22nd October '16
I applied to review this book because I thought it would be a suitable one for by 10 year old grandson. He likes, mystery, magic and adventure – all contained in this book.
It is set in the Victorian era, before electricity and computers, where steam powers the world. Clockwork mechanisms are made by specialists, and wind up servants have been invented. There is a rumor that a perpetual motion machine exists, and someone is willing to kill to obtain it.
Lily, her friend Robert and her mechanical pet fox Malkin are being pursued by evil villains who are after the machine, and involves many adventures, ending with an exciting air ship battle.
I liked the mechanical servants with their strange oaths – “Cogs and chronometers” – “Clockwork and cam-wheels” – “Steam and steel”. Lily thinks of them as her friends, they seem almost human, except they have to be wound up! She comments that humans have a soul, but you can’t take it out and inspect it, so why not robotic servants.
This is a story of adventure and suspense, a real page turner. In the end the perpetual motion machine is found in quite an unexpected place, and the villains defeated!
My grandson liked the book so much, he kept it for himself instead of donating it to the school library, it certainly had his seal of approval.