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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (3 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007232233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007232239
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 357,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Hunt writes fantasy and science fiction books (with a little steampunk on the side), crime, mystery and thriller novels, as well as horror books (the latter for teens and young adults).

Whatever genre he writes in, Stephen's trademark style is page-turning thrillers, action fiction, high imagination and dollops of sly humour - or possibly humor if you're from North America.

His scifi and crime books are published in English around the world by Gollancz/Hachette, HarperCollins, Tor Macmillan and Green Nebula. Foreign language editions of his novels are available from various publishers in China, Russia, Japan, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France and Brazil. Ebooks are available from Kindle as well as other online retailers, with a selection on Kindle Prime.

His current series are:

The Sliding Void books: an exciting space opera collection (currently a trilogy of novellas) featuring a crew of free traders and galactic misfits on board the starship Gravity Rose. If aliens, robots, androids, cyborgs, scifi romance and high adventure are your thing, this is the megapack for you.

The Vigil novels: a still-expanding boxset of horror thrillers suitable for a teen and young adult audience. When Eleanor Lythe is given as a sacrifice to semi-immortal vampires, the Vigil - the covert branch of the U.S. Secret Service formed to fight the forces of the supernatural - is on hand to cure her and protect her. But save her for just what sort of life?

The Agatha Witchley Mysteries: a spy-fi series of crime and action thriller books. These works feature the dotty and possibly insane retired super spy Agatha Witchley, who thinks she can save the world by communicating with the dead. When a dead billionaire turns up, she gets the chance to either prove her point or be sectioned for life.

The Far-called books: a daring fantasy and scifi series set on the giant world of Pellas. When Carter and his young friends are kidnapped by lizard-like slavers, both those who are taken and those who were left behind discover how far they have to go to stay alive.

The Jackelian books: a fantasy and science fiction series set in a dystopian future where humanity has degraded to a Victorian level of technology. This series - seven books - put space boosters under the steampunk genre. What is left of Britain, the Kingdom of Jackelia, is beset by enemies. Can Molly and the infamous u-boat pirate Commodore Black and their friends survive the intrigues and wars that result?

Stephen maintains his own web site over at www.StephenHunt.net and when he is not writing, he can be found indulging in such interests as cooking, gardening, collecting comic-books, and building his collection of science fiction and fantasy books.

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Praise for THE RISE OF THE IRON MOON:

‘All manner of bizarre and fantastical extravagance.’ Daily Mail

‘Hunt’s imagination is probably visible from space. He scatters concepts that other writers would mine for a trilogy like chocolate-bar wrappers. This is Philip Pullman with a dose of benzedrine. Hold on to your hat and let yourself get carried away.’ Tom Holt, SFX

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 … [it] brims with originality and, from the first, its chase-filled plot never lets up' Starburst

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`Wonderfully ASSURED ... Hunt knows what his audience like and gives it to them with A SARDONIC WIT and carefully developed TENSION' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2009
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this is what they call a steampunk novel. just in case you don't know what this, it's science fiction in a victorian atyle world, with fantastical technological creations that wouldn't be out of place in something written by jules verne. It runs for 454 pages and is pretty much self contained. It's the first book I've read by the writer and apparently although it's self contained it is set in the same world as two of his previous novels and some of the characters recur.

there's no real concession to readers who haven't read those books so if you're one such it takes a while to get into. but I did manage it.

a varied cast of characters - a girl escaping from a role breeding royal children, an escaped slave from another country, a former soldier, and a writer of science fiction novels, among others - are thrown together when their world is threatened by an interstellar assault from the mysterious army of shadows. the world on which this is set appears to be an alternate version of earth, as comments about it and certain nearby planets ring true, but that's never explicitly stated.

spacial conflict ensues and then more conflict on another world. as the secrets of certain characters and the enemy slowly come to light.

there's a nice amount of imagination on display here in the way the settings and the fantastical technology are described, and the characters aren't deep but they have their moments.

but there is rather a lot going on so it's a little tricky to get into at points. however the way certain plot developments and surprises come out in the last fifty pages do make it quite worthwhile in the end.

Clearly not the ideal book by the writer to read first. but It was enough to make me inclined to check out his earlier work
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Cunningham on 29 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
Just like the previous two volumes in this series, I found that Stephen Hunt has captured the feeling of a world reminiscent of a steam punk feeling skilfully mixed with Victorian era culture. There is a wonderful mix of magic and steam driven technology.

In this latest novel, I found that as with the previous two, Hunt has successfully managed to capture a fundamental genre of fictional writing. The first two books wonderfully captured Armageddon style fantasy and a search for the lost city scenario. This one takes an even more ambitious role of depicting a sci-fi scenario style conflict involving a war of the worlds. Any fantasy fan need not worry though as Hunt has still held true to the feeling of a fantasy novel while managing to simultaneously convey the sci-fi theme dominant in this novel.

This latest instalment just proves Hunt's writing prowess as he once again switches the underlying theme of the unfolding saga, yet still manages to draw the reader in with some returning characters and a new cast that are just as equally enjoyable to follow on their adventures.

Well done Stephen Hunt!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
The third novel in Stephen's long awaited trilogy and one that continues to add greater depth to the world created by the WH Smiths New Talent award. It's well written, it's cleverly crafted but above all a novel that continues to build upon the success of its predecessors which adds to a more epic feel for the reader, yet it also means that you cannot dive into this if you haven't read the other novels without ruining a lot of the magic. If your looking for something special and a little different then make this trilogy your new adventure for the year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
How can one plucky orphan girl save the world from ultimate destruction?

Born into captivity as a product of the Royal Breeding House, lonely orphan Purity Drake suddenly finds herself on the run with a foreign vagrant after accidentally killing one of her guards.

Her mysterious rescuer claims to have escaped from terrible forces who mean to enslave the Kingdom of Jackals as they conquered his own nation. Purity doubts the story, until reports begin to filter through from Jackals' neighbours of a murderous Army of Shadows, marching across the continent and sweeping all before them.

But there's more to Purity Drake than meets the eye. And as Jackals girds itself for war against a near-indestructible army, it soon becomes clear that the Kingdom's only hope is a strange little orphan girl and the last, desperate plan of an escaped slave from a land far, far away.

Back in July, I picked up Jack Cloudie by Stephen Hunt. I had never read any of his books but I was sold on the premise by the cover alone. It was a lot of fun and afterwards, I mentally took note that I must try to pick up the other novels in the series. Jump forward a couple months to FantasyCon 2011 and I was given a copy of The Rise of The Iron Moon, reminding me once again how much I had enjoyed Jack Cloudie, and that I should really read more of this author's work. Excuse my tardiness Mr Hunt but finally, nearly six months after the original thought, I've gotten around to doing just that.

With subtle nods to classic works such as War of The Worlds, and The Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, it is incredibly easy to get caught up in this steampunk alien invasion story. The action is fast paced and builds nicely from the beginning right up until the epic conclusion.
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