The Black Lung Captain

By Chris Wooding

Chris Wooding, writer of the exciting novel Retribution Falls, returns to a fantastical international of astounding sky battles and high-flying heroics for one more epic adventure.
Deep within the middle of the Kurg rainforest lies a long-forgotten ruin. On board, at the back of a magically safe door, an elusive treasure awaits. great thing Darian Frey, captain of the airship Ketty Jay, has the daemonist Crake on board. Crake is their top probability of having that door open—if they could sober him up. For a prize this engaging, Frey is prepared to courageous the mythical monsters of the forbidding island and to best friend himself with a accomplice who’s even much less reliable than he is.

But what’s at the back of that door isn't really what any of the fortune hunters anticipate, any further than they expect their fiercest competitor for the treasure—a lady from Frey’s earlier who additionally occurs to be the main feared pirate within the skies.

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Slag may well thump concerning the room up to he loved and no-one might observe him. however it nonetheless took strategy to clamber onto a face with no waking its proprietor. Slag used to be tremendous, outdated, and scarred from one thousand fights, yet regardless of his hefty body he was once a grasp of the artwork of stealth. He slipped alongside the bunk towards Harkins’s head. He may perhaps odor the stale breath of his enemy, consider the air brushing earlier his delicate whiskers. He slowed, tested the terrain, picked out the simplest approach to technique. whilst he used to be prepared, he made his movement. unexpectedly the floor surged beneath him, as though the mattress itself had snapped close like a suite of jaws. He tensed to bolt, yet a white sack enveloped him first, tangling his paws and blinding him. He thrashed, yet he couldn’t get a formal grip to run, and he felt himself lifted into the air. He tumbled onto his again, the other way up, helpless, limited. He hissed and spat and writhed in fury, however the sack had him trapped. “Ha! ” Harkins cried. “Ha! concept i used to be asleep, didn’t you! good, I fooled you! ” It was once a gabble of meaningless sounds to Slag. He used to be shaken all approximately in his lousy white criminal. He twisted and became, attempting to correct himself. no one did this to him! not anyone! Least of all that filthy worried prey-thing! “How do you're keen on that, eh? I’ll convey you! ” “Will you close up your rattling meat-hole? ” moaned Pinn, who’d been woke up via the commotion. “I received him! I bought the cat! ” “Great,” stated Pinn irritably. “Throw it in a river or whatever. Scabby little bag of stink. ” “Throw it within the river? That’s a good suggestion, Pinn! a good suggestion! ” “Happy to aid. Now, bugger off. ” Slag’s flailing had acquired one among his claws hooked into the cloth of the sack. He struggled to loose his paw yet as a substitute succeeded in utilizing it as an anchor to curl himself around into an upright place on the backside of the sack. Now, together with his paws underneath him, he tugged. the cloth tore, yet his paw remained trapped by means of a loop of obdurate thread. He pulled back, and this time an extended tear seemed. “Erm,” stated Harkins. there has been a creaking of bedsprings—Pinn rolling over to seem down at the scene. “I wish you didn’t imagine your pillowcase used to be going to carry a cat that dimension, did you? ” Slag’s claw pulled unfastened, yet he’d sighted freedom and attacked the lease, slashing and shredding. The scrawny one squealed, and the sack all of sudden, terrifyingly, plunged downward because it used to be published. Slag hit the ground in a heap, yet now a minimum of he’d came upon the floor, and it will take greater than a fall like that to harm him. With the sack settling round him, he orientated himself, picked himself up, and thrashed his method out of the neck of the pillowcase. “Uh-oh,” stated Pinn gleefully. “He’s mad now. ” Harkins used to be being affected by the door, attempting to slide it open. the terror was once coming off him now, that regularly occurring odor. Harkins was once repeatedly Slag’s dimension, however the cat might have attacked whatever at this element, even the oily monster that lived within the carry. He used to be berserk with rage. His complete existence, he’d been on the most sensible of the meals chain.

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