Stephen Hunt's The Kingdom Beyond the Waves

A hugely engaging adventure set in a Victorian-style world - a fantastical version of Dickens - that will appeal to fans of Susanna Clarke and Philip Pullman.

Professor Amelia Harsh is obsessed with finding the lost civilization of Camlantis, a legendary city from pre-history that is said to have conquered hunger, war and disease with the creation of a perfect pacifist society.

But when she returns home to Jackals from her latest archaeological misadventure she finds that the university council has stripped her of her position in retaliation for her heretical research.

Without official funding, Amelia has no choice but to accept the offer of patronage from the man she blames for her father's bankruptcy and suicide, the fiercely intelligent Abraham Quest. He has found evidence that suggests the Camlantean ruins are buried under one of the sea-like lakes that dot the murderous jungles of Liongeli.

Amelia undertakes an expedition deep into the dark heart of the jungle, blackmailing her old friend Commodore Black into ferrying her across the huge river of the Shedarkshe in his ancient u-boat.

With an untrustworthy crew of freed convicts, Quest's force of fiercesome female mercenaries on board and a lunatic steamman safari hunter acting as their guide, Amelia's luck seems to be going from bad to worse. And she's as yet unaware that her quest for the perfect society is about to bring her own world to the brink of destruction...

Hardcover: 592 pages
UK Publisher: HarperCollins Voyager
Publication date: 6th May 2008
ISBN: 0007232209

Paperback: 592 pages
UK Publisher: HarperCollins Voyager
Publication date: 1st Sept 2008
ISBN: 978-0007232215

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The Kingdom Beyond the Waves

Stephen Hunt's novels - USA