Beth's Review:The Orphan Fleet by Brendan Detzner
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Publisher: Attack Rabbit Books
Released: April 15, 2016
Genre: YA, Sci Fi, Fantasy
Length: 83 pages
The Mountain skyport is an oasis, the one place where airships from across the known world can thaw their engines before they finish their journey across the endless frozen wastes. Any nation would be happy to claim it, but none do. The Mountain is independent, and the people that live there are a family. To its friends, the Mountain offers warmth, smiles, and entertainment. To its enemies, it offers lightning— powerful storms that appear from nowhere and clear the skies of enemy ships. Jiaire is a young man on the cusp of adulthood. By day, he works on the docks. By night, he dreams of the Show, when characters like Golden Sam, the Reptile, and the mysterious Count do battle under the big top for an audience of thousands. When an invading army arrives at the Mountain, Jiaire almost isn’t concerned. Until the storms fail to come. To find out why, and free his home from the invaders, Jiaire will have to penetrate the mysteries of the Mountain, and of his own heart. Brendan Detzner’s work has appeared in Podcastle, Chizine, Pseudopod, One Buck Horror, Bizarrocast, Edge of Propinquity, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, and many other venues. He is the author of the short story collections “Scarce Resources” and “Beasts”, and of the novel “Millersville”. “The Orphan Fleet” is his debut in the fantasy genre
Four Boundless Stars
The Orphan Fleet is…definitely…unique. Unlike anything I’ve read. The main character, Jiaire, is just going through his very unusually normal life when bang; the most unusually unusual things start happening. He finds himself in situations where extremely high stakes at risk. I did not envy him.
The writing was done in the most suspenseful way possible; the imagery was exquisite, and the characters were full of personality. I loved The Orphan Fleet and rate it with 4 huge Boundless Stars.