Zachary Cloudesley is gifted in a remarkable way, beyond even his own understanding. But not all gifts are a blessing…
Leadenhall Street, London, 1754.
Raised amongst the cogs and springs of his father’s workshop, Zachary Cloudesley has grown up surrounded by strange and enchanting clockwork automata. He is a happy child, beloved by his father Abel and the workmen who help bring his father’s creations to life.
He is also the bearer of an extraordinary gift; at the touch of a hand, Zachary can see into the hearts and minds of the people he meets.
But then a near-fatal accident will take Zachary away from the workshop and his family.
His father will have to make a journey to Constantinople that he will never return from.
And, years later, only Zachary can find out what happened.
My reading experience:
Firstly I would like to thank the author, publisher and Netgalley for my advanced reader copy.
This is an incredible book, transportive, compelling and sprinkled with interesting scenery and details that draw you in to this tale of a baby through to becoming an adult.
The main thread of the story is the work of Zachary’s father – clocks and automata, which in itself is alluring and fascinating. This takes the reader in a journey from England to Constantinople that is rich and colourful in both setting and characters.
I recommend this book from Sean Lusk and look forward to the next!