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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,462 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George R. R. Martin, Lisa Tuttle Narrator: Harriet Walter Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 more 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—but sometimes life is not quite so neat.

Maris of Amberly, a fisherman’s daughter, was raised by a flyer and wants nothing more 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by celtic cat | 2/20/2014

    " This is the first book I ever bought. I think I was ten years old. If you like sci-fi it's a must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/19/2014

    " A collaboration with George RR Martin and Lisa Tuttle. Interesting Fantasy/Sci Fi story for the most part. I see the hand of George Martin in the story and its creativity. However, it went on too long and focused more on the romantic episodes, and thus became a bit boring. I understand Mr. Martin took a 10 year break from the Game of Thrones books to collaborate on this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ilona | 2/14/2014

    " This was an okay book to read. Not the best I've gotten my hands on this year, but not the worst either. I loved the world that Martin created, it was a fascinating idea of how a society could work. His descriptions were great, too and there was some suspense in it that kept me reading. The only thing I didn't like is that the story felt interrupted. It consisted of three parts and at times, I had trouble finding out where the author was taking me and if this current part was even relevant to the whole story. Also, I sometimes felt that the author didn't describe the characters well enough. Sure, at most times, he did awesome and I suffered and laughed with them, but then there were those moments that were lacking and that stood out even more because the rest of the book was so good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Adon Coya | 1/27/2014

    " The early writings of a great writer (G.R.R.Martin). "

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