Monday, 9 March 2009

Rise of the Iron Moon

A visit to one of the omnipresent book stores over the weekend enabled a new (for me) authorial discovery.

As many will know, the past few years have seen a rise in the number of steampunk novels as the social consciousness of SP increases. Not only have older, established, authors such as Thomas Pynchon leapt onto the rumbling horseless carriage as it steams onwards, but newer authors have been breaking onto the scene, such as Toby Smith and his phenomenal Space Captain Smith series.

Stephen Hunt hit the scene with For the Crown and the Dragon back in 1994, but he is back with a new series of novels, set, according to the publishers, in a "Victorian-style world", in a typical manner designed to appeal to a mass a market as possible (the blurb also includes references to Charles Dickens) without alienating anyone by referring to this new series as 'steampunk'. However....

The new series kicks off with The Court of the Air (2007), followed by The Kingdom Beyond the Waves (2008), and now The Rise of the Iron Moon (2009). I am currently sourcing the first of the series, but am ensconced in the second, whereby Prof Amelia Harsh "is obsessed with finding the lost civilisation of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to have conquered hunger, war and disease". The first in the series tells the tale of two orphans, a murder, and the shadowy Court of the Air of the title; the third in the series relates the prelude to war against an army of near-unkillable beasts serving an ancient evil with a terrible secret, with the only hope being a strange little royalist girl and the last, desperate plan of an escaped slave...

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the SP book reviews. I'm always looking for good Steampunk reads.