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The Orphan Fleet

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  15 reviews
"The Orphan Fleet" is terrific adventure fantasy -- a non-stop tale of action and strange magic on a wind-swept mountain top where abandoned children have forged a free community, servicing far-traveling airships on sturdy wooden platforms. Here masked heroes with names like Golden Sam and The Sparrow are the ultimate celebrities -- and the mysterious Count leaves shivers ...more
Kindle Edition, 89 pages
Published April 15th 2016 by Attack Rabbit Books
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The Orphan Fleet is…definitely…unique. Unlike anything I’ve read. The main character, Jiaire, is just going through his very unusually normal life when bang; the most unusually unusual things start happening. He finds himself in situations where extremely high stakes at risk. I did not envy him.

The writing was done in the most suspenseful way possible; the imagery was exquisite, and the characters were full of personality. I loved The Orphan Fleet and rate it with 4 huge Boundless Stars....Beth 
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.25. An admirable attempt at a fantasy story. I appreciate the stylistic flairs here and there. Perhaps some would consider these a bit overdone, but I actually like that sort of thing. I still think it's accessible to a younger audience, and might even inspire them to next seek out something more than just another average young adult story... something a bit like this book.

But the story isn't quite fleshed out enough. Mysterious characters are never explored fully, the motivations of a
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This Young Adult novella is a great start to a new series. When the author mentioned that more novellas of the various characters will be forthcoming, I was happy to read it.
I can see this being the perfect series to get younger boys, and girls who like adventure, more into reading.

Those who enjoy WWE or Mexican wrestling will definitely enjoy this story. While the orphans on the mountain top work hard all day, they get to look forward to the staged fights in the evening. The fighters wear masks
David Foster
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Note: The author provided me a free copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review.

This book was really good; really entertaining. I just wish there were more. I probably wouldn't have purchased it on my own, just because its price is the same as so many full-length novels out there. But then I would have missed out on a very good story.

I'd call this more a novella than a full-fledged book, but for what it is, it was very well done. I was initially a little put off by the cover, which
Angela Cuéllar
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This novella is a fun adventurous tale of daring and bravery with a twist of magic. It is a very quick read and filled with bold imagination and interesting ideas. I can easily see many a young reader picking up this novella and demanding more stories to follow suit.

I wish there was a bit more development both in world-building and character development, but what was written was an interesting foundation. I would very much like to know more about Jiaire and his friends, wh
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jiaire loves his life working on the docks with "family" and friends but when forces threaten to put a stop to their way of life, Jiaire steps up to defend his city. Who is the girl from the market? Can Jiaire and "family" stop the threat?
Jiaire, young man to loves his "family" and city
Aevin, "sister" one of the elders
Sunald and Hunleigh, both best friends to Jiaire
Soo- "brother" to Jiaire
The Count, "our mutual friend"
Katie Regan
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Orphan Fleet, and was pleasantly surprised. This novella is a fast-paced tale of adventure for children and young teens. We follow Jiaire, an orphan like all of his friends, as he goes through a normal day that suddenly turns into anything but normal.

I liked the engaging writing style, which gave me a visceral view of what was happening. Also, the main character is likable, as were his cohorts. There is some mystery here and some violence. You can see the be
Apr 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing world that Brendan Detzner has created! It took me a few pages to settle into the rhythm and reasons of this fantastic novella and the more I read the more I wanted. I don't report on what a book is about only the feelings I have while reading. But, I have to say that the end of Leonard is still in my mind and it chills me to the bone. I have many questions about almost everything in The Orphan Fleet. Of course, that means I will be waiting very impatiently for the next installme ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author through a LibraryThing Member Giveaway.
When an admiral claims a girl of an orphan community as his daughter and demands the community to return her, a terrible war occurs.
Readers may need a while to get into the story, but the reading will get easier with the solid settings and characters.
This is a fresh, original fantasy story, a very appealing start for a series with interesting characters like the brave Jiaire, the mysterious Count, and the
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I always love the unique world, plotline and characters that Brendan created but I'm always confused with his writing style.
I don't even know how to explain it, but the story always start with a lot of mysteries or puzzling plotline (maybe it was intended to be like that, it will all be answered as we go through the story, but I still think it's a lot more confusing than it was supposed to be which makes the reading experience frustrating at first. In other words, I took longer time to get used
This was definitely a unique story, I just feel like it was a little bit under-developed. I'm hoping that we will get some more details about the world building in the second one and that the characters become a little bit more 3-dimensional because it's such a great idea but it all felt a little bit rushed. I guess it's sometimes hard to find that perfect spot in between 'pages and pages of exposition' and 'just throwing us into the middle of everything with no explanation'. I think it would be ...more
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Orphan Fleet" is a completely unexpected, delightful YA alternative universe novella about a kid who lives on... let me try to describe it- it's kind of like Sky Vegas, but also a major shipping port/radical commune. The whole society is structured around a fantasy-world version of pro wrestling but with more swords and rope swings, and also it's a religion.

Guys, this book is so fun. It's world-building ice cream, AND it has a ripping good plot. There's going to be a sequel, and I think it'
Tammy J Rizzo
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Not my usual read, but fun and enjoyable!

I don't often read YA, but this one was a lot of fun. If you like steampunk, heavy on the punk, and pirates, and wrestling, then this book is for you. The hero, Jiaire, on the verge of adulthood, finds himself embroiled in a war that could cost him and all his friends their lives. But when offered a chance to end the war, does he have it in him to do what it takes?
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Never let it be said that I don't try new things. I may not like half of them, but heck, I still try them.

One of those things are books I wouldn't normally read. Be it their genre, their covers, something in the plot... They're just not my usual one-clicker. Still, that doesn't mean I'll come to love all of them.

Case in point, The Orphan Fleet. A fun, short, and entertaining book, but clearly not one for my tastes. It focused on Jiaire, an orphan living at a place called the Mountain, along with
Jasmine Warren
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
When I first started reading this book, I was confused by the dialogue and grammar errors. The events of the book were sporadic and did not flow very well. I think this book should have been written in first person instead of 3rd person, that way the dialogue would have made more sense.

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Brendan Detzner lives, works, and writes in Chicago. His work has appeared in Chizine, Pseudopod, Edge of Propinquity, Ruthless Peoples, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, and the Book of Dead Things and Exigencies anthologies, as well as elsewhere. Brendan has also been featured at the Twilight Tales and Reading Under The Influence reading series in Chicago and runs his own reading series Bad Grammar ...more

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