Synopsis: Travelling to a new home with an unknown new family, orphan Seren Rees is shivering in a Victorian station waiting room, when she is given a mysterious newspaper parcel by a strange and frightened man, who then disappears. Reluctantly she takes it with her… But what is in the parcel? Who are the Family who must not be spoken of, and can the Crow help Seren find Tom, the boy who has been missing for a year and a day, before the owner of the parcel finds her?
The Clockwork Crow is a gripping Christmas tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales, from a master storyteller.
Release Date: 4th October 2018
Format Read: Ebook
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic, Mystery, Historical
Review: This was so much fun to read. I loved this story of Seren getting this new start in her life and by chance ends up with the Clockwork Crow and instantly as she knew something was up with Tomos she had to find him and bring the house back to life.
I enjoyed the characters they are so well written and so interesting, I loved that Seren didn’t know Tomos at all but yet was still desperate and willing to do anything to find him and bring him home. She had it rough at that dark cold home, but she was such a wonderfully determined girl.
It was fascinating in Their world where time didn’t exist, all the hurdles and adventure she was entered into was really so much fun. It was all so very much thought out and created so wonderfully.
I really enjoyed getting to read this book and get the whole story of Seren and Tomos.
Where to buy: Amazon, Wordery, Book Depository, Waterstones, Firefly press
About 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.