Fofo’s #CBR5 Review #17: Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt

Secrets of the Fire SeaTarget: Stephen Hunt’s Secrets of the Fire Sea (Jackelian #4)

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Mystery

The fourth book in Stephen Hunt’s Jackelian series is a marked improvement on the third, but doesn’t quite recapture the energy or creativity of the first.  However, the actual narrative line of Secrets of the Fire Sea is surprisingly clean and easy to follow, a vast improvement over Hunt’s pervious stories.

If you haven’t been following my various Cannonball blogs,Secrets of the Fire Sea takes place in Hunt’s steampunk/fantasy/sci-fi setting that started with The Court of the Air. And it is honestly one of the best steampunk settings out there, and continues to be wonderfully creative sometimes even surprising.  I would go so far as to say that the setting is the reason these books are worth reading, as the stories tend to be retreads of obvious tropes and are only interesting because of the set pieces that make up the world.

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Read Fofo’s reviews of the Jackelian sequence

2 thoughts on “Fofo’s #CBR5 Review #17: Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt

  1. The Court of the Air is great if you can put up with the tangled plotlines. Gibson and Sterling’s The Difference Engine is a pretty solid choice if you like your steampunk less fantastical. And I really liked Empire in Black and Gold and the resulting Shadows of the Apt series. Unfortunately it looks like PYR stopped publishing that series State-side, so you might end up really annoyed when the series stops at Book 5.

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