Fofo’s #CBR4 Review #04: The Rise of the Iron Moon by Stephen Hunt
Profile: Speculative Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Alien Invasion
The more Stephen Hunt novels I read, the harder they become to write about. There’s a formula to his works. Take between one and three protagonists, add supporting characters liberally, bake in parallel story arcs and serve over a hot bed of Deus Ex Machina. Mmmm. The method shares a lot with the Penny Dreadfulls that longtime protagonist Molly Templar writes when she’s not busy saving the world from sure destruction. I had a lot of hope for Hunt’s work evolving over the course of his series, particularly because he’s started playing with different storyline models. Books one and two of the Jackelian series fell firmly into the typical epic quest/adventure model, but Rise of the Iron Moon experiments with a story of invasion and resistance.