I really liked this book. The story starts pretty dull (a Phillip Pullman signature) but then as the chapters go on, you seem to get so interested in it, that you won’t want to take your eyes off the page.
It is so cleverly written, that as your progress through the book, you get chills down your spine at the correct point in the story.
As well as the many side characters, the book has three main characters: Karl, an apprentice clockmaker who has not succeeded in making a figure for the town clock; the daring and caring daughter of the local innkeeper Gretl; and Fritz, a local writer whose unfinished story sets the story.
When you read this story, you will not put it down and when you finish you will be asking for more – that’s the way Pullman works.