The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1) by Robyn Bennis

The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1)

The nation of Garnia has been at war for as long as Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupre can remember – this time against neighboring Vinzhalia. Garnia’s Air Signal Corp stands out as the favored martial child of the King. But though it’s co-ed, women on-board are only allowed “auxiliary” crew positions and are banned from combat. In extenuating circumstances, Josette saves her airship in the heat of battle. She is rewarded with the Mistr...

Details The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1)

TitleThe Guns Above (Signal Airship #1)
Release DateMay 7th, 2017
PublisherTor Books
Number of pages352 pages
GenreScience Fiction, Steampunk, Fantasy

Reviews The Guns Above (Signal Airship #1)

  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    This book begins and ends with a literal bang. It's beyond fun. It's... sorrycanthelpit... explosively entertaining. It's a fast fantasy and steampunk read that feels like a historical fiction adventure a la Master and Commander but less stuffy and with more aerial battles. Napoleonic-era type warfare dominates the plot, but the entire book is centered on Garnia's first female airship captain. Very fast and very fun.
  • wishforagiraffe
    I deeply enjoyed this book. A magic-less (or exceptionally low magic) secondary world full of airships and muskets and trains, still dealing with issues of imperialism and sexism is very much "my kind of thing" and the fast pace and well developed main characters made it even better. It's a military fantasy without being overly gritty, but doesn't shy away from the realities of war, and it's a story about an unlikely friendship that we actually g...
  • Jaclyn
    The Guns Above is the start of a new series set in a steampunk type world. Josette Dupris has been part of the Air Signal Corp for years; however, as a woman she's never been able to move past a certain rank, and women are certainly never supposed to be involved in a battle. While Josette is no stranger to war, she never expected that she would be given a command of her own, which is exactly what happens in The Guns Above. Due to the Josette's ac...
  • Akahayla
    When I started this book, I was really aggravated because I wanted to find some meaning to the whole thing, some purpose to the characters but halfway through the book I realized that in my "mission" to find some meaning, I was letting how awesome it was just fly over my head.It's filled with so much action and humour that I was really sad when it ended because I'm going to really miss Bernat's banter and Josette's cold humour.It felt like I was ...
  • Marlene
    Originally published at Reading RealityThe Guns Above is an absolutely fantastic steampunk/Military SF action adventure story. This is one of those stories where it’s science fiction mostly because it isn’t anything else. The only SFnal element is the “not our world” setting and, of course, the airships. Those marvelous airships.But in its protagonist of Lieutenant Josette Dupre, we have an avatar for every woman who has had it drummed in...
  • Geonn Cannon
    An amazing first novel! The Guns Above delivers on its premise with a novel that's full of great characters, exhilarating airship battles, and unexpected humor. I didn't expect this book to be half as witty as it ended up being, but there are more than a few scenes where I wanted to take note of the banter to use next time someone was annoying me. Josette Dupre is a character I can't wait to revisit. Cocky but not ridiculously so, respectful of a...
  • Jo (Mixed Book Bag)
    Lieutenant Josette Dupris has just been given the command of an airship and is the first woman to to so. That command is the bane of the General commanding the troops so he sends his nephew as his spy to bring her down. Lord Bernat, a foppish aristocrat, is the spy. Josette know why he is there and what happens is a story full of laugh out loud lines wrapped into the blood and guts of battles. I loved how Bernat changes his attitude but not his p...
  • Laura
    If you are a woman in business of a certain age, you have had the experience of being ignored when out with a male colleague. You say something at a meeting, and the answer goes to the man next to you. You might go to a conference, and the men ware spoken to first. You might be meeting a new client, and the man is the one who is greeted as sthe one in charge.That is the overriding theme of this book. Oh, yes, there is a war on, and there are batt...
  • H.
    The Guns Above starts out in-media-res. Or maybe a little more after-media-res, beginning at the end of a battle. Wait, what? I wouldn’t have minded seeing that battle, but we will get plenty of that, and the book starts at the beginning of the story. Josette Dupre, courtesy of surviving an airship crash that her captain did not, just became the first female airship captain in the history of the Corps. That’s the good news, as much as anythin...
  • Online Eccentric Librarian
    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog With The Gun Above, author Bennis takes the gravitas of Master and Commander naval warfare and gives it a steampunk spin. Those worried that the fantastical will overwhelm the story can be reassured that the plot is tight and with few 'magical' elements at all. In fact, this felt like a Sharpe's Rifles type of story rather than a science fiction steampunk. But while the bo...
  • Jacey
    Lieutenant Josette Dupre is a female auxiliary in Garnia’s air corps fighting both in the never-ending war against the Vins, and against the position of women as second class citizens. Chauvinism is rife. The auxiliaries are banned from combat, but when her Captain is killed in battle, Josette’s bravery and resourcefulness earn her command of her own ship. Garnia’s first female captain is regarded as an affront as far as the general is conc...
  • Sadie Forsythe
    This was a really quite enjoyable read. I liked the idea of the first female airship captain. I loved the banter and wry witticisms in the face of danger. The writing was wonderful and I liked all the characters (or rather, liked the ones I was meant to like and disliked the ones meant to be toad-like). I would have liked to understand the characters as well as the battles. The book is heavy on detailed descriptions of air battles and light on th...
  • Toni
    Am I an airman now?Because I totally feel like I could be an airman now and crush it. This whole story was really interesting, yet battle heavy. I wanted more character development throughout, but woth the way the charactwrs personalities anf the main two character's dynamic with each other it makes so much sense how slowly the growth played out. I am actually really excited about continuing this series and becoming more and more invested in that...
  • Justina Ireland
    A daring female airship captain, a general trying desperately to undermine her command, a foppish young lord out to help his uncle (the general) and air battles aplenty make this book super enjoyable and a super fast paced read. This is the perfect steampunk book to hand friends who hate the genre and is also perfect for folks who like fantasy but hate complicated magic systems (this world is comparable to an 1800s without added magic). There are...
  • Coolcurry
    The Guns Above is not easy to describe. It’s sort of like a cross between steampunk and military fantasy, without any magic. It’s a military focused novel that takes place in a whole different world that includes plenty of airships.The kingdom of Garnia is perpetually involved in warfare. Due to shortages of men, the military has reluctantly allowed women to serve in “auxiliary” positions aboard airships. Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupr...
  • Adam Roloff
    This was a fun book. The author clearly did a lot of research into things to make the airship feel realistic. There were some snarky bits of humor from the main character and the battle scenes were cool.
  • Mark Lindberg
    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review. This has in no way affected my review of the book.I haven’t read many steampunk/airship novels, but after this one, I might have to check out some more. The setting and worldbuilding was really well done, and I loved the attention to detail. The world felt like a real character, and an incredibly important element in the plot of the novel, and I enjoy books like that. I will note that readi...
  • Cornerofmadness
    I was lucky enough to get an early copy at the Steampunk Symposium in Cincinnati. I wasn’t going to get it as I’m not a huge fan of military SF/F and this sounded as military as it gets. War and battles aren’t my thing and fighting tends to bore me quickly. However, the editor Diana Pho, talked so fondly of this novel in the various panels at the con that I rolled the dice and bought it.And I was blown away. It’s probably a 4.5 read for m...
  • Nathan
    Fantasy Review BarnEven have a complete disaster work out in your favor? Josette Dupris wakes up after her airship crashes a hero. This is not a Flashman scenario; her quick thinking after the commanding officer bites it truly are worthy of some accolades as the tide of battle was turned by her controlled crash. But deserved accolades or not Dupris finds that the disaster she survived is only going to lead to more problems in the future. Specific...
  • Shane Jardine
    Originally posted at www.archeddoorway.comThe Guns Above by Robyn Bennis is a fun and exciting introduction to a brand new steampunk world and one of the better debut novels that I have read in quite awhile now. It may be a bit early to say but I think I can go out on a limb right now and say that I think The Guns Above is going to be one of the best new steampunk releases of the year. Robyn Bennis has managed to take everything I love about stea...
  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    4.5 StarsTHE GUNS ABOVE is a well-crafted, action-packed Steampunk story set in a fantasy land. One country is pitted against another in a long drawn-out war and Josette ends up right in the middle of it on her airship with an interesting crew. A well-developed page-turner that grows in intensity to the end.I loved the wit, charm, and strong dose of sarcasm that was prevalent throughout the dialogue of this story! Captain Josette pitted against L...
  • Sarai
    Review to come!This book has been a very pleasant surprise. The kind of surprise that you start at 9 at night to settle down and then don't put down until 2 am after finishing it. Josette is refreshing to say the least. She is tough as nails due to her climbing literally by accident to the top and yet having to maintain this position and earn respect in a man's world. Yet we get to gain insight and glimpses into her thoughts and vulnerability. Sh...
  • B Warne
    The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis is supposed to be steampunky. But I found it more like science-fiction from the golden age. A different planet with obvious humans with all those pesky human flaws but also different levels of cultures and technology that never existed together on Earth. But what makes this a breath of fresh air is the relationship between the two viewpoint characters. Josettte Dupre is the first female airship captain of her kingdo...
  • Earl Roske
    I began reading this book with doubts. I don't find the cover all that appealing and it has the feel of a steampunk-romance novel. However, don't let the cover fool you, if you are like me. Also, don't let the idea of sexism and misogyny taking a smack-down stop you. Because, at the end of it all, I was sorry that I will have to wait a year to read the second book. (Fortunately, according to the author, there will actually be a third book. I just...
  • Ramona
    I haven't read a book I loved this much in a while! It's steampunk, but it's only steampunk because airships. Otherwise, it's straight up historically-flavored military adventure. Set in a fictional Napoleonic Europe-like land, it's centered around Josette Dupre, the first female airship captain, who, after running afoul of an incompetent commanding general, is saddled with said general's aristocratic foppish, not-at-all-militarily-trained nephew...
  • Tim Hicks
    Hmm. This book came VERY close to a two-star rating, because the world is not lacking in stories of plucky women on ships or airships, showing a sexist hierarchy that they are good. The fop observer is nothing new either, and for a while we plod along with these stock pieces. But gradually, we see that our Cap'n really is competent (JUST short of Mary Sue level) and there may be hope for the fop, and there's some good banter to keep it all moving...
  • Alexa
    The Guns Above is a really cool concept, blending a Napoleonic-like war and society with steampunk, narrated by a female captain of an airship and a bratty rich boy sent to spy on her. I liked the way it dealt with the sexism of the society, though it hurt to read at times, and the characters themselves were charming and real.However, the style just wasn't my fit - it's not that it's written badly, it's just written in such a way that I couldn't ...
  • Loyd Case
    The blurb compares this to the Honor Harrington series, but that does the excellent tale a disservice. The lead character, Josette Dupre, differs substantially from Harrington -- more self-doubt, living in a world that has yet to accept women in roles of leadership. I also liked that the main antagonist isn't a moustache-twirling victim, but someone who grows from a fop who doesn't understand military matters to one who actually comes to care abo...
  • Christopher
    I would tend to call this more Napoleonic era warfare with airships than steampunk, but more of that may come in subsequent books. Despite the lack of any overt science fictiony feel, I really enjoyed the book. I was pleasantly surprised to see what started to look like some, rather stereotypical, characters spring to life, and step out of the initial two dimensional impression I had of them. As the action isn't the only spoiler potential in talk...