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Empire of Ruins: The Hunchback Assignments 3 Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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Modo and 'Tavia are back with a bang in a brand new adventure that is fresh and exciting. The Clockwork Guild are back as is the villain with Miss Hakkandottir at the command but she has some new tricks up her metal hand's sleeve, namely a falconer and some vicious clockwork falcons added to the poisonous menagerie who are out to get Modo. On an exploration trip to Australia to find perhaps a valuable weapon called the God's Face, the Association enters the jungles to discover what can only be described as an Egyptian temple. All the crew are here, Modo and Octavia, back to work together again, along with Tharpa, Mr. Socrates joins the team in the field for a change as well! Another nice surprise is to see Mrs. Finchley back on the scene, not about to enter any jungles, but back in civilization where she may be needed. A fast-paced rip-roaring tale that certainly leaves the sameness some series often get bogged down in by transporting our heroes (and villains) to new surroundings and obstacles to face in primitive early 20th century Australia. My favourite of the series so far! There is a teeny-weeny bit of romance in the air but there is so much to be overcome by the participants themselves, individually, that the romantic theme is only barely a whisper in the background, which suits me fine. Great characters, great adventure, cool inventions, and book 4 seems to be headed for Canada so another out of the ordinary adventure to look forward to in the next book!
Now the adventure heads to the Australian Outback and a rumored Egyptian pyramid in the middle of the Jungle. Filled with a mix of Victorian sense and sensibility, and the steampunk cutting-edge technology, the story takes us into an alternate past. This story is wonderfully written with greater character development and depth than the earlier two books. Slade is a master storyteller and as he draws us into this world and the complex relationship between two spies serving their country, Modo and Octavia both explore new feelings and expectations. This adventure is to see and find a legendary God Face, an ancient relic supposed to turn an enemy arm upon itself. But with poisonous mechanical falcons, an assassin, and Modo and company always seeming one step behind, can they pull it together and achieve another victory for England and the Crown?
This book was another amazing read by an incredible Canadian author. Arthur Slade has been in my top ten reads almost every quarter and every year for a few years running. This book was no exception. I had heard a rumour that this book 3 was to be the last, but now Arthur Slade has confirmed at least a 4th book, breaking with his tradition of only doing trilogys for series, such as Northern Fights and his Canadian Chills. I already anticipate the next, and if you have not read them, read the Hunchback Assignments.
They are exceptional works of fiction!
The group travels to Australia in search of an Egyptian pyramid of all things. They hope to find a potentially dangerous artifact known as the God Face. The villainous Clockwork Guild is also looking for the God Face and they have some scary new "weapons" this time around.
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first two. I was glad that this one was slower paced and had a bit more of the character development that I was looking for, and I think everything was handled well and realistically. However, I didn't care much for any of the minor characters this time, unlike in the second book. I also found the mission a bit boring. The end really picked up though, and I can't wait for the next book to come out in September. I'm just sad that it's going to be the last one. I can't recommend this series enough!
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Not sure how to rate this item as it was a Christmas gift for our granddaughter who is an avid reader. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Marvin & Grayce Chapman
Love this series. I think that this book and series are very enjoyable. At times, the author sort of leaves a couple of plot holes here and there, but in general, I can let that... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Adib K.