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. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants.
Suddenly, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger. Jack is playing a cruel game that Robert is a part of. Now Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly card…
Note: this review may contain spoilers for Cogheart.
This is a story that does its wonderful cover justice. We follow Lily, Malkin and Robert as they try to catch a famous criminal in Victorian, steampunk London. It is all you could want from a middle-grade novel. The main characters are brave, smart and get things done. But they are also flawed, they get scared, they do stupid things, they are real… It is a book filled with puzzles and adventure. But it doesn’t focus only on adventure. It also discusses what it means to be different, what family really is, how it feels to loose someone close to you, and if love also means trust.
I enjoyed this read a bit more than the first book, even though that was wonderful as well. This was for one because we were plunged into the action straight away, and it lasted till the very end. The world building felt a bit more effortless. We are introduced to some new parts of London, filled to the brim with glorious steampunk elements such as mechanicals, mechanimals and airships. Lastly, the villain in this story was truly wonderful. He is scary, smart, ruthless and cunning. He has got quite a few tricks up his sleeve, which really makes him a force to be reckoned with.
The writing is wonderful, whimsical and fun. This really helps to make it a heartwarming story, enjoyable for young and old. I highly recommend picking up this series, and I cannot wait for the third installment coming out next year.