The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
What a strange, dream-like, and enchanting novel this turned out to be. I've had mixed feelings about steam punk novels, enjoying some and finding others more concerned about steam punk elements than plot or character.
This strange little novel is a bit confusing at first because the magical and clairvoyant aspects are not immediately clear, and yet the writing and mystery engaged me from the beginning.
The more you read, the more you doubt the various characters. Well, Thaniel Steepleton seems reliable (if uncertain and with good reason), but Grace Carrow, Matsumoto, and Keito Mori are enigmatic. Good or bad or caught up in circumstances...hard to tell.
Mori, the watchmaker, is the most interesting. He has the ability to--not "remember" the future, but to "remember" future possibilities that may or may not come to pass. In some cases, he is able to manipulate the possibilities to his own preferred outcomes. But not always.
Pulley leads the reader down several twisting paths, keeping the reader always a bit uncertain about who to trust, but always intrigued and curious.
I thoroughly enjoyed being misled, confused, and always engaged with the quirky characters and uncanny elements of Pulley's debut novel!
Read in April. Blog post scheduled for June 30, 2015.
Steampunk/Fantasy. July 14, 2015. Print length: 336 pages.