The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding (Tales of the Ketty Jay #2)

Ketty Jay series, Chris Wooding


I literally hugged this book when I finished.
Just as a reminder, this is the 2nd book in the Tales of the Ketty Jay series, and you should head on over to my review of the first book, Retribution Falls, to check that out. And then you should start reading this series IMMEDIATELY, because I love it and I want to talk to people about it! Mmmkay?

So where did we last leave our intrepid heroes?

Well at the start, the crew of the Ketty Jay ain’t doin so hot. Captain Darian Frey is feeling a bit listless, wondering what he really wants. Jez is fighting her Mane side more and more, but feels it’s a losing battle. Crake is trying to drink his guilt and sorrow away. And the rest of the crew is restless; sick of everyone’s melancholy and sick of taking small, pathetic jobs. When they get an offer to go to the deep, dark heart of Kurg for a treasure that only Crake can unlock, it seems like things are starting to look up. But that treasure isn’t what anyone thought it would be, and now they’re fighting to get it back before unspeakable damage occurs.

For those of you who have read the first book (and are hence my very best friend), there’s a lot to look forward to in this book. Crake faces his past, Jez learns more about what it means to be half-Mane, and Darian comes face-to-face with Trinica Dracken again.

THERE IS SO MUCH AWESOME IN THIS SERIES. Too much for me to put in one measly review. I think that part of what I love is that all the characters really are important (even the cat), and Wooding does a great job at distributing the focus among them all. So many of them are searching for something, and I love learning more about them all. Everyone has their shining moment. Once again there’s an interesting, well-fleshed out plot with a ton of action. There’s funny quips and fun epic battles, and even little tender moments. AND this book was at least as good as the first, which is awesome. No second-book syndrome!
I just love it all. I CANNOT WAIT to read The Iron Jackal. For some reason it’s not really in print in the U.S. right now, but I’m going to order it from The Book Depository as soon as I possibly can. And after I read that I’ll be biting my nails waiting for the fourth book to come out, hopefully at the end of this year!
Sarah Says: 5 stars





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