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Clockworkers by Ramsey Isler – Review


Samantha Chablon is a self-proclaimed “gadget girl”. She runs the family watch repair shop while her eccentric old father spends his days researching fantastical stories of elves. Sam loves her father, but his odd habits have always been a mystery and a burden on the family. But that all changes after her father dies, and she discovers what he left for her.

Sam has inherited a real elf.

Piv is his name, and he is far older than his boyish face and personality would imply. But he’s also wise, and as an elf he is gifted with a preternatural proclivity for making things. Sam’s father taught Piv everything he knows about making watches, and he works faster than human hands could ever move. Sam, being much more enterprising than her father, sees opportunity in Piv’s talents. Soon Piv is not the only elf working for Sam as she goes about building a luxury watch empire powered by secret elf labor.

But the elves have remained hidden from humans for good reason, and it’s not easy to keep a factory full of territorial elves secret in the middle of a metropolis. One night when someone attempts to break into the factory, the elves take matters into their own hands. The incident gives Sam a glimpse of a dark and twisted side of elves that no fairy tales ever mentioned. Samantha will soon discover that great ambition often comes with great risk, and although her elf partners have agreed to work without pay, there are other costly consequences involved in striking a deal with elves.


My Review:

There’s a creepiness to this book that tugs on the mind. You start out with Piv, the typical, happy-to-help elf who can think of nothing better to do with his time than tinker in a watch factory. But by the end of the book, there’s a feeling of creepiness that niggles at you, daring you to keep reading. I sympathised with Sam, but in the end, I felt more sorry for Piv, Noc Noc and the others. Sam dug her way into the mess, and it’s really only by sheer luck that she manages to dig her way out again.

But, I guess that’s what you get if you put ambition before everything – and anyone – else.

A read that I think all teens – and even some of the adults I know – should read. The dangers of too much ambition play off well against the idea of your dreams coming true. But at what cost?



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