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Secrets of the Fire Sea Mass Market Paperback – 26 February 2013
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- Publisher : Tor Books; Reissue edition (26 February 2013)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 439 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765366118
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765366115
- Dimensions : 10.67 x 3.37 x 17.35 cm
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Praise for "The Rise of the Iron Moon"
Mind-boggling invention ... explosive. "Kirkus Reviews"
Steampunk and horror fans will enjoy the omnipresent sense of danger and horror in Hunt's ... latest adventure. "Library Journal"
A roller coaster of an adventure A dash of earth magic and a dose of environmental angst make this an enjoyable ride. "Publishers Weekly on The Rise of the Iron Moon"
A swaggering, eye-filling, brain-swizzling extravaganza! "Kirkus Reviews on The Rise of the Iron Moon"
Compulsive reading for all ages. "Guardian (UK) on The Rise of the Iron Moon"
All manner of bizarre and fantastical extravagance. "Daily Mail (UK) on The Rise of the Iron Moon""
"Mind-boggling invention ... explosive." --Kirkus Reviews
"Steampunk and horror fans will enjoy the omnipresent sense of danger and horror in Hunt's ... latest adventure." --Library Journal
"A roller coaster of an adventure... A dash of earth magic and a dose of environmental angst make this an enjoyable ride." --Publishers Weekly on The Rise of the Iron Moon
"A swaggering, eye-filling, brain-swizzling extravaganza!" --Kirkus Reviews on The Rise of the Iron Moon
"Compulsive reading for all ages." --Guardian (UK) on The Rise of the Iron Moon
"All manner of bizarre and fantastical extravagance." --Daily Mail (UK) on The Rise of the Iron Moon
About the Author
Secrets of the Fire Sea is Stephen Hunt's fourth novel set in his fantastical steampunk universe. In addition to being a novelist, Stephen Hunt has worked as a writer, editor, and publisher for a number of magazines and national newspaper groups in the UK, and is currently employed on an artificial intelligence project. He is the founder of www.SFcrowsnest.com. Born in Canada, the author presently lives in London and spends part of the year with his family in Spain.
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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!