Renee began Throwback Thursday at Its Book Talk as a way to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books that she wants to read that were published over a year ago. Books that were published over a year ago are almost always easier to find at libraries or at a discounted sale price. As I have been sifting through my TBR list and purging those books that no longer hold my interest, I came across several from years past that I’d love to share with you!
Title: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.67
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.
Oh, historical fantasy, how I love thee. Victorian London? One of my favorites. Japan? Haven’t read a book based in Japan but I’m down. Flights of fancy that lead to magical exploration? Let’s do this. Not to mention if you look at the top of the cover there is that cute little octopus and I’m ridiculously curious what he has to do with the story. The reviews for this on Goodreads are hit or miss but I have to admit, I’m still intrigued (I blame the octopus). I know I’ll be picking this book up eventually.
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