Clocktwist is complicated. There are five different planets, four different dimensions, one alternate universe inside one of those dimensions, time travel and shapeshifting, and four(?) different protagonists who are introduced at different times and don’t even meet until halfway through the book. (Two of them never even meet the other two.)
Not to mention a bunch of side plots, timeline differences, and plot twists. Oh, and also, it’s about quadruped animals rather than humans (the main villain is a chimera, the main hero is an orizore, one of the Clocktwisters is a lateopardus and the other two Clocktwisters are “siblings” but of completely different heritage and also species).
I’m… honestly quite scared that the sheer amount of things packed into it will scare people off. Also, most books are about humans, which people can relate to and know the most about, whereas the only humans in this are foreign and cannot be understood by the main cast (with the exception of the Clocktwisters, who can understand them but choose not to interact). There are no biped characters, it’s all winged mountain cats and time traveling lions and a bilby with a Scottish accent. (Bilbies are real animals, by the way.)
But other than that, everything has a reason for existing in the story. It’s easy to understand if you can take everything in. There are little to no plot holes and all the characters are intriguing and different. The plot is packed to the brim with mystery, good writing, good storytelling, amazing characters and a whole lot of love, if people can get past the clutter.
I don’t want to have to cut anything out, and I don’t really think I can — not without messing everything up. If I did have to change if for continuity, I’d remove the Tinybones plot with the two extra protagonists (since it’s just there for flavor and also incorporating some of my favorite roleplay characters into the story, since theirs was the story that inspired this one to take off). Other than that, I gueeeesss I could remove all of Sound’s protagonist-ness and center the story entirely on Shade, but then I’d DEFINITELY have to make an extra book or two depicting what happened to everyone in Kekeron and expanding the storyline… and THEN I’d have to explain where Acacia and Jasper and Salem went after they escaped, alongside Ice’s connection with Soul, which would already tie into the original storyline depending on which route her owner (this is all based off of a roleplay, the character of Ice doesn’t belong to me) takes when a certain choice is presented.
So… yeah. Very long story, probably more than 3 books in its most compressed form, definitely more than five if I feel the need to write books on Kekeron and the origins of the Clocktwisters. Also a book on Portalmaster’s Conquest. 6, then? Hmm…
EDIT: There’s also a character named Ikxenspump. Nobody’s going to know how to pronounce Ikxenspump. But it’s his name, and it darn fits him, so they’ll have to deal with it.