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Beasts of the Walking City [Kindle Edition]

Del Law
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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Book Description

His parents were killed. His people are hunted. His world is at war.

All of his life, Blackwell has been looking for a break, a place to call home--and suddenly someone's come to take that away from him again. Now he's chasing a mysterious artifact on a one-way trip into the heart of danger, and as friends begin to fall around him he'll have to decide if he can stand up and fight back.

Beasts of the Walking City is an epic-fantasy thriller, full of steampunk cities that float and walk and fly, wild magic, time travel, and the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance. With characters you'll be rooting for, and a plot that really surprises, you won't want to put this book down.

Editorial Reviews


An Amazon Top Bestseller in both Fantasy and Science Fiction!  An Amazon Top 10 Free Kindle Bestseller!  Newly-edited version* released in September 2014!

What Amazon readers are saying:

"Beasts of the Walking City was GREAT." -K Johnson

"This has to be the most imaginative science-fi/ fantasy I have seen in a very long time."  -Dian L. Reaves

"Brilliant first novel" -MarkAU

"I hope he sells a lot of copies and writes another one." -HD-28

"I was hooked from the very beginning, and didn't want to put this book down" -D.Peters

"I found myself racing through the pages" -Jeba

"I just could not put down my Kindle until the end.  I am ecstatic to have found this writer!" - Carey

"If you're ancient cities full of strange city-sized ocean ships that float through air over invisible lines of power, in corpse roads, mage knives, ancient excavations, mysteries, novel cultures, and varied landscapes, I literally can't think of a book I can recommend as highly to you as Beasts of the Walking City."
-C Luc Reid

*  This third electronic edition has been carefully edited to address reader feedback on typos. 

About the Author

I love to write stories that push you headfirst into another world, and keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time you're there.  

I've published some stories in some pretty fancy places, and have won some good literary awards, but Beasts of the Walking City is a story I've been dying to tell in a world I've been thinking about for much of my conscious life.

I live in California's rural Santa Cruz Mountains with my family, dogs, chickens, and bees.

Find out more about me and my other work by visiting my blog @

Product Details

  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Choroleos Books; 3 edition (August 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, silly genre tropes nonwithstanding August 17, 2012
By HD-28
Format:Kindle Edition
First, Del Law is a good writer and I enjoyed this book. I'd recommend it to friends who enjoy genre fiction, especially those hunting for a deal. Now, on to the parsing.

Full disclosure: I'm reviewing this because I agreed to do so in exchange for a free copy. That was in response to an offer the author made to the general public on his blog, where he is writing about the experience of self-publishing.

Potential readers - especially those who normally avoid genre fiction - should know that this book is about an anthropomorphic cat wizard from another dimension who tries to steal a 300-year-old flying ship from the ruins of a crashed flying city. He's doing this on behalf of Al Capone, whom he contracted with after simultaneously traveling across both time and worlds. The book is filled with silly proper nouns - mostly the names of fictitious races, cities, etc. I like genre fiction, but all of this was a bit much at first.

Despite that, the book moves very fast, is internally consistent and is free of heavy-handed exposition. The writing is very good. Starting out, I was afraid it would be filled with overwrought hyperbole and excessive, adjective-strewn description. It's not. Law is economical with his language and manages to create believable and compelling characters, even if one is an inter-dimensional cat wizard and another a reluctant juvenile cult symbol - literally - who is wrestling with a slight bird-demon possession problem. The tone here is more terse urban fantasy than windy epic fantasy.

This is a self-published book and could use a good copy editor, but it isn't so error-filled that it takes you out of the narrative. There are typos. Some errors seem to imply that parts were written in third person and later changed to first person.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The bones of good classic sci-fi September 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I recently purchased a kindle and have been exploring the wide world of e-books out there, this was one of my first.

I started with the sample chapters that you can get for free and I have to say that those were enigmatic, exciting, and well assembled and I gladly shelled out the (more than reasonable) $2.99 for the full book.

I love the compilation of magic and steam punk, but I think that this story tries to compile too many fantasy and science fiction elements all together at the same time. It makes the story unnecessarily complicated.

It was an interesting read, but it started strong and faded to a painful and grinding finish that did not carry the same well crafted atmosphere that it started with.

Finally, I think that the ability to self publish is an amazing new trend that will allow many authors to be distributed that would never be read otherwise, but this book is an excellent example of how important good editing is. There were numerous typos ranging from the minor to the glaring. Misspellings, spellcheck errors, shifting tenses mid-sentence, shifting from first person to third person and back again... these kinds of errors really took a decent story and moved it down the quality scale. Especially when you have a book that is full of author-invented nouns, it forces the reader to stop and try to figure out if something doesn't make sense because it was mis-written or mis-read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun to Read! August 21, 2012
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Beasts of the Walking City was great fun to read. There are a few minor typos but enough to detract from the story. Blackwell makes for a delightful main character who ends up a hero in spite of himself. Different fantastical and magical species, tribes, and families people Blackwell's world. He starts out as a mercenary, becomes a "retriever" (which seems a fancy word for thief), and finds himself a pet for a time. This book has many facets, including magic and time travel. It's all put together in a new way that made it great fun to read. Plot and character development are excellent! I recommend it for fans of both science fiction and fantasy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Shani
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love sci-fi and fantasy on the screen, but in print it often stymies me. Not the case with Beasts of the Walking City! It grabbed me from the beginning, and the fantastical elements were comfortingly grounded in the details of the every day.

Also? Time-travel. Love it. It's my bulletproof kink, as it were, and it's a valuable element here.

I started reading more slowly as I approached the end, so as to prolong my visit to the author's fascinating world, but it seems as though a sequel lurks just around the corner! I look forward to it.

[It's irrelevant to the contents, but I love the cover art.]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read October 3, 2012
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The book had an interesting subject so I got the freebie. After overlooking many typos, and keeping to the subject, I enjoyed the book, and thought of it well after I finished reading it. It traversed an unfamiliar world, and jumped from childhood right into adulthood. The jump was choppy and needed more filling in. But it got the meaning across. Once the plot was outlined it grabbed my attention. I wanted to see what happened to the main characters, but was disappointed in the way some of the characters were played out. I wouldn't want a sequel, but this is a good read if you aren't me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars different type of tale
This is one different type of tale, full of all kinds of things: past, future, travel among lei lines, a bit steam punk, a bit dystopian, magic, some interesting species, and hey,... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Tamara!
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic but enjoyable
Though the author seemed determined to fit every genre possible into this book--mainly fantasy and sci-fi elements, but also threads of 1920s gangsters, furry fiction, and several... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Audrey Coffman
2.0 out of 5 stars Desperate need of an edit
I got this book for free and had high hopes for it. It would behoove the author to invest in a good editor. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JC
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love this book.
It had everything that I enjoy--SteamPunk, Sci-Fi, Magical Fantasy, Aliens, Time/Dimension Travel, Al Capone (don't even ask)....trouble is, it had TOO much. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing.
This book. Great story. Good detail. Deserved better proof reading. A little vague on who exactly the three sisters were, and how they would have been for the hulgleiv (excuse if I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl
3.0 out of 5 stars Would possibly read more if the language improved...
I did enjoy this book. The reason why I couldn't give it 5 stars was because of the language (f-bomb) which I felt was just too convenient for the author to throw in - remember... Read more
Published 9 months ago by grassroots granny
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine wandering and adventure.
That's all that's needed to be said. The author has an admirable and well expressed method of fantasy and imagination.
Published 12 months ago by MaChoMo
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I was mesmerized by the cover of this book and had to have it. And I’m so very happy to report that the story and writing is every bit as amazing as the outside. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Carey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and enthralling world
This has to be the most imaginative science-fi/ fantasy I have seen in a very long time.

Mostly told in first person as a steam of consciousness story, the author... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dian L. Reaves
4.0 out of 5 stars great story
This is a great story. Beautifully written with the right amount of strangeness and otherworld in it. To be read if you like your sci-fi to be really close to fantasyland
Published 14 months ago by mirba
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More About the Author

Del Law's writing has appeared in a number of literary publications, including Glimmer Train Stories, the Sycamore Review, Passages North, repeatedly in the Mississippi Review, and has received an Honorable Mention from the O. Henry Awards anthology. He's won a Transatlantic Review Award in fiction, the Henfield Prize in short fiction, and a fellowship in fiction from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Del lives in California's rural Santa Cruz mountains, and his blog is online at

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