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.
A really cute and short middle grade read that feels more like the traditional stories of my childhood (the secret garden, a little princess) than more modern stories. It’s a really quick read too, which is always nice.
I liked the feel of the book, but the only downside of it being short was that we didn’t really get a feel for Seren. She’s strong and curious, but we don’t know enough about her motivations or even why she didn’t go to this godparent instead of the orphanage etc. I just wanted more from that.
That aside, the clockwork crow was awesome, and the story with the fey was nicely handled. And the small town feeling, with the estate set apart etc, very atmospheric!
It feels a little like a set up for more, but also as a stand alone. I’m hoping for more set in this world, personally – either with the crow, or with seren. Or both!
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