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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: October 2012 ISBN: 9780385359771
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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 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 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 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 Adon Coya | 1/27/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis Allison | 1/17/2014

    " Needed a George R.R. fix while waiting for Song of Ice & Fire update. Really GREAT. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marykatedavin | 1/10/2014

    " had high hopes for this book but it was just okay. the characters were no where near as engaging as the characters in game of thrones. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Raman Ohri | 1/7/2014

    " Almost a young adult book, and really more of a set of short stories than anything. Only made it a third of the way and decided to move on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 11/17/2013

    " This book was pretty good, it was an interesting story. Unfortunately I don't have much more to say about it, I felt a lot more could have been done with such an original world and characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalef | 11/14/2013

    " Diverse forzature ma non male. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ric | 10/21/2013

    " A classic from the 70s, memorable for its wonderful depiction of the joys of flying, I mean with wings, like an eagle. The written version of the flight training segment of the movie Avatar. 30+ years after, the memories are fading but overall it was a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Casey | 9/12/2013

    " Eh. Characters needed more depth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keren Chapelle | 9/2/2013

    " This took a little while to get going; honestly it took me until 1/2 way through it to really get into it, but then I really enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 8/6/2013

    " Good read, finished it in one sitting this evening. Good storyline, was hoping the characters would draw me in a bit more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liane | 6/28/2013

    " Not finished reading yet, but this book is excellent so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nora | 4/24/2013

    " Disapointing. I am a big fan of George r.r. Martin but this one seem pedestrian to me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brendan | 3/10/2013

    " This is probably George R. R. Martin's softest book. It spans many decades and follows the life and love of only one or two characters, making it feel incredibly intimate compared to his other works. In the end it was mildly entertaining, but I wouldn't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole Harding | 12/17/2012

    " good story but wordy and convoluted. Could have told the story in about half as many pages and it would have held my interest better. I actually skimmed through some of the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marija S. | 11/18/2012

    " Very recommendable light read, despite the mediocre grading "

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About the Author
Author George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid ’90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he’s allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with the lovely Parris, a big white dog called Mischa, and two cats named Augustus and Caligula, who think they run the place.

About the Narrator

Harriet Walter was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 for Best Actress in a Revival for her performances in Twelfth Night, A Question Of, and Three Sisters. In 1999 she was named a Commander of the Order of British Empire by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.