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The Battle of Blood and Ink: A Fable of the Flying City Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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"The Battle of Blood and Ink is a great read. Engaging heroine, sinister adversary, mysterious sky captain, intriguing world, fascinating setting (all taking flight in the first dozen pages. I very much want to see what happens next and where the story leads, not just for this volume but many more to come. Bravo, Axelrod and Walker!")

About the Author

JARED AXELROD is an author, illustrator, costume designer, and podcaster. He is a founding member of 365 Tomorrows, and the writer and producer of several podcasts, including "Fables of the Flying City," a set in the world of The Battle of Blood and Ink. He lives in Philadelphia.

STEVE WALKER illustrated the graphic novel Sons of Liberty by Alexander Lagos and Joseph Lagos. He has done work for Image Comics and has been featured in Dr. Sketchy's Official Rainy Day Coloring Book. He attends several comic conventions a year, where he sells commissioned drawings of superheroes. Walker lives in Philadelphia.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765331306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765331304
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,687,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you have not check out this author's website fabelsoftheflyingcity you should! It's entertaining and beautifully illustrated. You can check out some news, what this author has done and book is about, leave comments, and then watch a preview video/podcast of fabels of the flying city - It will probably help you to decide if you want to read and own this book or not.

About the characters and plot: The plot is well written and the language is good.
Ashe, the young heroine, is a beautiful and capable young woman with a little amnesia. Like any of us, she has made some bad decisions in her life, but she wants to make up now. During this story she seems to grow up to be more adult-like and to learn to appreciate what is valuable in life.
Tolban Ring is Ashe's friend and a first class pilot.

Ashe and her friend Tolban are committed to publishing their one-page newspaper The Lurker's Guyde to Amperstam, which exposes the emperor Provost of the flying city of Amperstam. But Ashe stumbles upon a dangerous secret, and she can't print it. Ashe becomes a a member of the Aerial Guard, and finds herself rebelling against the empire!

Axelrod and Walker's graphic novel is a sequel to the podcast of Fables of the Flying City, which are available at the website mentioned earlier in this review.
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Amperstam is unique as the only flying city. The city's leader is the powerful Provost who runs an extremely tight ship. His most persistent pest is a street urchin turned crusading journalist; Ashe the young female reporter has a knack of exposing scandals and secrets on her one page rag The Lurker's Guide that the Provost and other leaders prefer remaining buried and away from public outrage and scrutiny.

However, her latest clandestine activity has led Ashe to uncover the darkest secret of her city. Horrified she now knows the source of what enables Amperstam to fly. If she reports what she knows to the Amperstammer residents, her city will almost certainly be grounded; if she does not Ashe could not live with herself. The city leaders realize what she has learned as they conclude she is no longer an irrelevant irritant since instead of just embarrassing them she could cost them their power and that is unacceptable.

This is a fascinating graphic steampunk thriller starring an intrepid crusading reporter who is a Davidette going up against Goliath and his horde. The first section sets much of the city laws, the Amperstammer social order and customs, and a ton of characters introduced in machine gun style. Once established, overwhelmed readers will enjoy this fast-paced cat and mouse dark tale made grimmer by the B&W illustrations.

Harriet Klausner
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The Battle of Blood and Ink is a graphic novel by Jared Axelrod and Steve Walker set on the flying city of Ampersand. What keeps the city flying is a bit of a mystery, and one girl who hates mysteries is Ashe, who does her own investigating, writing, and publishing for her broadsheet The Lurker's Guide. As one might expect, this sort of digging into the well-kept secrets of the powerful doesn't go over too well and soon Ashe is matching wits with Ampersand's ruler (referred to as Provost), dealing with intimidation and thuggery, running from hired assassins, and trying to figure out if this is the life she wants or if she might give in to the temptation of the upper class life offered up by a rich patron who has romantic feelings for her.

At her side is her best friend and fellow journalist Tolban; Cardor, the afore-mentioned patron, and a non-Amerpsandian, a sky captain who was forced to land aboard Ampersand earlier. Though they assist her, both Tolban and Cardor have mixed feelings about Ashe's chosen life and fear for her future (and both would like very much to be part of her future as well). Opposed to her is the cold-and-hard-as-iron Provost and her minions, especially the sadistic captain Olig and the assassin Brilliana, with whom the Provost has an intriguing relationship.

The story moves along quickly and smoothly. The setting of Ampersand feels like a real city with its divisions of class and neighborhood, though beyond the mystery driving the story--how does the city fly--I would have preferred more of a sense of its uniqueness as a flying city. It feels like a real city, but I would have thought it should have felt like much more.
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I've been following the creative goodness from Jared Axelrod for quite a while. To match his writing with an honest to goodness graphic novel cranks up the awesomeness level. Of course, Steve Walker brings the art.

Steam punk has gotten hot lately, but this is a product that predates the "fad", so you get the yummy freshness. Jared is so steam punk, that all you have to do is go to the steam punk entry on Wikipedia and the face you will see there is his (literally). {O.K. the lady in the picture is lovely, but after a bit look over and the guy is Jared himself.}

This book is definitely on my personal recommend list :)
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