When Seren Rhys is given a newspaper parcel by a stranger late at night in an empty train station, she has no idea what trouble it contains. She is on her way to a new life at the remote house of Plas-y-Fran, but when she gets there the happy family Christmas she had hoped for turns out to be an illusion. Because son of the household Tomos has been missing for a year and a day, and if the strange and dangerous Family have really taken him, who would be mad enough to try and get him back?
Armed with a talking bird who might not be telling the truth, a magical snow-globe and her own indomitable courage, Seren sets off on a journey into a midnight world of snow and stars, to an ice palace unlocked only by a Door of Blood and Tears.
Set in a frost-bound Victorian mansion in snowy mid-Wales, The Clockwork Crow is a gothic Christmas tale of enchantment and belonging from master storyteller Catherine Fisher.