You see how it says “Absolutely marvellous.” on the cover? TRUTH.
This is the third book in the super awesome Tales of the Ketty Jay series by Chris Wooding. Here are my reviews for the first and second books – you should probably go read those books first, cause you know, spoilers and whatnot. And because your life will just be better once you’ve read these books.
So where did we last leave our intrepid heroes?
Well, after the events of The Black Lung Captain, Darian Frey and his crew are doing pretty damn good. They’re famous for saving a whole town (Sakkan) by taking on the Manes, and they’re enjoying the perks. Darian’s also pleased because him and Trinica Dracken seem to be on more even ground now – though the past still hurts, he’s trying to get the old Trinica to come out more and more. She has a job for them though – lift an ancient Samarlan artifact off a train, don’t open it the case it’s in, and bring it back to her to sell to someone who wants it. Easy peasy, right? Except nothing is ever that simple, and it starts Frey on race against the clock to save his own life.
This series knows how to bring the action – rooftop chases, daemons, golems, gunfights, Mane frenzies, speeding trains… love it! Never a dull moment. And SO many parts make me laugh too.
So the plot I didn’t love quite as much as the previous two books, even though it was different and original and still action-packed. But you know what makes up for it? Silo! We FINALLY get to learn more about Silo’s backstory and he becomes a more prominent character, instead of just him hanging out in the engine room all the time. Everyone’s story is expanded a little bit, and everyone has their moment of glory all while working as a crew. Am I getting sappy? I don’t even care. For a sci-fi adventure series, these books make me FEEL stuff.
Also, some major stuff was set up in this one that I have a feeling is going to be the focus of the next/last book, The Ace of Skulls. (Seriously, on the exact day it comes out in the U.K., I’m totally going to The Book Depository and ordering my copy. I cannot wait for September 19th!)
Ummm yeah. That’s as much as I’m going to gush about this book right now. Please read these books. I just want someone I know, any person, to read them so I can have someone to talk to about them! Until then, I’m eagerly awaiting The Ace of Skulls.
Sarah Says: 4.5 stars