It’s hard to escape the secrets from the past.
Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocketbut that’s not the only thing he’s after.
Suddenly, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger. Jack is playing a cruel game that Robert is wrapped up in. Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final deadly card . . .
About the Author
Peter Bunzl grew up in London and lives there with his partner Michael. He is a BAFTA-award-winning animator, as well as a writer and filmmaker.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was my introduction to the Cogheart series, I have not yet read book one. But, I didn't feel lost, and felt like I got enough background information to get the characters without taking up too much of the story with past events. It's a fun steam-punk-esque kind of world, historical setting, some real historical people, but with a twist of robot servants and mechanimal pets, also an element of the fantastical as the mechanimals are brought to life by special diamond chips that have a life-force in them. There are lots of good themes in the story for kids: - overcoming obstacles -dealing with life-altering health conditions -having family with a checkered past -adoption/family, the meaning of true family - independence and confidence Although I think Lily takes the independence thing a little far. Lily's Dad seems distant and a little out of touch, and no matter what he tells her Lily always believes she knows what's best for herself and does whatever she wants. In most kid's books and movies even for hero kids there's a moment where they realize their parents were right about something or they should've listened to their parents about something... not Lily. I don't have kids, so I don't know if that's something most parents would be concerned about. Just something to consider. If your kid has a healthy respect for adults and parents I wouldn't be concerned about them reading this book. Overall it's a fun adventure story. I really enjoyed Robert's character and his journey to find out about his family and what to do with the information he found, how he would let it shape his life.