Book Review: ‘The Lost Future of Pepperharrow’ by Natasha Pulley

“It’s easy to think that nobody could really arrange the world like clockwork.”

Ever since I read ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’ in 2016, I counted the days until the sequel’s release. ‘The Lost Future of Pepperharrow’ does not disappoint.

The book begins three years after the previous book. In Japan, war with Russia looms, and there are reports of hauntings and electrical storms. When Thaniel and Mori travel out to Tokyo, things only get stranger.

Caught between figures from Mori’s past, Thaniel grows increasingly uneasy. Then Mori vanishes, and it falls to Thaniel to find him before the entire country comes under threat.

I adored this book beyond measure. As a sequel, I couldn’t have asked for more. Pulley’s elaborate plotting returns in full force. The story has higher stakes than ‘The Watchmaker of Filigree Street’, but the same emotional heart. Thaniel and Mori’s relationship grows more complex. The side characters are also beautifully drawn.

Because the story is so intricate, it requires your full attention. However, it resolves itself beautifully at the end. I already can’t wait to re-read it!

Rating: 10/10

Genres: fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, romance, lgbt

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