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The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

The Clockwork Crow

Catherine Fisher

5.00 out of 5

4 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Firefly Press Ltd
Publisher: Firefly Press Ltd
Publication date: 4 Oct 2018
ISBN: 9781910080849

A mysterious gothic Christmas tale set in a frost-bound Victorian country mansion. When orphaned Seren Rees is given a mysterious package by a strange and frightened man on her way to her new home, she reluctantly takes it with her. But what is in the parcel and who are the Family who must not be spoken of

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5 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
2 Dec 2018

"Beautifully written, witty, observant and reminiscent of E Nesbit, this novel merits a place in the canon of children’s classics."

Beautifully written, witty, observant and reminiscent of E Nesbit, this novel merits a place in the canon of children’s classics. Siblings Clarry and Peter spend idyllic summers in Cornwall before the First World War with their charismatic older cousin Rupert. The war is handled without cliché — no mean feat... Despite being partly about loss, this steams along as joyously as Clarry rides the train to Cornwall. Funny, sad, warm, with a very satisfying ending, it is about growing up and finding what you love, intellectually and emotionally.

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5 stars out of 5
1 Nov 2018

" a perfectly pitched middle grade story that doesn’t put a foot wrong"

On her solo journey to Wales, Seren is given a mysterious package to look after by a stranger and ends up feeling obliged to take it with her. But when she arrives in Wales, her Godfather and family are not in residence and she’s left with a bunch of dour servants who seem to be hiding something. It’s all very mysterious and somewhat creepy, and when she finds an enigmatic talking clockwork crow within the package, that only serves to make it weirder! Together, they set off to solve the riddle of Plas-y-Fran, facing many perils and challenges as they go. The Clockwork Crow is a perfectly pitched middle grade story that doesn’t put a foot wrong. Seren is a spunky, brave and determined heroine and this book is completely gripping from first page to last, poetic without being difficult to read. Catherine Fisher is a wonderfully accomplished writer. This is a highly recommended story.

5 stars out of 5
Philip Womack
1 Oct 2018

"children of ten and older will find themselves pleasurably lost in this enchanting, candlelit delight"

Catherine Fisher, a poet as well as a novelist, produces children’s fiction notable for its delicate and fine prose. The Clockwork Crow is no exception... Like many excellent children’s novels, it begins with its heroine in transit. Seren, a thoughtful and imaginative orphan, is on a railway platform, on her way to stay with her godfather, when a stranger gives her a parcel that contains the parts of a clockwork crow... As in the best literary fairy stories, this novel uses psychologically reverberant symbols – a golden staircase, a black key – that lead Seren on a quest for knowledge and for a family of her own. Children of ten and older will find themselves pleasurably lost in this enchanting, candlelit delight.

5 stars out of 5
Imogen Russell Williams
29 Sep 2018

"'Incarceron author Catherine Fisher returns with a beautifully wintry steampunk fantasy'"

Full of deep fairytale resonance, Fisher’s writing stands out in the mind’s eye like blood drops on snow.