The narrator happens to be a calligrapher for the playwright Voltaire. Yet his adventures range further than escaping a hangman or sustaining employment. He uncovers a steampunk wonder, with a sinister twist.
Again, trying to preserve the magic of this novella, I refrain from revealing too many details. So let me say this: if you like anything by Poe, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, Sherlock Holmes, Alexandre Dumas, Guy de Maupassant, or The Meaning of Night by Michael Cox. Yes. All of those. And I’m sure more that I haven’t thought of. But to put it more simply – read it. It’s amazing, fun and has me looking forward to De Santis’ next work.
Many thanks to the folks at HarperCollins for the review copy.
Paperback: 149 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (October 5, 2010)