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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076532766X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765327666
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,926,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“To say this book is action packed is almost an understatement…a wonderful escapist yarn!”— Interzone on The Rise of the Iron Moon

“Compulsive reading for all ages.”— Guardian on The Rise of the Iron Moon

“Wildly imaginative and compelling, this charming steam-punk yarn plays out against a backdrop of civil war and failed rebellion, layered and complex treachery and love in surprising corners.”—Publishers Weekly on The Kingdom Beyond The Waves

“A Dickensian atmosphere with shades of Indiana Jones featuring a strong-willed adventuress that will appeal to steampunk fans.”—Library Journal on The Kingdom Beyond The Waves

“Steampunk fantasy and SF with a Victorian-era feel…A rip-roaring Indiana Jones-style adventure.”—RT Book Reviews (4 stars) on The Kingdom Beyond The Waves

About the Author

The Rise of the Iron Moon is Stephen Hunt’s third novel set in his fantastical steampunk universe.  In addition to being a novelist, Stephen Hunt has worked as a writer, editor and publisher for a number of magazines and national newspaper groups in the UK, and is currently employed on an artificial intelligence project. He is also the founder of, one of the oldest and most popular fan-run science fiction and fantasy websites, with nearly three quarters of a million readers each month. Born in Canada, the author presently lives in London, as well as spending part of the year with his family in Spain

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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 12 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Kingdom of Jackals and the Quatérshift must now work together to defeat a common foe. The Army of Shadows has come to strip the land and enslave the population. Those that remain will be nothing more than sheep to be used as a food source by the masters.

A small band of unlikely heroes is the only hope. Molly Templar, a celestial fiction writer who suddenly starts having visions of the heximachina. Purity Drake, quite mad, yet with royal blood running through her veins. Kyorin, an alien in hiding, hoping to save what was left of his own world from the Army of Shadows. Magic and machinery must come together and secrets too dark to believe must come to light.

Not having read the first two books in this series, I felt a little lost at first. It took a little time before I got a feel for the world and began getting into the characters of the story. After that point, though, I found it hard to put the book down. Absolutely loved the twists and turns and the surprising directions and mis-directions the action took.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Feb. 17 2010
By violet - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Awhile ago, I picked up The Court of the Air on a whim--it looked interesting. It was a big, thick book that made absolutely no sense when I started it, but I found it intriguing. I very quickly became engrossed in the world created by Stephen Hunt and I simply had to have more. The Rise of the Iron Moon is just as good as The Court of the Air, with a tightly woven plot and excellent action, and a thoroughly engulfing alternate world that expertly meshes fantasy (which I normally do not care for) and steampunk (which I can never get enough of). I only wish Hunt's books were easier to get my hands on, and I do hope that they become more widely available. I actually rationed this book out, not knowing when I'd get another.

I can't recommend Stephen Hunt's work enough, for he is a talented storyteller.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
My new fav series Nov. 8 2009
By Derrick Turner - Published on
Format: Paperback
This second book set in the same world as The Court of the Air. I am absolutely in love with Stephen Hunts writing! There are so many original ideas in the 3 books of his i've read so far. This series is kinda like Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials, but in my opinion even better. I hate reviews that tell about the plot, that's what the book description is for, so I'll just say that yes there is a bunch of action and side plots going on in this book, which i love, but if your someone who is easily confused with that sort of thing you might not like it as much
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Stephen Hunt's Wonderful Series July 8 2011
By G. Alexander - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I do recommend this intriguing series, I find Stephen Hunt a skilled writer that not only shows his creativity with descriptions that are decisive and realistic but is able to balances with the right amount wit and humor.

In reading "The Court of Air" I see this series as one that you will look forward to each book and enjoy reading "Kingdom Beyond the Waves" and then "The Rise of the Iron Moon" as a wonderful series and still wish for a 4th book "Secrets of the Fire Sea".

I will say I loved these book and agree with raves about the first two therefore I rate this at 5 stars.

One thing is for sure you will either love or hate the series but I really believe you will love it and wish for more.

It will be a pleasure to add Stephen Hunt to my favorites list!

Thanks Goodreads!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Decent, Weakest of the Series So Far - SPOILER FREE REVIEW July 7 2010
By Noah Sutcliffe - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a frustrating book. Story-wise it has all the makings of a great fantasy epic, unfortunately the character development, dialogue, secondary characters and transitions (real strengths in the last two books) are all noticeably lacking. A lot of platitudes make their way into the dialogue and narrative sequences, and I didn't find myself smiling as much at the turn of phrase that Hunt employed so adeptly in Court of the Air and Kingdom Beyond the Waves. There are also some very sudden character transitions that don't follow the rhythm of the story at all, and certain characters will appear and disappear without any real purpose. It becomes glaringly obvious at certain points that Hunt didn't have the time to write a necessary scene that would have taken the reader logically from one place to the next.

That said, the story is still a fun and interesting read since Hunt (as usual) excels at bringing diverse alien worlds together in clever and unexpected ways. Lord Starhome was the highlight of the book for me, but unfortunately that character also reminded me what a great CAST of secondary characters the other books had. The cast in Rise of the Iron Moon is not nearly so interesting, and a few of the secondary characters are downright one-dimensional.

Ultimately, while the book is a worthwhile diversion that brings some new material to the Jackelian universe, it has the feeling of a first draft that would have been well-served with more character and plot development and some serious time devoted to the nuances. I would, honestly, purchase and read a re-write if Hunt decided to do one.
not the best in the series (3.3 stars) Dec 29 2014
By inner exile - Published on
Format: Paperback
The third installment in Stephen Hunt's Jackelian universe turns out to be an extraterrestrial invasion tale, mixing steampunkish fantasy with upgraded SF elements based partly on such prototypes as H. G. Wells' The War Of The Worlds (1897) or, to a lesser extent, Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon (Bantam Classics) (1865), although we have a spiral-shaped 'wave-cannon' here. The rival countries on the continent have to put aside their enmities, especially Jackals vs. Quatérshift, if they are to withstand the onslaught of the Army of Shadows' slat legions that traversed the vast celestial darkness from Kaliban (the equivalent of planet Mars) to drain the leylines/bones of the earth and terraform the land to the abominable needs of their giant humanoid masters. Here is a depiction of what a slat monster looks like:

"Taller than a man by a head, the bipedal creature appeared both rangily thin and densely muscular at the same time, moving across the floor with the deadly predatory grace of a flicked whip. The intruder's skin was dark and oily, covered in chitin-like plates and glistening like a blood-wet blade, the slyly darting skull a flat, shockingly oblong of bone, a fanged mouth leering under a cluster of nostril slits" (p. 121).

Except perhaps for the steamman scientist Aliquot Coppertracks, the author adds nothing to the dimensions of familiar characters, such as the impulsive Molly Templar or the portly, tough old bird Jared Black (though we learn of a curious family relation of his). There are some newcomers on the scene, including ragamuffin turned saviouress Purity Drake and the Bandits of the Marsh: the former individual is a distant descendant of Elizica of the Jackeni (her name being a contraction of Elizabeth and Boudica, I suppose) wielding the so-called maths-blade (capable not only of destruction but diagnosis and healing as well) as if it were a new take on Arthurian Excalibur, while the fey-born Bandits come across as cartoonish super heroes meeting Robin Hood. Much to my disappointment, unbridled halfling fey-boy Oliver Brooks exits the stage early on only to reappear in a radically different, shall we say, downgraded form. Just like in the previous two books, a special bloodline has again a role to play in the story.
The writing utilizes rich, visually descriptive and occasionally quaint language (the historical slang 'grass before breakfast' meaning duel on page 338, for instance), coupled with the author's trademark sardonic wit: self-replicating sentient spacefaring craft Lord Starhome's bickering with the hoary steamman hauler Mandelbrot Longtreads (pp. 167-9), and later on the condescending tone used in the grumbling discussion with the uninvited passengers aboard, are delightfully comic ("Him!...You damn ground huggers couldn't even get my gender right" p. 255). Elsewhere we can come across poetic expressions like: "The wind envies your heels...stir up the metre of time itself with your bare feet" (p. 438).
In closing, my impression is that Mr Hunt read about various speculations concerning ancient astronauts, the Face on the Mars anomaly, hollow Moon, and artificial singularity for time travel ("A stillborn star, crushed beyond collapse and folding time with its corpse. A horror" ibid.).

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