Saturday, 5 November 2011

STEAMPUNK REVIEW: Tales of the Ketty Jay 3: The Iron Jackal - Chris Wooding

Release Date: 20/10/11


Things are finally looking good for Captain Frey and his crew. The Ketty Jay has been fixed up good as new. They've got their first taste of fortune and fame. And, just for once, nobody is trying to kill them. Even Trinica Dracken, Frey's ex-fiancee and long-time nemesis, has given up her quest for revenge. In fact, she's offered them a job - one that will take them deep into the desert heart of Samarla, the land of their ancient enemies. To a place where the secrets of the past lie in wait for the unwary. Secrets that might very well cost Frey everything. Join the crew of the Ketty Jay on their greatest adventure yet: a story of mayhem and mischief, roof-top chases and death-defying races, murderous daemons, psychopathic golems and a particularly cranky cat. The first time was to clear his name. The second time was for money. This time, Frey's in a race against the clock for the ultimate prize: to save his own life.


The third book in the Ketty Jay series and one that for me, really has finally won me over with this series as I didn’t enjoy the first book, the second grew on me and now the third really took it to somewhere new in a Steampunk version of Firefly. It’s witty; it has a great cast who gel and play from each other throughout which when added to the authors writing style, it keeps it moving at its own pace.

Add to this decent prose, a good overall arc with hidden agendas and it’s a story that will keep you reading from start to finish. Great stuff.

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