I don't know how to properly review this without getting super spoilery, so the following non-spoilery ramblings probably won't be all that helpful to anyone but me. Oh well.
I'm having trouble parsing my feelings for this book. It's subtle and clever and intricately plotted, but it took too long to get into all that subtle, clever intricacy. It was pretty much what I expected, but at the same time it wasn't. I enjoyed it, but I was also disappointed by it. I want more, but I've had enough. Color me conflicted.
Things I'm 100% sure of:
- I liked Mori and Thaniel.
- I disliked Grace and Matsumoto.
- If this was the start of a Victorian magical-realism mystery series starring Mori and Thaniel I'd be all over it.
The one thing I'm 1000% sure of:
There is now a sock-stealing-clockwork-octopus-shaped void in my life that can never be filled.