An enchanting new literary historical fantasy with the spark and wit of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street plunges readers into a magical past.
In 1884, Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his London apartment to find a new watch on his pillow. But he has bigger things to worry about than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, where he has just received a bomb threat. Six months later, the watch saves his life, warning him of a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker.
Keita Mori, the artisan behind the mysterious watch, is a Japanese immigrant who remembers the future. Mori and Thaniel bond quickly, and as their friendship deepens, Mori uses his gift to tweak Thaniel’s daily life in his favor. But then Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist attracted to the telegraphist’s refreshingly direct nature, unwittingly interferes. Soon, events spiral beyond Thaniel's control, and nothing is certain — not the present, and definitely not the future.
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the reader on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions, and beyond. It breathes a new authenticity into the era of Sherlock Holmes, exploring historical moments in a new light — as well as the prevailing social and scientific views of the age — and plays speculatively with time and destiny, ushering in a new kind of magic.