Another wonderfully complex historical adventure with queer notes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m not sure just quite how to review this book.
It’s such a complex narrative, wrapping a number of different threads together to create a rich mix of historical fiction with a steampunk style and a quiet bit of queer romance.
There’s no spoilers here, it would utterly ruin the beautiful way Natasha Pulley’s sequel to the truly brilliant The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, slowly gives up its secrets.
My heart was in my mouth on many occasions. The title itself a nod to a plot line which turns out to be quite heartbreaking in it’s own way.
Taking events from actual history and intertwining them with the characters of Thaniel and Keito gives the reader a real sense of place, coupled with the almost mystical nature of the electrical experimentation.
While her second book, The Bedlam Stacks was just as beautifully written, it didn’t capture me like these two have.
I was so very pleased to be asked to review this one by Bloomsbury and it lived up to all my expectations.
I really hope there’s another trip to come which will let the reader linger a while longer with this pair and their adopted daughter Six.
#ARC kindly received from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review.