The Court of the Air (Jackelian #1)
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
Let me say, this is my first real for...more
i did have a bit of trouble remembering who all the players were and was let down at the end mostly becuase i couldnt recall where ka'ord was from. and i wouldve enjoyed to know what happened with commodore black a bit more as well.
this would probably be an awes...more
Then there's Oliver. When he was very young he and his pa...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
This is a story of revolution, steam driven creatures, airships and orphans finding they are more than they thought. And all that sounded fun. Until I started reading it and it became a real ordeal to struggle though. Not enough is explained, the characters are not developed, the background is wea...more
Two teenage orphans in an anemic fantasy analogue of Victorian London are baffled to find themselves on the run in this overeager effort from British author and blogger Hunt (_For the Crown and the Dragon_). Molly, pursued by determined assassins with mysterious masters, hides underground, while Oliver, framed for his uncle's death, takes to the air to escape the fey-hunting Special Guard. They also draw the attention of the Court of the Air, a shadowy black-ops organizat
The story is set in the country of Jackals - a country which is profoundly reminiscent of England. There is a strong Dickensian element with both protagonists being orphans who are f...more
If I wrote this review after the first th...more
Iain MacLeod's The Light Ages is one of my favourite fantasy novels of the decade, and one whose influence seems clear in Stephen Hunt's debut. The world here is very like MacLeod's: a pretty unpleasant early industrial landscape with magic. Rather than the nineteenth century slums of the north of England which interested MacLeod, however, Hunt is clearly inspired by the brutalities of the French Revolution.
Two orphans, one from an orphanage i...more
The only flaw, if I had to find one, is that it's a slow burner. The first half of the book is good but, by about halfway through, when everything starts clicking into place, it becomes impossible to put down.
I thought, when I started reading it, that the vocabulary would put me off but you soon pick it up. (Now... if I can avoid calling all my friend...more
Stephen Hunt has created a spectacular, detailed steampunk-style world in T...more
To my credit, I made it about 2/3 - 3/4's of the way through before it became too much. Too much of what? Well... too much of everything.
I was attracted by the cover, and the first couple of pages, where we meet Molly (henceforth to be known as "The Plucky Heroine"), an orphan living in a city that loosely resembles Dicken's London. She witnesses a horrid murder, and soon finds herself on the run. She is smart, quick, brave, and has an oddly innate talent with mac...more
There are so many things that are made up [places, items, etc.] and included in the narrative but not really explained as to what they are or why we're being told about them, that it really interfered with my enjoyment of the story about what was happening in the parallel storylines of Oliver and Molly....more
Before The Lord of the Rings there were a lot of fantasy and proto-fantasy stories and novels out there. However, The Lord of the Rings really brought several of these ideas together and showed that fantasy could be a legitimate genre by telling a story that could only be told in the fantasy genre.
In an age where most of the steampunk books spend an exorbitant amount of time on real world fashion and little on ac...more
Well it technically is steam punk. There are steam powered sentient machines 'Steam Men' and there is Dicksonian Class based society that people are rebelling against.... but it turns into a convoluted mess as it installs so many different political and technobabble concepts into its twists and turns that it makes you despair for the main characters as it all...more
Loved The Court of the Air. Towards the end it gets pretty bumpy and the action lovers will all appreciate it I'm sure. My favorite part was the world itself. I loved all the steampunk aspects, crystalgrids, slip-thinking steammen (which I wasn't entirely sure about at first, until some of their more aggressive aspects got to shine through), pneumatic buildings, transaction machines, the Gideon's...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