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The Emperor of all Things

The Emperor of all Things [Kindle Edition]

Paul Witcover
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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"A hugely entertaining read...comparisons to Neil Stephenson and Susanna Clarke are only very slightly premature. As with the finest timepiece, The Emperor of All Things is ultimately a rather beautiful thing." (Independent on Sunday)

"An excitingly and brilliantly realised, poetically written tale of magic, subterfuge and intrigue. Not to mention clocks." (SFFWORLD)

"Witcover conjuers an enlightenment-punk vision of England, before taking detours to the Alps, subterranean London and the utterly fantastic. ****" (SFX)

"Vividly evokes an authentically dangerous, dirty and smelly 18th century London Henry Fielding would recognize. . . a real page-turner which had me gripped" (HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW)

"Witcover's prose is playful yet persuasive...unrestrained by the conventions of any one genre...segueing seamlessly from wonder, whimsy and conspiracy to intrigue, espionage and action...thrilling." (TOR.COM)

Book Description

In a reimagined 18th-century, England is at war with France and the race is on to track down a sinister time-piece - a pocket watch with the power to alter the course of history...and perhaps time itself - a thrilling historical fantasy that should strike a chord with readers of Susanna Clarke, Phillip Pullman and Neal Stephenson.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 809 KB
  • Print Length: 459 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0593070712
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (14 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0MGV06
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,759 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable story. 11 Feb 2013
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I love a book that blends big plotlines, cracking prose and rounds it all off with a principle character that you just can't help but get behind. What Paul Witcover produces in this book is nothing short of miraculous considering the influences and hype behind it, but when you blend top notch action with a new take on peril, all round really generates a lot of interest.

Yet for all the praise I give this, readers have to be aware that this is a little of a slow starter leaving the reader wondering what they're in for. But please, trust me, stick with it. Its definitely worth your time and when you reach that final page, you'll be clamouring for more. All in a right little cracker.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling page turner 14 Mar 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book draws you in and out of the intrigues of a 1758 England that is at war. It is a time where Newtonian mechanics composed the world view and the universe was viewed as one giant clock to be discovered. With great descriptive verse Witcover slowly pulls you into this world that is fascinated by clocks and time.... we are pulled in as if into the workings of an old clock with it's many small pieces moving precisely, working together to mark out the seconds and minutes of our days. But here there is the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers...a guild that not only makes and repairs the nation's timepieces, but also seems to be guarding the secrets of time itself. We are brought into this world by young Daniel Quare who quickly finds that there is more to the world and to time itself than he had imagined.

I am not usually interested in books about realms and worlds that do not exist, but this book dances on the line of reality and imagination with a dexterity that is akin to our own minds. The unknown is interwoven with our known world such that the one flows into the other. I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best fantasy for a while 5 Jan 2014
I loved this book, just brilliant. Paul has cleverly woven bits of history with magical ideas both established and new. The characters are wholesome and well fleshed out, the leading character certainly makes the reader empathise with his position. I do not like to give away to much in reviews as I think it can spoil the discovery of a cracking tale, but this book is a real page-turner, I found I just couldn't put it down. The style of writing is very similar to Brandon Sanderson, if you loved Sanderson's books then this will be right up you're street.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ummm..... 27 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Too wordy and a completely unsatisfying finish. An original plot, I will grant that. It's the sort of book I hate most. A good idea from someone who can't quite pull it off. I will read the sequel if there is one.
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