The Court of the Air
by Stephen Hunt
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765320421
Date: 10 June 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
After working at the Handsome Lane Laundry and breaking a taboo by reading, young Molly Templar is fired; this is the fourth time in four months. Her inability to keep a job angers the orphanage owner the Beadle, who has one year left to abuse her before the lass becomes free. The Beadle next apprentices her to one of Sun Gate's leading employers Damson Emma Fairburn, who runs Fairburn and Jarndyce, a brothel.From official release/information:
Book Description: When streetwise Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has recently been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to run back to the poorhouse where she grew up. But there she finds her fellow orphans butchered, and it slowly dawns on her that she was the real target of the attack. For Molly is a special little girl, and she carries a secret that marks her out for destruction by enemies of the state.
Oliver Brooks has led a sheltered existence in the backwater home of his merchant uncle. But when he is framed for his only relative's murder he is forced to flee for his life, accompanied by an agent of the mysterious Court of the Air. Chased across the country, Oliver finds himself in the company of thieves, outlaws and spies, and gradually learns more about the secret that has blighted his life.
Soon Molly and Oliver will find themselves battling a grave threat to civilization, an ancient power thought to have been quelled millennia ago. Their enemies are ruthless and myriad, but the two orphans are also aided by indomitable friends in this endlessly inventive tale full of drama, intrigue, and adventure.
Check out John Berlyne's review from our April 2007 issue.
(Source: Tor Books)