The Toymaker is a very dark children's novel written by Jeremy de Quidt.
From the moment that the circus boy, Mathias, takes a small roll of paper from the dying conjuror, his fate is sealed. For on it is the key to a terrifying secret, and there are those who would kill him rather than have it told.
Pursued by the sinister Dr. Leiter with his exquisite doll and malevolent dwarf, preyed on by the circus master and his vicious painted wife, Mathias is drawn into a relentless nightmare. A nightmare that will lead him to the Toymaker, and to a knife as cruel as frost.
This novel contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Katta.
- Antagonist Title
- Anti-Hero: Katta.
- Big Bad: Dr. Leiter.
- Bigger Bad: The Toymaker.
- Eye Scream: Katta tries to blind a boy who threw a stone at her years ago.
- Fairy Tale: Of the grimmest kind.
- Freak Out: Katta goes mad once she's made into the Duchess.
- Heart Trauma: The Toymaker used sparrows' hearts in his experiments. Then he moved onto human hearts.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Katta is treated this way in the finale. After all, every Duke needs his Duchess.
- Implacable Man: Valter the clockwork dwarf.
- Karma Houdini: The Toymaker gets away at the end, and it's implied he's still out there. Same with Valter.
- Kill and Replace: This happened to the Duke.
- Pinball Protagonist: Mathias.
- Robotic Reveal: The Duke is made of clockwork; the real one has been dead for years.
- Supporting Protagonist: Mathias, who only does one thing of import in the whole book.
- 0% Approval Rating: The Duke, though he used to be a kind and fair ruler. This is because he was killed and had his heart harvested to make a clockwork replacement.