Synopsis: After rescuing Tomas from enchantment, orphan Seren Rhys is enjoying her first summer at Plas-y-Fran. But as autumn arrives, it brings with it a mysterious new governess who seems intent on drawing Tomas away from Seren and his family.

Dangerous figures from a bewitched toy carousel stalk the house, and fearing the worst, Seren calls on her old friend, the clockwork crow, to help her.

Release Date: 3rd October 2019

Format Read: Ebook

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure, Magic, Historical

Pages: 220

Thank you so much to firefly press and NetGalley for the ebook to read and review.

Review: What a thrilling and fun story, I was enthralled into the story from the first page. The characters were all so perfectly written and intermingled perfectly. The way the story was written made you desperate to get the whole story and solve the mystery. 

I love and adored Seren and Tomas’ relationship what perfect magical friends they were together. Seren was such a strong, brave, independent girl who would and did not stop at anything to save her best friend from the evil Faery folk who wanted him as theirs again. 

This story was magical, adventurous, thrilling and captivating. From the first chapter as the Governess shows up surprisingly you knew you had a mystery to follow and solve and with that mystery are so many twists and turns. 

I really enjoyed reading this book and loved how easily the story flowed and the way the story went even though some parts were kinda sad, it was just so well written and so well thought out, I loved it.


Where to Buy: Amazon UK, Wordery, Book Depository, Waterstones

About the Author: Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.

Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups of all ages. She leads sessions for teachers and librarians and is an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator. She lives in Newport, Gwent.

Catherine has won many awards and much critical acclaim for her work. Her poetry has appeared in leading periodicals and anthologies and her volume Immrama won the WAC Young Writers’ Prize. She won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1990.

Her first novel, The Conjuror’s Game, was shortlisted for the Smarties Books prize and The Snow-Walker’s Son for the W.H.Smith Award. Equally acclaimed is her quartet The Book of the Crow, a classic of fantasy fiction.

The Oracle, the first volume in the Oracle trilogy, blends Egyptian and Greek elements of magic and adventure and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Books prize. The trilogy was an international bestseller and has appeared in over twenty languages. The Candleman won the Welsh Books Council’s Tir Na n’Og Prize and Catherine was also shortlisted for the remarkable Corbenic, a modern re-inventing of the Grail legend.

Her futuristic novel Incarceron was published to widespread praise in 2007, winning the Mythopoeic Society of America’s Children’s Fiction Award and selected by The Times as its Children’s Book of the Year. The sequel, Sapphique, was published in September 2008. 


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