The Battle of Blood and Ink by Jared Axelrod

42%

11 Critic Reviews

If you can get past this opening section, the book becomes a fun adventure, but things work out all too easily for the main character...
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

If you’re visiting the flying city of Amperstam without the latest printing of The Lurker’s Guide, you might as well be lost. This one-sheet is written, edited, and printed by Ashe, a girl raised on the streets of the flying city, and is dedicated to revealing its hidden treasures and deepest secrets—including many that the overcontrolling government doesn’t want anyone to know. The stakes are raised when Ashe accidentally uncovers the horror of exactly how Amperstam travels among the skies and garners the attention of those who would rather that secret be kept in the hands of the city’s powerful leaders.

Soon Ashe is on the run from thugs and assassins, faced with the choice of imperiling her life just to keep publishing, or giving in to the suggestion of a rich patron that she trade in her voice and identity for a quiet, comfortable life. It’s a war of confusion for Ashe, but one thing is very clear: just because you live in a flying city, you can’t always keep your head in the clouds.

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About Jared Axelrod

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. He is a founding member of the daily flash-fiction website 365 TOMORROWS, and the writer and producer of the science fiction podcasts "The Voice ff Free Planet X" and the serial "Aliens You Will Meet," as well as "Fables of the Flying City," a podcast set in the world of The Battle of Blood and Ink. He lives in Philadelphia. STEVE WALKER illustrated the graphic novel Sons of Liberty by Alexander Lagos and Joseph Lagos. He has done work for Image Comics and has been featured in Dr. Sketchy's Official Rainy Day Coloring Book. He attends several comic conventions a year, where he sells commissioned drawings of superheroes. Walker lives in Philadelphia.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Tor Books. 144 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Battle of Blood and Ink
All: 11 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 8

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Apr 23 2012

If you can get past this opening section, the book becomes a fun adventure, but things work out all too easily for the main character...

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City Book Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Glenn Dallas on Aug 08 2012

With tantalizing glimpses of Amperstam’s place in a greater world, The Battle of Blood and Ink is a marvelous launchpad for fresh adventures.

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Fantasy Literature

Above average
Reviewed by Bill Capossere on Jun 01 2012

...while I didn’t care for The Battle of Blood and Ink as much as Dear Creature by Jonathan Case, which seems to me a recent high standard in this format and length, I did greatly prefer it to Girl Genius, despite that story’s huge popularity.

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Steampunk Chronicle

Below average
Reviewed by Dr. Quincy Quartermain on Jun 05 2012

It’s not so good for steampunks who like well-defined technology power sources and comic-to-podcast haters.

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Pink Raygun.com

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa Fary on Jul 13 2012

The Battle of Blood and Ink provides a good heroine and tickles my seething resentment toward corporate news media, but it’s not cohesive.

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ICv2

Below average
Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith on Apr 27 2012

Overall the steampunk setting and political intrigue are entertaining enough, but the story never really reaches greatness.

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Book Loons

Below average
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

However, some of the characters are almost unrecognizable in a few of Walker's panels, which is made obvious through the sparse black and white illustrations.

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Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Graeme Flory on May 29 2012

I think a hundred extra pages could have done 'The Battle of Blood and Ink' the world of good...

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Good Books and Good Wine

Good
Reviewed by April Conant on Jul 01 2012

Yet, The Battle Of Blood And Ink flows and is an action-packed comic.

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Chasing Ray

Below average
Reviewed by Colleen Mondor on May 17 2012

The artwork is fine, the characters are interesting but I think story was sacrificed for action on more than one occasion.

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Marianne de Pierres

Good
Reviewed by Marianne de Pierres on Jul 06 2012

This was my first look into a steampunk graphic novel and the thought of a flying city really appealed to me.

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