Can't recall book names or author or character names.
- Looking for a series (7-9 books).
- The first part of title was always the same as if it was a chronicle or Quest and vaguely remember something about time.
- Blue cover always with male character as if walking out of a tunnel with machinery/clockwork/swords etc. in background.
- Long titles
- Target audience was Young Adult
- I have spent days searching online, but can find zero reference to it.
- Book 1, he is discovering his magicalesque abilities.
- Black rubbery magical material he finds/uses.
- Reference to his grandfather who had died recently.
- There's a young girl (teen) Rebecca or Kate that he has a love interest in. She seemed very strong willed.
- He's from a wealthy background.
- His cousin is a prince that he has to protect - book 1 only.
- Political / war theme, but much more focused on the magical ability of the male protagonist.
- His father is someone important.
- The girl is training to be a soldier or assassin in some kind of guild.
He travels with an odd group to a factory where the baddies are making weapons. They hide in these animal shaped big statues on the garden grounds of this factory/castle through trap doors.
That's all I can think of; the books are brilliant and I can't REMEMBER and it's driving me nuts. I think it was published between 2000-2012.