I think this is the first time in a very long while that I am reviewing a book that is not part of a series. I actually picked this book but because of the cover and stayed for the synopsis. I will admit, I found it fun that only I would read my first steampunk novel and it contains Japanese imperials in the story.
We follow Thaniel Steepleton, a switchboard operator for Scotland yard. One day, his apartment was broken into, but instead of anything being stolen, an intricate pocket watch as left for him. Six months later, that same pocket watch saved his life. He goes looking for watchmaker, Keita Mori, a Japanese immigrant. Though at first Mori seems harmless at first, a long string of coincidences starts piling up, starts putting doubts in Steepleton’s mind about the Japanese man. While trying to protect his friend, Steepleton must fight try and convince the police that Mori is innocent.
This is the first time that I’ve read a steampunk-y novel. I hesitate to call it steampunk because it seems to be limited to clockwork and there are some supernatural aspects to it. However, regardless of its genre, this is an excellent book. It was a little slow to get into, but I have that issue with a lot of books. The story also takes a left turn somewhere that made it a little odder that expected. When you are expecting steampunk and you get a little fantasy thrown in, it can be confusing. I love the character of Mori, he reminds me of my Japanese teacher with how proper he is. I also have a very vivid picture of him in my mind thanks to Pulley’s description of him. If you’re looking for an introduction to steampunk, this is the book for you. It also touches on some historical events, though it also changes them to fit the story.