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Note: Animated cover downloaded from Peter Bunzl’s author website.

About Skycircus by Peter Bunzl

When a travelling skycircus arrives in Brackenbridge, Lily and Robert can’t wait to step aboard… But there’s something sinister about the hybrid children who appear as part of the act. And before Lily and Robert can do anything, they’re captured by shadowy figures and whisked off in the mysterious flying circus to somewhere far, far away…

Treachery, tight-ropes and trickery combine in this incredible third Cogheart adventure.

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Review of Skycircus

The third installment in the Cogheart series is even more adventurous that the first two.  In Skycircus, Lily is mysteriously presented with a ticket for her and her friends to get into the exciting travelling Skycircus and maybe even meet Miss Angelique, the girl with wings.  Now, any adult would have been suspicious.  But on her birthday, Lily was feeling neglected, so off she went with Robert and Malkin.  They were sure they could make it home before Papa even missed them.

Of course, the Skycircus is a trap set especially for Lily.  And this is where things get a little dark.  The main circus attractions are hybrid children.  Children who have been used as experimentation subjects and then sold to the circus.  Most notably is the headliner, Angelique, the flying girl.  But they want Lily to become the new main attraction.

Shall I state the obvious?  The circus owners are evil!  Lily, Robert and Malkin are not going to make it home before Papa misses them.

As I said, Skycircus is a bit dark, more so that the first two books in the series.  We are talking about human experimentation, kidnapping and imprisonment of innocent children.  But our adventurers never give up, so you know things are going to be okay in the end.  The bad guys will be brought to justice. I can’t say this was my favorite in the series, but I still enjoyed it very much.  This adventure, written for middle grade ages, also entertains adults.

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

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