The Queen of All Crows (The Map of Unknown Things, #1) by Rod Duncan

The Queen of All Crows (The Map of Unknown Things, #1)

Only one woman can stop the world from descending into endless war.The year is 2012. The nations of the world are bound together in an alliance of collective security, overseen by the International Patent Office.When airships start disappearing in the middle of the Atlantic, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened. Forbidden to operate beyond the territorial waters of member nations, they send spies to investigate in secret.O...

Details The Queen of All Crows (The Map of Unknown Things, #1)

TitleThe Queen of All Crows (The Map of Unknown Things, #1)
Release DateJan 5th, 2018
PublisherAngry Robot
GenreScience Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy, Alternate History

Reviews The Queen of All Crows (The Map of Unknown Things, #1)

  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog Some authors really find a groove in their series where each new book is more enjoyable than the last. But Rod Duncan has done even better with The Queen Of All Crows: he's taken the Gas Lit Empire series into a completely new direction that is both wonderful and wondrous. Gone are the canals and dirty London streets, now replaced with high seas adventures with female pira...
  • Louise
    4 StarsI love Elizabeth so much. Sad that I now have to wait again for the next book to come out. Also, I need more John Farthing next time. Just saying.
  • Jan
    Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest reviewBrilliant world-building, a fascinating protagonist, and a gripping story line!The Queen of All Crows begins a little while after the events of the first trilogy in Duncan's alternative history that branched off from our own some 200 years ago (while this book can be read on its own, I would thoroughly recommend reading the most excellent trilogy that preceded it - The Bul...
  • Lynn Williams
    3.5 of 5 stars Queen of All Crows is a difficult book for me to review. I did struggle a little to get through it but in fairness to the book and the author I think that’s down to me and not the book – hence why I’m having difficulties putting my thoughts down. On the face of it this story has so many elements that I was excited about. A gaslit empire with airships, a female who isn’t afraid to f...
  • Sara Codair
    Queen of All CrowsWhen my request Queen of All Crows was approved on NetGalley, I was thrilled to hear that the wait to see what happened with Elizabeth Barnabus and John Farthing would be over. However, my experience reading the newest story in the world of the Gas-Lit Empire was a little different than it was last year. It is impossible to review without touching on how gender is portrayed in it. Now, I’m more open about my gender identity, a...
  • Dgordon
    It's 2012 and Elizabeth Barnabus is now a spy for the Patent Office, this alternate universe storyis a new edition to the world of the Gas-Lit Empire that Rod Duncan established in three previousbooks. Fast paced, action packed, female pirates, airships being shot from the sky, what could bebetter? This might be the best book in this series and I look forward to the next installment bythe author.
  • Michele
    Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.Wow! And wow again! And then wow some more!I was already madly in love with Elizabeth (also known as Edwin) Barnabus, the cross-dressing circus-born orphan and intelligence gatherer of Duncan's first trilogy: The Fall of the Gaslit Empire. But now I'm even more madly in love. Elizabeth's best friend, Julia Swain, is flying to America to join her new husband, and her airs...
  • Mike
    3.5 out of 5 starsMy thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.Fresh off her battle with the International Patent Court, Elizabeth Barnabus finds herself working on behalf of that very organization that brought her so much trouble in the past. She sets sail to investigate the disappearance of an airship that went down in the Atlantic.The concept of the worldwide alliance that maintains worl...
  • J.D. Dehart
    This book reads as a kind of alternative history, with many elements mixing into the fictional account. There is a protagonist who drives the narrative and enough detail to make the story believable...even more so than I find common in fantasy and science fiction.The first of a series, I will be curious to see where the rest of this storyline goes. I am glad, as a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, I gave this book a chance and I am sure other readers wo...
  • Jen
    Excellent read! The author does a wonderful job of incorporating new ideas and elements in this series, which I enjoyed. Looking forward to more adventures with Elizabeth!And I especially enjoyed the elements of chance, fate, free will and unknown things. Brought to mind a conversation I had with someone about Aristotle.
  • Rachel Chiapparine
    I bought this book in the Nook store on my tablet because I love the first trilogy set in this same world. My personal review of the book is as follows:I want to start this review off by saying that I follow/have talked with the author on Twitter and I think that he is a cool guy; This review is ONLY my own personal experience/feelings about the book.I personally had a hard time getting into the storyline/figuring what was going on for the first ...
  • Naty
    I literally gave squeak when I was accepted for this book! I love steampunk and I had read the series that precedes this one (The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire, review to come!) and loved it so much! This author doesn't get enough love in my opinion!This is the story of Elizabeth Barnabus, a detective, who detests the Patent Office for the role they played in the ruin of her family. In this novel, she must however learn to work with them when airpla...
  • Melissa
    The Queen of All Crows is the first in another series of novels about Elizabeth Barnabus, the Gas-Lit Empire, the Patent Office, and all the adventures therein. I'm so emotionally attached to the characters in these books - they are real people to me with flaws and strengths. The world is.. I want to say vibrant but that's the wrong word. It's gritty and real and messy and gets in your head in a way that you just can't shake loose.Here's the thin...
  • Emily
    As enjoyable as his other Gaslit Empire books. My only problem was with getting a bit confused during the action scenes towards the latter half of the book but that's probably partially my fault as I read it all in one go into the small hours.