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The Ace of Skulls (The Ketty Jay Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Wooding
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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All good things come to an end. And this is it: the last stand of the Ketty Jay and her intrepid crew.



They've been shot down, set up, double-crossed and ripped off. They've stolen priceless treasures, destroyed a ten-thousand-year-old Azryx city and sort-of-accidentally blew up the son of the Archduke. Now they've gone and started a civil war. This time, they're really in trouble.



As Vardia descends into chaos, Captain Frey is doing his best to keep his crew out of it. He's got his mind on other things, not least the fate of Trinica Dracken. But wars have a way of dragging people in, and sooner or later they're going to have to pick a side. It's a choice they'll be staking their lives on.


Cities fall and daemons rise. Old secrets are uncovered and new threats revealed.



When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?


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The Ketty Jay and her crew make their final stand in the stand-alone conclusion to this addictive, compelling series.

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All good things come to an end. And this is it: the last stand of the Ketty Jay and her intrepid crew.

They've been shot down, set up, double-crossed and ripped off. They've stolen priceless treasures, destroyed a ten-thousand-year-old Azryx city and sort-of-accidentally blew up the son of the Archduke. Now they've gone and started a civil war. This time, they're really in trouble.

As Vardia descends into chaos, Captain Frey is doing his best to keep his crew out of it. He's got his mind on other things, not least the fate of Trinica Dracken. But wars have a way of dragging people in, and sooner or later they're going to have to pick a side. It's a choice they'll be staking their lives on.

Cities fall and daemons rise. Old secrets are uncovered and new threats revealed.

When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?

'A fast exhilarating read' Peter F. Hamilton

'This is a wonderful book' Charlaine Harris


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1646 KB
  • Print Length: 497 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575098112
  • Publisher: Gollancz (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D434A5Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,869 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Vardia is being torn apart by a civil war between the religious sect known as the Awakeners and the government forces under the command of the Archduke. Despite helping start the war (inadvertently), Darian Frey and the crew of the Ketty Jay are trying steer clear of any fighting. However, when Frey decides to track down the missing Trinica Dracken, the crew find themselves with divided loyalties.

After four novels, it's time for The Tales of the Ketty Jay to bow out. The author had the choice between making the series an ongoing cycle of adventures or wrapping up the main plot to concentrate on other works, and chose the latter. Whilst this is bad news for fans of the series, it's certainly good to see a series reaching a definitive conclusion after a short, focused number of adventures.

This does cause some problems for The Ace of Skulls, however. In previous books it felt like Wooding was developing a large number of background elements, characters and factions to play a long game with. Having to wrap everything up in this fourth volume means the plot accelerator being slammed down and the concluding chapters taking on an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach. This means that a few plot elements get short shrift and are resolved in a slightly more perfunctory fashion than might be wished.

However, the most important thing in this series is the characters and their relationships, and Wooding wisely concentrates on these elements. All of the crewmembers of the Ketty Jay get their moment in the sun, whether it's Pinn's undergoing a gloriously narcissistic and insane odyssey of faith and selfishness, Crake finally resolving his family issues or Jez finally confronting her heritage in full.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series 29 Jun. 2014
Format:Paperback
Well I have stopped reviewing books now but have come out of retirement temporarily having just reached the end of this series. One because I enjoyed them so much and wanted to share that with the author if he is looking and in and also I can't help but feel they do not get the attention and acclaim they deserve.

I don't think I have read any other writer who so successfully combines excitement and humour, Normally one takes from the other but not in this series. There is laugh out loud moments and yet sections where I could not put them down. Why?

Characterisation!!! It's the most important part of any book for me and where many writers fall at the first. You can be a poet, have a vivid imagination and great plot but if your world is peopled by manikins it just won't grab me. This was a whole crew full of oddbods and screwballs all evolving over four volumes of high adventure. Also supplemented by a sub series of characters just as colourful and interesting.

Wooding's world is a mix of sc-fi, steampunk, horror, cowboy, penny dreadfull and Captain Sparrow all melded into something with a unique style of it's own. You will be moved and amused in equal measure as the Ketty Jay and her rag tag crew rise from a bunch of losers to high notoriety.

It's heart warming 'feel good' stuff and I am very sorry to be at the end of the road instead of the beginning.
If you are reading Chris please consider more adventures in this world if not onboard the Ketty Jay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Steampunk thrills! 3 Nov. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Being a newcomer to this series, I was immediately taken by this books strong setting and its well-conceived world. There is an immediacy and urgency to proceedings, and I was soon invested in each characters fate. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the crew interacted with each other, particularly the use of sardonic humour and squabbling.

Captain Frey is the archetypal anti-hero: ambiguous, scheming and self-serving. It made a refreshing change to have a central character behave, well, like on of us. Too often in fantasy literature we have people always doing the right thing and acting nobly; here, there is no book of ethics and no rules, just survival and lots of sharp-tongued banter.

The story boasts plenty of action and incident, with the pacing spot on. Ancient civilizations are nicely juxtaposed with technology, so too is the corporeal with the supernatural. Chris Wooding allows his imagination plenty of free rein, and is clearly having a lot of fun in the telling of his story.

Against the backdrop of a Steampunk world, we have romance, horror and a surrogate family in the form of the crew of the Ketty Jay. There really is a minefield for them to navigate, and thanks to the break-neck, desperation of the action there is never a dull moment. This epic final instalment makes it clear that a big game is finally being played out; there is no certainty who will be left standing at the end. There are consequences, loss, regret and remorse.

The Ace of Skulls is a soaring, good old-fashioned, rip-roaring adventure. Fans of Steampunk and fantasy in general, are sure to enjoy this; Wooding has demonstrated a fine grasp of what makes for solid adventure and thrills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling at it's finest! 31 Oct. 2013
By DSP
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Ace Of Skulls is the fourth (and apparently final) story in 'The Tales of the Ketty Jay' series by Chris Wooding. For those who are new to the series, I'd urge you to read them in order, starting with Retribution Falls, then The Black Lung Captain and The Iron Jackal which will bring you to The Ace Of Skulls.

What's it about? It's been said before, but basically it's Firefly, but with steampunk-grade aircraft instead of spaceships. The Ketty Jay, a craft held together with a mix of love, luck and large spanners. A Captain who treads a fine line between doing the right thing, and breaking the law when needed. And a crew for whom the cliche 'a rag-tag bunch of misfits' could have been coined.

Bt far from being hackneyed, Wooding has created a crew that you will whoop for, worry for and cry for.

So what of The Ace Of Skulls? Is it a fitting end to the series?

Hell yes!

Civil war is brewing, which our heroes might have had more than a little to do with, and whether they like it or not, it looks like they're going to be in the thick of it until the final shot is fired. Wooding is clearly a man who doesn't like to leave loose ends with his characters, and so they all find closure - one way or another. What that closure is, I'll leave you to discover for yourself, but suffice to say I laughed, at one point I actually shed a tear, but for the most part I simply couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Having said that, to my mind it takes a while to get going, but once you're about a fifth of the way in, the rollercoaster is well and truly at the top of the track, and from that point, buckle up, 'cos it's going to be a fast and furious ride.
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4.0 out of 5 stars but still a good read.
Not quite up to the high standards of the earlier novels in the series, but still a good read.
Published 3 days ago by Sean Lyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome thunderclap finale to a cracking series!
A thundering climax to the 'Tales of the Ketty Jay'! Frey and his crew can't seem to get out from the maelstrom of civil war that threatens to engulf Vardia. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Philip Dickinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the last of the series and definatly went out with a bang!
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining conclusion to the series
I have enjoyed this steampunk series immensely. However this concluding chapter does rather jump the shark. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Top Tec
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 1 month ago by sally
4.0 out of 5 stars Awakeners awake
The crew of the Ketty Jay in their ultimate adventure
Published 2 months ago by Keith Mutch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is now my favourite set without competition.
Published 3 months ago by Collers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another excellent story!
Published 4 months ago by Chris D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed, just like the last 3.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. M
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read, not so great shipping
An absolutely fantastic book, and even better if you've read the previous of the series! However, the book arrived with some slight water damage which was a shame.
Published 5 months ago by Laurence
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