Chaos Clock

Gill Arbuthnott

Out of print

Quick Look

  • Sequel to fun time-twisting adventure Chaos Clock
  • 'An engaging tale of good against evil involving magic and touching on love, loss and sacrifice. It is well-plotted with rounded characters and a satisfying ending.' Booktrusted
  • Kate and David face the Lords of Chaos once again in a bid to stop them destroying the barriers between time

Set in contemporary Edinburgh, 11-year-old David and Kate become embroiled in a battle between the Lords of Chaos and the Guardians of Time, to control time itself.

Floris Books
Age Range:
From 8 to 12 years
176 pages
Publication date:
02 May 2013


"What do you mean, we are the keys?" Kate asked incredulously.
"From time to time, certain people are born whose fate it is to aid or thwart the attempts of Chaos to destroy time. You and David are two such people. Look."
As he spoke, the room turned misty around them.

Kate and David are eleven-years-old and best of friends, playing football and doing their museum project together. But in Edinburgh, where they live, time is coming unstuck and the past is breaking loose. Old Mr Flowerdew needs their help in the war between the Lords of Chaos and the Guardians of Time, centred around the mysterious Millennium Clock at the Royal Museum.

Can Kate use her grandmother's golden necklace to restrain the power of Chaos, and will David be able to help the Guardians, even if it means losing his mother all over again?


'An unusual, enjoyable combination of fantasy thriller and psychological drama with a warmly satisfying ending.'
-- Kathryn Ross, The Scotsman (Christmas Picks)

'A dramatic read, well crafted, well sustained and imaginative.'
-- Di Hope, Times Education Supplement Scotland

'A most engaging fantasy novel. What might have been a straightforward tussle is enriched and complicated by the personal circumstances of the children... Dynamic and satisfying.'
-- Lindsey Fraser, Sunday Herald

'This time-slip novel is a great read: convincingly narrated with good characterisation, a plot full of mystery and suspense, and a palpable sense of history.'
-- Booktrusted (

'A challenging read, with finely-drawn characters... The first of a new series of 'Contemporary Kelpies', this novel is worthy of its famous predecessors.'
-- Elizabeth Finlayson, School Librarian Journal

'I thought this book was well-written ... the story is very well done. I would give it marks for originality.'
-- Stuart, James Gillespie's High School, Teen Titles


Gill Arbuthnott was born and brought up in Edinburgh, but escaped briefly to study in St Andrews and Southampton. She couldn't stay away, however, and now lives in Edinburgh with her family and Leonard the cat. A former biology teacher, she has written several novels for children: The Chaos Clock, The Chaos Quest and Winterbringers (all Floris Books), as well as books with Barrington Stoke and The Keeper's Daughter, published by Chicken House.

You can also visit the author's own website at


Download or print a free Teacher's Guide for this book:
Chaos Clock Teacher's Guide

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Also available in paperback:
Chaos Clock(Paperback edition)

Also available by Gill Arbuthnott:
Chaos Quest
Dark Spell

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