The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City
  • The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City
  • The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City

The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City

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by Jared Axelrod, Steve Walker

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An exciting new steampunk fantasy adventure in graphic novel form.See more details below


An exciting new steampunk fantasy adventure in graphic novel form.

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Publishers Weekly
In the afterword, Axelrod and Walker compare the world they’ve created to that of the legendary Transmetropolitan series. It’s a reasonable comparison as both are driven in part by their surrounding cities and focus on a crusading journalist. In the case of this graphic novel, the city is Amperstam, the only flying city in a world of da Vinci–like airships. The journalist is Ashe, a young reporter from the streets whose insistence on uncovering uncomfortable truths is the bane of the city’s leader, the Provost, especially when she discovers a terrible secret about Amperstam that could bring the entire city literally crashing to the ground. Axelrod and Walker take a “drop everybody in the pool and see who swims” approach to introducing the book, hurling a slew of names, places, and acts of political intrigue at the reader. If you can get past this opening section, the book becomes a fun adventure, but things work out all too easily for the main character, making it difficult to feel any real sense of danger or stakes as Ashe digs deeper into the Provost’s secrets. As the first in a series about Amperstam, it’s an adequate setup, however. (May)
VOYA - Rebecca O'Neil
Ashe has grown up as a clouddog—a street kid on the flying city of Amperstam. She writes and publishes an underground, hand-printed broadsheet, The Lurker's Guide, an unflinchingly honest look at city life that is not appreciated by the government. With the help of her pilot friend, Tolban, she spies, flirts, and fistfights in pursuit of a good scoop. When she unwittingly stumbles across the biggest story of her life—the gruesome secret of what makes the city fly—she must weigh the dangers of revealing her discovery or allowing the citizens to continue to live in ignorance. This steampunk adventure graphic novel from Axelrod ( and Walker (artwork in The Sons of Liberty graphic novels) is preceded by podcasts featuring the same world and characters. Unfamiliarity with the podcasts may explain some of the confusing transitions, scene changes, and unexplained details in the graphic novel, but on the whole, it stands alone fairly well. The fantastical setting could be better appreciated in full color (the Amulet and Bone series have spoiled readers in this department), but Walker's art features a crisp black line and a good eye for detail, especially in the wonderfully anachronistic costumes of the characters. Teens who enjoyed the Hales's Rapunzel's Revenge (Bloomsbury, 2008/Voya October 2008) and Daisy Kutter: The Last Train (Viper, 2005/Voya December 2005) will appreciate the wry, humorous script, imaginative setting, and impetuous heroine, especially if they love steampunk but are not quite ready for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill. Reviewer: Rebecca O'Neil
From the Publisher
“Axelrod and Walker use rich visual details of luxury and the street life to underscore just how divided the city really is. With a spunky, headstrong female lead and an abundance of steampunk touches—airships, ray guns, and printing presses—this original graphic novel hits all the right buttons...or should we say levers?”


The Battle of Blood and Ink is a great read. Engaging heroine, sinister adversary, mysterious sky captain, intriguing world, fascinating setting—all taking flight in the first dozen pages. I very much want to see what happens next and where the story leads, not just for this volume but many more to come. Bravo, Axelrod and Walker!”

—Chris Claremont, award-winning writer of Uncanny X-Men

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Tom Doherty Associates
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Edition description:
First Edition
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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