The Rise of the Iron Moon Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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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
`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.See all Product Description
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For those who haven't read the previous volumes, The Court of the Air and The Kingdom Beyond the Waves it might be best to do so before reading this, as there is a lot of backstory. But you will want to move onto this one quickly! In summary: The Kingdom of Jackals exists on a far future Earth - or so it appears - and is at loggerheads with its deadly rival, revolutionary Quatreshift (think late 18th century- early 19th century Britain and France). Defended by its trusty fleet of airships, Jackals expects to win the day. But dark forces are at work. The technology is steam driven, the politics are very pre Reform Act "Roast Beef of Old England", the invaders are Wellesian.
In this installment, we find out much more about Jackals' past, and meet again the main characters from "The Court of the Air" many of whom were elsewhere in "Kingdom Beyond the Waves". As always, the story is frenetic and filled with ideas, an excellent read. My only reservation - and it is a small one - is that the sheer amount of "placement" necessary to get everyone arranged in this story, and the scale involved, rather dulls the narrative. Whole nations (and the Court of the Air) are ravaged by the invader before the main narrative really begins. Epic journeys take place between chapters.Read more ›
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
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!
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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This book looked interesting so I picked it up. I'd not heard of Stephen Hunt or this series but the premise intrigued me. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Phil Leader
I had never read a steam punk novel before this. I received the book through the vine programme and to be honest, I didn't realise it was of that genre until I started... Read morePublished on 13 May 2013 by Mr. M. P. Duffy
Stephen Hunt is the lovechild of Jules Verne and W. E. Johns - though they put him up for adoption and he was raised by China Mieville. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2012 by McShep
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Born into captivity as a product of the Royal Breeding House, lonely orphan Purity Drake... Read more
While I would strongly recommend that those reading this book read the previous books in the series first, as a stand alone it is still possible to follow this book though it is a... Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2011 by Mara Greenwood
I'm a septugenarian who has read many fantasy authors, from Robert E Howard to modern masters like the late and much-missed Gemmell. Read morePublished on 22 Jan. 2011 by James N. Beatson
Good, fun, steampunk novel with SF elements. But as other have siad, though you can start here, probably best to read the other two books first.Published on 6 Jan. 2011 by avl06
The reviewers complaining that this is the third in a trilogy are rather missing the point - throughout, this has been a world that bombards the reader with strangenesses. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2010 by pavanne
I tried, but I just couldn't get into the story here. The writing was ok, but it just didn't grab me. Read morePublished on 23 Dec. 2010 by D. Graham