The Velvet Fox
By Catherine Fisher | Published October 2019
Sequel to the award-winning The Clockwork Crow
Orphan Seren Rhys is enjoying her first summer at Plas-y-Fran. But as autumn arrives, it brings with it a mysterious new governess who seems intent on drawing Tomos away from Seren and his family.
Dangerous figures from a bewitched toy carousel stalk the house and, fearing the worst, Seren calls on the clockwork crow to help her. But can he reach her in time, and will Tomos be able to escape the magical creatures threatening to ensnare him, led by the Velvet Fox?
Praise for the book
New Statesman’s Best New Children’s Books for Christmas 2019
‘Darkly menacing and creepily atmospheric, this is turning into a series to follow.’ Sally Morris, Daily Mail
‘Fisher writes with elegant poise. The Velvet Fox will charm and frighten readers of ten and up in equal measures.’ Philip Womack, Literary Review
‘A writer whose strange magic is impossible to resist.’ Daniel Hahn
‘Catherine Fisher has woven her magic once more, twisting fairy tales, folklore and fantasy into a spellbinding tale.’ Family Bookworms
‘There is humour as well as excitement in this excellent story of a brave and resourceful heroine who surprises even her mentor, the Crow, and we can look forward to finding out what happens next.’ 5 stars, Books for Keeps
‘Tension builds from almost the first page in this creepy and unsettling tale of faerie folk which is best read with the lights on. With echoes of the more disconcerting aspects of Alice in Wonderland and traditional folk tales, deception is all around and nothing it what it seems.’ BookTrust
‘A story of danger, courage and strength, Seren’s adventures will send delicious shivers down the spine. Catherine Fisher is a superb storyteller, breathing new life into old stories and setting them free like the wind whirling autumn leaves… Highly recommended especially for winter nights.’ Andrea Reece, Lovereading4kids December 2019 Book of the Month
‘As enchanting, gripping and eerie as its’ predecessor, The Clockwork Crow. Fishers’ gift for story-telling and lyrical writing weaves a tale that consumes… Once again; unusual, intriguing and thoroughly magical. In short, I loved everything about this book.’ Fallen Star Stories
‘Overall, short but perfectly formed, this is a magical and atmospheric pair of books, with elements of classic children’s stories, traditional oral tale telling and a dose of humour too. Wonderful – and a perfect December read!’ Bellis Does Books