Tuesday, 2 May 2017

SCIENCE FICTION FANTASY REVIEW: Signal Airship 1: The Gun's Above - Robyn Bennis

Release Date: 02/05/17
Publisher:  Tor/Pan Macmillan


In the tradition of Patrick O'Brian and Honor Harrington, Bennis's THE GUNS ABOVE is an adventurous military fantasy debut about a nation's first female airship captain.

They say it's not the fall that kills you.

For Josette Dupre, the Corps' first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back.

On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. Bernat's own secret assignment is to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision.

So when the enemy makes an unprecedented move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself?


Discovering a new author is always a magical moment for me, especially when I sit down, embark upon thier adventure and have a thoroughly enjoyable time as the pages weave thier own magic into my mind.

This was the case with Robyn who designed not only a believable world but also generated characters that I loved to spend time around from the dupicitous to the brave, from the loyal to the treacherous. Each one was wonderfully realised, felt like you would want to be in the bar drinknig with them and when the time for battle arose you worried about injuries and the possible fatalities of each of the crew men.

ITs a delightful jaunt full of action and daring do with cracking lulls to allow you to gather your breath before the next piece of fast flowing combat began. All round a cracking read and definitely something that already has me demandnig more with it feeling like a long wait to see what the Mistral's crew will undergo next. Cracking.

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