The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding

The Black Lung Captain - Chris Wooding

From the Blurb:

"Darian Frey is down on his luck. He can barely keep his squabbling crew fed and his rickety aircraft in the sky. Even the simplest robberies seem to go wrong. It's getting so a man can't make a dishonest living any more.

Enter Captain Grist. He's heard about a crashed aircraft laden with the treasures of a lost civilisation, and he needs Frey's help to get it. There's only one problem. The craft is lying in the trackless heart of a remote island, populated by giant beasts and subhuman monsters.

Dangerous, yes. Suicidal, perhaps. Still, Frey's never let common sense get in the way of a fortune before. But there's something other than treasure on board that aircraft. Something that a lot of important people would kill for. And it's going to take all of Frey's considerable skill at lying, cheating and stealing if he wants to get his hands on it..."

 

The Black Lung Captain is the second fantasy/steampunk (sort of) tale of the Ketty Jay airship and it's misfit crew.  This is much better than the first book - more character development, lovely world building, more action, more surprises and lots of fun swashbuckling adventure.  The story is self-contained but it is best to read Retribution Falls first.