The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
by Natasha Pulley
Read: July 21 - 26, 2017
Published: July 14, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA
Source: Paperback from publisher (TY!)
Category: Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Clocks, Time
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Book Description: 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.
Every time I try to write more about this book, I can't manage it. It just feels as if doing so will spoil the magic of the story. Do you ever feel like that? As if, writing out all the details of a book in a review will take away from some of the magic of why you love it so? It doesn't happen with every book I read, but because it has with this one, I'm leaving this very short review as it is. But I highly recommend The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and The Bedlam Stacks, two of my favorite - and most enchanting - reads this year.
I loved this book so much! The entire fabric of the story is gorgeous and in its seams is the tale of two lonely people finding each other. That and a bombing and pianos and a clockwork octopus and the ability to see future possibilities. The only thing I didn't like was Grace's role in the story. Although I've come to a lot more peace about her after the end, I was definitely not a fan of how some things involving her played out. But Thaniel and Mori stole my heart for sure. I cannot wait for more of Natasha Pulley.
Love Triangle Factor: Low - there's definitely some romantic confusion. Feelings wise there's no triangle.
Cliffhanger Scale: Standalone companion to The Bedlam Stacks