Continuing with the release of Stephen Hunt’s fantastic series, From the Deep of the Dark is the sixth marvellous tale of high adventure and derring-do from the master of steampunk literature, set in the world of The Court of the Air.
A daring underwater chase ends in a battle for the Kingdom itself…
The streets of Middlesteel are under attack by an unseen enemy, leaving bloodless corpses in its trail. The newssheets scream vampire, but the truth is even more deadly than anyone knows.
Charlotte Shades, Mistress of Mesmerism, is a thief – and a darned good one at that. When two mysterious men ask her to steal King Jude’s sceptre from the Parliament vaults, the challenge (and reward) is too great to pass up. After all, Charlotte’s natural charm and the magic of the gem she wears – the mysterious Eye of Fate – have never failed her before.
Only consulting detective Jethro Daunt and his steamman companion Boxiron know there’s more to these two men than meets the eye. Yet even as they rescue Charlotte from a fate worse than death, they are thrown into a plot thicker than even they realize. They escape beneath the waves in an ancient submarine led by Commodore Jethro Black, where they encounter stiff resistance from the strange people who inhabit the vast underwater kingdoms. But man, woman, seanore and gill-neck alike must band together if they are to defeat a danger that might not even be from this world…
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A tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style world as the 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, desperate to graft enough coins to keep him and his two younger brothers fed.
Following a daring bank robbery gone badly awry, Jack narrowly escapes the scaffold, only to be pressed into 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 far-away deserts of Cassarabia.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, Omar ibn Barir, the slave of a rich merchant lord finds his life turned upside down when his master’s religious sect is banned. Unexpectedly freed, he survives the destruction of his home to enter into the service of the Caliph’s military forces – just as war is brewing.
Two very similar young men prepare to face each other across a senseless field of war. But is Omar the enemy, or is Jack’s true nemesis the sickness at the heart of the Caliph’s court? A cult that hides the deadly secret to the origins of the gas being used to float Cassarabia’s new aerial navy.
If Jack and his shipmates can discover what Cassarabia’s aggressive new regime is trying to conceal, he might survive the most horrific of wars and clear his family’s name. If not…
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To celebrate the imminent publication of Jack Cloudie (PB) and From the Deep and the Dark (TPB), by Stephen Hunt, here are some suggestions so that you can make sure you have all of the essential Steampunk kit that you need…
A must-have accessory in any self-respecting Steampunk aficionado’s wardrobe! This smart bronze pair with turquoise glass are perfect for commanding your own airship – or just looking stylish. The author calls them a ‘Time Travel Crazy Scientist’s Oculo-Vision Tool’ - we heartily agree!
There’s so awesome jewellery – look at this ring!! I wonder if it comes with the hand? Anyway! Don’t be seen without the bling. On the nautical theme, how about an octopus necklace?
The Kingdom of Jackals is a dangerous place – be sure to arm yourself with this awesome steampunked ‘Maverick’ Nerf Gun
– complete with steam vents and flashlight. The blurb assures us that it is the same gun ‘used by our dear friend professor Friedrich Von Kreuzenberg , TIME TRAVEL specialist’
and that it will certainly ‘provide you safe journey to another dimension.’
Which can only be a good thing.
Every Steampunk musician needs the gadgets to go with their gizmos. How about your own Steampunk Guitar Amp
. Custom built for that celebratory guitar solo when ‘You have just created something that goes against the very nature of the order of the cosmos in your laboratory deep in the bowels of your castle.’