on 4 March 2012
Well 5 books on from 'Court of the Air' I am still coming back for more!
Call it new weird, call it Steampunk and call it entertainment at the outer limits!
Creatures from the deep, another war, vampires, U-boats, spies, imposters and police men. Jethro Daunt and his metalic protector Boxiron make a very welcome return here and find themselves entangled in all the above and so much more. Our old mate Blacky is pulled out of his sick bed for one more outing and of course curses his luck throughout every minute of it!
Hunt gives us his usual franetic, action packed thriller with also as usual a hatful of twists in the plot. Maybe I occassionally would like him to slim down the number of extras on set and let us dwell more on some of the colour characters but he does like a big finish and he does it so well!
In summary this book is architypal Hunt doing what he does probably better than anyone else in this genre right now. If you have enjoyed his other works you should find much to enjoy here.
If you love the hiss of steam, the turning of cogs and the worlds of imagination that stemmed from the likes of Verne, then you really have to read Stephen Hunt's tales that take you from the land to the sea and beneath. Full of quirky twists, dark deeds and political machinations, this tale is one of high adventure and explored dangers as ancient worlds collide with modern threats as threads previously lost to history are revealed.
All in a story that captures the reader firmly in its steam-powered hand, keeping you glued to the last page as history is made, throw into the mix the wonderful inventiveness of Stephen Hunt that first came to light in the Crown and the Dragon and all in, a great time is had by all.