The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2015-07-14
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
In 1883, Thaniel returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocket-watch on his pillow. When the watch saves Thaniel's life from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori – a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Meanwhile,...
I don't know how to properly review this without getting super spoilery, so the following non-spoilery ramblings probably won't be all that helpful to anyone but me. Oh well. I'm having trouble parsing my feelings for this book. It's subtle and clever and intricately plotted, but it took too long ...
When I started writing this, I was wavering between giving The Watchmaker of Filigree Street 4 or 5 stars, but in the end it came down to the likelihood I will want read it again - I probably won't, so 4 stars it is! There are a lot of really good things about this book and on the whole I enjoyed...
What an unexpected pleasure! I actually listened to Thomas Judd's audiobook performance of this one instead of reading it; I'd recommend it highly.
It is hard to pigeonhole this book. Literary? I’m not sure. Historical? Kind-of. It does deal with a historical period. Steampunk? Not really, even though the characters have some paranormal abilities, and the Victorian era adds credibility to such a label. The closest I can come up with is magic re...