One of the best of a group of writers who return to Victorian storytelling values for vigorous steampunk tales of dastardly deeds, cliffhangers and intrigue. The Kingdom of Jackals series is already into 3 books, the latest being THE RISE OF THE IRON MOON and already their varied characters are affectionate favourites of many readers.
An author we have championed at Lovereading since his first novel, The Court of the Air. Once more he brings his wit and imagination to an eager audience. If you haven’t read him now is the time to start.
From the author of The Court of the Air comes a hugely engaging, Victorian-style adventure, filled with perilous quests, dastardly deeds and deadly intrigue - perfect for all fans of Philip Pullman and Susanna Clarke
Professor Amelia Harsh is obsessed with finding the lost civilisation of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to have conquered hunger, war and disease – tempering the race of man’s baser instincts by the creation of the perfect pacifist society. It is an obsession that is to cost her dearly. She returns home to Jackals from her latest archaeological misadventure to discover that the university council has finally stripped her of her position in retaliation for her heretical research. Without official funding, Amelia has no choice but to accept the offer of patronage from the man she blames for her father’s bankruptcy and suicide, the fiercely intelligent and incredibly wealthy Abraham Quest. He has an ancient crystal-book that suggests the Camlantean ruins are buried under one of the sea-like lakes that dot the murderous jungles of Liongeli. Amelia undertakes an expedition deep into the dark heart of the jungle, blackmailing her old friend Commodore Black into ferrying her along the huge river of the Shedarkshe on his ancient u-boat. With an untrustworthy crew of freed convicts, Quest’s force of female mercenaries on board and a lunatic steamman safari hunter acting as their guide, Amelia’s luck can hardly get any worse. But she's as yet unaware that her quest for the perfect society is about to bring her own world to the brink of destruction…
‘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
‘More than a dash of Jules Verne … an entertaining and imaginative journey into the unknown’ DeathRay
‘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
Publication date: 01/09/2008
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
|Publication date:||1st September 2008|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Science Fiction,|
|Categories:||Fantasy, Thriller / suspense,|
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, www.SFcrowsnest.com, in 1994, the same year Netscape was launched as a graphical web browser. Today Stephen Hunt's SFcrowsnest....More About Stephen Hunt