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Secrets of the Fire Sea Kindle Edition
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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
A secret grave enough to kill for…
The isolated island of Jago, encircled by the magma ocean of the Fire Sea, faces an uncertain future as its inhabitants emigrate to greener climes, leaving the basalt plains and raging steam storms far behind them…
Jago is the only home Hannah Conquest has ever known. But her carefree existence comes to an abrupt halt when her guardian, Archbishop Alice Grey, is brutally murdered.
Someone desperately wants to suppress a secret kept by the archbishop, and if the attempts on Hannah's own life are any indication, the killer believes that Alice passed the knowledge of it onto her ward before her head was separated from her neck.
But it soon becomes clear that there is more at stake than the life of one orphan, for a deadly power struggle is brewing on Jago. And it's beginning to look as if the deaths of Hannah's archaeologist parents shortly after her birth were very far from accidental either.
As she digs deeper into the mystery, assisted by two rather different detectives, Hannah must race to unravel a chain of ancient riddles in order to save not just her own life, but her island home itself…--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B003ATPQ3O
- Publisher : HarperVoyager (4 February 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 887 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 449 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 543,548 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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...)
This book is pretty much standalone, though my favourite character from the earlier books, the swaggering, self-pitying submariner Commodore Black, reappears (nobody else puts in more than a brief appearance). To get the flavour of Hunt's fantastic world, you might be best reading "The Court of the Air" first, but it's not really necessary.
What else? We get appearances by the god known as Badger-Headed Joseph and learn a lot about the Circlist church which had featured before - it turns out to be a rather dour, rationalist sect that wages an endless struggle against faith.
Now eagerly awaiting Jack Cloudie .
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!