Kingdom Beyond the Waves

Kingdom Beyond the Waves

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by Stephen Hunt
     
 

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Professor Amelia Harsh is obsessed with finding the lost civilization of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to have conquered hunger, war, and disease with the creation of the perfect pacifist society. Without official funding, Amelia is forced to accept an offer of patronage from Abraham Quest, the man she blames for her father’s

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Professor Amelia Harsh is obsessed with finding the lost civilization of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to have conquered hunger, war, and disease with the creation of the perfect pacifist society. Without official funding, Amelia is forced to accept an offer of patronage from Abraham Quest, the man she blames for her father’s bankruptcy and suicide. She hates him, but he has something that Amelia desperately wants--evidence that proves that Camlantis existed and that the Camlantean ruins are buried under one of the sea-like lakes that dot the murderous jungles of Liongeli.

Amelia will blackmail her old friend Commodore Black into ferrying her along a huge river on his ancient U-boat. With an untrusty crew of freed convicts, Quest’s force of fearsome female mercenaries on board, and a lunatic steamman acting as their guide, Amelia’s luck seems to be going from bad to worse. Her quest for the perfect society has a good chance of bringing her own world to the brink of destruction…

The Kingdom Beyond The Waves is Stephen Hunt’s third novel, set in the same universe as The Court of the Air. Amelia Harsh is a female Indiana Jones if there ever was one, and this novel is a rollicking steampunk adventure that will hook readers for one dynamite ride.

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Publishers Weekly

A delightful, thrill-packed adventure set in the world of 2008's Court of the Air, this charming steam-pulp yarn chronicles the journey of archeologist Amelia Harsh as she searches for the fabled kingdom of Camlantis. Bad-boy tycoon Abraham Quest finances the journey; does he merely want to test his new airships, or is something more devious going on? Amelia is joined by Commodore Black and his crew, who have escaped a horrifying underwater debtor's prison, as well as Amazon-like warrior Veryann, but even they may be no match for sabotage, fierce native attacks (spurred by the actions of the expedition's lunatic steamman guide, Ironshanks), furious thunder lizards and forced service to the insectile Daggish. Wildly imaginative and compelling, Amelia's journey plays out against a backdrop of civil war and failed rebellion, layered and complex treachery and love in surprising corners. (Aug.)

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Library Journal
Professor Amelia Harsh sets out on a dangerous journey to find the lost city of Camlantis, though she must accept help from the man who bankrupted her father and probably caused his suicide. As she navigates the mysterious Shedarkshe River through the dangerous jungles of Liongeli, Harsh uncovers secrets that could bring her crew—and her world—to the edge of destruction. Set in the same alternative Victorian steampunk world as The Court of the Air, Hunt's latest novel combines a Dickensian atmosphere with shades of Indiana Jones. VERDICT Featuring a strong-willed adventuress with a broken past, this alternate historical fantasy will appeal to steampunk fans.
Kirkus Reviews
Another doorstopper steampunk fantasy set in the furiously overcrowded and hard-to-fathom universe of The Court of the Air (2008). Obsessed with finding and exploring the lost city of Camlantis, believed to be sailing high in the atmosphere beyond the ability of Jackals' aerial navy to penetrate, archaeology professor Amelia Harsh forms an alliance with superrich businessman Abraham Quest. Clues to Camlantis' lost superscience and current whereabouts may be found at the bottom of a crater lake in tropical Liongeli, whose lifeforms have evolved into an entity known as the Greenmesh. Lacking access to an airship-paranoid Jackals jealously guards its government monopoly-Abraham has refurbished an antique submarine and provided a squad of hulking female marines; Amelia persuades Commodore Black to command a crew of criminals and slavers, with an insane steam-man to navigate. But wait, there's more: the ominously lurking Court of the Air, Jackals' hostile neighbor Quatershift (think French revolution), craynarbians (humanoid lobsters), lashlites (humanoid birds), not to mention an entire subplot involving the shapeshifting aristocratic refugee Furnace-Breath Nick and his outcast lashlite sidekick Septimoth. Vividly and vigorously narrated, with splashes of humor. But in a universe where anything can happen, it's rarely possible to care when something does.
From the Publisher

“Hunt has packed the story full of intriguing gimmicks...the 'steammen' and their refreshingly tender machine culture are affecting and original.” —Publishers Weekly on The Court of the Air

“A curious part-future blend of aerostats, mechanical computers, psychic powers, self-willed steam-power robots, Elder gods, talking superweapons and more...Harry Potter mugs H.P. Lovecraft and L. Ron Hubbard explains it all.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Court of the Air

“An ultra supersonic speed Dickens fantasy thriller...” —SFRevu on The Court of the Air

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007232215
Publisher:
Harper Voyager
Publication date:
09/28/2008

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Meet the Author

In addition to being a novelist, Stephen Hunt is the founder of www.SFcrowsnest.com, one of the oldest and most popular fan-run science fiction and fantasy websites, with over a quarter of a million readers each month. Born in Canada, the author presently lives in London, and spends time in Spain with his family each year.

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The Kingdom Beyond the Waves 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
orbitalfinch More than 1 year ago
There were interesting new concepts and details revealed about Jackels in this book, but it wasn't as gripping as say Court of the Air for me.
Joel_M More than 1 year ago
Hunt's sequel to "The Court of the Air" surpasses his first effort. He keeps the complexity of his steampunk world and dials down the supernatural elements to make this a much more enjoyable Indiana Jones-esque adventure with some nice geopolitical side-stories going on. A great page-turner.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Tycoon Abraham Quest agrees to fund obsessed archeologist Saint Vines College Professor Amelia Harsh's search for the legendary lost city-state of Camlantis; her theory is that the pre-history kingdom floats somewhere in the air beyond the range of Jackal air navy. Following the official rejection of her funding from the school and others, Amelia is galled having to ask and depend on odious Abraham for her quest as he is the mogul who destroyed her father leading to his suicide. To achieve the objective, Quest converts a submarine, which angers the Jackals who want to be the sole flying act. He also employs Amazonian warriors to guard his interests while Harsh persuades Commodore Black and his crew to navigate the potentially lethal water and air from deadly denizens. Not only is there danger around every breeze and wave, the Quatershift plan to sabotage the mission. The sequel to the COURT OF THE AIR is a terrific lively fantasy starring a beleaguered heroine who wonders whether her obsession is worth the cost of dealing with a man she loathes and once she decides that whether its merits the dangerous escapades. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action on land, air and sea. However, it is the cast who makes THE KINGDOM BEYOND THE WAVES a fun read as the diverse crew of the Quest is always one minor incidence from internal brawling with all bets on the Amazons. Harriet Klausner