Natasha Pulley “The Bedlam Stacks” (Bloomsbury USA, 2017)
While this is set in the same universe as “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street”, you do NOT have to have read that book to enjoy this one. While there is a bit of overt crossover, for the most part it reads as a standalone.
Merrick Tremayne, formerly of the East Indian Company, is sent to South America to obtain some rare plants. It starts out as a simple “spy gets drug back into the game” story, but soon becomes so much weirder.
I really enjoyed this. It is a fascinating blend of spy craft, folk lore, and numinous magic. It weaves history and fantasy together in a way that feels borderless at times.
Thanks to Bloomsbury USA and NetGalley for a review copy.