It can’t be read without ridiculous posh English accents rattling around in the mind.
The characters are all larger than life and frankly they might break out into a Gilbert and Sullivan song at any moment.
Unfortunately, the over exaggerated verbosity of the period makes it hard to follow at times.
It was fun, but there were two things that kept troubling me.
Firstly, it is very fast and loose with physics and geography. It takes a lot of suspension of disbelief to imagine a house with a library and a greenhouse being lifted and carried around with a hot air balloon. A beautiful image, but in a world without magic it kept bothering me.
Secondly the characters felt like actors in a stage play, rather than real people living in their own world. At times the dialogue felt like NPCs relaying information and no more.
Moreover, there are leaps in logic that sounds Sherlockain, but made little sense.
There are some lovely characters in the book. Rich and vibrant as a concept visually, but they’re not very deep and the emotion impact never quite hit a mark.
Perhaps this story would fit perfectly as a video game. I really think it would be brilliant as one.
So, to summarize. Excellent if all you need a bit of fun with beautiful mind imagery.