About this book:
When 13-year-old Lily’s inventor father vanishes after a Zeppelin crash, Lily’s determined to hunt down the truth behind his disappearance, helped by Robert, the local clockmaker’s son, and her wily mechanical fox Malkin. But shadowy figures are closing in and treachery lurks among the smoky spires of London – along with a life-changing secret. Be swept away by airships and flabbergasted by dastardly plots in this extraordinary and wildly imaginative debut, bursting with invention and adventure.
Author: Peter Bunzl
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Illustrator: Becca Stadtlander
Firstly i feel like i should start off by saying, wow. I mean seriously WOW. From the first sentence i could feel myself becoming hooked and suddenly i was completely enthralled by this enchanting story set in a world much like our own with a few major differences.
The bond between me and the characters was instantaneous! Peter has created a world and characters that literally come off the page, visualising them comes very naturally.
A world where Mechanicals and Mechanimals exist side by side against mankind, airships are the latest form of travel and set to the backdrop of a steampunk Victorian England. This is an England that is different to what England was like in the Victorian era but there are wonderful parallels that help our setting feel familiar and although there is the addition of things like Mechs and airships the premise and indeed the setting are very believable and you can feel yourself accepting everything you are reading.
We are introduced first to our protagonist’s Father and the Mechanimal Malkin, Malkin is wonderful. He is a real pleasure to read about.
I’ve spoken to Peter who said Malkin is his personal favourite of all his characters and i totally get why! That fox is awesome; he’s independent, protective and despite his mechanical disposition behaves like he is a real animal. Especially when it comes to chewing on things!
The story follows Lily, who is stuck at a stuffy prim boarding school. Lily is not like the other girls there, Lily enjoys reading penny dreadfuls and deeply dislikes her school. Our story begins when Lily’s Father who we’re introduced to at the very beginning goes missing and she has to return home.
This story is full of action, set against a fun and interesting backdrop, filled with interesting and unusual characters- this book has something for everyone and if you have one chance to read a book this year, make it Cogheart!
I would and have recommended this book to everyone i know, my Daddy loved it and says he wishes there had been a book like it when he was younger (not that his age prevented him from enjoying it today), my Mummy is also currently reading it. We have all said that once you pick it up, it is practically impossible to put it down!
This book demands to be read.
Thank goodness there is a sequel…