- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; UK ed. edition (April 8, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575085169
- ISBN-13: 978-0575085169
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,940,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Short-listed for the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award
"If Robert Louis Stevenson and Patrick O'Brian had teamed up to write a rollicking fantasy, Chris Wooding's Retribution Falls would be the result. Pirates, sky-ships, and golems are just the trappings for a far-flung adventure of stunning imagination and brilliant craftsmanship. I've already booked passage for the next flight of the Ketty Jay...long may she sail!"
--James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Altar of Eden
"Beautifully crafted prose and some remarkably imaginative scenes ...and Wooding's sprawling, multifaceted world and rough-and-tumble action will delight steampunk fans." -Publisher's Weekly, starred review
"Retribution Falls picks you up, whisks you swiftly and entertainingly along, and sets you down with a big smile on your face." –Joe Abercrombie, author of The Last Argument of Kings
"A fast exhilarating read . . . the kind of old fashioned adventure I didn’t think we were allowed to write anymore, of freebooting privateers making their haphazard way in a wondrous retro-future world." —Peter Hamilton, author of The Temporal Void
"This is a wonderful book." –New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris
"Retribution Falls is an inventive, high-flying adventure full of secrets, sky pirates, and suspense, complete with cocky heroes and daring escapes. Fans of Joss Whedon's Firefly will love it." –Christopher Golden, co-author of The Secret Journeys of Jack London
"Engaging characters, interesting world, a story that moves -- what more can you ask for?" –Troy Denning, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss
"If Robert Louis Stevenson and Patrick O'Brian had teamed up to write a rollicking fantasy, Chris Wooding's Retribution Falls would be the result. Pirates, sky-ships, and golems are just the trappings for a far-flung adventure of stunning imagination and brilliant craftsmanship. I've already booked passage for the next flight of the Ketty Jay...long may she sail!"--James Rollins, New York Times bestseller of Altar of Eden
"If masterful plotting were the book's only attribute, then Retribution Falls would still be a first-rate read. What makes it exceptional is the psychological insight rare in fast-paced, adventure SF…On every level, Retribution Falls is a triumph." –Guardian (UK)
“A sky pirate adventure that features quirky characters—including a mechanical golem and a bad-tempered cat—witty dialog, and enough fast-paced action to please fans of swashbuckler fantasy.” –Library Journal
"If any book can be given its own genre then this would surely fall under the heading of fun…and alongside Phillip Pullman’s superlative Dark Materials trilogy this is one of the best Steampunk novels out there." –Fantasy Book Review
"One of the best pieces of fun I’ve read in a long while…a whip-cracking pace and with characters you care about…If you’re looking for a book where the pages just fly in reading, then look no further - this is a great read." –SFFWorld
"So what's not to love in this book - fast action, great characters, great setting and superb one-liners? Highly, highly recommended and another notable SFF novel of 09 for me" –Fantasy Book Critic
"If you are looking for a fun, page-turning scifi read, then Retribution Falls is for you. If Joe Abercrombie ever wrote a science fiction book, this is the sort of thing he'd come up with." –Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
"From the dialogue with supremely funny re-joiners to the a world that is so well realized, Retribution Falls is a can't miss novel. The fast and furious Retribution Falls is a staggeringly and ridiculously good page turner" –Booktionary
"This is an exciting story and the misadventures and foolhardy escapades of this crew are extremely amusing. As in all good pirate stories, terrific battles between ships abound" –ReadPlus
"I’d recommend [Retribution Falls] to anyone who’s after a dose of rip roaring adventure." –Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
"Retribution Falls is an excellent novel" --SFCrowsnest --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Chris Wooding is in his early 30s and has already signed his first Hollywood film deal and won several awards for his writing. He is the author of, amongst others, the Broken Sky series, which has sold over 200,000 copies in the US alone, and THE HAUNTING OF ALAIZABEL CRAY, which won the SILVER SMARTIES AWARD. He has travelled extensively, plays bass and guitar, has recorded several albums with various bands and toured in Europe. His books have been published all over the world and translated into 19 languages. He is currently working on two movies with a top Hollywood director.
Top customer reviews
The main characters all are deeply flawed, with both positive and negative traits but Wooding has captured their essence in a way that creates three-dimensional characters that are interesting and worthwhile. He also feeds their backstories into the story in a way that keeps you flipping pages to find answers.
Wooding's world-building creates dynamic and entrancing settings, some of which were characters all on their own. As a visual reader, I appreciated his attention to detail and his descriptive nature when it came to his world-building as it ignited my senses and I was able to fully realize these places in my head. I could literally smell the stench of sweat, booze, mold, and sludge-filled water that was the town of Retribution Falls.
I also appreciated how character, towns, aircraft, objects, all had names that 'fit' with the steampunk environment - Century Knights, Delirium Trigger, ArchDuke, Hookhollows, Coalition Navy - everything just seemed to fit.
I have never read anything quite like this and have never seen Firefly (which apparently this is representative of), so therefore have no preconceptions or any reference base on which to base my review. Therefore, I will just say that I really enjoyed this book, it was a fun, exciting, and entertaining read that got better as it went along and ended up satisfying both my curiosity and my love of immersing myself in a book that provides an 'other' world escape.
If you are looking for something different, or enjoy a book filled with characters that seemingly only have bad luck (deserved or not), then I highly recommend Retribution Falls. I will definitely be continuing on with the series!
This is a well written book, with flawed, fully realized characters - each of whom have an interesting back story. Interwoven into the main story are their side tales, about how they've come to be where they are: here, among a motley, ragtag crew on the pirate fringe of society. They are each here for their own reasons, more a collection of individuals than a true "crew". These side stories are done well, and add rather than distract from the main story.
The crew of the Ketty Jay find themselves in a tight spot, and in order to get out of it they need to start working together, trust each other, and unravel the mystery behind their predicament. I won't give any of the plot away, but will say that the book moves quickly and satisfyingly.
I honestly don't find much to criticize in this novel. The writing and editing are good, the plot flows, and the characters are interesting. The world building is decent, though as this is mainly a character and plot driven story, the world they live in is more a backdrop for their story than something that is explored in depth. I could have wished for a map at the beginning of the book in order to get a grip on the locations they go to, but it's not a big deal.
In all, I'll give this one 4.5 stars, and will be buying the sequel.
Most recent customer reviews
Wonderfully built world and amazing characters with unique personalities.