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...
  • Jay Quietnight
    In this fourth novel revolving around the adventures of Elizabeth Barnabus, we see our hero taken out of her element and thrown into a world adrift in the Atlantic. There's no pause in the action in this high-stakes story. An excellent addition to what aspires to be a nine-part series!
  • Poosco
    Another great read. Love these characters. Looking forward to the next
  • Jon Chaisson
    An excellent continuation of the Gas-Lit Empire universe, and quite a fun read.
  • 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.
  • Elaine Aldred
    n the year 2012 the International Patent Office continues to maintain a tight grip on the types of technology in use around most the world.When airships begin disappearing in mid-Atlantic the Patent Office need to find out what is going on. But as their authority does not extend beyond the territorial water of member nations, unofficial methods of investigation have to take place.Desperate to discover the fate of her closest friend who was on the...
  • 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...
  • Banshee
    Elizabeth, the main character, is searching for her lost friend whose ship went down over the ocean. She is willing to do just about anything to find her, including manipulating her lover who works as part of the Patent Office. The search leads her to a mysterious group of pirates who have created a unique and strange ship. The backstory that this novel takes place in was very well researched and written. The amount of details Rod Duncan placed i...
  • 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...
  • Jacey
    Review copy from really enjoyed Rod Duncan's first Elizabeth Barnabus trilogy (The Bullet catcher's Daughter, Unseemly Science, and Custodian of Marvels) so I was delighted to find that he's picked up Elizabeth's story again a short while after Elizabeth has won her freedom from the lecherous Duke and the Patent Office. She's having a clandestine affair with Patent Office agent John Farthing, but when she discovers that her best f...
  • Jason
    I am not a big fan of steampunk; it has tendency to come off as pining for a horrible time (or maybe I should say the best of times and the worst of times) in American society just so people can wear bowlers, top hats, goggles, and corsets (news flash; real corsets did bad things to women's ribs and lungs just so they could have "that right shape"), and run around on zeppelins. Despite my dislike of steampunk, I enjoyed The Queen of All Crows; it...
  • Warren Dunham
    i found a lot of good points and not so bad points from this book.First I really liked the change of scene bringing Elizabeth to the ocean, as well as the female pirates and their government. My first annoyance was we didn't get to see more back ground of the queens grand daughters, and yes i know this is supposed to be part of a new trilogy and their is ore to come.My second annoyance may have just been a play off of what men thought. Elizabeth ...
  • Ruth
    c2018 (7) FWFTB: security, airships, Atlantic, floating, pirates. Set in the Gas-Lit Empire, little world building had to be done in this the first of a new series. I think I ended up as being as uncertain of the heroine as she is of herself. I am glad of one development and that is the dumping of the love interest (oops - may be a spoiler but it does not really detract from the plot as it was only a matter of time). The female characters are sur...
  • Dave
    It's a good thing I found out this is the first book in a trilogy, as the ending was quite abrupt with many hanging plot lines. I was disappointed that the Fidelia character died at the end, as she could have added a lot of plot twists in the next book. Also, the death of Sian was not very convincing, as she had been forewarned about possible treachery. The conflict she added to the plot could easily have been continued into the next book also. S...
  • Callahan Wade
    Rating: 4/5A really fun, engaging story with an excellent premise. I felt like there were some pulled punches toward the end, and there were places I wanted the story to go that it shied away from.Best parts were definitely the worldbuilding, Elizabeth, and the Sargassans. The plot and the other characters were somewhat disappointing. But overall it was a fun story throughout and I enjoyed the ride.I'm not sure that I'll read the next book when i...
  • Lou
    2.5 Stars.Its well written. Its an interesting premise. The first part of the book was pretty good, but then there was too much "women/s movement" discussion for my taste. Plus at the end, the granddaughters fell into the trap of "me first vs. the greater good", which is more stereotypical of the male ego. Not sure at this moment if I'll continue on this journey.
  • Simon Gosden
    Elizabeth Barnabus returns in another thriller steampunk adventure. When airships go missing in the middle of the Atlantic The patent Office want to find out what's going on. Elizabeth volunteers to work for them and before long she is mixed up with pirates and intrigue....
  • 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.
  • Holly Mcentee
    I had no idea there were to be more stories about Ms. Barnabus and her brother - what wonderful surprise! The story is faithful in form and character to the previous trilogy, which was a relief. I look forward to seeing where this story arc takes us.
  • Angela Richter
    I really enjoyed this book. I like all things by Duncan and the gas lit empire. Highly recommend all of Mr. Duncan's books in this series.
  • Jamie
    This was a really great book - there were a few parts that felt a little rushed but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. Highly recommend!