The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley

The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley


Leadenhall Street, London, 1754.

Raised amongst the cogs and springs of his father’s workshop, Zachary Cloudesley has grown up surrounded by strange and enchanting clockwork automata. But most extraordinary of all are the things Zachary can see in other people. At the touch of a hand, Zachary can see the secret desires, regrets and inner workings of the people he meets.

When Zachary’s father, Abel, is forced to travel to Constantinople, Zachary is troubled. He can sense the betrayal and danger his father will find amongst the city’s bazaars, palaces and mosques. But Abel has no choice. He must leave London and his beloved son. And soon, letters cease to arrive and whispers reach Zachary that his father has disappeared within the city’s walls.

Seven years later and on the edge of adulthood, Zachary is compelled to follow his father across Europe to Constantinople. He is determined to unravel the secrets that led to Abel’s disappearance and must do so before time runs out for father and son.

Our Review

The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley is a remarkable and whimsical book full of charm. 

When Zachary's mother dies in childbirth Zachary is left in the care of his father Abel, a clockmaker who is capable of remarkable things. Still grieving from the loss of his much-loved wife Abel is assisted in raising Zachary by a wet nurse and by his mother's aunt. 

As Zachary grows it is clear there is something out of the orginary about him, not least his abiltity to see into the future and the past. 

Then a near-fatal accident causes his father to doubt his parenting skills further and to flee to Constantinople and nver return. Can Zachary ever discover what happened to the only parent he has left?

The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley is one of those books that absorbs you to the point you feel like you personally know the characters. I have no doubt that this will be a hit. 

"He is like a clock that tells of time to come and of time past and missed, yet is driven by blood and a beating heart, not by mainsprings and bobs of steel and brass."

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