The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt

The Court of the Air

byStephen Hunt

Kobo ebook | September 4, 2008

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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.

Title:The Court of the AirFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 4, 2008Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007279434

ISBN - 13:9780007279432

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! The story is fast paced and exciting, while still being an epic all encompassing read (which I love).
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Muse + Court of the Air = Awesomely Epic Just finished reading 'The Court of the Air' by Stephen Hunt, and I must say it can be a very epic book if you read it while listening to the new album by the Muse 'The Resistance'. Try it out. Brilliant book. Great album. Epic combination.
Date published: 2009-10-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Scattered but Original Enough The setting for the story was original enough, and provided plenty of depth, but the story lagged in a few areas: 1- The pacing of the story was erratic, a constant up and down that built tension too early, and left us hanging a bit too long. 2- The story wandered for too long before revealing the plot, with too little time to build up tension for the epic final battle/siege (which seemed to be introduced and occurred in a somewhat abbreviated and glossed-over fashion), 3- The characterization was lacking. I had difficulty telling some of the characters apart. The two mysterious strangers that help the two fearful main characters (in two parallel story lines), seemed a little too similar. This book could have probably used a hundred or so fewer pages. Overall, a decent introduction to Steampunk, I guess.
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Literary Orgy...Sort of. Have you ever been to an orgy? They can be fun if you approach them correctly. You need to find a small section of the orgy and focus on that spot. Think about your pleasure first and don’t be tempted into straying from the spot you’ve chosen. But if you are unable to find your spot, if you are unable to focus your sexual energy in that spot, you are more likely to have an overwhelming and, ultimately, unfulfilling experience. You'll see beauty, you'll feel pleasure, you'll probably even have an orgasm, but you’re also sure to wind up with the most unattractive swinger in the room, feel a whole bunch of discomfort and find yourself on your knees a lot more often than you’ll like. That's also what you'll get with Stephen Hunt’s The Court of the Air. It is the closest thing to a literary orgy I’ve ever read. It is like a particularly horny night in the bedchambers of Caligula. I loved it; I hated it; I liked it; I disliked it; I hated it; I loved it; I disliked it; I liked it. It was too much. It wasn’t enough. It was all over the place. There were some absolutely gorgeous moments of original prose and inventive creativity, but these were matched by painfully clichéd prose and derivative banality. Hunt’s diametric proclivities create maximum frustration. Who would put together pseudo-Aztec gods with fey-misted mutants, or barely veiled Marxists with undying steammen? But then how could he allow his characters to speak with every tired metaphor known to modern man, and let those tired words flow from the mouths of characters stripped from Mel Gibson movies, Marvel Comics and Stephen King’s longest monstrosity? The competition between these two Stephen Hunts is a constant irritant for the reader, and it turns The Court of the Air into a bit of a slog. In the end, I don’t know what to make of The Court of the Air, and I don’t really know what I think. It is going to take another reading to be firm in my opinion, but that extra reading is going to be a long time coming. I would much rather reread The Anubis Gates or Perdido Street Station. So will I really get back to it? Someday, but I don’t know when.
Date published: 2008-12-13