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2.5 stars. This may require a reread [listen] at a later date. I did not vibe with this book. Even the amazing Robin Miles's narration couldn't save this book for me. I'm not even sure what was going on to be honest. Everything about the description should have made this book an excellent read. Perhaps it was just me. I will revisit some time in the future and perhaps my thoughts will change.½
 
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ViragoReads | 12 andre anmeldelser | Feb 7, 2023 |
Well written. An interesting world with a creepy payment for magic use, but I didn't really get the captain's story well enough to follow it. The main story is solid and good, the captain's story is unclear, and so feels like a random tangent that surrounds the main tale. I feel like there's a lot implied, but I'm not entirely sure what.
 
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jennybeast | 12 andre anmeldelser | Apr 14, 2022 |
Novella about the sea, wind mages, power and sacrifice.
 
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kevn57 | 12 andre anmeldelser | Dec 8, 2021 |
***WHO SUCKED ME IN***
The youtuber perpetualpages in their Top E-Books To Read video published on 29 nov. 2017
 
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Jonesy_now | 12 andre anmeldelser | Sep 24, 2021 |
I want to read a hundred stories set in this world. I loved pretty much everything about this story, but I want a full-length novel!
 
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Raiona | 12 andre anmeldelser | Jan 28, 2021 |
This was fabulous. There are pirates, smugglers, and weather witches. It's fairly short but there is a ton of plot and world-building crammed into it. I really enjoyed this. It's twisty, and a bit gritty, with hints of an intriguing magic system.

I loved that the ship's captain was an older, crabby, bisexual woman who you couldn't help but like.
 
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wisemetis | 12 andre anmeldelser | Dec 7, 2020 |
Tazir has been plying the sealanes in her trade ship for many years, and is facing the same challenges all her competitors are, in these hard days when the Dragonships have started ravaging those some sealanes and the communities near them. She has no interest in anything other than keeping her ship and crew afloat and profitable--even if only barely--and no interest in challenging the Dragonships.

Shina is a young woman fleeing something, probably an unwanted marriage, but she has the money to hire the ship to make an unlikely journey, and that's what Tazir and her crew care about. That's the business they're in. It's no fault of theirs that they don't know what her real purpose is, or that they start to like her quite a bit.

Shina is an apprentice Windspeaker.

A major source of the Windspeakers' power has been stolen, and for reasons that gradually become clear, only an apprentice can recover it for them. Shina is leading Tazir and her shipmates into the heart of what they want to avoid.

Foter unfolds her world and her characters in measured layers, making it and them fascinating and compelling. I hope there's more in this world. Highly recommended.
 
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LisCarey | 12 andre anmeldelser | Sep 19, 2018 |
A sophomoric novella with a cliched story and weak characterization.
 
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amanda4242 | 12 andre anmeldelser | Jun 16, 2017 |
Tazir needs to take find a passenger to pay the bills, but when a rich girl with too much money crosses her path in Shasa’s dive bar, she quickly realises she’s taken on more than she bargained for. Shina is more than she seems – the last, best hope to defeat the marauding Dragon Ships and restore the Windspeakers’ power.

Absurdly good - showing that it's perfectly possible to tell an epic fantasy tale in a really confined format if you're just selective with your character and world-building. Yes, it would also work as a novel – but it works brilliantly just the length it is, thanks to the narrow focus and clever use of detail to make it feel bigger than it is.

Full review½
 
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imyril | 12 andre anmeldelser | Jan 14, 2017 |
Evocative world-building, and good, well-distinguished characters. The Dragon Ships, and their motivation could have been described more, and the ending did what it needed to, but nothing more.
 
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teknognome | 12 andre anmeldelser | Jan 2, 2017 |
I liked the well-drawn protagonists, who each clearly had their own personality, goals, and priorities. I'm intrigued by the magic system and world -- I'd love to read a longer work in the same world. The ending wasn't what I expected, but it works.
 
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lavaturtle | 12 andre anmeldelser | Dec 31, 2016 |
This was *amazing* - not only exciting and engaging (although yes, definitely that), but the way Foster avoids going the easy route of condemning the weather witches for their restrictions, instead offering up different characters with different points of view and just letting them be. I loved everyone in this book.
 
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jen.e.moore | 12 andre anmeldelser | Dec 13, 2016 |
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