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The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

author: Natasha Pulley (2020)
date read: 8 October 2023
rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

The sequel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.

Quite an enjoyable book, if a little slow in the middle. The core mechanic (a watchmaker who can “remember” the future) is quite a clever one, and it’s used deftly – we get a proper exploration of it and how it might work, and it’s worked into the plot well.

I don’t care strongly for any of the characters, and I did struggle a bit in the middle, but overall I enjoyed it. I quite like how the conflict is intensely personal. Although it’s set against the backdrop of a possible war between Japan and Russia, we do focus mostly on the people rather than the politics, and the overall stakes seem to be very personal indeed.

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