Oliver Brooks has led a sheltered existence in the backwater home of his merchant uncle. But when he is framed for his only relative's murder he is forced to flee for his life, accompanied by an agent of the mysterious Court of the Air. Chased across the country, Oliver finds himself in the company of thieves, outlaws and spies, and gradually learns more about the secret that has blighted his life. Soon Molly and Oliver will find themselves battling a grave threat to civilization, an ancient power thought to have been quelled millennia ago.
Their enemies are ruthless and myriad, but the two orphans are also aided by indomitable friends in this endlessly inventive tale full of drama, intrigue, and adventure.
The Court of the Airis a rollicking adventure set in a fantastical Dickensian clockwork universe that will appeal to fans of Susanna Clarke and Philip Pullman. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Lovecraft and L. Ron Hubbard explains it all. Harry Potter mugs H. Show More Show Less.
Any Condition Any Condition. See all 9. Compare similar products. Q: Interesting. Of the new characters, who were your favorites? Stephen: I think that would have to be Cornelius and Septimoth. After all, a clockwork cyborg vigilante and his half-lizard man sidekick, escaped from a foreign concentration camp and both functioning only for revenge.
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What's not to like? Also, could you give us an update on the next Jackelian adventures? An infinitely expandable world where you paint great multi-coloured panoramas of adventure and squeeze just about any story, people or narrative into a coherent nearly-believable whole. It's one of the reasons why I've avoided that old fantasy trope, 'the map', at the start of the book.
As soon as you fix your world in size, you diminish it. I've handed in my third Jackelian world book and just received it back with minor edits from HarperCollins for me to clean up. There's no title agreed yet, but it features the invasion of the Kingdom of Jackals from the north by a mysterious enemy called the Army of Shadows , who everyone mistakes at first for a very successful bunch of polar barbarians.
If there's a deeper message than just a stonking good adventure story to the book, it's asking the question, how much can we consume before we harm our world and ourselves? That bloke what tried to become US President last time around did some slides on it, or something.
Molly and Oliver are back in this novel, along with most of the original crew that survived the first book! I'm currently working on book four, too, about a fifth of the book in. It's a murder mystery set on the volcanic island of Jago , slap-bang in the middle of the Fire Sea. Jago is an underground civilization that used flash steam-powered systems to survive the ice age, having been colonised by Jackelian refugees from the continent about a thousand years prior.
They still have a form of electricity working, and their transaction engine rooms computers are valve-based, so are orders of power above the steam-powered ones back in the kingdom. They're a dying society, though Now the rest of the world has returned back to springtime, they've been suffering population fall from emigration for centuries. Once Jago was the last shining light of civilization, now they're a faded, sad nation, running to ruin. Book five is a war story between the Kingdom of Jackals and their neighbours to the south, Cassarabia.
It's been brewing over the last few books and it's time to sort out who's top dog. There should be some good airship-on-airship action in this one, let me tell you! Fans of Hornblower and the like should be very pleased. Book six is a tale of intrigue which will feature the native Jackelian secret service, a rather dowdy, cheap, dirty-fighting organisation which has long laboured in the shadows of the far more glamorous Court of the Air. Unfortunately, they find themselves having to save Jackals with only their wits and a very poorly funded pension scheme backing their efforts.
All six novels are self-contained, and the one common character who will appear in all of them is Commodore Black. They really understand the SFF market and - in the argot of the US military - Tor seems to have established full-spectrum dominance over the theatre of operations out there in the home market for my chosen genre. I've had nothing but badgering for the last twelve months from US readers unhappy they haven't been able to buy the book locally.
Now's their chance! What kind of experience was that and did anything come out of it? Stephen: I'm sworn to secrecy on this one. Suffice it to say that Hollywood moves at its own pace and on its own terms, and there's many a slip twix a cup and a lip on the journey. Even being optioned by a Spielberg , Lucas or a Jackson doesn't mean a whole lot until the popcorn is actually being served and the unfeasibly tall bloke annoyingly plonks himself down in front of your seat. It was very flattering to be the only fantasy novel pitched to the great and the good at the world's largest film festival, though.
Sean Connery would make a very good king of Jackals. Sean , you listening? Come to think of it, how about Harrison Ford as Harry Stave? What are your thoughts on the subject? Stephen: Ah, Richard , Richard , we feel your pain. It's an interesting, intelligent piece and Richard makes some valid points, plus I think many a professional SFF author will privately wince and, in our dark times, understand exactly how he feels.
I suspect part of his muscularity of feeling comes from arriving late to the fan with a capital 'F' party, though. The fandom he describes and is reacting against has been acting pretty much exactly as described since the s.
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F ans come up and agree with you by disagreeing with you, it's like shaking hands and slapping backs. Weyland has been at war. Invaded by a technologically advanced enemy, the cities sacked, and what fragile peace remained torn apart by a civil war. All anyone should want is a return to peace. But Jacob Carneham still wants his revenge; and if he can lure the invaders into the mountain he can have it. He can kill them all.
If he does, there may never be peace again. The northern horse lords are planning an attack. A future Empress is fighting to save her daughter.
here And behind it all is a greater struggle, which may spell the end for them all. Epic fantasy adventures set in a far-future Earth where society has just emerged from an ice age, clinging onto a Victorian level of technology. The world is littered with the ruins and relics of what has gone before, and mankind shares their kingdoms with genetically mutated humans, imported alien species and a wise race of self-evolving robots, the steammen.
The Kingdom of Jackelia the UK as it was is beset on all sides by its enemies, domestic and foreign. Captain Lana Fiveworlds has a hell of a lot of problems.