The men and women of the Ketty Jay were the only family Frey had ever had. They try to avoid it, but the circumstances always leave them no choice but to decimate. Too bad, really. Just saying. No pressure though, Mr Wooding. I should have written this review right after finishing the book.
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Email Address never made public. With Slag the cat Jez as his first mate. Yeah, that would really be totally cool and stuff. Yes, there is a plot. And it is entertaining. Yes, there are action scenes. And they are great. Maybe a little too great, in a weird kind of "ooops I think I just ODed on an action scene" way. But more on that fascinating topic later.
Not much later though. You're welcome. Yes, there are dialogues and stuff. And they are brilliantly funny. Because Jez. QED and stuff view spoiler [yes, I am aware of the fact that I say "stuff" a lot. It's part of my undying charm hide spoiler ]. Yes, there are buttered toasts. And cats. And they are experimented upon. And it's pretty cool. No, I am not drunk, the cat is.
But thanks for your concern anyway. So that's that. De nada. Only it didn't. This book is at least a hundred pages too long. Let me tell you, the Skim Skim Skim was strong in this one. And I love action scenes, but some of them were so freaking neverending, I almost hacked my Kindle with my tactical tomahawk that's Magic Binds Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder for you view spoiler [it's almost tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!!!!!!!! I used to love you. Besides, you used to be delightful roguish and deliciously aggravating and stuff. It is absolutely disgusting. Actually, I'm wondering if you underwent a failed personality transplant or something.
You have got to be kidding me. What treachery is this?! This will not do! This cannot be! Chris Wooding, you deserve to be severely punished!
Report immediately to the Shrimpipal's Office! Because I'm an idiot? Nah, I'm sure that can't be it. Please, my Little Barnacles, try and think for your little selves, and don't let the silly trolls influence you for once. Hey, that's it! That's it right there! Phew, that was close. To think I could have been held responsible for a rating I never meant! None of this is my fault, people! Frey, you're walking a tightrope, and the crustaceans are getting restless. You better behave yourself in the next instalment if you don't want to end up as shrimponian delicatessen.
But hey, no pressure. View all 11 comments. Nov 23, carol. Shelves: caper-heist , favorites , fantasy , fast-and-fun , my-library , my-library-trade. A swashbuckling rapscallion, he has an ego unsurpassed by his wit or his morals. Lately, however, he has found that his normally self-centered ethics are undergoing an uncomfortable transformation as he discovers he cares about his crew of misfits. View all 12 comments. Book 1: 3.
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What makes them so much better is that in each book the author give us more. More empathy for the characters and their motivation. More twists and information on the world. New and different a Book 1: 3. New and different adventures. New characters to add to the chaos lurking in the path and wake of the Ketty Jay's path.
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The complexity, unstable nature and nuances of Frey and Trinica's relationship took another step forward in this adventure. As did Crake's demonology and his ability. Jez grew in her manehood. Hawkins gets to be a hero. Malvery was given more depth and character. Silo's past and depth revealed.
Plus we add Ashua who fits right into the chaos. Looking forward to book 4 and yet not wanting it to end. View all 3 comments. Feb 05, Jason rated it it was amazing Shelves: read , e-books. This is a steampunk jaunt that is not stop action, chasing, shooting, and firing off witty dialogue. These are freaking fun steampunk novels with a science fiction and old west twist. Yes, just like Firefly, only with dirigibles instead of space ships.
These are character novels as much as they are action. Now, three novels into the series, it is hard not to love all 5 Stars Yeeeeehhhhaaaaaawwww! Now, three novels into the series, it is hard not to love all of the quarreling cast. Not just the ladies man! Wooding has created a series that is simply a joy to read. It is a pure adrenaline and comedy in one. You will hold your breath through some of the wild chase scenes, and laugh out loud at the witty one liners.
As an action series it is all about the chase. I am not sure if I have ever read a series that is so based around running away from, and pursuing. In this one, There is: 1. An Air flight along desert floor A Race and gun fight across the desert in dune buggies. After boarding a massive train, a race across the rooftops. And all of these flights of fun were just the opening of this book! There are many shoot outs and hold ups, a potentially lethal incident involving a buttered piece of toast and a hellish cat, plenty of Daemonism to add the spook, and a giant laser breathing baddie to knock your socks off.
The comedy and wit are prevalent through out this book and this series. It make the characters likable and fills them with charm. Mortified doesn't mean killed. It means embarrassed. And Mordant doesn't mean dead. It means, er, bitingly sarcastic. Haha great stuff! The character and the crew continue to develop their relationships and bonds, no matter how much they fight and argue. I have come to love so many of them. The relationships that are developed are what make these stories come to life and make the action so much more worth the while.
I guess saying that I am incredibly fond of this cast, this series, and the writing of Chris Wooding is the best way that I can say how I feel. It is simply a series not to be missed. View 2 comments. Mar 14, Algernon Darth Anyan rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wouldn't dare to give this anything less than five stars, or Captain Frey would come to mortify me with his demonic cutlass. Oh, and please don't tell him that 'mortify' doesn't mean killing, or that 'narcissist' doesn't mean good looking. Darian Frey middle name should be 'Trouble' and when the opening chapter contains 'a needless gunfight' , a lot of kicks in the face, a chase around rooftops followed of course by a fall from said rooftops, the reader knows it could only get worse from here, I wouldn't dare to give this anything less than five stars, or Captain Frey would come to mortify me with his demonic cutlass.
Grand train robbery should be all in a day's work for Frey and his crew, but the captain's recklessness lands him with a deadly curse on his life: a nightmarish demon stalking him and about two weeks left to live. It is time now for the crew of the Ketty Jay to come to their leader's aid, and they do so with dilligence, seasoned with a lot of grumbling and swearing and the occassional scream of abject terror in the face of uncounted perils.
With the origin stories and personalities of the crew members more or less established in previous volumes, there is more time left for action and each in their turn enjoy the moment in the limelight, even chicken hearted Harkins. Some of the set pieces are easily recognizable in their inspiration : a John Ford western, a podracing duel on Tatooine, a WWII commando attack on an enemy fort, a young girl going berserk on Firefly, but they are so well written, funny and fast and self aware, that it is easy to see them as hommage to the genre rather than pastiches.
Morality is a relative term in the universe of Darian Frey, easily illustrated when he tries to prep talk his crew into action: 'Aren't we the bad guys? They all stared at him. He shrugged. They're paid to get shot. If people like us didn't try to rob trains, they's be out of a job. For my sake? I was brought up to be honest. The main appeal in fact is in the way the author switches register to the serious stuff and has his heroes tackle the hard hitting issues of slavery, of going on after repeated failures, of low self esteem, of alienation, of taking responsibility for your own actions and for putting the lives of your friends at risk.
What the text may lack in subtlety is more than redeemed in the honest appraisal of each character's chance at redemption, whether it is Malvery coming to grips with his alcoholism, Harkins with his fear, Crake with his dangerous hobby, Pinn with his lack of intellectual skills Fringement, like someone's in your fringe!
We have in Iron Jackal a new candidate for recruitement on the crew : Ashua, a young lady with a foul atitude but with a good heart, a quick mind and handy with firearms to cap it all. She fits well with the other members, as she is another loner living in the fringes not Pinn's fringes, luckily of society with a casual atitude towards abiding the law of the land and a fierce loyalty towards her friends. You ain't a member till you caused at least one major catastrophe. I love having them around, especially Samantha, whom I have already dreamcasted for the TV adaptation of the series: She was dressed as she usually was, in a weatherbeaten duster, loose trousers and scuffed boots.
Black hair spilled in waves from beneath a tricorn hat, framing an appealing and mischievous face that probably shouldn't have belonged to someone who's shot as many people as she had. With only one more book planned in the Ketty Jay universe The Ace of Skulls , I am both impatient to get my hands on it, and sad to know I will have to say goodbye soon to the friends I've made onboard.
View all 5 comments. Oct 20, Mimi rated it it was amazing Shelves: desert-setting , cityscape , , favorites , science-fiction , fantasy , adventure. This book picks up where the previous one left off, with Frey and crew reaching a tentative truce with Trinica Dracken and her crew. The beginning opens with another shootout and the ending closes with view spoiler [the destruction of another city hide spoiler ]. Frey and crew go on another quest to retrieve a mysterious artifact from Samarla, Silo's home, but this time the stakes are higher than before as Frey's life hang in the balance.
Apr 03, Kaitlin rated it it was amazing Shelves: my-sff-faves. I am having a fantastic reading month so far This is the third and penultimate book in the Ketty Jay series and I have to say it's still just as fantastic as the previous two in the series. By this poit we have seen a fair amount of the crew and the characters whom we've come to know and love, and in this book the focus is really drawn to the only character who is still quite a mystery to us; Silo. Naturally the characters of the Ketty Jay all have their own plots a I am having a fantastic reading month so far Naturally the characters of the Ketty Jay all have their own plots and developments within this book, but it seemed to me that Silo's story was a bigger part of this book and I truly enjoyed his plot a lot because it's been such a mystery to us up to this point.
Silo is the engineer on board the Ketty jay and he's a strong but silent type.
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He really doesn't talk much about his past or even about his thoughts or feelings generally and up until this book we have seen only small glimpses of his past. This story certainly had large focuses on the Murthian suppression by the Sammies and we see a lot more into not only Silo's plot, but some of the others he knew when he was under Sammie rule, and some of the tasks and trials he faced trying to get away.
The focus of slavery and some more sombre topics within this story was certainly chilling at points because of the perspective we saw things from, and I actually enjoyed the fact that Wooding does like to address these sorts of big issues in his story and world. I felt it was handled well and gave us a great insight into how Silo became the character we know today.
The story itself actually begins on a fairly good high in this book and this is sort of reflected in the brighter design of the cover. The crew themselves are on somewhat of a high after the ending of book 2 which is pretty dramatic as always! However things like that never last too long and trouble always seems to be able to find Frey and the crew and soon after their mission begins things begin to go drastically wrong. The relationships between some of the characters within this book were fabulous and certainly they were once again expanded upon. I felt like Frey's character had some wonderful moments of frank identification of his own flaws and realisation about what he really needed in his life.
There were very intense moments within this which I found exciting and absorbing, and they certainly left a big impression on our loveable, somewhat selfish Captain, causing him to accept some truths about himself and his crew. Trinica was also a focus within this book and I feel like she's actually one of the more complex characters because of her past and her entanglements both very good and very bad with the Crew. Her story and her loyalties are certainly tested at some points in this story and I really admired the decisions she made and the motivations behind them.
Harkins has been on of my favourite characters for a while now as he's so sweet and seeing him evolve over the course of this book and the last has really endeared him to me. He's a really nervous character who has a lot of demons from his past to deal with and I feel like he's one of the ones who's become the most developed over the course of the books. I particularly loved one scene where he was a part of a race in this book, that was just brilliantly written and detailed. Crake, Pinn and Jez are also all fabulous and I really enjoy seeing their interactions as a crew and they way that they all bounce off of one another.
Each of them had their own developments in this story but they weren't the focus and therefore they weren't always quite as prominent or had quite as much development. I still adore them all though and Pinn in particular was great for comedic fun! Malvery is the final member of the crew not counting Bess and Slag who are an automaton and a cat but still both amazing and awesome in their own right!
I know we've seen glimpses of his 'former glory' days before, but I think he has his own moment within this which I have to say I admired so much and made him a stand out character too : Ashua is a newer character who we meet within this book and I think she's certainly an interesting one because of how we meet her, the way she reacts to the Crew initially, and the situation which led her to meeting them.
She's got a fairly typical past, but she's a pretty mysterious character ll the same and has some cool facets to her which I enjoyed exploring in this book. Finally I have to say once again that the writing of Wooding is just fabulous and the mixture of character development, relationships being formed or tested, action, adventure, exploration and excitement is just wonderful. Somehow he even manages to throw in fleshing out the world and cultures of the world with scatterings of one liners or funny outbursts which break up some of the serious and had me smiling and laughing aloud.
Another fantastic read, and I can't wait to get into the final book in this series next month! Mar 29, Nathan added it Shelves: author-male , read , steam-punk , ratedstar. In they took the time out of their day to attack my great nation despite already being deep in the muck with Napoleon. And why did they attack us? Well, maybe we started it. And maybe we tried to invade Canada. But still, they could have just left us alone, right? Or maybe I am just pissy because they have had Iron Jackal on their side of the ocean and have been hoarding it since I just really wanted Iron Jackal long before it actually showed up and was reminded of the War of in a recent forum thread that has nothing to do with this review.
But I have it now, so all is forgiven! The tales of Kitty Jay, if you have been living in a vacuum, is a wonderful little steampunk tale now on three books four if you live in Britain, and yes, my anger is rising again. It follows Captain Frey and his diverse crew of misfits and possible outlaws through various missions of dubious legality, centered around a airship in constant state of repair.
And fair or not to Mr. Wooding, it has been grabbed up by fans of Firefly, dissected and analyzed, and generally agreed to be the continuation of the show everyone has hoped for. So yes, with its similarities, fans of Firefly should consider this series a must read. But say your one of those not familiar with the show and therefore have zero idea what the fuss is about. There were a few loose ends wrapped up in the last book. When Trinica sets him up for a pretty nice job Frey lets his hubris get him in trouble.
Review: The Iron Jackal (Tales of the Ketty Jay #3) by Chris Wooding – From Cover to Cover
After two books of betrayals and backstabbing we finally get to see the crew pull together and be a crew, one more way the series has been given a fresh face. It would take pages to go through the entire crew and each of their individual growths but if this tale belongs to anyone outside of our good captain that title would go to the previously hidden in the background Silo, former slave with a past that will come to surprise the crew. Normally the most trusted and easy going member of the crew, not counting that whole throw someone over a bridge thing, his change catches everyone by surprise and leaves them wondering what to expect.
These are books that are built around the interactions of the crew, with a bit of action thrown in on a regular basis. The only thing Iron Jackal is missing that the first two had is the emotional gutpunch that the damn golem provided. But the rest is still there.
The action is action. It will either work for you or not depending on how well you like action scenes. I found them to be well crafted and easy to follow, though by no means the best out there. Sure Pinn may be over the top comic relief at times, but for the most part they avoid filling a personality role and instead just show personality.
I am ready. Because sometimes pure live up to the hype entertainment is worth that extra star. Speaking of Firefly I am guessing the marketing geniuses behind the cover have heard the comparisons. View all 7 comments. Sep 08, Tammie rated it really liked it Shelves: adult , steampunk-related-fantasy , adult-fantasy , series-completed , fantasy-buddy-reads , series.
This book was probably my favorite of the series so far. I enjoyed the humor. It kept me laughing which is always a plus. The air chase in the beginning, the train robbery, the part with the bom Things are finally looking good for Captain Frey and his crew. The air chase in the beginning, the train robbery, the part with the bomb, and the race were probably my favorite parts of the book. Oh and the cat and the toast. As for the characters: Pinn grew on me a lot in this book with his antics.
Frey was still Frey. His obsession with Trinica could get very old, but I kind of ship them. I'm probably as foolish as he is. We finally find out all about Silo's past, and Jez continues to battle the daemon inside her. Jez is still probably my favorite character in the series and I've enjoyed her exploration of her abilities. Malvery gets to shine a bit here, and Harkins does as well, even if it's in Pinn's name. Crake and Samandra Bree meet up again, something I was looking forward to as I ship them as well.
There is also a new crew member, Ashua. It remains to be seen how she will impact things overall, but I think she is a good addition. There was more digging into the characters and the world in this book and I liked that. The world building was interesting with the strange hybrid type creatures they encounter later in the book, and I like the combination of fantasy with the guns, vehicles and electricity, etc.
There's one more book to go in the series and I'm looking forward to reading it. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader May 14, Jokoloyo rated it it was amazing. A very very fun 5-star book with notes: 1. If you want some real surprises in plots, forget about it.
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The recipes of the action scenes are the similar with previous books of this series. Some promises that author made on first book are paid A very very fun 5-star book with notes: 1. Some promises that author made on first book are paid on this book. The characters are growing nicely. There are series that has excellent first book, but poor later books.
I really hope this seies is not tha kind of series. I can say, the writing quality is stronger on third book than the first. The humors on third book are more relax than the first book. View all 4 comments. Every book in this series has done the unthinkable in being better than its predecessor and this is no different.
Each book builds on the previous with added layers for the characters some getting more time in specific books than others , an interesting plot, and some well plotted action. The characterisation has really developed and by now you know the crew and their actions like you know your own family and their foibles.
Let the mayhem ensue! This leads to death races, rooftop chases, foreign lands, love interests getting miffed and a whole load more. Feb 22, Benji Glaab rated it it was amazing Shelves: library. Chris Wooding nails it again. The man seemingly can do no wrong with this series.
I have become very fond of these characters over the course of this adventure. I sincerely love The Tales of the Ketty Jay series. I would probably keep reading these if it was an never ending ongoing series. I mean to say I would never grow tired of this crew and there misadventures. However, only one more tale awaits my favourite band of misfits. A tale I 4. A tale I plan on fitting into my oddly compulsive reading pattern shortly IDK it's just one of those things I'm sure I would love to start book 4 today anyways onto the review. So for being cool enough to make it to book 3 in this series we are rewarded with a fresh new setting- the dry hot desert land in the Samarlian empire.
The story sets off at a rip-roaring pace that played out in my mind like an Indiana Jones, Mad max crossover. Frey has gone and done something really stupid, but if you've read any book in this series it's kind of to be expected at this point. Darian Frey is resourceful, and crafty, yes. But intelligent not so much. This is a guy that thinks mortified is the act of killing someone, or that being a narcissist means you're good looking. Regardless of the captain's mental capacity he finds out that He's cursed and only has 12 days to face it down or else he will be meeting his maker.
Now his crew will have to rally behind their captain in a race against the clock. This whole read was fun, entertaining, and highly readable, but I would like to point out how excellent plotting is. Wooding looking very clever.
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Furthermore I can only conclude that CW writes like a boss. I would also like to give props for all the crew member pov that each feel unique, all the characters are written very naturally. Wooding has a great eye for different character types. A few highlights -Malvery has a short visit in his old hometown. Crake finds an medal Malvery earned as a frontline medic in the first Aerium wars. It has the ol' Doc reminiscing about the man he once was. Could he ever be that hero again? Here's an example of his work so far. If you spread butter on a cat that's wasted on rum and flip it over which side will land down.
Sidenote- need more slag the cat time in next novel. Wait scratch that just write a whole novel about slag. Perhaps an origin story would do nicely. Pinn also invents Flame slime maybe he will just burn the fuck out of himself or maybe flame slime could end up saving the day you never know. Needless to say the Murthian is pretty rattled to be back. We discover where and how Silo learned all his bad-assery, and I was a big fan of his growth in Iron Jackal. This was a gripping action sequence that stood out as one of my favourite scenes in the book.
It had a crazy ending, and I love the view point of the over anxious nervous wreck of a pilot. Crake continues to explore demonsim, and Jez continues her struggle with Manehood there is actually a lot going on in this book come to think of it. Yup, I'm enthusiastic to recommend this to would be readers.
This series works for me. The humour is spot on, I'm always engrossed, and every time I always walk away feeling like I had a good time. Due to my huge December tbr, reviews will come up in Feb 02, The Shayne-Train rated it it was amazing. Chris Wooding gets the hat trick! The third book in his 'Ketty Jay' series is amazing, and, in my humble opinion, the best so far. The ragtag crew of losers, miscreants, have-beens, and weirdos are back and feeling that all-for-one-and-one-for-all love. They've grown, they've gelled into a true family.
And just in time for a globe-spanning fight against the clock to save the life of one of their own from a honestly frightening combination of beast, machine, and daemon. Take your favorite episode Chris Wooding gets the hat trick!