lange
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this book 2 days ago, figuring it would be something I could read myself to sleep with. I was so wrong! because once I started, I couldn't stop, and it kept me AWAKE instead of putting me to sleep, lol. =D

The thing that instantly struck me was how professional and polished it was. I felt like I was reading a regularly published book, instead of self published (no offense to self publishers!)

The first 2 characters I met, I fell in love with. And that continued through out. Loved
Jamie Marchant
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a lot of books, so it isn’t often I come across one that is truly innovative. The quirky Serving Time, however, is something different. It seamlessly weaves together the science-fiction and fantasy elements of the story to create an outstanding read that isn’t a rehash of other stories. The fantasy elements dealing with reincarnation and True Selves are an interesting innovation, and the science fiction elements are believable without overbearing the characters and plot. All the main c ...more
Kristen Walker
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serving Time hits the ground running with vibrant characters, a complex world, and a good sense of humor. The moment that I read wrinkles in time were actual crows' feet on the face of the goddess of Time, I knew I was in for a fun ride, and the rest did not disappoint. The book kept pulling me back in and I had to keep reading until I reached the very end. I'll be looking forward to the sequel! ...more
Therese Arkenberg
Nov 07, 2013 rated it liked it
For this review, another thank you is in order to the LibraryThing giveaways program, and of course Nadine Ducca herself for offering the first volume of her Timekeepers trilogy.

Although I was often confused over what was going on, the original mythological background of Serving Time was strong from the beginning. The author has clearly spent time developing this mythology and shows it by demonstrating her characters' familiarity with its workings. I found Robert, the wizard who figured out how
Evelyn Basham
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Humans took delight in so many petty joys. If only they knew how haphazardly the universe functioned."
–The Goddess, Time, Serving Time, Ch. 8, Paragraph 4.

God and his angels have skipped out on the universe, leaving the Goddess Time and demons to run everything. This is the backdrop of the space odyssey “Serving Time” By Nadine Ducca.

“Serving Time” is a mix of Sci Fi and Fantasy, with a sprinkling of Philosophy and a dash of Dark Comedy. Does this Science Fantasy work? Let’s take a look.

Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right from paragraph one of the prologue it was clear that this was going to be something special - Ducca has a wonderfully pithy turn of phrase which she deploys liberally. In her opening lines setting the scene in a universe abandoned by Logos its creator, she describes the three goddesses who remain (past, present and future) and concludes that "With them came nostalgia, audacity, and uncertainty" from that moment I knew I was hooked.

The style of the novel is a fantasy/sci-fi cross over and I
Indie Books
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
As reviewing on Indie Books R Us:

Rating: Yay with qualifiers

It’s been awhile since I’ve been graced with a sci-fi book for the Indies pile! I was more than pleased. And this book, with its twists and turns, certainly serves up sci-fi fun times, with a bit of a twist.

We follow two brothers, Eneld and Tristan as they attempt to save each other from their personal burdens—Eneld’s drug addiction, and the shadows haunting Tristan’s past. We soon discover that Tristan’s shadows are from more than just
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was sent an copy of this book by Netgalley and thought it would appeal to me because of the mix of science fiction/ fantasy and mythology. However I found it quite heavy going in places and the main characters were rather difficut to relate to. In fact I was more interested in the fate of Petey the bio-robotic rat and Seth, Petey's creator, than I was in Tristan and Eneld Cross. Time is supposedly very beautiful but does not gain the empathy of the reader because she seems more concerned with ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
An interesting combination of sci-fi and fantasy where gods and demons are at work behind the scenes of a space faring humanity. The gods are the anthropomorphic Greek style with faults and quirks rather than the boring omniscient killjoy types. The story also loops in reincarnation and a few other metaphysical ideas. One of the more creative premises for a story I've seen in a while. ...more
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I so wanted to like this book. Even now that I'm done I find myself thinking about the plotlines. But the book never quite came together, and the ending was disappointing and a little confusing. Disappointing. ...more
Sara Diane
I got this one from NetGalley.

The story sounded intriguing, but the storytelling was nothing short of ludicrous--it was just so silly that I couldn't take it seriously enough to read it.
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