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The Clockwork Magician

Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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A street urchin with a mysterious gift. A nightmarish enemy hunting over the gaslit streets of London. Dark magic rising.

It’s a cold winter’s night when Jake Shillingsworth, serving boy at The Tattered Crow, finds himself running a task for his monstrous master Silas Grumble. Jake’s errands are never fun, but this one is worse than most. This one’s for a witch...

When Jake’s best friend is snatched by a terrifying creature, he’s forced to seek help from Professor Thistlequick: an eccentric man known as the "clockwork magician".

Soon, Jake finds himself in strange, shadowed streets and soaring over clouds in a race to stop the gravest of threats. London Bridge is falling down and so will the entire city if Jake and his unlikely companions fail.

The Clockwork Magician is what would happen if Sherlock Holmes met Doctor Who with a Dickensian cast of grotesques, nail-biting adventures, and shadowy heroines who aren’t what they seem.

Buy The Clockwork Magician today and embark on this thrilling adventure today!

©2019 Eldritch Black (P)2019 Eldritch Black

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Steampunk Potter?!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this . It was so entertaining and so vividly described.The villain in this story is downright scary. I loathed Mr. Grumble but I enjoyed his well deserved endind..I actually laughed at THAT visualization!😂 Jake is just a really cool kid...he was handed a terrible life and was ready to accept his lot in life..but then....You gotta love the FUN and sometimes hair brained Professor. I wish I had SPRING shoes...the narration here is just superb. This really isn't my kind of story but I got really drawn in.

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Loved it from the first clockwork "plink"

I loved everything about this book. Even the tiny pieces of clockwork-sounding music fit perfectly. The characters were well developed and I felt a connection to them. The dialog was crisp and flowed smoothly. And the many voices of the narrator stood out as a great performance, yet did not draw away from the story...but complemented it. I rarely like everything about a book...but in this case, everything worked.

My only challenge at the end is I still can't imagine how you get steam on a bicycle, and wonder how long it would take to get the boiler going, but those are my issues, not something that is a big distraction.

I was given a copy of this book at my request in exchange for a fair review, but I would have gladly paid for the pleasure of listening to this.

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An interesting, though unpredictable, story

Here we have an interesting take on an alternate London that quickly becomes wildly unpredictable.

As always, Hannibal Hills gives us a phenomenal audio performance. His voices are varied, distinct, and masterfully crafted; male and female voices both. His vocal inflections and accents are always spot on, and his tempo shifts are always perfect for the tension in any given scene.

Although there are only three or four characters with any real development, they are well developed. Each has their own quirks, goals, and motivations.

The world the author has created is interesting, though I can't help thinking that the ramifications of the available technology have not been adequately considered.

The existence of magic is touched on, but other than the fact that it exists and tends to swirl around the main character there is almost no actual information about the magic of the world.

The writing style is a little old fashioned and reminiscent of The Alchemist. However, between the lack of details and general silliness of a lot of it, I can't help thinking this book was written for a middle grade audience, perhaps the 10-12 age group.

Not that this is a bad thing, I just wasn't expecting it.

I only have one real issue with the story though, which is the general unpredictability of it. For about the first half (give or take) of the book, there is a fairly logical progression of events that are directly tied to the main character's actions.

And then the Clockwork Magician gets directly involved in the plot.

From there, the plot gets more and more random. There is very little rhyme or reason to most of the events until near the end when the main character's actions become the driving force again.

This randomness isn't quite enough to be labeled Deus Ex Machina, but it comes very close.

Now, past that we come to an ending that is reasonably well thought out and brings the story to a neat and satisfying close.

I would recommend this book to any steampunk reader who likes things a little on the silly side and is here more for the steam tech than the magic.

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Steampunk Middle Grade Dickensian Adventure

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.


Eldritch Black's new series starts with a poor street urchin Jake Shillingsworth that works at a run down inn under a cruel taskmaster. He is different. He can see things no one else seems able to with his mismatched eyes. A witch, a cogwork man, a demon and a an invisible airship later, his friends are missing and his life is in danger.

Enter the eponymous is somewhat scatter brained cogwork magician. He introduces fantasy, whimsy and all types of steam powered contraptions.

The main characters are realized and brought to life with skill and the adventure takes twists and turns throughout. There are no dull moments. The setting of a fantasy London with steampunk trappings is vividly brought to life and by the action packed conclusion, promises of future adventures await. You can enjoy this book as a standalone novel and enjoy it.

There are children in constant peril and some of the threats are suitably creepy that I would say your average middle grade child could handle it, but this adult enjoyed it thoroughly as well.

Hannibal Hills gives a smooth delivery with varied accents, voices and brings a well written tale to life.

I knew this duo from a previous work "Krampus and The Thief of Christmas" and was pleased to find they're only getting better.

I cannot recommend this book enough for the young and young at heart.

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Hang on Tight!

High energy, non stop action. Great storyline. Narrator develops each character so well you'll feel your right in the middle of their race to stop the abduction of children.
Would like to see this continue especially the professor.
This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review.