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.
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I LOVE elves. Any kind. Clockworkers is an awesome elf story! The author has a great, unique take on the lore about elves.
Clockworkers is a cautionary tale. Never look a gift horse in the mouth, but check the fine print. Sam should have been satisfied with Piv, but her creativity and greed gets the best of her and she finds herself in a precarious situation that could’ve been avoided if she just stopped, listened and trusted the people around her. As in most elf stories (in this book they are called Kith) there is a hierarchy. Piv is the ambivalent but loyal elf, there is a few evil elves, lazy elves and mischievous ones. Piv seems to be the pseudo leader, mostly because he seems to be the smartest and most curious. He likes humans and dogs, tinkering is his favorite past time and if you give him pudding he’s happy. Sam’s biggest mistake is not realizing that elves are like people, not one is the same. It makes sense after learning how elves are made and why there are no girls…..
All in all a fantastic book. A great horror/paranormal book. 5 stars from me.
About the author:
For fiction, Ramsey usually writes urban fantasy that blends elements of science fiction and suspense. His stories feature young protagonists that are often unsure of themselves, but they find the strength to persevere when faced with extreme circumstances. Ramsey does not write traditional “evil” villains or black-and-white morality tales; he instead opts for antagonists and anti-heroes who have viewpoints and ideals that pose difficult moral challenges for the protagonists, and the worlds they inhabit.
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