Secrets of the Fire Sea

Secrets of the Fire Sea

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by Stephen Hunt

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A tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style world as the acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Rise of the Iron Moon.See more details below


A tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style world as the acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Rise of the Iron Moon.

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Praise for The Rise of the Iron Moon
Guardian (UK)

Compulsive reading for all ages.
Daily Mail (UK)

All manner of bizarre and fantastical extravagance.
Library Journal
Meet Jethro Daunt, the Circlist priest with an amazing talent for deductive reasoning who was defrocked because he hears the old gods. His companion is Boxiron, the head of a Steamman Knight inexpertly attached to an inferior human-made machine body. Recognizing his skills, if not his sanctity, the Inquisition of the Circlist Church offers a mission to Jethro. It will take him to the fiery isle of Jago, where Hannah Conquest, math prodigy and ward of the church, is dealing with danger and a mystery of her own. VERDICT Steampunk and horror fans will enjoy the omnipresent sense of danger and horror in Hunt's (The Rise of the Iron Moon) latest adventure, from the corrupting domain of the valvemen to the creepy hellish setting of the isle of Jago. The book can be read as a stand-alone, as it shares a Victorian clockwork world and some characters but not events with the other books in the author's series.—April Steenburgh, George F. Johnson Memorial Lib., Endwell, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Another entry in Hunt's steampunk/what-all series (The Rise of the Iron Moon, 2011, etc.). Ice-covered and only marginally habitable, surrounded by a magma sea, the island continent of Jago is the only place where electricity works. Emigration is forbidden and most of Jago's underground cities are abandoned. When young Hannah Conquest, a Jackelian by birth, was orphaned, Archbishop Alice Gray of the Circlist Church—another Jackelian exile—took her as a ward. But even Alice is helpless when the Guild of Valvemen's evil leader, Vardan Flail, conscripts Hannah. Despite their skill with electricity and computing, valvemen rapidly develop hideous deformities due to radiation. Worse, when Alice is brutally and mysteriously murdered in her own cathedral, somebody also tries to kill Hannah, evidently in an attempt to suppress a secret kept by the archbishop and presumably passed to Hannah. Perhaps the death of Hannah's archaeologist parents shortly after her birth was not accidental. Meanwhile, in the Kingdom of Jackals, Jethro Daunt, a defrocked Circlist parson turned private investigator, and his sidekick, a sentient-robot steamman named Boxiron, accepts the Circlist Inquisition's request (read demand) to investigate the murder of the archbishop. This relatively sedate beginning swiftly accelerates into typically frenzied action and mind-boggling invention involving duels, gods, assassinations, battles, intrigue, cryptography and dangerous secrets: Hunt sets no limits on anything, which is both the attraction and the problem. A slow-starting murder mystery that rapidly turns hyper-complicated and explosive, though for many readers the series remains very much an acquired taste.

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