skybreaker

“How frightfully practical of you,” Kate remarked disdainfully. For a few minutes we ate in silence. The champagne didn’t taste as exhilarating any longer, the sudden building hum of excitement had been extinguished by my ‘practicality’, and how silly it was. Who was I trying to live up to, to what standard? Kate’s limitless mind was filled with possibility and adventure and there I was trying to tear the rug out from under her richly-clad feet. She wouldn’t have it. I saw the glimmer of defiance in her eyes (nothing got her going like defiance, the girl was a regular mutineer), which meant there was no defeating her. But I didn’t want to. I just wanted to watch her. Watch her do all the amazing things she spoke of, shocking everyone, even herself.

I took her hand. “If my heart were a compas, you’d be North.
“That,” she said, “is a very romantic thing to say. But it seems the needle swings a bit to Nadira too.”
“A little magnetic disturbance,” I said. “Nothing more.”
“She scored a perfect ten, Matt.”
You’d have scored an eleven…”

“Honestly,” she sighed, “I don’t know what kind of life we’ll have together, with me always flying off in one direction and you in the other.”

I smiled. “It’s a good thing the world’s round,” I said.

- Kate de Vries and Matt Cruse, Starclimber

thatbluebox inspired me months ago to read the Matt Cruse trilogy (Airborn, Skybreaker, Starclimber) by Kenneth Oppel, and the last few lines left me with an overwhelming urge to draw these two characters.

They’re probably a couple years older here, with Matt in an actual officer’s position on an airship and Kate trying to escape the confines of nobility (and observe an odd crab-thing that she found).

Book Meme - Day 1 - A book series you wish had gone on longer

Because:

Gahh saying why would be spoilery but let’s just say things are UNRESOLVED ROMANTICALLY. VERY UNRESOLVED. THERE IS SO MUCH ROMANTIC IRRESOLUTION.

It’s a series set in an Alternate early-20th century aboard airships and the protagonist is from Alternate Universe VANCOUVER (Lionsgate City, in the books). His family lives in KITSILANO (my neighbourhood).

The first book had pirates and tropical islands, the second had ghost ships and aerial zoology, and the third had A SPACE ELEVATOR.

Fun Fact:

The author (Kenneth Oppel) DOES intend to continue the series EVENTUALLY, but I have no idea how many more books there’ll be or how long it’ll take to get my greedy, greedy hands on them.