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From the Deep of the Dark [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Hunt
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The sixth marvellous tale of high adventure and derring-do from the master of steampunk literature, set in the world of The Court of the Air.

A daring underwater chase ends in a battle for the Kingdom itself…

The streets of Middlesteel are under attack by an unseen enemy, leaving bloodless corpses in its trail. The newssheets scream vampire, but the truth is even more deadly than anyone knows.

Charlotte Shades, Mistress of Mesmerism, is a thief – and a darned good one at that. When two mysterious men ask her to steal King Jude’s sceptre from the Parliament vaults, the challenge (and reward) is too great to pass up. After all, Charlotte’s natural charm and the magic of the gem she wears – the mysterious Eye of Fate – have never failed her before.

Only consulting detective Jethro Daunt and his steamman companion Boxiron know there’s more to these two men than meets the eye. Yet even as they rescue Charlotte from a fate worse than death, they are thrown into a plot thicker than even they realize. They escape beneath the waves in an ancient submarine led by Commodore Jethro Black, where they encounter stiff resistance from the strange people who inhabit the vast underwater kingdoms. But man, woman, seanore and gill-neck alike must band together if they are to defeat a danger that might not even be from this world…

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Praise for ‘The Court of the Air’:

‘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

‘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 … T’he Court of the Air’ brims with originality and, from the first, its chase-filled plot never lets up’ Starburst

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. He is also the founder of, one of the oldest and most popular fan-run science fiction and fantasy websites. Born in Canada, the author divides his time between the UK, North America and Spain. His interests include computer programming, the graphic arts and collecting comics. One day he hopes to have a library large enough to house all of his books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1042 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (30 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061RRQ2Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stephen Hunt is a fantasy, science fiction, crime and thriller author who lives in Spain and the UK. His current fantasy works are within the 'Far-called' series, published by Gollancz (the genre imprint of Orion/Hachette) . . . with adventures set on Pellas, a massive and fascinating planet where radio signals take centuries to be passed along a chain of guild stations, and merchant caravans can travel for millennia without retracing their steps.

The first two exciting novels in this series are 'In Dark Service' and 'Foul Tides Turning', and focus on the Carnehan family, whose lives are torn apart in a terrible slave raid on the town of Northhaven.

Hunt is arguably best known for his best-selling Jackelian series of novels from HarperCollins, also the publisher of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis in the UK, the success of the first of which, 'The Court of the Air', gave rise to a genre called steampunk.

The Jackelian world is a fantasy adventure set in a far-future Earth where the passage of time has erased almost all memory of our current world from history. Electricity is now unreliable and classed as a dark power, with many of the nations of the world existing at a Victorian level of development and relying on steam-power, mechanical nanotechnology and biotechnology to survive and prosper.

It is an age of strange creatures, flashing blades, steammen servants, airship battles and high adventure.

Each novel is written as a stand-alone work, but share the same world and many of the same characters who criss-cross between the novels (a technique shared with fellow British fantasy author Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series).

Foreign language and international editions of the six novels of the Jackelian series have been sold to Tor Books (USA), Albin Michel (France), Verlagsgruppe Random House (Germany), Enterbrain Manga and Anime (Japan), Edições Saída de Emergência (Portugal), Paidós (Spain), AST (Russia), and the Anhui Literature and Art Publishing House (China).

Stephen maintains his own web site over at and when he is not writing, he can be found indulging in such interests as cooking, gardening, collecting comic-books, and building his collections of genre novels.

He still sometimes writes for the magazine he helped to found,, the first science fiction web site.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply and darkly satisfying! 4 Mar. 2012
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Well 5 books on from 'Court of the Air' I am still coming back for more!

Call it new weird, call it Steampunk and call it entertainment at the outer limits!

Creatures from the deep, another war, vampires, U-boats, spies, imposters and police men. Jethro Daunt and his metalic protector Boxiron make a very welcome return here and find themselves entangled in all the above and so much more. Our old mate Blacky is pulled out of his sick bed for one more outing and of course curses his luck throughout every minute of it!

Hunt gives us his usual franetic, action packed thriller with also as usual a hatful of twists in the plot. Maybe I occassionally would like him to slim down the number of extras on set and let us dwell more on some of the colour characters but he does like a big finish and he does it so well!

In summary this book is architypal Hunt doing what he does probably better than anyone else in this genre right now. If you have enjoyed his other works you should find much to enjoy here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying end to the series 24 Mar. 2012
This is the sixth and final volume (at least for now) in Hunt's Jackelian series, which began with The Court of the Air and he goes out in style - I'd rate this the best of the lot, except perhaps for the previous book, Jack Cloudie. It's organically part of the sequence and if you haven't read any of the others you will gain by reading them first - but there's enough background to read it standalone if you wish

Again, the Kingdom of Jackals is menaced by exiled Royalist plots and we're introduced to Dick Tull, agent of the State Protection Board, a footsoldier deployed to stop them. But there are wheels within wheels in the Royalist community - and indeed, cogs and axles beyond those (sorry, but the future-steampunk aesthetic of Hunt's writing is rather catching). Something deeper, and worse, than a few sad exiles is gathering its forces to menace not only Jackals but the world itself (readers of Hunt's earlier books may see a recurrent theme from a couple of the earlier volumes here).

Alongside Tull in opposing this threat are Charlotte Shades, a glamorous stage hypnotist, and several old friends from previous volumes including the self-pitying ex rebel, ex pirate and submarinist Commodore Black and Jethro Daunt, a former atheist priest who was defrocked because he began believing in gods. This book has everything - plenty of high adventure, courage, betrayal, hopeless situations turned around, a secret base inside an island volcano - and a note of sadness as the story ends.

I really hope that Hunt returns to this world soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jackalian adventure 28 April 2013
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Another winner from Stephen Hunt, new and well loved characters are taken on new adventures that maintain the excellent standard that began with The Court of the Air. Less of a Steampunk influence than previous titles but still a thoroughly enjoyable read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All a blur but addictive 20 Jun. 2013
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I have read all the Jackelian series and found then to be very addictive and entertaining but sometimes exasperating. Is it me or are they becoming a bit 'samey'? Derring band of heroes plus one innocent in outrageous situations against ancient danger sound familiar? It should do it is the plot of all of them.

With such a rich back story I just hope if any more a written that we can get a bit more depth in what is a wonderful universe. Also for all its faults Jackelian society seems to rebuild itself pretty sharpish every time the latest inevitable ancient threat comes over the border and destroys Middlesteel. Maybe the town planners should see the next conflaguration as an opportunity to do a bit of good for the city!
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