The first instalment in what is to be an exciting trilogy, from the pen of new author Francesca Gibbons! A Clock of Stars: The Shadow Moth is a fantastic fantasy adventure for 9-12 year olds, brimming with the magic of old fairy tales and fireside stories. I was lucky enough to receive a copy through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, so thanks goes to them, Harper Collins, and of course, the author 🙂
When Imogen follows a silvery-grey moth into the gardens behind the tearoom, little does she know that it will lead her to a door in a tree, and behind that door, she will discover an entire magical world…
Followed by her little sister Marie, the girls embark on an exciting and dangerous adventure, for it seems leaving this world isn’t going to be as easy as entering it. The squabbling sisters encounter a world in turmoil and find help in unexpected places – including a stuck-up prince and a fearless huntress, as well a menagerie of strange mythical beasts and even monsters!
But it seems everyone has parts to play and lessons to learn, perhaps Imogen most of all, if they are to work together to find the way home.
Francesca has created a magical world that has all the hallmarks of a Tolkien adventure – at once familiar, yet stamped firmly with her own originality. Along the way there are some lovely morals about family and friendship, as well as bravery in all its forms.
Complimented beautifully by Chris Riddell’s fantastic illustrations – I thoroughly enjoyed!
Meg Readz xx