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Harpy's Flight Paperback – 2001

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Harper Collins - Voyager (2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007112521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007112524
  • ASIN: B002JJBWRU
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,815,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Fantasy Lore on 22 Jan. 2006
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After the disappointment in some ways of ‘Shaman’s Crossing’ by Robin Hobb it was a fantastic treat for me to be able to go back to the roots of this author (a.k.a. Megan Lindholm) and it was only with the first paragraph that I found myself once again completely hooked by an addictive prose, fascinating characters and an immediately involving opening scene. ‘Harpy’s Flight’ begins a quartet of books in the ‘Ki and Vandien’ series, which is a brilliant introduction to what I’m expecting to be another engaging set of stories from an author world-renowned for her page-turning writing style. And in my opinion this story is by no means an example of this author learning her craft- Robin Hobb may have advanced her skills in terms of characterisation and layer upon layer of story that constitutes high fantasy, but the writing style, human observation and heart, addictive style and all the rest that I personally associate with Hobb are 100% present and correct. And as an integral part of the story, Ki is an inspired lead character who is continually put into situations where she is ignorant of the correct customs and knowledge with which to safely navigate unfamiliar territory, just as Fitz and Althea before (or after her- depending on your point of view!) are in the Farseer, Liveship Traders and Tawny Man trilogies by Hobb. The consequence of which is that keen empathy and strong attachment by the reader for the character.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Turner on 13 Aug. 2010
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I was captured and held by this book. Nothing could separate me from the climax so it's as well I live alone and no-one is upset if the meals don't arrive in time. Megan Lindholm has a gift for inventing species and civilisations which hold together and are believable. Her characters have depth and grow as the story unfolds.

A good read.
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Mar. 2002
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Robin Hobb's trilogies are obviously becoming vastly popular and while I wait for the 2nd in her newest trilogy, going back and reading her past works under Lindholm are great. Harpy's Flight is a fantastic fantasy with excitement as well as heart. I highly recommend this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Noverraz on 11 May 2010
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This is the first volume of the Windsingers tetralogy (before The Windsingers, The Limbreth Gate and Luck of the Wheels).

Ki is an outcast Romni young woman travelling with her wagon and Sigmund and Sigurd, two grays horses, as sole possession, and set on crossing the ice-clad Sisters' mountain pass and delivering her freight.

On the way she almost kills Vandien in self-defense when the hungry and shabby-looking man tries to steal one of her horses to cross the pass. Instead they decide to ride together, although Vandien will try several times to talk her out of taking this road with her wagon.

The narrative alternates between the present, with the tale of Ki and Vandien's growing friendship as they face dire perils together, and the past, when Ki reminisces about the events that lead her here. In these episodes, the reader discovers her story: the violent death of her husband and two children, murdered by Harpies, her hunger for revenge and attack on a Harpies' nest, her time with her husband's family, trying to respect their customs and rites and finally leaving, her cousin-in-law Haftor urging her to take the Sisters' Pass.

Harpy's Flight is Megan Lindholm's first novel, written in 1982, and although I didn't find it as thrilling as her later trilogies written as Robin Hobb, I was delighted to discover she already had that amazing style and writing talent.
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I was a huge fan of Robin Hobb's work when she used to write novels as Megan Lindholm, such as `The Ki and Vandien Quartet' which introduced me to a great writer. I certainly feel that Harpy's Flight projects the qualities of a great fantasy writer and those raw traits that the author possessed before the creation of epics (such as the Farseer Trilogy in which Fitz Chivalry was born). This richly evocative tale is full of distinct originality, professing the author's uniquely individualistic style - which is apparent in all her work. Unlike others within this highly competitive and greatly popular genre, Megan Lindholm stands-out for miles with how she puts such creative vision and inspired ideas onto paper with such effortless ease and dexterity. This is a book in a collection of favorites that never cease to amaze me and leave me awestruck, for this is a writer who is so impressive as she is the creator of ambitious masterpieces.

`Harpies don't give up on blood debts. Neither do the men who serve them. A life must be given in return'

Within a world of ancient rituals and magic, lie harsh mountainous regions and extraordinary races. Instead of remaining in the comfort of her husband's Gypsy people Ki chooses to become an outcast and wander in solitude whilst plagued by haunted memories. As she leaves all that is familiar, Ki encounters all kinds of beings and ends up being hunted by Harpies and a mysterious man who is intent to remain a part of her future. This supremely singular tale is wrought with danger and shrouded in secrets, which will dazzle any fan of epic fantasy and well-written literary works.
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