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Dread Eagle

Written by Alex Woolf
Part of the Iron Sky Series

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October 2014 Book of the Month Steampunk at its best with some fantastical inventions that make the impossible possible. Set in the mid-nineteenth century, war has broken out between France and England as the two mighty powers struggle for global supremacy. It’s a world filled with coal powered robots, giant mechanical birds and floating cities. Britain’s best defenders are the Sky Sisters, a band of brave aviatrixes led by 18 year old Lady Arabella West, who dare all in a deadly sky-fight against France’s secret weapon – a titanic airship which can remain hidden as it is protected by an invisible Aetheric Shield.

Lovereading comment Adventurous steampunk at its very best, three cheers for the start to a fabulous new series that will leave you by the end of the book wanting many more. Arabella is feisty, Arabella is courageous, Arabella is one of the members of the Sky Sisters, a part of the British Imperial Secret Service in 1845 trying to resist Napoleon’s attempt to finally eradicate the British resistance. With steam driven automatons, warships and hidden floating cities you are transported into a wonderfully created new world. The beautifully drawn and explained pull out diagrams and plans of the steam entities pull you further into this sensational alternative reality. The adventures undertaken are tense, and the characters need grit and guts galore to try to complete their mission. A fabulous read! ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Jake Fletcher, age 13 - 'Pirates, destruction, war. There is trouble in the skies above Europe. It’s up to the Sky Sisters to stop it for good or else. An exciting Steampunk novel.'
  • Amy Laws, age 13 - 'This book wasn't really for me but my brother really enjoyed it.'
  • Imogen Fisher, age 14 - 'I enjoyed reading Iron Sky: Dread Eagle, because it is different to books that I usually read.'
  • Amelie Chatham, age 11 - 'A very clever book with twists and turns all the way through...I found it hard to put the book down. I was so gripped in the story, I was willing things to happen.'
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 12 - 'This book contains action and adventure and a hint of comedy and romance. The plot line was brilliant and as you got further into the story secrets were uncovered.'
  • Libby Bridgemann, age 7 - 'Dread Eagle is probably the best book I have ever read. My favourite character is Arabella because she is exactly like me. I would love to love to fly a plane.'


Dread Eagle by Alex Woolf

This breathtaking steampunk adventure introduces an alternative 19th century of giant airships soaring through the skies above the English Channel, fantastical, steam-powered automata, aerial steam carriages, floating cities, giant mechanical birds and a new kind of secret agent.

In a sumptuous cloth-bound hardback edition with an embossed cover, tail bands and gold foiling, and complete with full colour gatefolds showing the plans and cutaway views of the giant machines, Iron Sky: Dread Eagle will take you on an adventure quite unlike any other.

It is 1845. The elderly French emperor Napoleon, having defeated the British at Waterloo, is now preparing to crush his old enemies once and for all.

His secret weapon: a titanic airship, cloaked in an Aetheric Shield, that will spearhead the invasion of Britain. In the forefront of Britain's defence are the Sky Sisters, a crack team of intrepid aviatrixes led by 18-year-old Lady Arabella West. Sent to investigate reports of a giant mechanical eagle that is capable of snatching an airship in its talons, Arabella finds herself in a situation where she will need all her courage and ingenuity to survive.

Steampunk (noun): A genre of science fiction dealing with 19th-century societies, dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology
Welcome to a steam-driven past that never was and a future that could never be.

About the Author

Alex Woolf

Alex Woolf was born in Willesden Green, North-West London in 1964 and studied History and Politics at Essex University. He has travelled in America and Europe and worked variously as an accountant, a warehouse assistant, a print buyer, a door-to-door salesman and a dish washer in a roach-infested restaurant in Florida. Since 1995, he has been editing books for young people, and in 2001, he began to write. He has penned more than 40 books on a surprisingly wide range of topics, including the fantastic new fiction title, Aldo Moon and the Ghost of Gravewood Hall.

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Salariya Book Company Ltd

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25th September 2014




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Salariya Book Company Ltd is an imprint of Scribbler


The Salariya Book Company publishes books for all ages both internationally and domestically through its imprints Book House, Scribblers and Scribo. Independent Children's Publisher of the Year 2010.

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