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.
SO LOVELY. I have so many yuletide hopes pinned on this book.
Thaniel is a telegraphist for the UK government who mysteriously acquires a watch that warns him of and saves him from a bombing attack. Keita Mori is the japanese baron living in london as a watchmaker. He has precognition and has always known Thaniel would be his friend. if he made the right choices.  is the student scientist at oxford trying to prove the existence of the aether. Her time is running out, soon she will have to find a husband who will support her in her efforts after she graduates.
There is a clockwork octopus, Gilbert and Sullivan are working on the mikado, and EVERYTHING is connected.
It reads like a comfort read on the VERY FIRST READ-THROUGH. Easily in my top 5. EASILY.
Rack’em up, let’s play again.