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Return to Book Page. Preview — Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding. Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themse Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts.
With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes. Suddenly Frey isn't just a nuisance anymore - he's public enemy number one, with the Coalition Navy on his tail and contractors hired to take him down.
But Frey knows something they don't. That freighter was rigged to blow, and Frey has been framed to take the fall. If he wants to prove it, he's going to have to catch the real culprit. He must face liars and lovers, dogfights and gunfights, Dukes and daemons. It's going to take all his criminal talents to prove he's not the criminal they think he is Get A Copy.
Paperback , pages. Published June 18th by Gollancz first published More Details Original Title. Tales of the Ketty Jay 1. Darian Frey. Arthur C. Clarke Award Nominee Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Retribution Falls , please sign up. I found that this book calmed my Firefly withdrawal. Anyone else feel that way? Abby Yes! The second I picked this book up, I was reminded of the Serenity crew.
I think the author must certainly be a Firefly fan. There are so many simi …more Yes! There are so many similarities for it not to draw from the show. Is this series finished? Liam Unfortunately :. See all 10 questions about Retribution Falls…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Shelves: owned-ebooks.
An entertaining and fun beginning to a steampunk fantasy series filled with great characters. I loved his Tales of the Ketty Jay series! Retrib An entertaining and fun beginning to a steampunk fantasy series filled with great characters. The main story follows the sky pirate Darian Frey—the unlucky captain of the airship Ketty Jay—and his ragtag team of misfits.
The plot began when Frey was offered a heist mission that will make him extremely wealthy and as usual, the mission immediately went completely wrong. Honestly speaking, the first half of the book was really weak in my opinion. Not only the story was predictable, in the first half of the novel I was mostly bored because I found the excellent characterizations that Wooding implemented in The Ember Blade was completely missing.
With predictable story and non-engaging characters, I found myself thinking whether the book will ever get better and oh my god, it certainly did. The aerial dogfights, the writing, the setting, they were all engaging in the second half but it was how invested I am in the characters that enhanced the enjoyment factor of this book by a LOT.
The second half of the story was where Wooding finally displays his talent in characterizations. The cast of the Ketty Jay is a unique bunch. They have different personalities, agendas, backgrounds, but then through each difficult circumstances, seeing them eventually bonded as a team was heartwarming and satisfying.
All the crew of Ketty Jay came with baggage from their past and this theme ran throughout the entire book; maybe even the entire series. As their past slowly unraveled, their characterizations also were improved. A man can waste a life with regrets.
I may have to read more out of this genre because this ended up becoming another steampunk I enjoyed. In this first installment, Wooding did a great job in world-building his steampunk series and leaving a lot of rooms to be improved in the sequels. The aerial dogfights, the airships, the settings, the elation of flying, they were all well-written. But boring? Yes for the first half but absolutely not for the second half of the book.
Overall, I found Retribution Falls to be a great beginning to a series. You can order the book HERE! You can find this and the rest of my reviews at Novel Notions View all 30 comments. View all 12 comments. I wanted to try steampunk genre for a long time. That label belongs to Retribution Falls ; a full blown steampunk adventure.
Retribution Falls is the first book of the Tales of the Ketty Jay series. Whilst on the topic; there are readers who prefer binge reading and there are ones who like to take a break between books.
Well, great thing about this series is that it can be equally enjoyed either way because Wooding intended for each novel to be a standalone and there are no cliffhanger endings. The blurb reminded me of the TV show Firefly. To be honest, this is what got my attention in the first place because I was a huge fan of the show. Firefly was the show about the crew members of the ship, Serenity.
This crew fights criminals and schemers, Alliance security forces, the utterly psychotic and brutal Reavers, and the mysterious men from the The Blue Sun Corporation. The crew is driven by the need to secure enough income to keep their ship operational, set against their need to keep a low profile to avoid their adversaries. Before I draw parallels between the show and book I want to state that I'm not in any way calling this a TV show rip-off.
I'm simply wondering if Wooding was a fan of the show as well and was he influenced by the show in any way. As stated in the blurb, the main character of this novel is Darian Frey, the captain of the airship Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts, or as the author calls them, a group of sarcastic, cynical, wisecracking liars.
He and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. Besides the Navy there are other forces in this world to be reckoned with; a mysterious religious order called the Awakeners, and the Archduke, with his personal army, the Century Knights. Even though those two opposing powerhouses maintain some kind of a truce between them, the tension is palpable and the Awakeners are always scheming something to seize the reins of power while the Archduke is doing everything in his power to lower their influence in the world and banish them for good.
This book starts a bit sluggish and it took me some time to get immersed in this world and its characters but that changed very soon when the crew was hired to do a seemingly easy job, to attack another airship and retrieve its precious cargo.
The job sounded too good to be true and it was. Things go horribly wrong and shit hits the fan big time.
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
The main character here, airship captain and smuggler Darian Frey, is likeable enough, but not quite as roguish or interesting as the blurb suggests, and I actually found myself more invested in the secondary characters, mainly Crake and Jez, than in Frey. I also found it highly unbelievable that Frey had spent so much time with these characters before the events of the book, yet was only now starting to care about them enough to take an interest in them. Criticism aside, I enjoyed reading the book, and am looking forward to getting hold of the second one in the series sooner rather than later. Laura works as a freelance editor beneath the grey, pigeon-filled skies of northern England.
Retribution Falls : Tales of the Ketty Jay
Darian Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay a battered but beloved airship that is home for him and his messed up crew. In fact, Jez was the only character I was wholly on board with Ha! On board with! Because there is a truly annoying vein of misogyny running through the book. And yet.
Look Inside. Fate has not been kind to the captain of the airship Ketty Jay —or his motley crew. They are all running from something. Crake is a daemonist in hiding, traveling with an armored golem and burdened by guilt. Jez is the new navigator, desperate to keep her secret from the rest of the crew. Malvery is a disgraced doctor, drinking himself to death. But when the attack goes horribly wrong, Frey suddenly finds himself the most wanted man in Vardia, trailed by bounty hunters, the elite Century Knights, and the dread queen of the skies, Trinica Dracken.
Dorian Frey is the roguish captain of the Ketty Jay and leader of a small and highly dysfunctional group of layabouts. Frey and his gang run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves, all the while avoiding the Coalition Navy frigates. Retribution Falls begins the tales of the Ketty Jay, its captain Dorian Freyand his uniquely talented crew of misfits. Frey keeps accepting jobs for himself and his crew in the hope of a big pay cheque. His current job turns out to be too good to be true.
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