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The Court of the Air

de Stephen Hunt

Sèrie: Jackelian (1)

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A hugely engaging adventure set in a Victorian-style world - a fantastical version of Dickens - that will appeal to fans of Susanna Clarke and Philip Pullman. Two orphans are more than they seem. And one megalomaniac will stop at nothing to find them... When Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has just been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to return to the poorhouse where she grew up. But there she finds her fellow orphans butchered, and it slowly dawns on her that she was in fact the real target of the attack. For Molly carries a secret deep in her blood, a secret that marks her out for destruction by enemies of the state. Soon Molly will find herself battling a grave threat to civilization which draws on an ancient power thought to have been quelled millennia ago. Oliver Brooks has led a sheltered life in the home of his merchant uncle. But when he is framed for his only relative's murder he is forced to flee for his life. He is accompanied by Harry Stave, an agent of the Court of the Air - a shadowy organization independent of the government that acts as the final judiciary of the land, ensuring that order prevails. 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, but which may also offer him the power to avert the coming catastrophe. Their enemies are ruthless and myriad, but Molly and Oliver are joined by indomitable friends in this endlessly inventive tale full of drama, intrigue and adventure.… (més)
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this book had some really interesting parts but oh shit, the collection of those parts was sort of a trainwreck. if this book had actually been three books, with decent pacing and occasional exposition, i would've loved it like crazy. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
I wanted to like this book, I really did, but ultimately I kept putting it down and even thought about giving up altogether. Some great ideas, but I found that changing the name of just about everything to make it seem otherworldly didnt work for me. Either set it in familiar territory with some minor tweeks, or invent a new world. This fell between the stools and I found myself too many times having to remember who people were (as many are referred to by several names). I will certainly read reviews of teh second book before starting it, if ever. ( )
  CliveUK | Sep 20, 2020 |
Call it two and a half stars, rounded up because I did actually finish the thing. But the final half to a third was a real slog, a number of elements of simmering discomfit coming to the boil and sadly eclipsing the good aspects of the creativity.

There was a lot of creativity. It was wild and free and heedless, which was occasionally exhilirating, but overall rather incoherent. I found myself growing quite discontent with an English setting that had simply had new names and faint tweaks plastered over its inherent Englishness. (Four-poles? Really? Why not just call it cricket?) When you add in the Tibetan steammen and the communist Aztec villains (is that even a spoiler?) it started to sour the creativity somewhat, making it look less like a breathtaking original drawing and more like a gleeful scrapbooking of the colourful parts of human history.

Plus there were all the wonderful elements that I was disappointed not to see more of (especially because instead we got pages of lurid horror-esque detail of Frankenstein and heart-eating). Lady Riddle! I mean... Lady Riddle. And it's called the Court of the Air, and we really only spend thirty seconds with them until they come winging out of the sky like Tolkien's fucking eagles (that one probably is really a spoiler).

But probably the shark-jump for me was the zany development of our heroes, and their Destinies (capital definitely necessary). Oliver, in particular, I had immense difficulty following with any sort of investment once he got seriously armed and started pulling answers on his heritage and the situation out of thin air. I don't feel like he earned or learned the powers that he became invested with, and to me the foundation of spec fic has to be the cost of advancement. (Molly, on the other hand, was much more balanced.)

A big final problem for me was the style. There was an almost books-for-children simplicity about the storytelling, in the general omniscience of the narration and particularly in the repetitiveness of the prose (if I read "the disreputable Stave" one more time I was going to actually scream). However, the story itself was bloodthirsty and violent and horrible beyond even what I gleefully recognise kids adore - throat slittings and neck breakings and heart carving-outs and all. The simplicity of the style seemed to sit in between me and genuinely feeling these things, but the depth of the horror to which the story descends really eviscerated the whimsy. I found myself without any clear idea of why I was reading this, or how on earth I was supposed to enjoy it, and that was what made the final half of it extremely little fun. ( )
1 vota cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
Very cool world building and a red-haired heroine (take that as you like).

Not what I was expecting... I wasn't disappointed, exactly, but if I'd known, I'd have waited for the paperback.
( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
I liked much of this book, but there were definitely a few detractions.

1.) Steam-punk to the face: magic, machines, outlaws, "Carlist" Marxists, faiery/"fey" powers, other dimensions, Chtuluian old gods, orphans **huge inhale**, pirates, mutants, and ice age, underground cities... It does all sort of hang together, but it is like a fire-hose of tropes to the face.

2.) Characters do seem thin. Partially this is because of #1: one of the main characters is an orphan girl... who seems a lot like a generic, spunky orphan heroine. And partially this is because there isn't a lot of time left, even in nearly 600 pages, to flesh out all 20-ish main and important supporting characters.

On the plus side, the world was interesting, perhaps too much so, even: parallel worlds/higher levels/etc.; deep history; outlines of a much larger and politically stable, if not necessarily peaceful, world; and plenty of loose ends to lead to further books (a number of which I see have already been written.)

And, in disagreement with what some have written here, I though the book moved along quite quickly. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Oct 17, 2016 |
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A hugely engaging adventure set in a Victorian-style world - a fantastical version of Dickens - that will appeal to fans of Susanna Clarke and Philip Pullman. Two orphans are more than they seem. And one megalomaniac will stop at nothing to find them... When Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has just been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to return to the poorhouse where she grew up. But there she finds her fellow orphans butchered, and it slowly dawns on her that she was in fact the real target of the attack. For Molly carries a secret deep in her blood, a secret that marks her out for destruction by enemies of the state. Soon Molly will find herself battling a grave threat to civilization which draws on an ancient power thought to have been quelled millennia ago. Oliver Brooks has led a sheltered life in the home of his merchant uncle. But when he is framed for his only relative's murder he is forced to flee for his life. He is accompanied by Harry Stave, an agent of the Court of the Air - a shadowy organization independent of the government that acts as the final judiciary of the land, ensuring that order prevails. 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, but which may also offer him the power to avert the coming catastrophe. Their enemies are ruthless and myriad, but Molly and Oliver are joined by indomitable friends in this endlessly inventive tale full of drama, intrigue and adventure.

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