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.
Named as one of the nation's 100 favourite stories to share for World Book Day 2018
“What if Earth were full of clockwork creatures instead of monsters? Cogheart goes beyond steam-punk to imagine a world as weirdly inventive as Philip Pullman's Clockwork and Ridley Scott's Blade Runner... Marvellous fun for nine-plus readers.” New Statesman
“A steampunk adventure with a determined heroine and compelling twists.” The Irish Times
“Expect thrills, mayhem and mystery - but in the end this is a heart-warming, enjoyable and unique tale with some deep philosophical messages about what it is to live and be happy.” BookTrust
“A powerful Victorian steampunk thriller, a tale of love and loyalty, trust and trickery that takes readers on an amazing journey to a world far beyond their wildest dreams... From ‘mechanimals’ and incredible automata to soaring airships and dastardly plots, Cogheart is a magnificent, standout modern classic, an exhilarating epic that offers fun, adventure and pure escapism for anyone aged between nine and ninety. Not be missed!” Lancashire Evening Post
“An instant classic... full of thrills, spills, and mechanical foxes.” Down the Rabbit Hole
“Easily one of the best I have read in the [steampunk] genre... Fast-paced and full of unrelenting action and adventure.” BookZone4Boys
“A really wonderful steampunk story that reminded me of Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines series. It's pacy and exciting, and I loved the world that Peter has built.” Robin Stevens
“Vivid and gripping…a beautifully-drawn world and delicate detailing, as finely wrought as a watch’s workings.”
Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of Girl of Ink and Stars
“Fantastical, immersive – and yet with real heart.” Serendipity Reviews
“A gem of a book.” Katherine Woodfine, author of The Clockwork Sparrow
“Bunzl's impressive debut novel... draws readers into an atmospheric steam-punk plot which has all the ingredients of a real page-turner. Sinister characters and high tension ensure that children will devour this.” The Bookseller
“A delightfully badly behaved heroine, enthralling mechanicals and a stormer of a plot.” Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher
“A classic adventure in every way I love – machines, Victoriana and high, pulse-pounding thrills. It’s got real heart too.” Rob Lloyd Jones, author of Wild Boy
“Totally bewitched me.” Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet?
“An absorbing read, Cogheart is the perfect book to get wrapped up in.” Carousel
“One of my favourite debuts of the year. Murder, mystery and mayhem in a thrilling Victorian adventure.” Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“A real page-turner. Besides being action-packed, this is a story with a heart.” Teaching English
“A gripping story.” The Irish Times
“If you are looking for a book full of heart, emotion, adventure and mystery then I could not recommend Cogheart enough, because it has all that and more.” MikeReads
“A magical and thrilling story. Prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime, a truly stunning debut.” Jo Clarke, Book Lover Jo
“A mysterious and exciting read that is full of fantastic characters.” The Week Junior
“WONDERFUL…a blend of Philip Pullman, Joan Aiken and Katherine Rundell. Don’t miss!” Amanda Craig
“Wonderfully gripping.” Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller
“A glittering clockwork treasure.” Piers Torday
“Bunzl has created an alternative Victorian world with airships, mechanicals and evil villains. He's not afraid to let a few characters die along the way either. His creativity is astounding. Where will he go from here? A truly classic adventure!” Reader review, Mumsnet
“It's great to have a story for kids with a bit of grit, harsh realism but written with a humorous edge. The book flowed with ease. It was "Ironman" for kids. Will certainly be recommending this to family/friends and look forward to more titles.” Reader review, Mumsnet
“Brilliant! There's no other word for it, an exciting, nail biting adventure, I'm sure it'll become a classic of the steam punk genre.” Reader review, Mumsnet