Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Velvet Fox by Catherine Fisher

The lilt of haunting music carried on the breeze; a soft, velvety laugh; a magical toy carousel turning in the night – The Velvet Fox is the spine-tingling sequel to Catherine Fisher’s brilliant story, The Clockwork Crow.

Seren and Tomos have become firm friends in Plas-y-Fran since their first dangerous encounter with the magical Tylwyth Teg fairies. As they play conkers on a fresh Autumn day, Tomos makes the grave mistake of boasting about how they defeated those mystical creatures. Suddenly, a breath of wind stirs up the crackling leaves and a mysterious carriage appears. Mrs Honeybourne has arrived to act as the children’s governess. Who is she? Where has she come from? Is she everything she seems to be? The gift of a mysterious toy carousel brings a kind of magic into the house that Seren thought was gone forever.

Seren soon finds herself treated unjustly – second best because she’s an orphan. When Tomos turns on her, she knows she needs help. It’s time to call for her old friend, the Clockwork Crow. He understands the old magic and might be able to help her defeat the enchantment encircling the house before it’s too late.

The Velvet Fox is a wonderful story of bravery and standing up for yourself. Readers will see that your background does not determine whether you are important or not but instead, who you are inside and how you choose to behave. There’s a power in friendship and strength in honesty.

You can read my review of The Clockwork Crow here. I’m really looking forward to the publication of the third book in the series, The Midnight Swan, and joining the blog tour with Firefly Press in October 2020.

Click on the covers below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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