Published by Jolly Fish Press
Published on May 1st 2017
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Jolly Fish Press, and the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jack Door, the notorious escapologist has escaped an inescapable prison. He’s in on a search for the Moonlocket which will help him get back the one thing in the world he desires most, the Blood Moon Diamond. He stole it fifteen years ago, after which, he was imprisoned, now he has the chance to get it back and escape for good. Lily and Robert end up embroiled in Jack’s plans, uncovering a lot about Robert’s past along the way. They must stay one step ahead of the Jack of Diamonds, before it’s too late.
Moonlocket is the second book in Bunzl’s Cogheart Adventures series, though I came to realise, that reading Cogheart wasn’t essential in order to read this one. I do recommend it however because you won’t understand the references to the cogheart, and won’t understand the relationships between the characters as much. I was surprised to find that this story centred more around Robert, his family and their past, for some reason I assumed the story of the actual cogheart would be continued on in this series format, and this change pleasantly surprised me. I thought it was absolutely fantastic to have the spotlight on Robert, who we first meet in Cogheart, and who helps Lily on her fantastic adventure, it was lovely to get to see a different side of him and have him be less of a supporting character and be more in the forefront.
The story itself was wonderfully written, and well thought out. Opening with Jack Door’s escape from prison and following on with Lily’s father heading to London to help try and fix the Queen’s Elephanta for her upcoming jubilee. Of course Dr. Hartman wants Lily to be kept hidden and safe due to the cogheart, but she has other ideas when her and Robert stumble upon Jack in his search for the Moonlocket. A fast paced, non-stop adventure, intended for a younger audience but still able to be enjoyed by adults. That to me is fantastic story writing. You know that the characters are young but Bunzl doesn’t coddle his younger readers by tip-toeing around the more unpleasant aspects of life that happen in his stories, I absolutely love this about his writing style.
I came to adore Robert quite a bit in this story, as I said above, it’s focused more on him this time and Lily takes a bit of a backseat which was nice. I still found that Lily annoyed me a little at times, but in the end, she is a child, and children do have a way of believing that they know best and they NEED to do things to help the situations that arise. I still absolutely adore the mechanicals and mechanimals and this story had just as much whimsy and wonder as the first.
The steampunk world that Bunzl has created fills me with such joy what with all it’s cogs and clocks and ticking and tocking, it actually made me forget that this series is set in the late 1800s and it gives a sense of an old-timey world with a futuristic twist.
The mystery and the adventure itself was well thought out and beautifully executed. I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to give anything away because I feel like it’s better to find things out as the characters do. So for this review, I’ll leave it at that.
If you want a fun adventure, fit for young and old alike, jump into Peter Bunzl’s Cogheart Adventures. You won’t be disappointed.