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Secrets of the Fire Sea Paperback – 3 Feb 2011
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Praise for Stephen Hunt:
‘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
'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
A rollicking tale of murder, mystery, mercenaries and mayhem…--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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It's always great to find an author who can deftly bring extra dimensionality to their characters and Hunt manages it mainly with dialogue rather than the usual 'and the hero had blue eyes' stock descriptions.
The Fire Sea is really a murder mystery featuring a young Jackelian woman being brought up on the Black Isle of Jago, an ancient but rotting civilisation that survived the ice age by using a corrupted form of electricity to heat their underground cities. Throw in a detective parson and his steamman servant and the hoary old Commodore, and let the murderous intrigue begin.
As always, there's a breath-grabbing battle at the end of the book, which all goes to help fix Hunt's reputation as a leading fantasy writer, and his considerable talents are on display throughout the novel.
A hearty recommendation for any love of tremendous adventure stories or rocking fantasy novels.
This time, the gang are off on an adventure outside the Jackelian kingdom, set on the evil isle of Jago, where high technology still exists, and the land has been protected from polar barbarians by a hard-to-navigate sea of volcanic magma.
As usual with the Jackelian series, the novel is expertly crafted for racheting up the action and tension. While all the books vary and are actually quite different between each other, I have yet to be disappointed with any of the novels in the series so far.
I would love to read more novels such as Secrets of the Fire Sea and February, when each new hardback comes out, is fast becoming my favourite time of the year.
I'd unreservedly say that it's the best since the first one. Like "The Court of the Air" it concerns an orphan (Hannah) threatened by mysterious forces and trying to find the secret of her own history, on which her survival depends. This time, however, the Court doesn't hover in the background (it was destroyed by alien invaders in the last book). This time, too, unlike in the last two volumes, the action is relatively focused, taking place mostly on the distant, arctic island of Jago, where a decaying civilization clings on, living underground and besieged by "monsters". How this came about, and what the monsters really are, are two of the secrets that Hannah discovers. This focus makes it a more satisfying (and credible - for certain values of credible!) book, as does the fact that neither the planet nor the Kingdom of Jackals are overrun or threatened with destruction by evil alien forces (I was beginning to wonder how many times that could happen and leave any semblance of normality...Read more ›
A great return to form and Hunt reinforces his position in the elite premier league of the growing band of steam punk writers. Witty, fast moving and so strangely familiar to our own world and history whilst being at the same time totally different!
Commodore Black aka 'poor old Blacky' as usual finds himself up to his periscope in trouble though this time doesn't have his old mate Copper tracks to help him.
Last time out Hunt had a bit of a wobble this time to quote that dreadful male hair product commercial, he was right on target!
The latest novel in the Jackelian series, Secrets of the Fire Sea, is
an utter treat from start to finish. Poor old Hannah, a citizen of the
Jackelian kingdom, is marooned on the terrible Island of Jago - more
of a mini-continent really, after her university worker parents are
mysteriously killed trying to get home. She becomes a ward of the
Circlist church until her foster mother, the archbishop, is also
killed in strange circumstances.
Luckily, there are some heroes' a-come visiting from Jackals to help
her out, AKA the commodore and consulting detective Jethro Daunt (not
to mention his dangerous mechanical sidekick).
Lots of adventure ensues and the pages get turning at ever faster
rates with all the usual fantastical races, cities and plot twists
we've come to expect from this author.
Highly recommended for fans of Stephen Hunt's works and for all those
who love fast-paced tales of fantasy, adventure, and great story
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As the other reader who has rated this a one star, I found this very difficult and confusing to get into. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2012 by Shamanic Soul
I feel I must write a few words because I disagree so completely with the other reviews I've seen here. Read morePublished on 13 May 2012 by Amazon Customer
Very happy to read this installment in Stephen Hunt's world, and it did not disappoint! I wish the cover art was the same concept as the earlier books, but that's another story. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2011 by Guitarstruck
You have to admire Mr Hunt's ability to turn out these consistently strong, engrossing fantasy adventures. Read morePublished on 13 May 2011 by J. Beavis
Good yarn in keeping with the author's previous boks. Some old characters re-surface but in a different part of the world so gives a new perspective on things. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2010 by Matthew
With the release of Secrets of the Fire Sea, Stephen Hunt once again proves his talent. Like the previous three books in the series this one examines his intricately created world... Read morePublished on 8 April 2010 by Simon Cunningham
As a fan of Stephen's writing since he won his WH Smiths competition, its always been a pleasure to see what he comes up with next. Read morePublished on 5 April 2010 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
The Jackelian fantasy novels are the best fantasy series I have ever read - non stop action since Court of the Air
I am not the most prolific of review writers, but... Read more