Iron Jaw and Hummingbird
by Chris Roberson
Viking Children's Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780670062362
Date: 02 October 2008 List Price £9.66 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: The supremely talented Chris Roberson adds another feather to his cap of versatility with the publication of this YA book. Iron Jaw and Hummingbird is set in his Celestial Empire (see my review of The Dragon's Nine Sons, set in the same universe, but very much for grown ups) and will be available in hard cover from Viking in October.
"Mars is controlled by the Chinese, who call their civilization the Celestial Empire. But for teenagers Gamine and Huang, it is anything but heavenly. Gamine was taken off the street by an aristocrat, schooled as a fine young lady—then abandoned at her patron's whim and forced to make her living as a grifter. Huang's army career is cut short by a bandit ambush. When the two meet, Gamine —"Iron Jaw"—is the leader of a sham religious movement, and Huang, or "Hummingbird," is the bandits' chief tactician. They join forces to bring down the corrupt government that has determined their lives. Iron Jaw and Hummingbird offers a planet's worth of adventure!"