Saturday 18 January 2020

The Lost Future Of Pepperharrow By Natasha Pulley - Review

Amanda Kennedy

From the blurb, as I really don’t want to give much away about this magical story:

Natasha Pulley returns grateful readers to the singular universe of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street in this bewitching sequel set in a gloriously gothic Japan. Bizarre hauntings and electrical storms blight a Tokyo mired in mystery and mayhem, as The Lost Future of Pepperharrow dazzles and beguiles with fast-paced plotting and quirky characterisation.

I was thrilled to be offered this as an ARC from the publishers. It has been a long time since I read The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (the prequel to this novel), but the story soon came rushing back to me. The deepening of the relationship between the central characters was very much appreciated, particularly with the addition of Six, the young girl adopted by our favourite couple, who is most likely autistic and having to deal with her differences in a world which truly does not understand her.

I would recommend reading The Watchmaker of Filigree Street if possible before reading Pepperharrow if possible, simply because you will have a deeper understanding of the background and character motivations to enhance your enjoyment of the narrative.

There is magic in this book, and a sense of urgency to find out what happens next making it impossible to put down. I sincerely hope Ms. Pulley writes more novels based in her intricate worlds (The Bedlam Stacks is another, which does tie in loosely to both this and The Watchmaker). Can we have more of this please???

Reviewed byAmanda Kennedy on 18/01/2020. Review rating: 5/ 5 stars

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow will be published on 03/03/2020, be sure to look out for it in all good bookstores!

Amanda Kennedy / Book Blogger, Writer & Editor

Amanda is a lifelong learner and book lover who lives in the North of England with her family and several cats. She writes book reviews, literary news and bookish articles here on All My Pretty Books.

To learn more about Amanda's own work, visit her personal website.


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