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Blood in the Skies

(The Hellfire Chronicles #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  231 ratings  ·  36 reviews
G.D. Falksen's steampunk epic launches with Blood In The Skies.

In 1908, the world ended in fire.

Humanity, always bad at following orders, refused to die. Now, two hundred years later, what remains is divided between civilized order and lawless frontier. For the citizens of the Commonwealth, the brave pilots of the Air Force are all that stand between them and the dreaded p

Paperback, 266 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Wildside Press (first published July 1st 2011)
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Rob Backer
Nov 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The great thing about this book is not only is it loaded with great art (something rare to find in a non YA novel) but it read like I was watching some great classic action adventure film. I highly suggest this book and look forward to the next book in the series.
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I think the other reviews on this book speak for its quality and talent. It's nice to read a book with a strong female main character who feels like a real and likable person.
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Praise for Blood in the Skies:
"This is steampunk clanking to life on the page."
-Jay Lake, Campbell Award winner and author of Mainspring

“G. D. Falksen’s witty, anachronistic, and downright
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I picked it up via all the hype around it and really found it to be great. I loved this new authors style and flow. The book felt like I was reading a wonderful film. I really am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads, my-books
Steampunk, action, emotions and opened questions at the end. I wait for the next book in the series. It seems I'm lucky with my choice of steampunk books.
I'm going to be honest: I was taken in by the hype and push of this book, and enthralled with the prospect of reading a novel by a prominent member in the Steampunk community. My experience with the Steampunk genre (or even dystopian, or post-apocalyptic genres), is having read Scott Westerfield's Leviathan, and Cherie Priest's Boneshaker. So I was excited when I finally got my hands on this book, but then I realized it really was all hype.

I was intrigued by the premise--the world ends and rebui
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Women
I got for the holidays the two album sound track for this book as a great gift. My father did not even know that the music was for this book when he got it for me. I then felt I had to get the book as I already loved the music based around it. This book is great, much like the other reviews you read it feels like your reading a great action film. I really did not mean to read this book all in one sitting but I could not put it down. So be warned this book might rob a night of sleep if you read i ...more
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alice by: Sister
Worth staying up all night and reading.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!
Made me miss my bus stop I was so in to reading it ;-p
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
the story is great, the characters are good ... it could be really great. but in my opinion it is badly written. I am sorry, but that is the way I feel about it.
otherwise I would have loved it
Angela Oliver
Dec 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: history, steampunk
This did not feel particularly steampunk - despite the airships and the mention of aether - possibly because my previous dabblings in this "genre" have been novels such as Scott Westerfields "Leviathon" or Philip Reeve's "Mortal Engines" quartet. It felt more like historic fiction, maybe cica World War I. Still, I did feel it built up a solid background to the world - and one in which I would be keen to learn more. It did have a dramatic fighting climax, but did not complete the plot - merely to ...more
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blood in the Skies is a well written, fast paced adventure novel set in an alternative world. The characters are well drawn and believable and the plot is intriguing. Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. I also liked the fact that the main character was a strong woman able to face any challenge. The dialogue is realistic and often adds a bit of humor to the story. I can't wait for the next installment.
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book and a read all should check out!
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk, dystopia
It was a pretty decent book, but it felt much too short. I dislike when a series is really one huge book published as 3 or 4 - IMHO each book in a series should have its own purpose and resolution, in addition to the overarching storyline. Without that discrete resolution each time, it just feels like reading chapters that have been interrupted.

The author must also be a pilot, or really have a thing for pilots. There was a lot of aerial battling, descriptions and action. I know the dirigibles, e
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for those readers who enjoy a good story, great characters and a world that you can clearly see - Falksen is perfect for this task and his pen is poised to grip you. Whether you are a fan of the subculture or simply a lover of fantasy/science fiction genre novels, this is the book you will not be able to put down.

From the very first pages you are completely enveloped into Falksen's words, full of intriguing plot and lush people. He provides a spectacular main charac
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book provides not only a good, fast paced story, but peeks into what may very well turn out to be a much larger epic than I expected after the first few pages. The pace reminds me of the old Indiana Jones movies, with the characters narrowly escaping one dangerous encounter only to have the odds raised against them on the next page. But the stereotypes for the characters are broken down and reassembled in a way that adds a fresh twist to the whole serial adventure thing.

All in all it was a
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
One of the better non graphic novels I have read all year.
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I heard the GD Falksen read the prologue of this at the Dorian's Parlor one year anniversary and immediately asked my friend to hold my seat so I could go buy a copy, she handed me cash and asked that I grab one for her as well. It was worth far more than the fifteen dollars it cost that night. I have not been able to put this book down since I got it. I certainly recommend this book. The settings are vivid and the characters are interesting, the dialogue between Steele and Ray is quick paced an ...more
Johnny Randall
Jun 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
Dreadful, unreadable mess. While the author is an amiable courteous man, and an impeccable gentleman, he is sadly lacking in grasping the basic tools of writing. The action is trite and unskilled, and the book was so bad I could not finish it. I found this tragic as Mr. Falksen has been held up as something to be emulated in Steampunk.
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
An interesting world and some interesting ideas, with a higher than normal proportion of strong female characters, including the lead, but it felt very like a first book.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falksen is such a confident author, he just dumps the reader right into the action, and expects her to catch up. It's a bit breathless, but certainly an exciting approach to story telling.
I really enjoyed this: Great rollicking steampunk adventure. And not only that - great rollicking, post-apocalyptic, steampunk adventure!
Wing Commander Steele is a good heroine - gung-ho, but not without emotion - certainly one that I would like to spend time with again.
The world set-up is interesting, it took
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I admit it. I love steampunk. I had very high expectations for this book, especially since I've already read Ouroboros and really liked it. I felt like Falksen had a list: airships. check. female pilot/heroine. check. alternate reality event. check. pirates. check. And so on. It was bland, boring, and felt like the writing project of a first year college English major. The characters were flat to the point of absurdity. I was so disappointed! I wanted to love this book, but I can't.

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This was fluffy fun and I enjoyed the banter between the two main characters. It's an action story with lots of running, fighting and explosions and the writing is decent for the most part. Still, there are several things that keep this from being a four star read- the world building is fuzzy, there are a couple of scenes that (while entertaining) are in such a different style that they feel like they came from another story all together... and then there are the ghost-driven mummy/zombie/monste ...more
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
It started off with a bang and continued with nearly non-stop action. It was an easy enough read, but the story really lost me with the almost entirely unnecessary walking corpses. It was at that point where I basically just started wishing that the book would end already.

I have read much worse book, and I did find this one enjoyable enough. I just could have done without the corpses. Ghosts and poltergeists would have been just as effective and much more interesting than what essentially amount
Kathard1000 smith
Nov 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Finally finished after it languishing in my ibooks for ever so long. Not sure why it took me so long to read it was a good adventure story that moved along quickly and the characters were likeable.
Loved the steampunk elements and the world building. Probably could put it down to my being easily distracted by shiny objects. I would have given it a 3.5 if possible or maybe 3.8.
Leah Morris
I'm not sure why I just 'liked" this book. There was good world-building, there were lots of strong female characters and I liked the relationship between the two main characters. But there was something missing.
Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
This book has some nice action, but they way that the heroine is constantly adjusting her non-romantic partner's clothing is really distracting!

I felt it could have done with a more iron-fisted editor, as well. But I enjoyed it enough to finish it (and I'm a quitter).
Pete Pearson
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A little confusing and slow to start of with, and still a lot that seems a little out of place and unexplained, but it is book one in a series. In the end I very much enjoyed it and I look forward to the sequel.
Deborah Frew
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book the energy and fun witty lines between the two main characters leaves me wanting more.

a an filled book with action.

The only downside to this book is the sequel is on hold at present.

All good things Come to those who wait, So wait I shall.

Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own
Quick paced and filled with action. G.D. Falksen does a wonderful job of creating and filling a world that feels real and makes me keep wondering "and then what happened?" I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Very so so from my perspective, with rather flat prose. Doesn't hold a candle to the Leviathan series from Scott Westerbrook.
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G. D. Falksen is the author of "The Secret Life of Kitty Granger" (Carolrhoda Lab, 2021), "Maiden of War" (Audible Originals, 2020), "Doctor Cthulittle" (Insight Studios, 2018), "The Transatlantic Conspiracy" (Soho Teen, 2016), and "The Ouroboros Cycle" series (Wildside Press, 2013 to present), and has been a contributor to the award-winning anthologies "Mine!" and "Cthulhu Fhtagn!". He is also Ch ...more

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