The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
James Dudley dreams of adventure, but no amount of secret fantasy will drag him from the security of a steady job as Mr Wyatt's clerk. That is until Mr Wyatt sends him on a clandestine assignment that will take him to the opium capitol of the country and aboard ship with airship pirates. More
Available ebook formats: epub mobi pdf lrf pdb txt html
First 20% Sample: epub mobi (Kindle) lrf more Online Reader
About Jaq D. Hawkins

Jaq D Hawkins is the author of several Dark Fantasy novels, which include Dance of the Goblins, To Dance With Dragons and Power of the Dance. There is a combined volume of the full Goblin Trilogy available. Her most recent release is a comedic science fiction novel, an adventurous farce through time and space called The Chase for Choronzon.

She has also written the Airship Mechanoids Steampunk series which begins with The Wake of the Dragon and will continue with The Winds of Winter Storms due in 2024 and a third volume that takes the series into the realm of Khempunk.

She lives in England with her family, which includes several cats, and works on amateur filmmaking when she isn't writing. Most of the time she juggles deadlines between the two. She is a strong advocate of human rights and equality, which is reflected in many of her stories through diversity in central characters.

Information on fiction titles can be found through her website at or mobile
Information on Mind, Body, Spirit titles can be found at

Read Jaq D. Hawkins's Smashwords Interview
Learn more about Jaq D. Hawkins

Also by This Author

Also by This Publisher

Reviews of The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure by Jaq D. Hawkins

Sadie S. Forsythe reviewed on April 21, 2013

The Wake of the Dragon follows the events directly following a large air-pirate heist. While this provides an interesting back-drop for an adventure story, it feels as if it could be just any old day at the office for the people involved. There is no feeling that this is "the big one' or 'the final one' or extra important in any way and therefore worthy of note. I was a little disappointed about that. But the writing is very good (if repetitive at times), the steampunk technology interesting, and the characters relatable. I especially liked the pirates dedication to their goddess. There is also some appreciable humour and wit, especially in poor Dudley's discomfort and the captain's relations with his first officer.

While The Wake of the Dragon might not be all heart stopping action, it is very good and well worth a read. If you like steampunk in the slightest I would recommend picking it up. I'm definitely up for reading more of Hawkins' writing.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Jim Browning reviewed on May 25, 2012

This one had me laughing on the first page. As Steampunk writing goes this is what it should be, an airship pirate adventure in the opium trade where a convoluted series of thieves, spies and corrupt businessmen form a fast moving tale that keeps the pages turning and the reader both intrigued and amused. The story can be engrossingly serious at one moment and delightfully comedic in the next.

The characters are well defined and form an interesting tapestry of opposites. A businessman's clerk who suffers from travel sickness is an unlikely companion for a gentleman pirate captain with a mystical proclivity who thrives on the thrill of danger at storm's edge. A farm girl, a hired spy and a mechanoid pirate crew add both flavor and comedy to a story that has been notably historically researched, even giving the date of a significant earthquake in England that really happened.

The aspects of alternative technology that define good Steampunk are handled well and the writer's skill with the story teller's art makes me curious about her other books. I hope her future releases will include more Steampunk. A sequel to this one would be great as I would like to see more adventures with some of these characters.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
C.M. Gray reviewed on May 24, 2012

In a steam punk world reminiscent of Victorian London, a world where steam powered airships roam the sky and it would seam everyone and his mother succumb to the tempting embrace of opium and rum, a robbery sets the story for an adventure around the skies.

The thieves head off in their airship, captained by the incredible Captain Bonny, while the luckless Dudley, clerk of the dubious victim, Mr Wyatt gives chase.

The character of Captain Bonny is extremely well developed as he tempts the faits with his flirtations with Aide, goddess of the storm winds, always sailing a little too close to a storm so that he might feel a connection with her.

I thought this was a really well put together story that drew me along entertaining all the way. I look forward to exploring other books by this author.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Report this book