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Daniel Quare was a well respected watch maker who lived in England from the mid seventeenth to early eighteenth century His timepieces still sell at auctions today and were ground breaking when made.In this book the author, Paul Witcover, has turned this unassuming horologist into a swash buckling version of his real life self Now he works as a regulator, or spy, for the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, a trade guild based in the City of London, both in the story and in real life, although in the book guild doubles up as a sort of MI6 that spies on the Kings enemies abroad The book is not steampunk in the strictest sense of the word as this would require it to be based in the Victorian era but this is essentially what it is with inventions that are way ahead of their time and situations arising that require use of tools and firearms that are faradvanced than they ever were in reality back then Over the course of the book Daniel Quare finds himself enmeshed in a story that takes in a Scottish spy working for the French, a Lord who whilst in his sixties is clearly younger than he should be for his age, and a woman who is not of this world but seems to be tied to Daniel for some strange reason.The overarching theme of this story is time The title of this book comes from the Latin motto of the Worshipful company of Clockmakers Tempus Rerum Imperator or Time the Emperor of all Things All the action centres around a strange pocket watch which Daniel is tasked to steal at the start of the book and one which has a very strange way of being brought to life The story centres on the struggle by two factions within the guild for the control of this time piece and the history behind it.Whilst I enjoyed this book, I had a number of problems with it The first was the fact that it was so episodic It is split into three parts, the first and last being the story of Daniel Quare whilst the middle section is the story of the creatures who were behind the watch that Daniel has found It is told by way of exposition which is something I think you have to be quite sparing with In this case it is told by a character in one long flashback which goes on for the best part of a third of the book It brought the narrative to a juddering halt and, certainly from my perspective, was too long and not very convincing This was a real shame as I really enjoyed the rest of the story Unfortunately, any sense of overwhelming peril just disappeared for me because I didn t find the creatures hiding behind the curtain to be that scary or believable.Because the book has been split into three it also means that it is very long and could quite easily have been maybe fifty to a hundred pages shorter, making for a much tighter narrative.There have been a few reviews here that have commented on the vernacular of the characters I didn t have a problem with that as I found it to be reasonably straight forward and lent a sense of authenticity to the characters within the book.Overall not a bad book, in fact it s quite good but the structure of it meant that I was in effect reading two stories not one and that came to be quite laborious For that reason I have given it three stars. For a thorough review check Mark s from sffworld belowhttp www.goodreads.com review show I do not disagree with the presentation of the book as it s fairly accurate, just that for me it did not work so well for two reasons to start with we are dropped into a comedic situation typical of the 19th century swashbuckler novels except that here we are supposed to take it seriously and it simply lacks the panache for that later when the novel becomesfantastic and it transforms into a London with supernatural stuff, I just shrugged as I am not a fan of such There is narrative energy so I kept turning the pages while the sort of steampunk stuff in the beginning is intriguing, but in the first half the book lacks the exuberance needed for such to be really enjoyable see Lavie Tidhar Bookman series for how to write this kind of stuff well , while in the second part the book goes in a direction I did not care for. [Download] ♷ The Emperor of All Things ⚒ Tempus Rerum Imperator Time, Emperor Of All Things The Year IsEngland Is At War, Embroiled In A Globe Spanning Conflict That Stretches From Her North American Colonies To Europe And Beyond And Now, After Than Two Years Of Military And Diplomatic Setbacks, The Country Itself Is At Risk Across The Channel, The French Prepare For An Invasion An Invasion Rud To Be Led By None Other Than Bonnie Prince Charlie It Seems The Map Of Europe Is About To Be Redrawn Again Yet Beneath The Surface, Behind The Scenes, Another War Is Raging A War That Will Determine Not Just The Fate Of Nations But Of Humanity Itself Daniel Quare Is A Journeyman In The Worshipful Company Of Clockmakers, An Ancient Guild Whose Royal Charter Confers Absolute Authority Over The Manufacture Of Timepieces But Quare Is Than He Seems He Is A Regulator, A Member Of An Elite Spy Network Within The Guild A Network Devoted To Searching Out And Claiming For England S Exclusive Use Any Horological Innovation That Could Conceivably Result In An Advantage For Britain Over Her Adversaries, Whether In Business Or In War It Is Just Such A Mission That Brings Him One Moonlit Night To The London Townhouse Of The Eccentric Collector Lord Wichcote But There He Finds Than He Bargained For A Pocket Watch Possessed Of Seemingly Impossible Properties Deadly Properties That Seem To Have To Do With Magic Than With Any Science Familiar To Quare Or To His Superiors In The Guild, Sir Thaddeus Wolfe, Grandmaster Of The Order, And Theophilus Magnus, Head Of The Most Secret And Exalted Order Of Regulators But The Strange Watch Has Drawn The Attention Of Others As Well The Mysterious Masked Thief Known Only As Grimalkin, And A French Spy And Cold Blooded Killer Who Seeks To Bring The Prize Back To His Masters Soon Quare Finds Himself Following A Trail Of Intrigue And Murder That Leads Far From The World He Knows Into An Otherwhere Of Dragons And Demigods, In Which Nothing Is As It Seems Time Least Of All There is a good idea for a story hidden somewhere in this book, if only it wasn t so badly done Roughly two thirds of the book is back story, and when in the last 3rd things start to actually happen, the books cuts out I know he is writing a sequel, but you need to have some form of ending for your first volume I find that the author repeats himself throughout the book a hell of a lot using the same memes and often the same description over and over Why the male characters had to continuously ejaculate involuntarily I have no idea is this just to assure the reader that it is adult Like I said the idea for the story isn t a bad one just don t write 50% of the book in exposition and then trail off in the middle of a scene Suffice to say while I am a little intrigued as to what will happen next, I won t be buying volume 2 to find out.This review could have been much linger, I just don t want to add spoilers for anyone who will find thisinteresting than I did. 4 10 Far too descriptive You can skip paragraphs and still know what is going on which is what I did for the last half of it An ending that wasn t an ending.AND WHAT THE HELL IS UP WITH PEOPLE RANDOMLY HAVING ERECTIONS AND EJACULATING 3.5 timely starz because this freaky book surely has some merits but then again, sadly, the idea is better than the execution I do not mind freakishness in books, but this one was a sort of dragging freak that took a really long time to gain momentum view spoiler Divinely elicited bonerz and ejaculations aside, hide spoiler Who would have thought that the life of a clockmaker could be so exciting Possibly the most original adventure I have been on in a long time. Courtesy of Random House UK, via NetgalleyI had no idea what to expect from this book when I first started it, but whatever it was, I got it It s a combination of Neil Gaiman s Neverwhere, steampunk, and high fantasy In a world obsessed with timekeeping, it s great to see things thrown on their heads clocks are no longer instruments which humans have mastery over, but are gateways to their potential destruction It s terrifying, but somewhat philosophical in a metaphorical sense, and this novel really made me think about something I hadn t thought about before, in terms of time and the creation of the universe and also of how it relates to us, the ways a clock showing the wrong time disorients us and makes us uncomfortable Time, the fourth dimension in this novel, is captured and woven into a fantasy novel that is interesting to read Quare, our protagonist, is a cog in the English clockmakers guild, the Worshipful Company, and is thrown into a world where people in power are fighting to find and keep a mysterious watch called the hunter Along the way he hears a story of what can only be described as an alternate universe, where gods or angels or demons live, and this is the origin of the hunter There are betrayals, there s magic, of a kind, there s some blood and gore and even the slightest hints of romance All of this set against a backdrop of a time where tensions between England and France are running high Though there isn t much about this tension, it would have been nice for the historical element to be explored further, as it seeks to construct a world without actually constructing a world without the mentions that the characters are Englishmen or Scottsmen, Frenchmen, Americans, etc , this novel could well be taking place in an invented fantasy realm It doesn t quite do what novels like Gaiman s Neverwhere does, which superimposes a fantasy land, unknown to mere mortals, upon reality, but seeks to reshape it However there is nothing solid in this world building, and though the world is believable, it s not believable as an alternate history of our world.There were some things I couldn t understand the point of Quare spontaneously ejaculating whenever he came into contact with Tiamat, the strange dragon creature, doesn t make any sense No real reason is given except that he has no control over his body, but that seems a poor excuse when it happensthan once Also quite a few things seem to be left to the reader to puzzle out, for example, Longinus appearance as an automaton on the clock in Otherwhere doesn t mean much until the end, where the reader is left to join the dots that he is part of the world because he left something of himself behind in it his daughter Various betrayals are not yet fully comprehensible, although I suppose that s an issue whose resolution will be found in the sequel, and intricacies of the world and its laws and its characters don t quite make sense I suspect Witcover tried to fit too much into one novel and while most of it survived, there are blotted places in the fabric of the story that could have been cleared up however, again, I suspect the answers will be in the sequels.Other things that are just too unrealistic include Quare s seeming inability to feel pain whenever something traumatic happens to his body it s probably a side effect of the hunter s magic, but it s too unrealistic to make a reader want to sympathise with him everytime something happens to his body Also, there are, in my opinion, far too many times were a character is rendered unconscious during which time important things happen to them and then are glossed over as a retelling afterwards It feels like bad story telling because of all the blank time, and as a reader, I want to know not only what happened, but how it happened When the doctor replaced Longinus foot in Otherwhere, was there an argument from Doppler and Inge did he do it secretly did he have second thoughts about whether he was doing the right thing Those are the kinds of questions that aren t answered, which, admittedly, have the potential to be answered in further books, but probably won t be It s difficult to read about an aftermath without really seeing the original fallout.On its own, it s a novel that s promising, but stands on shaky legs As part of a series, I m sure we ll find that it s been a very solid foundation Indeed, it s a good read, but not a great one. Read the Original ReviewThe Emperor of All Things is one of the most fun reads I ve had so far in 2013 Very brilliantThe Founding FieldsIt s not often I get to read a Steampunk novel but when I do I usually find them very enjoyable His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman remains my favourite YA work of fiction to date, and both Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin Smith and The Great Game by Lavie Tidhar have been strong reads I was very intrigued by the following blurb of The Emperor of All Things, even if it is quite possibly one of the longest that I ve come across in a while Tempus Rerum Imperator Time, Emperor of All Things The year is 1758 England is at war, embroiled in a globe spanning conflict that stretches from her North American colonies to Europe and beyond And now, afterthan two years of military and diplomatic setbacks, the country itself is at risk Across the Channel, the French prepare for an invasion an invasion rud to be led by none other than Bonnie Prince Charlie It seems the map of Europe is about to be redrawn again Yet beneath the surface, behind the scenes, another war is raging A war that will determine not just the fate of nations but of humanity itself Daniel Quare is a journeyman in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, an ancient guild whose royal charter confers absolute authority over the manufacture of timepieces But Quare isthan he seems He is a Regulator, a member of an elite spy network within the guild a network devoted to searching out and claiming for England s exclusive use any horological innovation that could conceivably result in an advantage for Britain over her adversaries, whether in business or in war It is just such a mission that brings him one moonlit night to the London townhouse of the eccentric collector Lord Wichcote But there he findsthan he bargained for A pocket watch possessed of seemingly impossible properties deadly properties that seem to haveto do with magic than with any science familiar to Quare or to his superiors in the guild, Sir Thaddeus Wolfe, Grandmaster of the Order, and Theophilus Magnus, head of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators But the strange watch has drawn the attention of others as well The mysterious masked thief known only as Grimalkin, and a French spy and cold blooded killer who seeks to bring the prize back to his masters.Soon Quare finds himself following a trail of intrigue and murder that leads far from the world he knows into an otherwhere of dragons and demigods, in which nothing is as it seems time least of all.The Emperor of All Things takes place in 1785, a very different period to what you ll have come across if you ve studied that area of history, for it is a time filled with all sorts of fantasy elements, magic, dragons, stuff that is unexplained and makers of clocks that arethen they appear The book itself is divided into three, with the opening act taking place in London focusing on Quare and a lot of fighting with swords, whilst the second part of the tale takes us through an older story dealing with a colossal clock tower, a town stranded from the rest of the world and an obsession, whilst the third and final act will take the readers back to London to end a book that I ve already stated as one of the most fun reads of 2013 so far.The first part of the novel, for me is theinteresting one, as the description above suggests this tale drags the reader on an exciting journey through London in 1785, and deals with spies, secret societies and as mentioned above, lots of sword fighting The pace as a result moves along at a lightning fast pace which doesn t relent throughout the entire book, allowing for a page turning read However, in some parts The Emperor of All Things gets ahead of itself and in order to understand what s going on, you have to flick back a few pages and re read them.The second act of the novel for me is probably the weakest, in that it just didn t work for me as well as the first and the last acts did The fast paced actions that were common throughout them were cast aside in favour of aentertaining element of the novel, and whilst this book may be bursting with imaginative content, it sometimes comes across as a bit too bizarre for my tastes at least in this part of the book I get the fact that this is meant to be Steampunk, and bizarre ideas are commonplace see The Great Game , but there is a line.Thankfully though, I was allowed to return to Quare s adventures before the end of the book and was swept a long at an awesome ride So it s safe to say that for the most part, the book is a strong read, filled with action, swashbuckling fun in an alternate London Witcover has managed to create an entertaining tale that you should find as enjoyable to read as I did I would even go so far as to call this the most fun read that I ve had in 2013, but I m currently reading The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher which I m enjoying a bitHowever, make no mistake if you want a fun, steampunk world with some bizarre elements to it as well as for the most part, a strong book, then The Emperor of All Things is unmissable for you.VERDICT 4 5 This review is from And Then I Read A Book Welcome to 1758, a tumultuous time in English history, a time of war and invasion fears Also a time of reason and Enlightenment, as knowledge blossomed And a time of magic, the unexplained, fearsome dragons and treacherous clockmakers Hang on, something s not quite right there, this is not the 1758 I ve read about in history books In The Emperor of All Things time is taking a different turn.We begin in an attic overflowing with timepieces, all slightly out of sync with each other, and there is a hint of alchemy around the room A curious mouse runs amongst the objects, a grey clad thief slips silently through the window and an elegantly dressed gentleman emerges from within a clock A battle of wits turns quickly into one of swords and pistols, as Lord Wichcote defends his property against the infamous Grimalkin But, Grimalkin gets the prize and escapes, only to have it stolen by yet another intent on owning it We re quickly led to the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, where Daniel Quare is a journeyman and Regulator He is part of the Most Secret and Exalted Order of Regulators, whose mission it is to enforce standards of timepieces whilst searching for technological innovations to appropriate in the name of the King It is Quare who wrests the prized watch from Grimalkin, but despite his success he is still in the unenviable position of having to explain himself to his two masters Quare s position with the company is made very difficult by his split loyalties Grandmaster Wolfe is the head of the Company, and has been for decades He is a conventional man, doing things the Company way Master Magnus is an innovator who works amongst chaos and cats Quare s sensibilities are with Magnus, but he tries to please both The successful completion of his mission hasn t left either man completely satisfied, and he seems to have fallen foul of Magnus servant too.Not to worry, things are about to get much much worse for Quare It s probable he wishes he had never come across the thin silver Hunter pocketwatch, with strange black symbols around the dial That watch holds dangerous secrets, which might be better left unlocked It exerts a strong influence though, drawing people to it, people that would kill to have it in their possession It is quickly apparent that Quare should be very cautious about who he trusts The very city itself holds mysteries and surprises, let alone characters such as Grimalkin.The Emperor of All Things is split into three parts The first is set in London, with the watch, and Quare, and plenty of sword fighting action The second part narrates a different, older story, about an obsession, a monumental clocktower, and a town cut off from the rest of the world Here the supernatural buzzes just out of view, if you re lucky I wouldn t say it exactly makes everything clearer, but this tale starts to explain just what it is that is being meddled with The last section throws you back to London, and what must be done to avert disaster The end is not The End, rather a pause to let the reader catch their breath in readiness for the second book.I was utterly baffled at times about what was going on, but not in a bad way I really enjoyed both parts of the story The swashbuckling swordplay and unfamiliar familiar London were great fun, and the slowly building menace of the cut off town was creepily good There are some moments of terror along the way, and the price of owning the watch is very high indeed This is Book 1 of The Productions of Time , and I wish I had Book 2 to hand because we are left hanging at the end I m not sure when the sequel is due for publication, but sooner rather than later is my preference.