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The Rise of the Iron Moon (Jackelian #3)

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  967 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
From the author of The Court of the Air and The Kingdom Beyond the Waves comes a thrilling new adventure set in the same Victorian-style world. Perfect for fans of Philip Pullman and Susanna Clarke. Born into captivity as a product of the Royal Breeding House, friendless orphan Purity Drake suddenly finds herself on the run with a foreign vagrant from the North after accid ...more
Hardcover, 455 pages
Published February 5th 2009 (first published January 1st 2009)
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Dan Schwent
Aug 31, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Purity Drake escapes the Royal Breeding House with a strange escaped slave. Molly Templar receives a strange message from the Hexmachina just before Earth is invaded! Can Purity Drake, last queen of Jackals, stop the invaders from the Iron Moon? Can Molly Templar, Commodore Black, Coppertracks, and a motley crew reach Kaliban to cut off the invasion at its source after being shot out of a giant cannon with riding an intelligent spacecraft?

Stephen Hunt does it again. When I picked up The Court of
Oct 22, 2012 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
First: ninety nine cents. The ebook version is aggressively--belligerently to the point of mouth-froth, rather--priced at ninety nine cents at Amazon, at least for the moment. This is a value of such mind-boggling scale that I was agog for a full fifteen seconds before stabbing the 'Buy now with 1-Click(r)' button. If you want to try the Jackelian series, this is the way to do it. Reading the unavailable-as-ebook earlier members of the series is inessential but provides background.

Secondly: Sorr
This is the first major disappointment of 2009. Though released as an adventure fantasy, The Rise of Iron Man is unabashed pulp-sf and as such failed my suspension of disbelief early on.

The cast of At the Court of the Air returns with their ridiculous names (scheme of defense and offense) and mannerisms "dear mammal" and what was acceptable in a series debut, becomes truly wearisome here.

However that is nothing compared with the plot that reads as a cluttered HG Wells War of the Worlds mixed
Aug 25, 2012 Nikki rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
I had this half-started for a while, and finally bit the bullet and read on. I'm not impressed by this series, really -- it doesn't stick in my head at all. I couldn't remember who was meant to be a recurring character, who was aligned with what... and I didn't read the other books that long ago.

As I recall it, the other books are kinda fun adventure stories, and there's plenty of shiny ideas going on, but I just can't get into this series. Next?
Nov 25, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it
How can one plucky orphan girl save the world from ultimate destruction?

Born into captivity as a product of the Royal Breeding House, lonely orphan Purity Drake suddenly finds herself on the run with a foreign vagrant after accidentally killing one of her guards.

Her mysterious rescuer claims to have escaped from terrible forces who mean to enslave the Kingdom of Jackals as they conquered his own nation. Purity doubts the story, until reports begin to filter through from Jackals’ neighbours of a
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Apr 02, 2012 Paulo rated it it was ok
The sci-fi adventure book Rise of the Iron Moon was confusing and full of genre tropes and recycled imagination. The unlikable characters (namely and most regrettably the main character) were one dimensional, and the plot was hard to follow.
The multiple stories at once approach left me wading through page after page of uninteresting techno-babble just waiting for the next action scene to happen, or the story to take an interesting turn. Deus ex Machina is used heavily in the second half of th
May 17, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
I love the concept of steampunk, but until the last year or so the only exposure I had to it was in movies such as Howl's Moving Castle and Hellboy II. To my chagrin, the first few books I read or attempted to read in this genre were poorly written, being filled with clunky dialogue and convoluted plots. I have so far read some decent steampunk novels, but nothing that I thought was exceptional or even worth a review. Indeed, thus far, I had found no steampunk Shakespeare.

This book has everythin
Nov 03, 2009 Gary rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the preceeding 2 books a great deal and ditto for this one however it did seem that Mr Hunt had written a larger 3rd volume and was asked to cut it down to size by the rather disconnected jumping from scenario to scenario towards the end. I find it hard to believe that a writer who conjures excellent scenes and links them to each other brilliantly would suddenly slip into almost precis mode and abruptly stop using well crafted prose to smoothly guide the storyline onwards in favour of ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Neil rated it it was ok
I skipped series order, so maybe this review isn't fair, but I found this book, confusing, manic, and so stuffed with pseudoscientific hooey that it was distracting. There were too many characters, even though the author killed them off left and right. This is steampunk with no sense of history, a thousand cliffhangers with no real suspense ever built up because it was just hard to care what happened to any of the books. When the most likable character is the mechanical man, you know something i ...more
Haralambi Markov
Aug 30, 2009 Haralambi Markov rated it really liked it
Overall as a conclusion, even though I had slept through world basics 101 in the first two volumes, I give my two thumbs up for the book and a gun barrel pointing at a potential reader to get to the nearest book store and hoard copies of the three novels, because I think they are also as good as this one.
May 22, 2011 Blake rated it it was amazing
Once again, Stephen Hunt shows why he is one of my top 5 favorite authors. With a mix of characters that would make George R.R. Martin blush, he pushes the envelope in an amazing steampunk world, that you not only enjoy becoming a part of, relish being there, and hate having to leave. I would highly recommend these books for anyone who has even a sliver of imagination.
Florin Pitea
Aug 20, 2013 Florin Pitea rated it really liked it
Fast-paced, complex, imaginative. Recommended.
Jul 03, 2012 Alastair rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, kindle
Cracking good read.
Sam Reader
Jan 25, 2014 Sam Reader rated it liked it
          Okay, so the rundown is as follows. There is a good book in Stephen Hunt's The Rise of the Iron Moon. Somewhere. When he isn't gleefully destroying the beautiful setting he spent two books building up, or borrowing liberally from Jules Verne and HG Wells. Said good book is hiding in a mass of strange narrative choices, long passages of debate and exposition, characters spending their time not fighting a superior force sweeping across the land, and some rather bizarre takes on Arthurian ...more
Tim Hicks
Oct 15, 2012 Tim Hicks rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Three stars – the average of five and one. If this is deliberately a mish-mash of every ridiculous idea that has ever been used in pulp SF, and some that haven’t, then it’s a roaring success. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ghost is probably laughing himself silly. Five stars. If it isn’t a satire of the series, then one star. But no, anything this risible, this ludicrous, this just plain silly HAS to be intentional.

Let’s take a look at just how crapulous this farrago is.
This is long, and I don't want t
Jan 19, 2012 Forrest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbr4
The more Stephen Hunt novels I read, the harder they become to write about. There’s a formula to his works. Take between one and three protagonists, add supporting characters liberally, bake in parallel story arcs and serve over a hot bed of Deus Ex Machina. Mmmm. The method shares a lot with the Penny Dreadfulls that longtime protagonist Molly Templar writes when she’s not busy saving the world from sure destruction. I had a lot of hope for Hunt’s work evolving over the course of his series, pa ...more
Phil Leader
Aug 27, 2014 Phil Leader rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, amazon
This book looked interesting so I picked it up. I'd not heard of Stephen Hunt or this series but the premise intrigued me.

Although this is the third book of the series and there are plenty of references to events that must take place in the previous books, and despite the writing being immersive rather than explanatory, I found it easy to get into the story.

The world is very interesting. I have read other novels set in a faux Victorian Steampunk-like world but nothing like this. This is like an
May 23, 2012 Alex rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, scifi
Bringing back many of the characters from The Court In The Air, Stephen Hunt once again goes too big. If every few years an invading force kills huge numbers of your country's - or planet's - populace, eventually your society is going to become unsustainable. It was a problem in The Court of the Air and it's even more so here, where the toll is on both human lives and entire cities. The first novel had the decency to take a five year break before resuming a story with (substantially different) c ...more
Lisa Larkin
Feb 14, 2013 Lisa Larkin rated it liked it
I've now read three of Stephen Hunt's steampunk Jackelian series. The first, The Court of the Air, is mainly a political intrigue story with two young protagonists on the run from forces bent on their destruction. The second, The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, is an Indiana Jones style adventure featuring a female archeologist. The Rise of the Iron Moon is the pulpiest in the series so far.

Hunt's genius is taking every trope in the pulp fiction handbook and mixing them in a blender. You'll find here
Nov 12, 2011 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Devotees of the middle third
Recommended to Alan by: Previous work
Borne with the stench towards the heart of the wastes. (p.326)

Though it comes rather late in the book, this sentence sets the tone for the entire enterprise. The third entry in Stephen Hunt's series about the steampunk unBritain called Jackals is... rather more grim than its jolly predecessors.

The actual beginning of the novel is a gynæcological nightmare, involving Jackals' Royal Breeding House, and a young princess named Purity Drake who is being evaluated for her suitability to being bred. He
Genevieve Scheele
Apr 21, 2014 Genevieve Scheele rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book series, and if you love sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, or Doctor Who, you will too. I've been meaning to write a review since volume 1, and I can no longer wait to write about how awesome this book is. Where do I begin?

The world is absolutely fantastic! An excellent mix of steampunk, fantasy, and sci-fi. Mr. Hunt has created a wonderful world complete with a parliamentary nation, a communist nation, an arabic nation, polar barbarians, spartans, and even a steammen robot nation! At
Sep 25, 2011 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, steampunk
Uma história de invasão alienígena em cenário steampunk. Não tão aventuroso como The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, mas sim muito mais ao estilo de The Court of the Air. Os terríveis invasores ameaçam a sobrevivência não só de Jackals, mas do planeta inteiro, e novamente os poderes da terra se erguem para a defender, deixando a pesada tarefa a cargo dos agora adultos Oliver Brooks e Molly Templar, e de Purity Drake, uma herdeira da linhagem real que sofre uma espécie de loucura hereditária.

Enquanto a
Sep 20, 2014 Ash rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recs
Three and a half stars.

Sci-fi fantasy steampunk. This book is probably a good example to hold up to explain why genre mash-ups aren't as common as they perhaps could be. There's way too much going on in The Rise of the Iron Moon. Most of the individual ideas are sound, often inventive despite the odd cliché, but when combined together it usually comes to be a mess. It doesn't help that it's been several years since I read the first two in this series, and so could remember very little about prev
JJ DeBenedictis
Jan 15, 2013 JJ DeBenedictis rated it liked it
This is a tasty little adventure story with a good pace, an imaginative world, and neat characters.

It's Steampunk, and the prose and dialogue mimic the style of British children's adventure books from about eighty years ago. Everyone speaks in a fussy, convoluted way that still manages to be vivid and endearing, and there's a kind of "chin up, mustn't let our side down" optimism that the main characters maintain.

However, the convoluted wording was a bit of a problem at times. During the book's f
April Steenburgh
Aug 04, 2010 April Steenburgh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
If you have any interest in steampunk at all, this series should be at the top of your to read list. The world build is a perfect mix of industrial and fantastical. The society is delightfully skewed and often brutal, and horrifyingly believable.

This was a book bursting with pure, enjoyable high adventure. As a bonus, the two lead characters from Court of the Air made an appearance, and while they were not technically center stage for this adventure, they worked very well with those who were.

Feb 11, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely my favorite Jackelian novel so far. I still can't quite work out why I don't enjoy these more. All the elements are there: high adventure, get characters fantastic settings, great world building but somehow they still seem to be less than the sum of their parts.
Perhaps there are just too many ideas here. Several alien races, two lead characters almost on separate adventures, time travel, ancient warriors brought back to life, sentient spacecraft, giant ants all set against the complex
Craig Smith
Feb 11, 2011 Craig Smith rated it it was amazing
I've been doing a reading challenge and been updating my progress as I go along. So here are my thoughts at different stages in the book.

Page 21: The royal family seems to be imprisoned in some sort of breeding program. There are clockwork machines that are more advanced than humans, and a prison full of criminally insane guarded by a veteran warden and a new recruit. A lot of threads to follow. Haven't really got a good feel of the book yet, but I have a feeling it's g
Caroline Berg
Sadly for me, this book did not live up to the first two books in the series. By no means does that mean this is a terrible book, it just fell a little flat for me. Like the first two books, this is a roaring steampunk romp, much in the style of old pulp novels. There is something happening every chapter of the book. Like the previous books, there are lots of main characters, plots and subplots, which weave back and forth throughout the book.

What I didn't like was that many of the main character
Mar 05, 2011 Marc rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure this book is part of a series. At least, it felt that way. While I felt like I missed some previous ongoings with characters, it was still readable.

I thought The Rise of the Iron Moon was going to be a simple story about an escape slaved, a war, a chosen one, and so on. It was that but more. It took until I was 40% through to understand and get a feel for the plot. That 40% was when all plots converged and I was able to follow the one story. Before then, things were confusing, a
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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
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Jackelian (6 books)
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