Book Review: Clockworkers by Ramsey Isler

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I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Clockworkers by Ramsey IslerClockworkers by Ramsey Isler
on November 20, 2013
Genres: Fairytale, Fantasy
Pages: 343
Source: Author
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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 Thoughts

This has a fabulous feeling of fantasy. As I started reading I felt like I was reading a fairytale, something that I would want to share with my daughter and nieces. As the story progresses I started wondering when the crap was going to hit the fan! So much is in this that I wasn’t sure what to be scared of exactly, but I knew from the ominous feeling that something was going to happen, and it does! Ohhh it does!

Sam, the main character, has inherited her father’s clock shop. But unlike her father she is full of ambition. She can see where she wants to take the company, just not how. Then she meets Piv. She goes from not believing in fairies to believing but it definitely wasn’t an immediate thing. She even tries to shoot the poor little guy! But as we learn more about him and his little friends we find out that he’s an elf and that’s where the story really starts!

The plot was fabulous. I really enjoyed the growth, or even lack of growth, of the characters and where they went. I really was getting into the book and it’s at right around halfway when that ominous feeling starts to show it’s ugly face but then it wasn’t it feeling! Stuff starts happening and Sam can’t keep control of everything around her. It’s just crazy!

Much like the older fairy tales where they didn’t necessarily have a good ending, and where you’re not sure if the heroine is going to come out on top, this book is exactly like that. I was waiting with bated breath to see what was going to happen and didn’t get many answers until nearly the end.

And it was the way that Ramsey doesn’t spoon feed the information but made Sam work for it that I liked as well. We’ve all heard stories about elves but you never know which ones are true so Sam had to find her own way through the mess.

Absolutely brilliant writing. Just a few wordy spots that I wanted to skim through to get to the meat of the story but nothing that would detract from a great book.

The Author

For much of my life, I was one of those quirky folk known as a “coder”. I wrote computer code, not stories. I was fairly successful at it, and I had a lot of fun doing it. But my true passion was writing books and stories that would inspire and ignite the light of creativity in others, just as my favorite storytellers had inspired me in my youth. I’m still in the early phases of my journey as an author, but it has been quite an adventure so far.

I write contemporary fantasy, epic fantasy, and sci-fi. My books The Remortal, Ghosts of ARCADIA, The Ninth Order, and Clockworkers are available on various digital book stores.

My favorite things include Japanese food, gadgets, comics, and cats.

You can find my regular musings on my blog at


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2 Responses to “Book Review: Clockworkers by Ramsey Isler”

    • Christina

      Young ish adult. There are some moments of horror that would definitely be too much for a child. Although I’m a weird aunt and I can’t wait to share this with my niece when she gets a bit older! I think it was a great mix of fantasy with realism though. 😀