The Emperor of All Things

Paul Witcover

The Emperor of All Things

1758. The Age of Enlightenment. Yet the advance of reason has not brought peace. England is embroiled in a war that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond. Across the channel the French prepare to invade. Daniel Quare is a journeyman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. He is also a Regulator - member of a secret order within the guild tasked with seeking out horological innovations that could give England the upper hand over her enemies. Now Quare's superiors have heard tell of a singular device - a pocket watch rumoured to possess properties that have more to do with magic than with any known science. But Quare soon learns that he is not alone in searching for this strange and sinister timepiece. He is pursued by a French spy who will stop at nothing to fetch the prize back to his masters. And a mysterious thief known only as Grimalkin seeks the watch as well, for purposes equally enigmatic. 3.5 out of 5 based on 1 reviews
The Emperor of All Things

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Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction
Format Hardcover
Pages 464
RRP
Date of Publication February 2013
ISBN 978-0593070703
Publisher Bantam Press
 

1758. The Age of Enlightenment. Yet the advance of reason has not brought peace. England is embroiled in a war that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond. Across the channel the French prepare to invade. Daniel Quare is a journeyman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers. He is also a Regulator - member of a secret order within the guild tasked with seeking out horological innovations that could give England the upper hand over her enemies. Now Quare's superiors have heard tell of a singular device - a pocket watch rumoured to possess properties that have more to do with magic than with any known science. But Quare soon learns that he is not alone in searching for this strange and sinister timepiece. He is pursued by a French spy who will stop at nothing to fetch the prize back to his masters. And a mysterious thief known only as Grimalkin seeks the watch as well, for purposes equally enigmatic.

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Reviews

The Independent on Sunday

David Barnett

In the opening pages, his prose threatens to collapse under the weight of its own cleverness and descriptive girth, as he wrestles his tale into a period narrative that skirts dangerously close to Blackadder the Third territory. Even the minutest thing seems to be described to within an inch of its life. But stick with it. By the time the prologue is done and the story has started proper, Witcover settles into a more readable rhythm, and allows his story to breathe.

10/02/2013

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