Synopsis: Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .
Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?
With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .
Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.
Review: I would give it a good 4 stars. The book did such a great job of hooking me from the very beginning, right away there is a mystery, family secrets and tons of political intrigue which I was surprised to see in a middle grade book, It was also pretty dark which I loved.
The world was amazing. I loved the Victorian London setting and all the mechanicals. The political climate around treating mechanicals like crap, and yet the machines that Lily’s father makes are so life like and amazing. There is also some great air ships and action scenes in unexpected places.
The main characters Lily, Robert, and Malkin are so lovable, and yet there is so many characters that you don’t know if you can trust or what they are going to do. I loved that Lily and Robert have a platonic relationship and they have such great bonding and development on their adventure. There is a character death that seemed unnecessary to me so that slightly brought my rating down, otherwise I had no complaints.
I loved the format as they add occasional pictures of cards, documents, and newspapers etc that you can read as well. I would recommend this to more than just a middle grade audience, the book was just as amazing as the cover and had such a dark vibe to it I really loved. The end wrapped up really nicely even though there is more books.
Thanks for reading 🙂