Jack Cloudie

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Overview

Jack Cloudie is a tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style steampunk world as Stephen Hunt's acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Secrets of the Fire Sea.

 

Thanks to his father's gambling debts, young Jack Keats finds himself on the streets and trying to survive as a pickpocket. Following a daring bank robbery gone badly awry, Jack narrowly escapes the scaffold, only to be pressed into the Royal Aerostatical Navy. Assigned to ...

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Overview

Jack Cloudie is a tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style steampunk world as Stephen Hunt's acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Secrets of the Fire Sea.

 

Thanks to his father's gambling debts, young Jack Keats finds himself on the streets and trying to survive as a pickpocket. Following a daring bank robbery gone badly awry, Jack narrowly escapes the scaffold, only to be pressed into the Royal Aerostatical Navy. Assigned to the most useless airship in the fleet, serving under a captain who is most probably mad, Jack seems to be bound for almost certain death in the faraway deserts of Cassarabia.

 

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the slave Omar ibn Barir finds his life turned upside down when his master's religious sect is banned. Unexpectedly freed, he joins the Caliph's military forces—just as war is brewing.

 

Two very similar young men prepare to face each other across a field of battle. But is Omar the enemy, or is Jack's true nemesis the sickness at the heart of the Caliph's court?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the swashbuckling fifth steampunk-inspired fantasy in Hunt’s Jackelian series (after Secrets of the Fire Sea), Jack Keats is caught red-handed trying to break into Lords Bank. He faces death at the hands of the Jackelian middle-court until he is saved by the might of the Royal Aerostatical Navy—which just means he’ll be cannon fodder in the ongoing war against the Cassarabian infidels. Jack becomes a transaction engine operator on the Iron Partridge, the RAN’s ramshackle, unloved prototype aerostat. Getting the ship to fly is the first order of business for a crew made up of misfits, convicts, and drunkards, and their mission, to penetrate hostile territory to spy on the Cassarabians new airships, is so risky as to be suicidal. Hunt combines elements of fantasy, genetic manipulation, and a large dash of Patrick O’Brien to form a wonderfully satisfying tale of adventure. Agent: John Jarrold. (Aug.)
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For The Rise of the Iron Moon

“A roller coaster of an adventure… A dash of earth magic and a dose of environmental angst make this an enjoyable ride.”

Publishers Weekly

 

“A swaggering, eye-filling, brain-swizzling extravaganza!”

Kirkus Reviews 

 

 “Compulsive reading for all ages.”

The Guardian (UK)

 

“All manner of bizarre and fantastical extravagance.”

Daily Mail (UK)

Kirkus Reviews
A steampunk-inspired adventure follows two men whose circumstances lead them to face each other on a fantasy airship battlefield. Jack Keats and Omar Ibn Barir are both trapped by circumstances into fighting their nations' wars, but that's where the similarities end. Jack's Dickensian city-world has turned him to a life of crime to keep his brothers, Saul and Alan, from the poorhouse. After a burglary gone wrong, Jack ends up on the wrong side of the law and finds himself unceremoniously drafted as the latest member of the Royal Aerostatical Navy. While Jack's stuck on the Iron Partridge, an airship with a mad captain and a crew that would just as soon see him dead as alive, Omar is stuck in the Cassarabian desert as a slave, pining for his childhood friend and neighbor Shadisa. In the desert, where the womb mages can turn a girl into a taproot for disobedience, Omar has all but accepted his servitude when his circumstances change as dramatically as Jack's and he is granted freedom. Like all good things, Omar's freedom comes at a price, and his is that the religious sect of the master he formerly served makes him the persona non grata of the nation. Though he's freed himself, Omar is in danger and must flee. But where can the former slave go without having his past ties discovered? Circumstances place him in the caliph's military forces in time to be pitted against Jack on the battlefield, imperiling Omar's plan to find and save Shadisa. The bedrock elements of the warring worlds, especially their fantasy capabilities and limitations, are as hard to remember as the rules of Dungeons and Dragons, though fans of Hunt (The Secrets of the Fire Sea, 2012, etc.) will be thrilled by the piquant minor details.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765333209
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/20/2013
  • Series: Jackelian World Series , #5
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 797,238
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Cloudie is STEPHEN HUNT’s fifth novel set in his fantastical steampunk universe. In addition to being a novelist, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Delightful adventure in a world that is glaringly different and

    Delightful adventure in a world that is glaringly different and yet hauntingly familiar - Victorian retro-fiction mixed with a liberal dose of Dr. Frankenstein! The pace is fast and captivating; a real page-turner. One of a number of books Mr. Stephen Hunt has written about the "Jackelian" world, it was a delightful discovery and put me on the hunt for his other works. Highly recommend this for all those with a cog or two in the Steampunk counter-culture

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Scarlet

    She gives a sigh and closes her eyes to rest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Sunstar

    Yes you may be deputy.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Fernfang

    " deputy."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Sunstr

    Sarts over to Scarlet. One moment Featherpool. She gently places marigold and cobwebs on the wound. The she gives the shecat poppy seeds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    To all

    Can i be a wizard and call my self bewitched but for short witch. Miles and my appentice can be one trick but short trick

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2013

    Mintcloud's past CHAPTER ONE

    Mintkit opened her eyes for the first time. "Finally!" Her brother Vinekit said. Her sister Silverkit snorted. "Please. You were one of the last to open yours" Mintkit looked around. Her sisters Ashkit, Silverkit, and Everkit were sitting next to her. Vinekit and Fogkit, her brothers, were by Kindheart, their mother. "Let's explore!" Vinekit yelled. The kits rushed outside and knocked into Clawstrike. "Whoa, there! Can't your father see your mother in peace?" "Sorry." Fogkit mumbled. The kits ran on. Silverkit was staring at a tall branch. A golden shecat was perched ontop of it. She was announcing something. "-we must prepare for the attack." Dandilionstar was saying. "What?!" Silverkit shrieked. Kindheart rushed the kits into the nursery. "Stay here." She whispered. Her and Clawstrike left the den to guard. There was a sound of thundering paws. Mintkit peeked out of the nursery. "Finchstar." Dandilionstar snarled. "Hello, Dandilionstar." Finchstar said. "Our camp just burned down. May we stay here and join Nightclan and Cloudclan as one into Dreamclan?" Only then did Mintkit notice all the cats coughing and covered with ash. "Alright." Dandilionstar said. "But make one move-" "we know." Finchstar said. "How about there will be two leaders and two deputies?" She asked. "Okay." Dandilionstar meowed. •••••••• ONE MOON LATER••••••• Mintkit and Ashkit sat at the edge of the nursery. Vinekit and Fogkit started to dispise Mintkit, Everkit was spending more time with Starpool, the medicine cat, and Silverkit with Adderpaw. Ashkit seemed to be the only one who cared about Mintkit. Even Kindheart and Clawstrike were giving her looks. One day, Dandilionstar and Finchstar made an announcement that changed Mintkit's life forever... AUTHOR'S NOTE: sorry that it was slow. I'll try to be better next chapter. Thank's so much for reading! Also, check out Shatteredleaf's Destiny at 'black clouds'. It's not mine but I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Kenan

    Walked in wearing a red shirt and dark jeans. He had on black converse and his hair was spiked in the front.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Natile

    I gtgtb . C u tomorrow here

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Fiasco

    Busy gtg bbt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Icetail

    Nvm. I saw it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Bloodclaw

    Slices emberfangs head open

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2013

    Celestialstar and ShatteredDiamonds

    Zzzzzzzzzzzz..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Cloudkit

    She lays down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2012

    Hazelstar us vack

    Im a
    Sorry i was gone asong a i was- Hazelstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Darkshade

    Haha and steals anpther kit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Loudclaw

    I see. All it is is ur voting on a leader. Flamepelt or Morningsky.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Shadowclaw

    We can go to sky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    Leafclaw

    As deputy i suggedt ladder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Melodysong

    *padded in slowly* hello?

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