Urmageren i filigree street
Title: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street
Author: Natasha Pulley
Published in English: 2015
Dansk titel: Urmageren i Filigree Street
Dansk udgivelsesår: 2017
Finished Reading: June 2018
Genre: Historical, LGBT & Fantasy
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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.
This book pleasantly surprised me, wow what a beautiful story, what grant language. This is a snowflake! a rare jewel that captures the readers in its Victorian style. The author is able to draw you in; it seems like you´re walking alongside the characters of this book able to assist them on making the right choices.
It´s indeed difficult not to either hate or love the well-written characters.
In terms of the genre, it is difficult to determine. It has fantasy elements, it`s historical however fictional. Romance is an important theme as well. I would not characterize this book as a LGBT though. I have read that people consider this part of that genre but I disagree. It has two separate scenes and I have to say that, I loved those two pages with a passion. Reread them like four or five times, could barely believe it happened I was so thrilled. I chose this book fully on the fact that it appeared to be an LGBT book but this is the last time I chose a book based on the genre. It has been sad to miss this beautiful book. Talking about beauty, my god what a good-looking book. I might be worth choosing a book due to its appearances.
I am so glad to have bought this book; it certainly is not the last time I have read this. In addition, I am sure that the next time I read it, I will gain even more from it then I did the first time.
Looking forward to the next one!
I barely have anything bad to say about this book. The only thing even remotely negative I have to say would be how difficult it was getting started. The first 50 or so pages was dreadful getting past, stopping lots of times thinking I must have missed something but as I progressed beyond that point of getting used to the writing the book almost read itself.
The words flew out the book painting a picture of London in the 19th century it became visible and so real wishing you could talk with the people you have gotten to know.
What amazing writing, fantastic main characters it was nice getting to know them in a different way than usual. The flashbacks to previous places, different times was amazing.