Genre: YA / Urban Fantasy
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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When the elves came front and center, it was very entertaining. I loved Piv's quips and misunderstandings. I also enjoyed learning about the “Kith”, which is what the elves call themselves. The story behind it is fascinating and I appreciated the author taking the time to research and reinvent the lore.
I saw this listed was a YA (though don't see it now) and some commenters mentioned YA as well, but this book is more of a NA for me as the character was 26, there was some mild adult content and there were no young adults in the story at all.
That being said, the writing was alright. The author created an interesting fantasy world with the kith and I found them far more fascinating than the story itself. I think this author has great promise with storytelling. This story though, didn't hit my usual marks.
About the Author:
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 http://blog.ramseyisler.com
Also you can find him on his WEBSITE