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The Clockwork Crow by Catherine Fisher

Publishing 4 October, PB, ages 9+
 
'The Clockwork Crow was lying on its side. One of its small bright eyes was looking right at her.'
 
When Seren Rhys is given a newspaper parcel by a stranger late at night in a freezing Victorian train station, she has no idea what trouble it contains. She is heading for a new life at the remote country house of Plas-y Fran, but when she gets there the happy family Christmas she hoped for turns out to be an illusion. Because Tomos has been missing for a year and a day, and if the strange and dangerous Family have really taken him, who would be mad enough to try and get him back?
 
Armed with a talking bird who might not be telling the truth, a magical snow globe and her own indomitable courage, Seren sets off on a journey into a midnight world of snow and stars, to an ice palace unlocked only by a Door of Blood and Tears.
 
The Clockwork Crow is a gripping Christmas tale of enchantment and belonging, set in a frost-bound mansion in snowy mid-Wales.
 
Praise for The Clockwork Crow:
 
'A marvellous book, and a book of marvels, shivery with suspense, snow and sinister magic - the most seasonal treat since The Box of Delights.’ Amanda Craig
 
‘This book is a lovely read … intrigue, danger and mystery! Definitely an excellent read for those winter nights ahead!’ Waterstones Durham
 
'Catherine Fisher, a 'writer of rare talent', has produced a sparkling, snow-wrapped, ice-capped marvel. Beautifully and skillfully crafted, inspired by folklore and featuring a cast of endearing characters. Totally magical and such a great read. Got to be one of THE books of 2018.' Family Bookworms
 
'I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get lost in a world of magic, mystery, and adventure. Go to Plas-y-Fran. I promise you will not be disappointed. 6 stars!' Roachie's Reviews
 
'A spellbinding tale glistening with magic and mystery that competely enchanted me.' Booklover Jo
 
'A novel filled with atmosphere and charm, The Clockwork Crow will leave you spellbound.' Emma Perry, My Book Corner
 
Catherine will be in conversation with Eloise Williams at Waterstones Swansea on Thursday 1 November, 6.30pm and signing books at Waterstones Durham on Saturday 3 November from 11am-2pm. To book your place please contact the stores. 
 
 
 
 
Publishing 11 October, PB, ages 15+
 
'YA as it should be – dangerous, dark and daring. I loved it.'  CJ Skuse
 
A red eye blinks in the darkness; a hidden door opens to a lost crypt; a life is held in the light of a flickering flame … welcome to Three Strikes.
 
Step into the unknown world of The Tribe with Kasha in THE DARKNESS by Lucy Christopher; be entranced by the ghostly voices of THE TWINS OF BLACKFIN by Kat Ellis, or lose yourself in a haunting retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s  ‘The Little Match Girl’ - MATCHGIRL by Rhian Ivory. Whether you like your stories dark or darker, Three Strikes is the perfect under-the-covers read! 
 
Praise for Three Strikes:
 
'Three unsettling but thoroughly compelling new stories from the Grand High Witches of thrilling YA, this is a veritable bubbling cauldron of mystery, mischievousness and mayhem. YA as it should be – dangerous, dark and daring. I loved it.' CJ Skuse
 
'A compulsive, addictive read. Chilling and eerie - a must!' Dawn Kurtagich
 
'Three deeply compelling, dark tales that twist and snare the imagination. Three tales of love, loss, heartache and page turning mystery.' Jenniely
 
‘Mysterious, intriguing and chilling. This is a fab collection for anyone who likes their tales just a little bit twisted… Three Strikes is perfect reading for long winter-evenings.’ Elen Caldecott
 
''The Darkness' by Lucy Christopher is such a beautiful story - mysterious, exciting, deeply emotional and with a rare spiritual depth. It stays in the mind like a prayer.' Melvin Burgess
 
"'The Darkness': A raw tale, reminiscent of Black Mirror, with compelling characters stranded in a stark landscape, all bound together in gritty, gripping writing.' Joanna Nadin
 
''Matchgirl' by Rhian Ivory is a tingling, winter storm of a story! Nia and Sol, ice and sunlight, loss and finding, the fragile flame of matchlight hope, and the music that holds them all.' Hilary McKay 
 
Lucy Christopher, Kat Ellis and Rhian Ivory will be in conversation with book blogger Chelley Toy at Waterstones Birmingham on Wednesday 24 October, 6.30pm, at YA Lit Cardiff at Cardiff Library on Saturday 1 December, 3-5pm and Waterstones Swansea on Sunday 2 December, 11am. To book your place please contact the stores.