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Thursday, June 5, 2014

[BLOG TOUR: Review + Excerpt] Clockworkers by Ramsey Isler


Welcome to my stop at the Clockworkers blog tour organized by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours! What I have here today is my 4-star review of Clockworkers by Ramsey Isler and a short excerpt from the book. Enjoy reading, loves!


Clockworkers

Author: Ramsey Isler
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
Published: November 20th 2013
Purchase from: Amazon
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.

Hours passed. The hot chocolate was gone. Samantha was knocked out cold, and lying face-down on her kitchen table. A little trail of drool dangled from her mouth and pooled onto the table. Sam was in perfect, dreamless sleep.

She never would've known someone else was there if Rupert hadn't barked.

Rupert's yelp woke Sam with a start and she was instantly alert. In her mind she cursed herself for letting her guard down. She checked her watch. 11:35.

She looked down at Rupert and saw him staring into the living room. The lights were off in there. Sam was certain they were on before she dozed off. 

Sam didn't have Rupert's excellent senses, but she could still tell something was awry. Some ancient remnant of human evolution told her she was not alone. The back of her neck tingled and her heart raced. She stuffed her hand into the pocket on the belly of her hoodie and clasped the handle of her gun. “I know you're here,” she said. “Come out where I can see you.”

She saw his eyes first—two shining orbs in the darkness, approaching slowly. Then dainty feet clad in handmade shoes appeared. Then a pert little nose, and a coppery face sporting a beaming smile with long eyeteeth that looked sharper than Rupert's.

Rating:
I've never read anything like this before. Clockworkers is a very good urban fantasy that adds a dark and interesting twist to creatures we often find in fairy tales.

Awesome characters. The main character, Sam, is easy to dislike, but I admire her for being ambitious and practical. She knows what she wants and she works to get it. I also like that she's simple and refuses to be dictated by the norms just so she can sell her watches. And the Kith! I love Piv. I like his innocence and childlike nature. He's funny and smart and his elf-logic, though sometimes frustrating, is astonishing. The other Kith are amazing, too. They have different personalities but they're all interesting and talented. Even Hax is a colorful, albeit creepy, character.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the twists and turns of the story. There was a bit of a slack in the middle but I was really hooked into it that I didn't mind the dull parts that much. It had the right amount of mystery and suspense while sticking to the fantasy genre. There were bits of humor, too, courtesy of the Kith. The different tales about the Kith were rich and nicely delivered. The author did a good job in incorporating these tales to his own story.

Clockworkers is an amazing fantasy read. I definitely recommend this book to those who like their fantasy with a dark twist.


Ramsey Isler is an author, software developer, and designer who lives in Los Angeles. He currently writes feature articles and media reviews at IGN.com, an entertainment site that focuses on TV, movies, and video games. Ramsey loves books, anything with circuits and wires, and cats.

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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Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!

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