Secrets of the Fire Sea

Secrets of the Fire Sea

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by Stephen Hunt
     
 

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The isolated island of Jago is the only home Hannah Conquest has ever known. But her carefree existence comes to an abrupt halt when her guardian, Archbishop Alice Grey, is brutally murdered. Someone desperately wants to suppress a secret kept by the archbishop, and if the attempts on Hannah's own life are any indication, the killer believes that Alice passed the

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The isolated island of Jago is the only home Hannah Conquest has ever known. But her carefree existence comes to an abrupt halt when her guardian, Archbishop Alice Grey, is brutally murdered. Someone desperately wants to suppress a secret kept by the archbishop, and if the attempts on Hannah's own life are any indication, the killer believes that Alice passed the knowledge to her ward before her head was separated from her neck.

Meanwhile, a deadly power struggle is brewing on Jago. And as Hannah digs deeper into the mystery Alice left behind, assisted by two rather different detectives, she must race to unravel a chain of ancient riddles in order to save not just her own life, but her island home itself!

Secrets of the Fire Sea is a rollicking tale of high adventure and derring-do set in Stephen Hunt's Victorian-style clockwork world filled with steammen and aliens, fantastical creatures and dastardly villains…and some remarkable heroes that steampunk fans will cheer for.

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“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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765366115
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
02/26/2013
Series:
Jackelian World Series , #4
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
439
Sales rank:
727,960
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.30(d)

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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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