It's 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 listener on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles longstanding traditions, and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.
"Clairvoyance, Victorian setting, beautifully drawn characters." (Samantha Shannon)
"Electrifying... a triumph of speculative fiction. It captures the frenetic energy of a world undergoing extraordinary changes... Pulley expertly employs the tools of mystery and fantasy to examine the social pressures faced by the marginalized... The heart of the story is the universal human quest for acceptance, understanding, and love." (Publishers Weekly)
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An enchanting read
A little gem
The story is very good, but flags in places and the ending very very rushed - but I found the performance by Thomas Judd to be excellent - much more subtle accents than usually provided which underlined a key plot-line - very well done indeed.
The premise is a bit science-fiction, but because of the West to Japanese cultural exploration, the 1000 Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell.
I liked the relationship between Grace Carrow and Matsumoto, particularly the early scenes in Oxford.
The sadness of Grace when she realised her hopes and dreams may get dashed.
Can't believe it's a debut novel!