Tuesday 14 December 2021

Book Review: The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley by Sean Lusk (Historical Fiction/Magical Realism)

Title: The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley
Author: Sean Lusk
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: 2 June2022
Format: eBook - PDF
Genre: Historical Fiction/Magical Realism
Source: ARC via NetGalley

In 1754, renowned maker of clocks and automata Abel Cloudesley must raise his new-born son Zachary when his wife dies in childbirth.

Growing up amongst the cogs and springs of his father's workshop, Zachary is intensely curious, ferociously intelligent, unwittingly funny and always honest - perhaps too honest. But when a fateful accident leaves six-year-old Zachary nearly blinded, Abel is convinced that the safest place for his son is in the care of his eccentric Aunt Frances and her menagerie of weird and wonderful animals.

So when a precarious job in Constantinople is offered to him, Abel has no reason to say no. A job presented to him by a politician with dubious intentions, Abel leaves his son, his workshop and London behind. The decision will change the course of his life forever.

Since his accident, Zachary is plagued by visions that reveal the hearts and minds of those around him. A gift at times and a curse at others, it is nonetheless these visions that will help him complete a journey that he was always destined to make - to travel across Europe to Constantinople and find out what happened to his father all those years ago.


The Second Sight of Zachary Cloudesley by Sean Lusk was a delightful tale from start to finish. From the very first page I was caught up in the story and characters, and they held my interest throughout. The fantastical elements wove neatly through the tale, with excellent world building, while the story moved at a good pace that kept me turning the pages. There were moments of sadness, but the ending was satisfying. Based on the strength of this debut work, I would definitely be keen to read more from Sean Lusk in the future.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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