Rise Of The Iron Moon Hardcover – Mar 9 2009
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Praise for Stephen Hunt: 'A ripping yarn ! the story pounds along ! constant inventiveness keeps the reader hooked ! the finale is a cracking succession of cliffhangers and surprise comebacks. Great fun' SFX 'An inventive, ambitious work, full of wonders and marvels' Lisa Tuttle, The Times 'The characters are convincing and colourful, but the real achievement is the setting, a hellish take on Victorian London ! the depth and complexity of Hunt's vision makes it compulsive reading for all ages' Guardian 'Wonderfully assured ! Hunt knows what his audience like and gives it to them with a sardonic wit and carefully developed tension' Time Out 'Studded with invention' Independent 'Rich and colourful ! keeps you engrossed ! a confident, audacious novel' SFX 'Like a magpie, Stephen Hunt has plucked colourful events from history and politics and used them for inspiration ! Hunts tells his full-blooded tale with lip-smacking relish, revealing a vivid, often gruesome imagination ! The Court of the Air brims with originality and, from the first, its chase-filled plot never lets up' Starburst 'To say this book is action packed is almost and understatement ! a wonderful escapist yarn! Definitely a book to take with you on a long flight' Interzone
About the Author
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 www.SFcrowsnest.com, 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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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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I can't recommend Stephen Hunt's work enough, for he is a talented storyteller.
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!
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.