The Court of the Air

by Stephen Hunt

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A compelling fantasy set in a Victorian-style world of airships and intrigue, this book is a real gem. One of those where to talk about it is to spoil it. A big book that rattles along excitingly and contains a few good surprises. It’s what the trade call a cross-over book, being suitable for both adults and children. In fact older Harry Potter fans will love it. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to jump up and down and press it onto all your friends. Absolutely wonderful.

Comparison: Susanna Clarke, Philip Pulman, James Robertson.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Court of the Air Synopsis

Two orphans on the run, each with the power to save the world…


When streetwise Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has recently been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to scurry back to the poorhouse where she grew up. But there she finds her fellow orphans butchered, and it slowly dawns on her that she was the real target of the attack.


Oliver Brooks has led a sheltered existence in the backwater home of his merchant uncle. But when he is framed for his only relative's murder he is forced to flee for his life, accompanied by an agent of the mysterious Court of the Air.


Molly and Oliver each carry secrets in their blood - secrets that will either get them killed or save the world from an ancient terror. Thown into the company of outlaws, thieves and spies as they flee their ruthless enemies, the two orphans are also aided by indomitable friends in this endlessly inventive tale full of drama, intrigue and adventure.

The Court of the Air Press Reviews

‘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


‘Rich and colourful … keeps you engrossed … a confident, audacious novel’ SFX

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ISBN: 9780007232185
Publication date: 03/09/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007232178
Publication date: 02/04/2007
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007232185
Publication date: 3rd September 2007
Author: Stephen Hunt
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 588 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Science Fiction,
Categories: Historical adventure,

About Stephen Hunt

Stephen Hunt has written one previous book, the fantasy novel For the Crown and the Dragon, which won the WH Smith New Talent Award in 1994 and was published by the UK's largest bookseller under the auspices of their New Talent Initiative. It went on to get praise in reviews as diverse as Locus, the Guardian, Science Fiction Chronicle, Arcane, Broadsword and various other newspapers and genre titles. Stephen Hunt set up one of the first science fiction and fantasy web sites,, in 1994, the same year Netscape was launched as a graphical web browser. Today Stephen Hunt's SFcrowsnest....

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