The Court of the Air
When streetwise Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has recently been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to run back to the poorhouse where she grew up. But there she finds her fellow orphans butchered, and it slowly dawns on her that she was the real target of the... show more
When streetwise Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has recently been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to run back to the poorhouse where she grew up. But there she finds her fellow orphans butchered, and it slowly dawns on her that she was the real target of the attack. For Molly is a special little girl, and she carries a secret that marks her out for destruction by enemies of the state.Oliver Brooks has led a sheltered existence in the backwater home of his merchant uncle. But when he is framed for his only relative's murder he is forced to flee for his life, accompanied by an agent of the mysterious Court of the Air. 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. Soon Molly and Oliver will find themselves battling a grave threat to civilization, an ancient power thought to have been quelled millennia ago. Their enemies are ruthless and myriad, but the two orphans are also aided by indomitable friends in this endlessly inventive tale full of drama, intrigue, and adventure. The Court of the Air is a rollicking adventure set in a fantastical Dickensian clockwork universe that will appeal to fans of Susanna Clarke and Philip Pullman.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: March 31st 2009
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Pages no: 582
Edition language: English
Series: Jackelian (#1)
The blurb and storyline gleaned from descriptions and reviews seems intriguing, but the pacing, writing-style and Mary-Sue orphan characters really made me feel it was perhaps not worth it. A possible return if I completely run out of anything else to read.
The Court of the Air is a really good concept that starts off with a bang and then just kinda goes absolutely nowhere. It's just bogged down by too many unnecessary characters and too much freaking plot. I was left with a mild irritation and a large amount of confusion. The start of the book wasn't ...
I had very high hopes for this one, but I’m sad to report I didn’t make it through it. I did get to the end of Chapter 12, though – almost 1/3 of the book. But by then I was tired of trying to decipher what was going on, and I couldn’t make myself care anymore.Not to say I didn’t like the characters...
DNF Not so much done reading as I give up. Too many POVs, too much going on. The plot was good, but I got 1/4 through the book and the main char haven't even met yet!! April 15, 2012
I first saw the book on GR, slightly attracted by the cover (hot air balloon!) but after reviewing the blurb, decided NOT to add it to my 'to-read' shelf.I saw it at the shop for a cheap buy and just absolutely loved the cover (there's a world's difference in seeing a jpeg online to seeing & touchin...