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Secrets of the Fire Sea Paperback – 28 April 2011
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- Publisher : Voyager - GB (28 April 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 560 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007289669
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007289660
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
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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
About the Author
Stephen Hunt set up one of the first science fiction and fantasy web sites, www.SFcrowsnest.com, in 1994, the same year Netscape was launched as a graphical web browser. Today Stephen Hunt's SFcrowsnest.com ™ has 700,000 readers a month.
Originally set up to help promote Hunt's fiction, the site has expanded into an online magazine featuring SFF book and movie reviews, editorials, fiction, articles and news. Contributors include authors such as Ken Macleod and Stephen Baxter, as well as hundreds of science fiction and fantasy fans around the world.
Stephen Hunt lives in Surrey with his wife and children.
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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!