The Velvet Fox

The Velvet Fox 2020

Published by Firefly Press. ISBN 9781913102081

Mrs Honeybourne smiled. “Now for you, dearie.”

She snapped her fingers and the knitting moved. It rustled and slid out of the basket. Scratchy red wool looped over Seren’s wrists, snaked swiftly round her neck. She couldn’t drag it away; it pulled tighter and she squirmed and fought and struggled but the wool was all over her now; she was tangled and trapped in it.

“Let me go!” she screamed. “Let me out!”


When the new governess drives out of the swirling autumn leaves in her coach of red and gold, Seren is excited and pleased. But Mrs Honeybourne gives Tomos a strange gift, a carousel that plays enchanted music. On it are four figures, a Drummer, a Juggler, a Dancer, and, most deadly of all, a small Velvet Fox.  

It’s not long before the creatures start haunting the house and causing chaos, and Seren realizes that her enemies, the Tylwyth Teg, are inside Plas-y-Fran,threatening Tomos and the family she has come to love.

Only one person can help her, even if he is tetchy, vain and annoyingly untruthful.

But how can she find the Clockwork Crow?

A sequel to the award-winning Clockwork Crow, shortlisted for the Blue Peter Prize and winner of the Tir na N-og Welsh Children’s Book Award.


‘Gets the prize for the most malicious and deceitful villain you will read about this year…Fisher’s craft is unrivalled; boldly exploring the realm between the real and the unreal.’
– Family Bookworms.

‘It’s thrilling to follow Seren’s twists and turns in fortune as we get drawn into another enchantment by the great Catherine Fisher – a writer whose own strange magic is impossible to resist.’
– Daniel Hahn

‘Catherine Fisher’s exquisitely terrifying new fantasy The Velvet Fox is sinister and superb. Its heroine Seren must battle a vengeful supernatural being that bewitches her adoptive Welsh family.’

 ‘Fisher writes with elegant poise. The Velvet Fox will charm and frighten readers of ten and up in equal measures.’
– Philip Womack, The Literary Review.

‘Darkly menacing and creepily atmospheric, this is turning into a series to follow.’
– Sally Morris, Daily Mail

‘A story of danger, courage and strength, Seren’s adventures will send delicious shivers down the spine. Catherine Fisher is a superb storyteller, breathing new life into old stories and setting them free like the wind whirling autumn leaves.. Highly recommended especially for winter nights.’
– Andrea Reece, Lovereading4kids, December 2019 Book of the Month.

‘As enchanting, gripping and eerie as its predecessor, The Clockwork Crow. Fisher’s gift for storytelling and lyrical writing weaves a tale that consumes.. unusual, intriguing and thoroughly magical. In short, I loved everything about this book.’
 – Fallen Star Stories.