The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

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.