Joel Ross

Chess and his crew escaped the slums, but they cannot escape the Fog that threatens to swallow the mountaintop city of Port Oro. Only one thing can stop the Fog: an ancient machine known as the Compass. And only one person can find it: Chess.

"A fast-paced narrative and hilarious dialogue make this series an essential purchase where smart middle grade fantasy/adventure is in demand."

School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A cracking good adventure with a diverse cast in a memorable world."



Joel Ross

"A fresh approach, convincingly delivered, with overtones reminiscent of Dickens."


Thirteen-year-old Chess and his crew sail a rickety air-raft over the deadly Fog, scavenging the ruins for anything they can sell to survive. But now survival isn't enough. With the ruthless Lord Kodoc hot on their trail, they risk everything in a desperate flight to the mountaintop city of Port Oro. They need to find a cure for 'fogsickness,' even if that means confronting Chess's deepest fears.

"Complex, lovable characters; a magical, dangerous world; and a struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. I couldn't put it down!"

Sage Blackwood

"A classic adventure novel with a postapocalyptic flair and witty reimagining of modern folklore."

Merrie Haskell

"Oh, and there are air pirates!"

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