The Orphan Fleet

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The Mountain skyport is an oasis, the one place where airships from across the known world can thaw their engines before they finish their journey across the endless frozen wastes. Any nation would be happy to claim it, but none do. The Mountain is independent, and the people that live there are a family. To its friends, the Mountain offers warmth, smiles, and entertainment. To its enemies, it offers lightning— powerful storms that appear from nowhere and clear the skies of enemy ships.

Jiaire is a young man on the cusp of adulthood. By day, he works on the docks. By night, he dreams of the Show, when characters like Golden Sam, the Reptile, and the mysterious Count do battle under the big top for an audience of thousands. When an invading army arrives at the Mountain, Jiaire almost isn’t concerned. Until the storms fail to come. To find out why, and free his home from the invaders, Jiaire will have to penetrate the mysteries of the Mountain, and of his own heart.

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Hott Review:

What I liked: Opening The Orphan Fleet plunges you right into it’s depths. You’re immediately immersed in Jiaire’s life and his struggles. I believe that many boys in their early teens will identify with his thoughts and feelings, if not with his constant battles to become the person he’d like to be.
What I didn’t like: I really felt that The Orphan Fleet is a good book even though I had trouble staying focused. As a parent, Jiaire’s life is very sad and the battle that rages for the orphans is terrible. I also didn’t enjoy the adventure. 🙂 I know, but the thought of swinging from ropes and plunging to the death aren’t really things that entice me… my teens, however, are a different story.


Author: Brendan Detzner
Source: Brendan Detzner sent The Orphan Fleet to me at no charge in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher & Date: April 15th 2016 by Attack Rabbit Books
Genre: YA, Superhero, Fantasy
Pages: 83
Grade: DNF
Ages: 16+

Author Bio:

Brendan DetznerBrendan Detzner lives, works, and writes in Forest Park, IL. His work has appeared in Chizine, Pseudopod, Edge of Propinquity, Ruthless Peoples, Untied Shoelaces of the Mind, and the Book of Dead Things and Exigencies anthologies, as well as elsewhere. His new novel “Millersville” is available on Amazon. Brendan has also been featured at the Twilight Tales and Reading Under The Influence reading series in Chicago and runs his own reading series Bad Grammar Theater (

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