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Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay Kindle Edition
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It tells the story of Darian Frey, Merchant, Smuggler, Scoundrel, his much loved battered old ship the Ketty Jay and his crew of misfits. The first in the series introduces us to Frey and his world and to his crew and builds the cast and characters, who they are and how they got there setting up the series whilst being an excellent and exciting adventure of betrayal and intrigue.
I decided to give this a go as I was looking for something fresh and new to read in the sci-fi or fantasy genre and saw this was very popular and doing well, and I noted the oft stated appeal to fans of Firefly and ordered it.
At first I was a little surprised. I'd half expected it to be set in space and for the Ketty Kay to be a spaceship (why I expected it to actually be firefly I've no idea) but I quickly got absorbed by the story and the world and in no time was in love with it. No lasers, no spaceships, a steampunk world of airships and guns and swords and utterly compelling for it. The world of Vardia is more than big enough for these adventures and provides a wonderful setting, mixing magic and a steampunk world of airship and dogfighting planes, rapidly moving the story through a host of settings and scenes and evoking a feeling of a vast world with as much variety as our own.
I absolutely loved this and went on to read the whole series in a few weeks, I really couldn't put the Kindle down when I was reading them. As a fan of adventure and Sci-Fi and, yes, Firefly, I couldn't recommend it enough, it's my favourite series of the last few years.
It did have a lot of dry wit and humour in it. It did have an interesting crew and a lot of action and adventure. The writing was tight, if occasionally a bit repetitive. So, there is plenty to like here for another reader. But for me it was all overshadowed by my dislike of Frey (and by extension his treatment/the book’s representation of women).
When I checked this book out of the library, I also got the sequel (The Black Lung Captain) but I don’t think I’ll bother reading it. And that probably tells you as much as anything about where I stand on this book.
I will happily read the sequel some day soon, but I won't re-read this first book again - it was good enough to enjoy in the end but not a real classic. Probably 3-3.5 out of 5
In terms of flavour, it is sci-fi, but frontier cowboy/pirates type sci-fi. And it's not too grim and gritty at all - there is a happy ending and a cheeky squeeky feel to pretty much everything, and even the more serious back-story reveals are not particularly heavy considering, contributing to the TV show feel of the whole book. There are no real strange races and no real hi-tec. Space ships come in all shapes and sizes, but they are definitely not super hi tech marvels like in Alistair Reynolds or Iain M Banks novels. Computers don't really get a mention, but there is pseudo-magic and religion featuring in the main plot arcs, but they don't take a too dominant role and we aren't asked to believe a whole clever magic system or over complicated societal structure. So too me it has a real feel of the TV series Firefly, or maybe Han Solo space pirate.
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Great story - a ripping yard - full of colourful characters and derring do.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Okay guys, I have a new favourite series/obsession and you're looking right at it! I have a steampunk shaped hole in my life now that there's no more Gail Carriger books in my life... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alisha Bookseller
Well that was a lot of fun!
I really enjoyed the story and the way the characters were developed, with their back stories coming throughout the book. Read more
Great old fashioned adventure set against a background of piratical skullduggery and featuring a group of loveable rogues ... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Melanie Jane
Simply put (and perhaps predictably from the title of my review), this book and the three equally wonderful reads that follow it are my favourite series of novels. Like, ever. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Andy Clark
Took a while to start to enjoy this book as I gradually grew to like the characters the more they are developed. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stokie Smith
Really easy to paint a picture in your head of the characters and to world they live in from how it's written. Very captivating throughout and a favourite of mine.Published 17 months ago by James Purnell
Well paced with good characterisation. Reminiscent of Fire Fly. A disparate group of losers who eventually, as a result of their trials and tribulations become a cohesive crew. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Susan Oke