Publishing Date: February 2019
Publisher: Jolly Fish, North Star
Publisher’s Description: Thirteen-year-old Lily Harman always dreamed of adventure. A strong-willed girl, Lily felt trapped in a life of Victorian stuffiness at her prim boarding school. But after her father-a famous inventor-disappears on a routine zeppelin flight, Lily’s life gets turned upside down. Now cared for by her guardian, the heartless Madame Verdigris, Lily is quite certain that she’s being watched. Mysterious, silver-eyed men are lurking in the shadows, just waiting for their chance to strike. But what could they possibly want from her?
Review: This had a hard time, initially, getting up to speed. We get a little mired in a “Matilda” like story where Lily is at boarding school with a mean head mistress while her Father suddenly goes missing. I can see where some reviewers lacked the patience to see it through or it affected their perception of the book entire. If you can get through the first 3rd of the novel, you will strike gold and become engaged in a steampunkian adventure.
Like most novels, once the movement begins in earnest, so evolve the characters. Lily is an engaging character from the start and Robert adds a complimentary perspective to the story line. Anna is a great addition and comes at the right time to move events to critical mass.
This YA novel has a bit of something for everyone. For me the writing was engaging enough to stay tuned and I am glad I did. I look forward to the further adventures of Lily and Robert in “MoonLocket“.