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The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

Narrated by: Thomas Judd
Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Summary

Step back into the enchanting world of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. This extraordinary sequel takes listeners to Japan, where time, destiny and love collide to electrifying effect.

For Thaniel Steepleton, an unexpected posting to Tokyo can’t come at a better moment. The London fog has made him ill, and doctor’s orders are to get out.

His brief is strange: the staff at the British Legation have been seeing ghosts, and his first task is to find out what’s going on. But staying with his closest friend, Keita Mori, in Yokohama, Thaniel starts to experience ghostly happenings himself. For reasons he won’t say, Mori is frightened. Then he vanishes.

Meanwhile, something strange is happening in a frozen labour camp in northern Japan. Takiko Pepperharrow, an old friend of Mori’s, must investigate.

As ghosts appear across Tokyo and the weather turns bizarrely electrical, Thaniel grows convinced that it all has something to do with Mori’s disappearance - and that Mori might be in far more trouble than any of them first thought.

©2020 Natasha Pulley (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"A Japan that never was, a future lost, ghosts that are not dead, random numbers, clairvoyant Samurai...not even a partial list of ingredients can do justice to this wonderful cake of a book. A lovely blending of steam punk ether science, Japanese historical figures, and a time-defying thriller." (Robin Hobbs)

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A truly amazing book

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone; it follows on so well from The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. The character development is amazing and the culture accuracy is extraordinary

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Superb

What a superb sequel to the ‘Watchmaker of Filigree Street’. I wish I had re-listened to the ‘Watchmaker’ before embarking on this book, as they are so intrinsically linked and I’d forgotten important elements that were a little confusing to start.

The narrator was excellent at using different tones and subtle accents for the multiple characters which made it far easier to follow. There were so many important characters, it could have been difficult to keep up, but his characterful voice helped the story to flow nicely.

A beautiful story that kept me riveted from the moment I started, very well written.

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Exquisite

This is just beautiful. Full of suspense and a story that moves quick enough to keep interest but slow enough to let you savour the strange and wonderful world she has built.

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The woman is a genius

Another corker. Brilliant as her previous two and great (because I'm an old softie) to hear more about all those involved in The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.

There is no-one else who writes quite like her and they're beautifully narrated too. Don't be put off (if it's the sort of thing that does put you off) by the fantasy aspect because it's almost not about that although, of course, it is. That's the thing about this lady's books and why she is a genius. You can't explain what they are about because above and beyond everything, they are about the people in them.

Just give it a try, it's far, far, far more likely you'll enjoy it than you won't and if you don't it's not the end of the world. However, if it is the end of the world it won't really matter will it?!

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love her books

love her books. Have been looking forward to the conclusion of her story about the watchmaker. Thrilled.

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An achingly beautiful sequel

This is one of those series that wrings my soul with its aching beauty. The tale weaves you into its spell and you can’t escape. The tale, the relationships, the characters (the depiction of Six in particular is just so tender it feels like it might bruise), the places... all of it just wraps you up and transports you away. There are moments so painful I wept. A wonderful wonderful book.

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Mixed reaction!

I really enjoyed this book as I am totally invested in the characters! However! ....... I did find it a trifle confusing, the names and places are so strange to my ears that I couldn't always identify with the 'who, what and where', even so, on finishing the book my immediate reaction is to decide to read it again so that I can get it clear in my mind. I did get the overall story, but feel it needs a second try!
Definitely worth reading........ (twice 😄!)

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  • 23-03-20

Really amazing book

I waited not so patiently for this book, even pre-ordered it when it became available. I'm so thrilled to say that this is my favorite of Natasha Pulley's three books. I would recommend listening to or reading the others first. "The Watchmaker of Filigree Street" introduces the main characters. This goes further and the plot gets more complex. She has woven a story with interesting characters and events that I did not see coming. I'm not even sure how to classify this book, but perhaps Historical Fiction with some Supernatural. I'm going to continue watching this young author and try to wait patiently until her next book comes along.


This is the same narrator as "The Watchmaker of Filigree Street" and he has again done a great job. I would recommend the pair of books to anyone.

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  • 12-03-20

Impatiently waiting for more

While this does not live up to the greatness of the first book it was a decent sequel. I would’ve liked more about Katsu (clockwork octopus) and more of Thaniel and Mori together. I hope there will be more to come!