The Rise of the Iron Moon (Jackelian, #3)
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The Rise of the Iron Moon (Jackelian #3)

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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
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...more
Liviu
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...more
Nikki
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?
Paul
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...more
Angelsouth
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Paulo
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...more
Mark
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...more
Gary
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
Neil
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
Genevieve Scheele
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...more
Sam Reader
Okay, so the rundown is as follows. There isa 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 notfighting a superior force sweeping across the land, and some rather bizarre takes on Arthurian mythol...more
Blake
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.
Phil Leader
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...more
Haralambi Markov
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.
Alastair
Cracking good read.
Matt
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...more
Alex
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
April Steenburgh
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.

T...more
Sofia
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...more
Forrest
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
Craig Smith
I've been doing a reading challenge http://bit.ly/tenbookread 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...more
Tami
The Kingdom of Jackals and the Quatérshift must now work together to defeat a common foe. The Army of Shadows has come to strip the land and enslave the population. Those that remain will be nothing more than sheep to be used as a food source by the masters.

A small band of unlikely heroes is the only hope. Molly Templar, a celestial fiction writer who suddenly starts having visions of the heximachina. Purity Drake, quite mad, yet with royal blood running through her veins. Kyorin, an alien in h...more
Alan
Nov 12, 2011 Alan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
JJ DeBenedictis
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...more
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...more
Marc
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...more
Lisa Larkin
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...more
Tim Hicks
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...more
Dolly
May 26, 2012 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dolly by: steampunk, fantasy,
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Alexandra Logan
The story ambles and weaves its way through a convoluted plot. It was slow to start but got more exciting as I continued reading. Having read The Court of the Air and The Kingdom Beyond the Waves the characters and writing style were familiar. The development of Purity Drake into the person she was destined to be was rewarding. The conclusion was a little confusing; I had to read some of the explanations twice to figure it out. The most interesting part was the glimpses of what the Kal civilisat...more
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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...more
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