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Kingdom Beyond the Waves, The de Stephen…
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Kingdom Beyond the Waves, The (edição: 2008)

de Stephen Hunt (Autor)

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A tale of high adventure, set in a Victorian-style world, a fantastical version of Dickens. Featuring a gutsy Indiana-Jones style heroine and filled with perilous quests, dastardly deeds and deadly intrigue.
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Título:Kingdom Beyond the Waves, The
Autores:Stephen Hunt (Autor)
Informação:HarperVoyager (2008), Edition: 1st
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I happen to like steampunk very much. I even read this one knowing it was the second book in a series, but reviewers liked it so much better than the first, I thought: why not? I give author Stephen Hunt kudos for some interesting characters, strange races and machine inventions, but found the book awfully long. Good battles, but the main character professor Amelia Harsh keeps waking up after oft-unexplained trauma. Other things that bothered me were that many of the main characters had prior lives and names they were hiding. Also, some explanatory background from the first book is needed. The basic plot is a commissioned search for a lost city (Camlantis = Camelot Atlantis?), where peace reigned for a millennium, with secrets buried in a dangerous jungle with hive-driven inhabitants. 3.5 stars. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
really only worth 3.5 stars, but i liked it far more than its predecessor. again, a superbusy book, with insane shit going on all over the place, but the pacing was better. ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
Having picked this up as a kind of, "Ahh, what the heck, $2.00 is worth it," buy in a used bookshop, with some reservations having read the first in the series a couple of years back, I found I liked this book quite a bit. I'd forgotten some of the details of the world, but that is fine. It almost makes me want to revisit the first book since my main complaint there was that it was too long, too convoluted, too everything-and-the-kitchen-sink... maybe I'd be more into it now than I was then.

4 stars, though really I think the (current) average of ~3.75 is closer to it. I'd probably rate this a 3.5 if I could, and 3 seems like underrating more than 4 is overrating. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Jul 27, 2019 |
I thought this was a definite step up from the first book. I thought the action was well paced and I really cared about the characters on the adventure.

I thought it was better paced and the story flowed better than the previous book. All around a great book! ( )
  Sarah_Buckley | Sep 17, 2016 |
I seemed to remember liking the first book in this series enough to put the sequel on my wishlist. But, upon reading this, I realized that I hardly remembered any details of the previous book (Court of the Air), and I really didn't particularly like this book.
It's action-packed... but rather than being exciting and emotional, events rush by so quickly that they're barely described, and they don't have time to make an impression, let alone an impact. Neither the characters or the settings came to life for me, and the plot elements were so sketchily outlined that they were sometimes confusing. (Well, except that some of them were lifted from 'Heart of Darkness.')
I liked a lot of the steampunk-y concepts and gadgetry - too bad most of them were cadged from China Mieville's Bas-Lag novels. (I mean, seriously, there're lobster-people, bird-people, and cactus-people, as well as sentient robots. Sound familiar?) A few digs at Mieville's politics are thrown in there too, for good measure.
On top of it, it ends up with my Least Favorite Trope of Fantasy: the super-powerful Thing which could confer Mystic Knowledge must be destroyed/gotten rid of, because Humanity Isn't Ready, and it's Too Dangerous. Blah to all that.
If I had been more entertained, I wouldn't mind, but I ended up reading as fast as I could, just to get to the end. It's too bad, because I feel like this ought to be the sort of book I would like. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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