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Windhaven

Windhaven

  • Title: Windhaven
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  • ISBN : 9780553577907
  • Format : Paperback
  • Language : English
  • Page : 416 pages


George R R Martin has thrilled a generation of readers with his epic works of the imagination, most recently the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling saga told in the novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords Lisa Tuttle has won acclaim from fans of science fiction, horror, and fantasy alike most recently for her haunting novel The Pi George R R Martin has thrilled a generation of readers with his epic works of the imagination, most recently the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling saga told in the novels A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords Lisa Tuttle has won acclaim from fans of science fiction, horror, and fantasy alike most recently for her haunting novel The Pillow Friend Now together they gift readers with this classic tale of a brilliantly rendered world of ironbound tradition, where a rebellious soul seeks to prove the power of a dream.The planet of Windhaven was not originally a home to humans, but it became one following the crash of a colony starship It is a world of small islands, harsh weather, and monster infested seas Communication among the scattered settlements was virtually impossible until the discovery that, thanks to light gravity and a dense atmosphere, humans were able to fly with the aid of metal wings made of bits of the cannibalized spaceship.Many generations later, among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds prestige than the silver winged flyers, who bring news, gossip, songs, and stories They are romantic figures crossing treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms that could easily dash them from the sky to instant death They are also members of an increasingly elite caste, for the wings always in limited quantity are growing gradually rarer as their bearers perish.With such elitism comes arrogance and a rigid adherence to hidebound tradition And for the flyers, allowing just anyone to join their cadre is an idea that borders on heresy Wings are meant only for the offspring of flyers now the new nobility of Windhaven Except that sometimes life is not quite so neat.Maris of Amberly, a fisherman s daughter, was raised by a flyer and wants nothing than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven By tradition, however, the wings must go to her stepbrother, Coll, the flyer s legitimate son But Coll wants only to be a singer, traveling the world by sea So Maris challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen on the basis of merit rather than inheritance And when she wins that bitter battle, she discovers that her troubles are only beginning.For not all flyers are willing to accept the world s new structure, and as Maris battles to teach those who yearn to fly, she finds herself likewise fighting to preserve the integrity of a society she so longed to join not to mention the very fabric that holds her culture together


Author George R.R Martin

George R.R Martin was born September 20, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey His father was Raymond Collins Martin, a longshoreman, and his mother was Margaret Brady Martin He has two sisters, Darleen Martin Lapinski and Janet Martin Patten Martin attended Mary Jane Donohoe School and Marist High School He began writing very young, selling monster stories to other neighborhood children for pennies,




Windhaven Reviews (31)

  • This was an unexpected yet welcome find at the bookstore, since I had never heard of this book before, and I ve wanted to read George R R Martin books that AREN T from A Song of Ice and Fire Not familiar with Lisa Tuttle s writing, so I can t tell who influenced which ideas events characters, but M [..]

  • An early 1980s collaboration between a now famous author and a less famous one, Windhaven demonstrates that the young George R.R Martin had talent for world building and character driven storytelling While not as sprawling and a whole lot less violent than A Game of Thrones, it ll probably appeal to [..]

  • Maris has got to be one of the most amazing female protagonists in the history of this genre She is certainly what I think about when I think about a strong female lead Her personal development during the course of this novel is nothing short of pure perfection I mean Maris is an awe inspiring woman [..]

  • This fantasy appears to me to be in the tradition of Ursula Leguin, replete with a coming of age story bound up with social development issues, moral choices, and fable like messages The descendents of marooned starfarers inhabit a world of many small islands Aside from sailing in an ocean with dang [..]

  • This was my first George R.R Martin book and it definitely won t be the last, I assure you Windhaven is relatively short for the average fantasy book and yet I was SO connected, so enthralled with the characters, the world, the systemEVERYTHING This is the type of fantasy novel I yearn for wh [..]

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