The Clockwork Crow
By Catherine Fisher | Published October 2018
When Seren Rhys is given a newspaper parcel by a stranger late at night in an empty train station, she has no idea what trouble it contains. She is on her way to a new life at the remote house of Plas-y Fran, but when she gets there the happy family Christmas she had 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, from a master storyteller. Get this exciting fantasy children’s book today.
Praise for the book
Winner of the Tir na n-Og Award 2019 | Included in the BookTrust Great Books Guide 2019 | Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2019 | Shortlisted for the Independent Bookshop Week Book Award 2019 | Shortlisted for the YBB Book Awards 2020 | Shortlisted for the 2020 Ealing Junior Book Award
‘Rich in evocative detail and multidimensional characters, this wintry enchantment is suspenseful, resonant of folk tales and perfect to curl up with in the cold.’ Nicolette Jones, Children’s Books of the Year, The Sunday Times
‘Masterpiece for 7-11s … Catherine Fisher is an author of dazzling magical adventures… Like Joan Aiken and Evan Ibbotson before her, Fisher’s crystalline prose shimmers with shivery magic that will entice even a reluctant reader.’ Amanda Craig, New Statesman
‘Magical, atmospheric – funny, this is a slice of Victorian creepiness and a seasonal treat’ Sally Morris, Daily Mail
‘Children of ten and older will find themselves pleasurably lost in this enchanting, candlelit delight.’ Philip Womack, Literary Review
‘Full of deep fairytale resonance, Fisher’s writing stands out in the mind’s eye like blood drops on snow.’ Imogen Russell Williams, Guardian
‘Gripping and magical, a perfect snowy holiday read for children (and me).’ Daniel Hahn, Spectator
‘Drawing on Welsh folklore, the story is both magical and fantastic. Catherine’s writing sparkles with energy and, quite often, one finds oneself rereading sections and marvelling at the talent of this extraordinary author. The wintery and Christmassy atmospheric prose entertains in bucketloads.’ Simon Fisher, TES
‘Set in a gothic mansion in a landscape of frost and snow, this is a spellbinding story full of excitement and magic. It’s an enthralling Christmas mystery, just right for reading on winter nights.’ The Week Junior Book of the Week
‘The Clockwork Crow is a perfectly pitched middle grade story that doesn’t put a foot wrong. Seren is a spunky, brave and determined heroine and this book is completely gripping from first page to last, poetic without being difficult to read. Catherine Fisher is a wonderfully accomplished writer. This is a highly recommended story.’ BookTrust