Jack Cloudie: A Novel (Jackelian World)

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Jack Cloudie is a tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style steampunk world as Stephen Hunt's acclaimed The Court of the Air and The Secrets of the Fire Sea.

Thanks to his father's gambling debts, young Jack Keats finds himself on the streets and trying to survive as a pickpocket. Following a daring bank robbery gone badly awry, Jack narrowly escapes the scaffold, only to be pressed into the Royal Aerostatical Navy. Assigned to the most useless airship in the fleet, serving under a captain who is most probably mad, Jack seems to be bound for almost certain death in the faraway deserts of Cassarabia.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the slave Omar ibn Barir finds his life turned upside down when his master's religious sect is banned. Unexpectedly freed, he joins the Caliph's military forces―just as war is brewing.

Two very similar young men prepare to face each other across a field of battle. But is Omar the enemy, or is Jack's true nemesis the sickness at the heart of the Caliph's court?

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Jack Cloudie is STEPHEN HUNT's fifth novel set in his fantastical steampunk universe. In addition to being a novelist, 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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Set in the same world as the author’s popular The Court of the Air (2007) and its sequels, but otherwise mostly unrelated to them, this is a rousing steampunk adventure in which two men, a young Jackelian small-time thief and a Cassarabian ex-slave, are thrust into an air war between the two nations. Although they are fighting on opposing sides, their experiences are similar (the story alternates between their points of view), and soon we begin to understand that the real enemies aren’t our two heroes, but the forces that are pitting them against each other. Hunt’s Victorian-style steampunk world is very well realized; he doesn’t spend a lot of time explaining its unusual technologies and cultures, preferring simply to show them in action and let us figure out what they are and how they work (the same way that, in a western, nobody slows down the story to explain what a horse is or how a rifle works). Steampunk fans should devour this one. --David Pitt

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