Review: Cogheart – Peter Bunzl

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CogheartSynopsis: 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.


I LOVED this book. It was like a little guilty pleasure read. It is, first and foremost a children’s book, targeted towards 9-12 year olds, but I have no shame in reading this as a 22 year old. I did have to read it for work, but it was so much fun! I could really get used to reading kids books more often… 😌

It’s got everything you could possibly wish for from an adventure story set in the Victorian Era – evil mechanical people, fighting on blimps (airships), a fight in the Big Ben clock, lots of death (unfortunate, but exciting and sometimes gory), a heroic and loveable mechanical fox, and the heart warming friendship found between two brave youngsters.

I don’t really have much more to say about it, other than seriously, if you want to read a fun, lighthearted and exciting children’s book, read this! AND, it’s going to be a series, with the next instalment, Moonlocket, expected to be released in 2017, so the story continues…

Cogheart is a lovely little gem of a novel.


View Cogheart on Goodreads.

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