It was months ago that I first heard of Peter Bunzl and started to look forward to this book . And it has truly been worth the wait!
When Lily leaves her ghastly boarding school upon learning that her father is missing after his airship has crash-landed, little does she know what lies ahead…. Her mechanical pet fox is also missing and the housekeeper is running their house as if she owns it.
Meanwhile, Malkin the mechanimal fox is desperately trying to avoid gun-toting men in shadows to get back to Lily with an important message.
This is great adventure story set in Victorian times with the daring Lily and her new friend, watch-maker’s son Robert, taking great risks with their own and others’ lives as they try to unravel the mystery of her father’s disappearance and a missing box.
With a cast of humans, mechanicals and hybrids, heroes, traitors and villains, there is someone for everybody to enjoy! I was really impressed with the way the mechanicals had emotions and could talk and think they would fascinate readers of about 8-12.
The setting and the pace of the book are great and, with its underlying clockwork theme, it had me gripped from start to finish.
For a debut novel, this is astounding. I can’t wait for Moonlocket – coming in 2017!