A recent quest to the local library led to this booty; Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay by Chris Wooding. Space Piracy is a darned tricky genre to master. Get it right and you have Han Solo and the Falcon, get it wrong and it’s Disney’s Treasure Planet all over again.
Wooding succeeds in delivering an entertaining, if simple and linear romp with some excellent characters. Captain Frey owes much to Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow and his ship and crew will be familiar to fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly.
The Science Fiction and Steampunk elements are sketchy and rather ill-conceived. Airships and the odd cyber-limb do not make a fully realised Secondary World.
The Fantasy elements are better integrated and more intriguing with Wooding doing a fine job of setting up bigger, better stories to come.
There is plenty of room for improvement, yet Wooding spins a page-turning yarn nonetheless with plenty of promise for sequels.