The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley was a delightfully quirky read. For those of you who like historical fiction, it takes place in late 19th century London, with some time-traveling throwbacks to Japan. For those of you who like a little extra fiction sprinkled onto your historical fiction, there is just enough of a magical element to surprise and delight you. But Pulley isn’t too heavy handed, leaving the reader happy with the steampunk bits of wonder. And, for those of you who like action, there are exciting misfortunes woven throughout the plot to pick up the tempo whenever it threatens to drag a bit.
It’s a book of love of all types (romantic, friendship, family), explosions, ancient traditions, timing, fate and an adorable pet octopus (which I want to adopt). It’s an escape into another, impossible time that the reader won’t want to leave when the book is over.
FHR Tip: If you’re going to buy, spring for the hardcover. It’s beautiful, tactile and a spunky addition to an at-home library.