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Secrets of the Fire Sea (Jackelian 4) - Stephen Hunt

Secrets of the Fire Sea (Jackelian 4) - Stephen Hunt
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This is № 13 of an exclusive edition of only 100 copies

Title: Secrets of the Fire Sea

Author:  Stephen Hunt

ISBN:  9780007289639

Weight:  945g

Numbered and dated signed first edition, first printing

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Secrets of the Fire Sea by Stephen Hunt

A tale of high adventure and derring-do set in the same Victorian-style world as the acclaimed The Court of the Air, The Kingdom Beyond the Waves and The Rise of the Iron Moon.

The isolated island of Jago is the only place Hannah Conquest has ever known as home.  Encircled by the magma ocean of the Fire Sea, it was once the last bastion of freedom when the world struggled under the tyranny of the Chimecan Empire during the age-long winter of the cold-time.  But now this once-shining jewel of civilization faces an uncertain future as its inhabitants emigrate to greener climes, leaving the basalt plains and raging steam storms far behind them.

For Hannah and her few friends, the streets of the island’s last occupied underground city form a vast, near-deserted playground.  But Hannah’s carefree existence comes to an abrupt halt when her guardian, Archbishop Alice Gray, is brutally murdered in her own cathedral.

Someone desperately wants to suppress a secret kept by the archbishop, and if the attempts on Hannah’s own life are any indication, the killer believes that Alice passed the knowledge of it onto her ward before her saintly head was separated from her neck.

But it soon becomes clear that there is more at stake than the life of one orphan.  A deadly power struggle is brewing on Jago, involving rival factions in the senate and the island’s most powerful trading partner.  And it’s beginning to look as if the deaths of Hannah’s archaeologist parents shortly after her birth were very far from accidental.  Soon the race is on for Hannah and her friends to unravel a chain of hidden riddles and follow them back to their source to save not just her own life, but her island home itself.

Peer & Press Reviews

Praise for Stephen Hunt:

Hunt’s imagination is probably visible from space.  He scatters concepts that other writers would mine for a trilogy like chocolate-bar wrappers.  This is Philip Pullman with a dose of benzedrine.  Hold on to your hat and let yourself get carried away.

Tom Holt, author of The Management Style of the Supreme Beings

Hunt knows what his audience like and gives it to them with a sardonic wit and carefully developed tension.

Time Out

The characters are convincing and colourful, but the real achievement is the setting, a hellish take on Victorian London… the depth and complexity of Hunt’s vision makes it compulsive reading for all ages.

Guardian

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleSecrets of the Fire Sea
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

This numbered edition of only 100 copies was issued by a leading London bookshop.

The handwritten number is in the centre of a blind embossed circular ‘stamp’ (technically known as a seal) on the title page.  Around its edge, the seal reads EXCLUSIVE SIGNED FIRST EDITION.

Book number13 of 100
SeriesJackelian series – book 4
Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the title page
Dated1st March 2010
Book Stats
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
ImprintHarper Voyager
Publication date
Printed byClays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 139780007289639
ISBN 100007289634
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages439
Size (h x w x d)241 x 165 x 38mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket illustrationMax Schindler

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