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The Kingdom Beyond the Waves by Stephen Hunt
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Feb 15, 2012

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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 not a problem for me in conceptualizing the story. However, some readers may find the style "busy." There were times when I was frustrated that the story hopped between characters or sub-stories so frequently. There is also quite a bit of description, which may feel boring. For the most part, I didn't mind the descriptions because the book takes places in an alternate reality.

Story line . . .

Amelia Harsh, a female Indiana-Jones-esque adventurer, loses her position due to her continued academic study of Camlantis, a civilization that most people think is a fairy tale. Abraham Quest approaches her with confirmation that Camlantis did exist and offers her a position on an expedition to find its location. Commodore Black, a skilled submarine captain, joins her on the expedition. The crew is rounded out by Billy Snow (a blind sonar man), Verity (a craybanarian), Ironflanks (crazy steamman guide), crewmen of Black's acquaintance (released from Bonegate), and a group Abraham Quest's Catosian soldiers.

The story also follows Cornelius Fortune aka Furnace-breath Nick and his friend Septimoth, who have an independent interest in Abraham Quest.

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