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About Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

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.

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Review of Cogheart

Cogheart is a middle grade steampunk adventure that features a brave young girl, a daring young boy and a loyal clockwork fox.

I love that steampunk is being written for the younger generation, since it is one of my favorite genres. The book says it is aimed at readers 12, though I would expand this to include adventure-loving advanced younger readers 5th grade and older.

Often, in adventures for middle grade and YA readers, the villains are adults.  Cogheart is no exception. And these villains are not only bad guys, but they look pretty creepy. The trouble starts when the bad guys go after Lily’s father. In an effort to warn his daughter, John Hartman sends Malkin, his mechanical fox, to Lily with a message. Just as Malkin’s escape pod leaves the airship Dragonfly, a harpoon strikes the hull and John is shot. Fade to black….. (you know what that means).

And so the adventure begins. On the way to find Lily, Malkin meets and teams with young Robert Townsend, son and apprentice to a clockmaker. In the meantime, Lily has been removed from the boarding school she hates by her father’s housekeeper. Lily isn’t exactly in love with Madame Verdigris either. It immediately becomes apparent that Verdigris does not have Lily’s best interests at heart.

When Robert and Malkin catch up with Lily, helping Lily escape is just the tip of the adventure iceberg. Now chased by the men that went after her father, Lily runs for help, along the way meeting Anna, airship pilot/journalist, who becomes part of the adventure. All the while, we don’t really know why Lily is being chased.

Cogheart was released in the UK in 2016, so it has been out for a few years. Today, February 12th, is Cogheart’s US release. It is book one in a three book series, so if Cogheart appeals, look for Moonlocket and Sky Circus to follow. And if you like this book, I recommend you check out the author’s website for fun GIFs, games and activies relating to Lily’s amazing adventures.

Cogheart is a non-stop adventure sure to engage readers of any age that appreciate airships, danger, friendship, family, mechanical animals and people and a bit of airship piracy.

Through Netgalley, the publisher provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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