The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (Jackelian, #2)
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The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (Jackelian #2)

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Professor Amelia Harsh is obsessed with finding the lost civilization of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to have conquered hunger, war, and disease with the creation of the perfect pacifist society. Without official funding, Amelia is forced to accept an offer of patronage from Abraham Quest, the man she blames for her father's bankruptcy and suic...more
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Published May 25th 2010 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2008)
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Dan Schwent
Professor Amelia Harsh joins an expedition, funded by Abraham Quest, to find the fabled city of Camlantis. Joining her are Commodore Black and his U-boat, a blind sonar man named Billy Snow, a crazy steamman named Ironflanks, and assorted dregs of society. Meanwhile, Cornelius Fortune, aka Furnace-breath Nick, a demon masked vigilante, stumbles upon what Abraham Quest is really planning...

Two words come to mind when I think about The Kingdom Beyond the Waves: "F@cking" and "Great." All of my pro...more
Sally
I'm glad I'm through this. It was way too busy for my taste.

Too many concepts (though some very good ones), Too many adjectives, too many metaphors (and many of those shoved in your face), too much superfluous description, too many characters and not enough depth to them to care particularly about their fates and the nomenclature irritated me a great deal.

I'm still looking forward to the third book, which is the one my friend who is loaning me these read first and the one she swears is far bett...more
Enoch
I admit it. I read this book because of the its cover. Unfortunately there is no indication on that cover that it is the second in a series (or at least of related books). It read like it too. Don't just start talking about "lashlites" without telling me what they are first. It took me several chapter to discern that the word did not denote a nationality or occupation but a race of sentient, flying lizard-birds. Also, it seems, "shifties" is slang for people from Quatétershift, but Hunt never ca...more
Brooke
The Kingdom Beyond the Waves is an absolute improvement on the first book in Hunt's steampunk series. Gone is the untamed mess of ideas and characters and storylines; in its place is a streamlined, two-pronged adventure that comes together without confusion in the end. It's still ambitious and epic, but in a much more focused, precise way. If you felt like there was much to enjoy in The Court of the Air but that the execution left something to be desired, this book will seem like a reward for gi...more
Nikki
The Kingdom Beyond the Waves is much more coherent a narrative than The Court of the Air -- I suppose it probably helps that a lot of the world is established already, and that some of the characters and concepts are familiar, but the story does seem to flow better too. Well enough that I think I will read the third book (if my library ever gets it in, anyway) and give Stephen Hunt the benefit of the doubt one more time. The last half of the book was genuinely gripping, though I did pause partwa...more
Filipa
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Eu já devia saber que gosto sempre dos livros que compro na pseudo-Feira do Livro da Ericeira. Este, como é óbvio, não foi diferente. Agarrei nele mal vi que era steampunk, já que andava à procura de um livro desse género em português à bastante tempo, mas essa foi a única parte que me desiludiu no livro: é um steampunk com uma mistura de magia. De resto, adorei-o!

O livro conta a aventura de Amélia na busca pela Camlântida, que na minha cabeça era uma espé...more
Forrest
Stephen Hunt’s sophomore entry into his epic steampunk-fantasy series isn’t an enormous improvement on the first book. He still has trouble focusing in on the characters that really mater and the story doesn’t flow so much as lurch from one fantastical sequence to the next. But the core draw of the series, Hunt’s brilliant and expanding setting, is still there, shining brightly in the mess of plots and characters.

The Kingdom Beyond the Waves focuses primarily on Ameila Harsh, a minor character f...more
S.
Stephen Hunt has some fantastic ideas and witty references, most notably Abraham Quest being "A man of wealth and taste" and Fire-Breath Nick being...well...Old Nick. (And, I'm assuming, Oliver from the first book, although it's never mentioned.)

Having said that, his ideas don't seem to pan out to form a consistently engaging story.
I love the whole female adventurist/archeologist theme, but pulling back and looking at any of this books characters, almost none of them go through any mentionable e...more
Althea Ann
I seemed to remember liking the first book in this series enough to put the sequel on my wishlist. But, upon reading this, I realized that I hardly remembered any details of the previous book (Court of the Air), and I really didn't particularly like this book.
It's action-packed... but rather than being exciting and emotional, events rush by so quickly that they're barely described, and they don't have time to make an impression, let alone an impact. Neither the characters or the settings came to...more
Lousie
Steampunk-by-numbers. Enjoyable enough, except for the frequent political asides & the conservatively transposed geopolitics. ('Ok, so this part is like England and this part is like France and this part is like Arabia - they have slaves, by the way. And all revolutionaries are bloodthirsty, insane and doomed to failure'.)

There were a few ideas I found striking - the way the winged characters deal with their dead (and the shame of not fulfilling that duty); that one of the scariest defense s...more
Alan
Jan 13, 2010 Alan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Followers of the craze, desirous of more of the same
Recommended to Alan by: Its predecessor
Another sequel which for me, like Gordon Dahlquist's The Dark Volume, did not quite measure up to its predecessor. I would strongly recommend that you read The Court of the Air first if you are going to read this series at all. While only a few characters in this volume are shared with Hunt's earlier book, the milieu is largely left unexplained here, treated as if it's already a known quantity.

Which it may be—which it should be, perhaps, if you have any interest at all in the steampunk craze. As...more
Daniel Brandon
The writing style puts me in mind more than anyone else of Jack Vance (and his various other literary descendents, such as Matthew Hughes). The world that Hunt has created is weird, and complicated, but has the occasional hint that it might be our world after many eons and some fundamental changes in the universe. Some shades of Michael Moorcock's Hawkwind books as well. This is a good thing.

On the other hand, the colorful world is slightly afflicted with bloat. After reading both this and Hunt'...more
Casey Hunt
I think it was a pretty good book however the author has a bad habit of killing off characters in a very dishonorable way. To me it left me wondering why these characters were introduced in the first place. I would have also liked to see more hero stories being told from these seemingly overly developed and under-utilized characters.

At the same token, the book is very inventive with respect to an alternate universe. There is absolutely non-stop action however I think there are MANY stories to b...more
Sarah
This is one of the few books I have liked better then the first book the series, I think because it did not get bogged down by any never-ending battle scene, and instead had a smooth and nicely flowing plot throughout.

This read more like a great fantasy/adventure more then a steampunk novel; I think because it focused a little less on the society (especially in light of his first novel which was very society based), but still has an interesting world setting.
Martha
Ah, what to say. I'll leave it simple. So much of the supposed steampunk being churned out right now is dreck. This series is substantive, complex, intelligent, entertaining, action-packed, and challenging. I want to read this again, but only after I go back and read The Court of the Air again. Then I'll start in on the third book.
Karen
This one was also very good. This is not really a sequel; a few of the characters from the last book turn up in this book, but not the main characters. Again, it's a very imaginative world, with extraordinary creatures in it. It makes me wonder why all American science fiction is so similar. Why doesn't anyone here publish anything half as inventive as this?
Michal Marcinkowski
A fantastic story of a lost civilisation and the people looking for it.
I would say that this book is a combination of "indiana jones" with "2000 leagues under the sea" with lots of inventive and original idéas.
Viridian5
In Stephen Hunt's The Kingdom Beyond the Waves, archaeologist Amelia Harsh is obsessed with finding the lost civilization of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to have conquered hunger, war, and disease with the creation of the perfect pacifist society, but her superiors in academia think she's a crackpot and refuse to fund her. With no options left, Amelia accepts the patronage of the mega-rich Abraham Quest, who financially ruined her family, which led to her father's su...more
Vanessa
Professor Amelia Harsh has lost her tenure at the last university in Jackals that would hire her (after being fired by the other seven...). Why? Because instead of studying and writing papers like a normal university professor, she's out hunting relics of Camlantis, which everyone knows is a myth.

Enter Abraham Quest, the richest man in Jackals, who has been doing his own archaeology on the sly, and found proof that Camlantis exists. Unfortunately, the clues point the way into the heart of darkn...more
Donna Barth
After a string of simplistic, happy-go-lucky books, this novel reminded me why I love fantasy. It creates the wonderful feeling that you could really live in that world. The depth is stunning, with a real, varied, and explorable geography, a vividly layered history evident by even the most backhand comments, and some of the most interesting characters ever to grace a page. Every person in this novel has depth, secrets, the dark and the light within them. The villain of the story, though he may s...more
Angelsouth
This is the follow-up to The Court of the Air. Now, I will admit to having read the first novel more than a year ago, but I really could have done with a quick précis as I was left a little bewildered. The Kingdom Beyond the Waves takes up the adventures of some of the secondary characters from The Court of the Air but does not really recap the previous adventures. In such a huge, epically lush and vivid Secondary World, it would have been useful to have a few little sign posts.

However, I did qu...more
Derek
It again sets off a line of speculation, based on some random hints of changes to the fabric of the world and an unguessed-of prehistory: is this actually some distant future history of Earth? I had started wondering about it during The Court of the Air and still can't come to a conclusion...probably by design.

Hunt's writing is suited to a Burroughsian-style high adventure, and I found myself liking this one over The Court. He still takes every opportunity to fill crevices with all sorts of worl...more
Alex
This isn't as fresh as it was when I first read it three years ago, but there have been a lot of books since then - and I've discovered more no-strings fantasy than I knew could exist in the intervening years.

The Kingdom Beyond The Waves is an ideas book, and Hunt's ideas tend towards the intriguing. It's of a better construction than The Court of the Air, but at times it's too familiar: Black's antagonist is of a similar build to his last one; a group gets separated by a virtually identical plo...more
Jage
I'm not sure why, but once I finished with the story I wasn't as satisfied as I thought I'd be. It has a solid story and multiple intertwining threads that seem pointless at first but they do all tie together. You can imagine the world clearly in your mind [well I could] and although things were a bit confusing when it comes to the smaller details I really liked that Artificial Intelligence had their own gods and city state and the like although the countries read more like cities to me then act...more
Niall519
In need of a prune and rethink of the pacing, but still a heap of fun. Lying somewhere between steam and clockpunk, this was packed to gunwales with cool stuff - reminding me a little of Alan Moore's The League of the Extraordinary Gentleman in its abundance, and also suffering from a similar small triumph of substance over style as a result. I can understand the temptation to just keeping putting in more fun things though - Batman and Scarlet Pumpernickle parodies, Amazons, pirates, cities in t...more
David Willson
I recently discovered author Stephen Hunt, reading The Court of the Air (the first book in his Jackelian series) and couldn't wait to get into the second book, The Kingdom Beyond the Waves.

Hunt's intoxicatingly creative characters are, once again, rendered in full force in Waves, but the lush post-apocalyptic/steampunk/fantasy milieu that so defined the previous book receives less attention. This is primarily due to the plot, which is largely centered around a submarine river trek into uncharted...more
Meg
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Sofia
O segundo volume de Stephen Hunt sobre o mundo de Kingdom of Jackals é drasticamente diferente do primeiro. Desta vez somos levados numa enorme aventura através de rios inóspitos e selvas recheadas de perigos, à procura da mítica cidade utópica de Camlantis. É uma entusiasmante mistura de Indiana Jones, 20 Mil Léguas Submarinas, Mundo Perdido e Ilha do Tesouro.

Enquanto no livro anterior conhecemos a política, sociedade, história recente e geografia "civilizada" do mundo Jackeliano, neste ficamos...more
Sara
This book is the second in Hunt's Jackelian series/world (the first being The Court of the Air). Some characters, like Commodore Black and Amelia Harsh, are present in both stories. While having read The Court of the Air might provide some interesting details about individual characters, the story in The Kingdom Beyond the Waves is a stand-alone volume.

Style . . .

Hunt tends to focus on many characters rather than a couple of key players. I read the book in a fairly short time period so this was...more
Laura Martinelli
Excuse me while I go kick myself for not picking this one a lot earlier. Unlike the previous entry in the series, this is a lot more streamlined in terms of plot, and I had a lot more fun reading it. (Not saying that I don’t love the first book, but this is a lot better with the writing.)

Unlike Court of the Air, the plot of Kingdom Beyond the Waves is a lot more straightforward. There’s still a lot of jumping back and forth between the protagonists, but seeing as their interests lie with the sam...more
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“There is an ancient saying,' noted Ironflanks, 'originating, I believe, from you fastbloods. The truth will set you free.'
'No, old steamer,' said the commodore. 'In my experience, the truth will get you sent to the bottom of the ocean with an anchor chain wrapped around your legs to buy your silence. But it's the truth I need, all the same.”
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