The Court of the Air (Jackelian #1)
A hugely engaging adventure set in a Victorian-style world – a fantastical version of Dickens – that will appeal to fans of Susanna Clarke and Philip Pullman.
Two orphans are more than they seem. And one megalomaniac will stop at nothing to find them…
When Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has just been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to return...more
They can be fun if you approach them correctly. You need to find a small section of the orgy and focus on that spot. Think about your pleasure first and don’t be tempted into straying from the spot you’ve chosen. But if you are unable to find your spot, if you are unable to focus your sexual energy in that spot, you are more likely to have an overwhelming and, ultimately, unfulfilling experience.
You'll see beauty, you'll feel pleasure, you'll probably even have an o ...more
Court of the Air was definitely worth my seven bucks. It's full of action and twists. ...more
Unlike with other sprawling, epic stories, I didn't find myself emotionally attached t ...more
In fact, I think reading too fast may be part of the pr ...more
Then there's Oliver. When he was very young he and his pa ...more
This book has everything, which in all fairness is the primary complaint from its critics. Steammen, airships, steam subs (only mentioned in passing), magic, politics, clear heroes, villians, and everyone in between.
There are only two things that I would change, Mr. Hunt needs to add some maps and an appendix/character list.
- It's a little to obvious the author's read the Bas Lag books.
- He makes puns off of things that are in our world. This would be okay if it felt like the world of the book and our world were linked in some solid way, or if this were a kind of satire disguised as fantasy like Pratchett does, or if it were some kind of "the ages pass and each is of the other" scenario where this is some future or past us, but none of that ever comes through, so the onl ...more
Jay Lake, author of the Mainspring says: "If Charles Dickens and Jack Vance had ever collaborated, they might have written this book... The Court of Air is a collision between English letters and the hard-edged vision of grunge fantasy." Thanks Jay, you've just ensured I will never ...more
Nessa aventura steampunk de Stephen Hunt, ele nos apresenta a Molly, uma órfã que carrega em seu sangue um segredo que a torna alvo de inimigos do Estado. Já Oliver, outro órfão, é acusado de assassinato do seu único parente, seu tio, e precisa fugir para salvar sua vida. Logo, os dois se juntam para lutar contra um antigo poder que parecia derrotado havia milênios.
Amantes do Steampunk tremam com essa versão purista do gênero! Sim, sim, ...more
"A Corte do Ar" conta a história de dois jovens, Molly Templar e Oliver Brooks, cada qual com a sua história de vida. Molly vive num orfanato em Ferromédio, uma cidade do estado de Laborterra. Oliver vive numa pensão, com o seu tio e a empregada deste.
O mundo dos jovens está prestes a mudar quando coisas estranhas começam a acontecer à volta deles. Depressa esses acontecimentos provam estar ...more
I'm impressed and I will definitely read the sequels.
In the meantime I could convince my nearly 17 years old daughter to read it.
That being said, however, the argument that the characters seem somewhat shallow and archetypal, and don't really engage the reader's interest, that one's dead-on. Hell, if it hadn't mentioned on the back cover synopsis that the two main characters were the orphan kids, you probably wouldn't have a clue who the main characters were supposed to be. Hunt ...more
This steampunk/fantasy book (for lack of a better genre distinction) is full to bursting with great ideas. From major, major plot points to little throwaway moments, almost every individual idea is something very cool and different--many of them are clear combinations of older ideas, but done in ways most people would never have thought of. Unfortunately this does m ...more
Yet it's chaotic. There is a deluge of ideas, that take most of the book to gain substance. The writing is variable, and the characterisation feels random. The two MCs don't always resonate, particularly ...more
I wandered around with a book in front of me for a day and a half. I was teaching my son geography and while he was labeling things, I was reading furiously. I just couldn’t put it down. I ...more
I should unshelve this because I can't remember a damn thing about it except:
1. It is vaguely steampunk
2. It is very long
3. It has a hot air balloon on the cover (which is why I bought it).
However if I have to re-add it to my TBR I know I will never read it (see 2.) and I may, in fact, do harm to myself.
I definitely read it however. It just no made no impression on me whatsoever.
And now it sits on my actual shelves looking dusty and pissed off.
PS, the mass market paperback edition of this has one of the most gorgeous covers I have ever seen and is in fact 90% of the reason I bought it.
Stephen Hunt does a rema ...more
The reason I didn't finish was that I was at page 250 of 400 or something, and at some point I found myself thinkin, 'cool, only 50 more pages to go'. And then I saw the page number and thought 'ugh, that's 150 pages?! Crap!', and then I realised that if that was my reaction, it was best to simply drop ...more
Stephen Hunt is a British writer living in London. His first fantasy novel, For the Crown and the Dragon, was published in 1994, and introduced a young officer, Taliesin, fighting for the Queen of England in a Napoleonic period alternative reality where the wars of Europe we ...more