Summary from Goodreads
What good is a toy that will wind down? What if you could put a heart in one? A real heart. One that beat and beat and didn't stop. What couldn't you do if you could make a toy like that? From the moment Mathias becomes the owner of a mysterious piece of paper, he is in terrible danger. Entangled in devious plots and pursued by the sinister Doctor Leiter and his devilish toys, Mathias finds himself on a quest to uncover a deadly secret.
Paperback, 356 pages
Published by David Fickling Books
Wow! I loved The Toymaker, it is bone chillingly good, nail bitingly brilliant and wonderfully edgy! I am a bit of a thrill seeker so this carefully paced thrill ride was the perfect book for me! Jeremy de Quidt writes compellingly, you will be riveted to this un-put-downable book and it will definitely have you holding your breath in places! The characters are awesome but I found my favourite was Valter, a cold, cruel and dangerous dwarf with only one thing on his mind! He will easily give you the creeps and you will always be wondering where he is and if he is watching.... The storyline is so inventive, wonderfully imagined and brought together so well by the author that you will eagerly be searching for your next thrilling fix!
Mathais' world is turned upside-down when his grandfather dies while preforming his conjuring act on stage. Suddenly everyone is interested in his grandfather and his possessions but the thing they are all seeking Mathias holds in his possession, but he has no idea what it is or how much trouble it will cause him.
Mathias is sold to a man who takes him on a coach through the woods and that's the start of his highly adventurous and shockingly dangerous tale! He will be thrown into dark and dangerous paths and meet some wicked people but still he holds the secret that everyone is desperately searching, but for how long for?
It is so hard not to give anything away so I won't say too much more. The ending is fantastic, satisfying and left off with a creepy little tid-bit just to keep you wondering! I could easily recommend The Toymaker, it is highly memorable and one that I will enjoy reading again and again!
*Special thanks to David Fickling books for the review copy*