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Retribution Falls

por Chris Wooding

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Séries: Tales of the Ketty Jay (1)

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Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes. Suddenly Frey isn't just a nuisance anymore - he's public enemy number one, with the Coalition Navy on his tail and contractors hired to take him down. But Frey knows something they don't. That freighter was rigged to blow, and Frey has been framed to take the fall. If he wants to prove it, he's going to have to catch the real culprit. He must face liars and lovers, dogfights and gunfights, Dukes and daemons. It's going to take all his criminal talents to prove he's not the criminal they think he is ...… (mais)
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At first glance, Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding sounded like a sure bet. Sky pirates? I’m there. Steampunk setting? Count me in. Endless rave reviews from a dozen fantastic authors (Joe Abercrombie in particular) sealed the deal. Unfortunately, the resulting book doesn’t quite live up to those high expectations.

Retribution Falls tells the story of a ship called the Ketty Jay, captained by one Darian Frey and crewed by a collection of misfits and rejects, all of whom are hiding secrets and running from something in their past. Frey is a paranoid, selfish drunk, who seems only to keep a crew so that he can run the jobs that pay for his drink, drugs and card games. Frey only really cares about his ship, and jealously guards the ignition codes from anyone and everyone, even when the life of one of his crew members is at stake in an early scene.

After escaping a close scrape at the start of the book, Frey’s luck seems to be looking up when he’s given a plum job with an assured payout of fifty thousand ducats. He eagerly accepts, and only when the job goes horribly wrong does it become clear that he’s been set up. The rest of the book is spent with Frey and his crew alternately running from the law and trying to unravel the mysterious conspiracy that chose Frey and his crew as its scapegoats. Along the way, Frey slowly learns to trust his crew members, and we begin to uncover some of the events that drove each of them into the outlaw life.

As I read, the book slowly grew on me, but it took a really long time getting there. I read the first one-hundred pages in fits and starts over a month, and only really started to feel invested around the two-hundred page point of the book, when we finally start getting a glimpse into the mysterious backstories of Crake, the ship’s daemonist, and Jez, the apparently immortal navigator.

However, it wasn’t so much that I was starting to like the characters; it was simply that I was curious enough about their backstories to keep reading. As a rule, the characters in Retribution Falls are archetypes that never quite rise above their origins. If you stick around long enough to make it to the end, they do become slightly more interesting and/or sympathetic. Unfortunately, far too much of the book is spent with unlikeable characters who only reveal questionable past actions, or ciphers who hold their mysteries (and personalities) too close to their chests.

One of the most glaring problems this book faces is its striking similarity to a certain late, lamented scifi/western TV series about a band of misfits running from the law in their ramshackle spaceship. You know how Amazon recommends similar products on their pages? Here it doesn’t quite apply. If you liked Firefly, you’ll probably have a hard time escaping unfavorable comparisons when reading this book. With better character development and more detailed world-building, Retribution Falls might have risen above such easy accusations of similarity, but as it is it reads more like a pale imitation of better things.

Strangely enough, despite the tone of this review, when I was done with the book I felt like I might be interested in reading another installment in this series, in the hopes that later volumes would tighten up the storytelling and better develop returning characters. Ultimately, the honest truth is that if this was a library book I probably would have returned it unfinished after reading fifty pages. I really only gave it a chance to redeem itself because it was a review copy. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
Think Pirates of the Caribbean but with airships. That's how Retribution Falls, the first book in Chris Wooding's Tales of the Ketty Jay, felt to me.

Captain Frey knows this opportunity is too good to be true. Fifty thousand ducats to steal a chest of gems is unheard of! That's just too much money to pass up though. Even though he knows it's a bad idea, Frey takes the job. He and his crew plan the heist that will make them all very, very rich. Until, that is, the heist goes wrong and the freighter they are targeting blows up leaving the crew of the Ketty Jay as prime suspects.

This book has a lot of things going for it. I liked the concept. The world building is interesting, similar enough to Earth to be familiar while also being completely different. Retribution Falls definitely is Tortuga for airships as an example. I see this book categorized as "steampunk" a lot though I'm not sure that's accurate since nothing is steam powered and nor did it seem to take inspiration from Victorian styles. Retro-futuristic with some magic might be closer.

The Ketty Jay is crewed by an odd mix of misfits. Led by the selfish and cowardly Captain Darian Frey, each crew member's history is gradually revealed throughout the story. Frey is a womanizer and terrible poker player. Jez the navigator doesn't seem to require normal human needs. The doctor is an alcoholic who is refuses to perform surgery. A passenger, who is also a daemonist, has paid his way with an enchanted sword. There are a couple of pilots and the silent but loyal engineer who can fix anything. Also a golem named Bess and the ship's cat, Slag. While their backgrounds are interesting and lay a great foundation for some fun personalities, mostly they didn't live up to their potential and none of them a really that likable other than Bess and Slag. Especially Bess. I was just starting to warm up to the rest of the crew by the end so perhaps it gets better with the rest of the series.

The story takes a while to get going. Once the main plot is set in motion and everything goes sideways, it turns into a fun little romp for the Ketty Jay crew to stay just ahead of the hangman's noose while they figure out what went wrong. It's a fairly standard story of this type, a little predictable in places, but still made for an entertaining tale. ( )
1 vote Narilka | Apr 12, 2020 |
An entertaining, swashbuckling fantasy/light steam-punk adventure tale involving daemonists, golems, airships, pirates, guns, loot, political plots and the motley crew of the Ketty Jay. The book starts off slowly, but picks up pace nicely.

This book would be suitable for teenagers. There isn't anything particularly graphic in terms of sex or violence. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
This was a fun adventure, and I find myself wanting more time with the crew of the Ketty Jay. The crew is the main strength of Retribution Falls, each with their own personality and reason for being with their captain. Some get more development than others, but hopefully the later books will rectify that. As the story progresses most of them are forced to confront what they ran away from. Most of the villains were kind of flat, but one, another freebooter captain that has history with Frey adds some needed depth to the conflict.

The plot, while fine, was a bit predictable. The adventures of a misfit crew that dives in too deep because of a selfish captain has potential and the sequel has a lot it can build on. The worldbuilding is also a bit thin, just enough is given for the world to make sense. There are bits of the world's history involving two rival empires, the overthrow of the monarchy, and wars over resources. How the ships fly is kind of taken on faith and a substance called "aerium." A more fantastic element present is daemonism, a sort of magitech that involves binding daemons to power devices that cannot yet be made with mundane means. This is presented in the story as a forbidden science whose practitioners are despised in society, with good reason based on what is revealed about it. The other bit that left me with questions is about Jez and who/what the Manes are and what do they want? Why did the half complete process to turn her into one leave her nigh indestructible? A comment from Crake implies he may know something. ( )
  High_Enginseer | Feb 25, 2020 |
If you are a Browncoat who is lost in lamentations over the cancellation of Firefly, this is the book for you. I’m not saying it will replace the crew of Serenity, but it will go a long way to filled the void, and feed the need for a good pirate/cowboy steampunk western.

The individual crew members of the Ketty Jay are introduced to the reader one by one, with each revealing their story, apart from the Captain. To say he was a work in progress would be an understatement as his character was developed and grew and the novel progressed. Most of all the characters are loveable on the Ketty Jay, maybe not so much their motives and reasoning at some points, but they each have something about them that will have the reader wanting to learn more about them and join them on their adventures; Id’ join them if we could leave the Captain behind as I just could not warm to him and thought him to be a bit of a spineless human being. As in all the good adventure stories the villains, are well just that, villains. From the description of these characters, right down to the personalities they each have there is nothing that could have the reader mistaking them for being anything else than what they are...baddies.

Although, in my opinion, the story takes a while to get underway this is not a bad thing, as in these ‘slow’ moments is where the set-up for the adventure begins and when it starts it definitely moves along at a cracking pace and does not disappoint at all. Through great writing the Author is able to provide a perfect balance of sadness alongside humour and wraps it all up in the form of shenanigans. There is magic, gun play, sword fights and daemons; so enough of everything to appeal to most reader.

I would highly recommend this novel to all Browncoats, steampunk fans and lovers of the type of adventure novels that are so hard to come by today. I will definitely be reading the remaining ‘Tales of the Ketty Jay’ novels.


Originally reviewed on: http://catesbooknuthut.com/2014/09/10/review-retribution-falls-tales-of-the-kett...





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Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes. Suddenly Frey isn't just a nuisance anymore - he's public enemy number one, with the Coalition Navy on his tail and contractors hired to take him down. But Frey knows something they don't. That freighter was rigged to blow, and Frey has been framed to take the fall. If he wants to prove it, he's going to have to catch the real culprit. He must face liars and lovers, dogfights and gunfights, Dukes and daemons. It's going to take all his criminal talents to prove he's not the criminal they think he is ...

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