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Windhaven [Paperback]

George R. R. Martin , Lisa Tuttle
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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1 Feb 1982

Among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, romantic figures who cross treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms, to bring news, gossip, songs and stories to a waiting populace.

Maris of Amberly, a fisherman's daughter, wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. So she challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen by merit rather than inheritance.

But even after winning that bitter battle, Maris finds that her troubles are only beginning. Now a revolution threatens to destroy the world she fought so hard to join - and force her to make the ultimate sacrifice...

This early collaborative novel from George R. R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle is a masterclass of fantasy and storytelling.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library Ltd; paperback / softback edition (1 Feb 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450046664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450046667
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 668,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A classic novel from George R. R. Martin, author of the hit HBO TV series A GAME OF THRONES, and award-winning author Lisa Tuttle. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

George R. R. Martin published his first story in 1971 and quickly rose to prominence, winning four HUGO and two NEBULA AWARDs in quick succession before he turned his attention to fantasy with the historical horror novel FEVRE DREAM, now a Fantasy Masterwork. Since then he has won every major award in the fields of fantasy, SF and horror. His magnificent epic saga A Song of Ice and Fire is redefining epic fantasy for a new generation. George R. R. Martin lives in New Mexico. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise 21 Jun 2002
I bought this book on the strength of George RR Martin's other works and was in two minds once I received it - the blurb reads like the worst of romantic fantasy and with commendations by Anne McCaffrey and Marion Zimmer Bradley (sorry but...) and a "young girl achieves her dreams of flying and makes the world a better place" plot synopsis.
Frankly I thought there was no hope for this story by this point. Still, I'd bought it and, even if it sounded like it was turgid wishy-washy idealism and escapism, I was going to have to read it...
Early next morning I finally finished the book and managed to put it down and get some sleep. Yes, the main character is a somewhat foolish idealist with a dream of flying and breaking down the caste system, but the story is about much more than that, it shows that even great and noble actions like establishing equality can have disasterous consequences and that changing the law to be "fairer" may sound good in principle but when it hurts your friends then your idealism wavers.
Definitely recommended and slightly off the well worn track of mainstream fantasy.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read 29 Jun 2001
Windhaven is a world where the only land is in the form of small islands in a stormy sea. It's only inhabitants are the descendants of a crashed Earth colony ship who live a low-technology existence on those islands. One of the major forms of communication on Windhaven is messages carried by the flyers who use wings crafted from the spaceship's materials to fly between the islands, the wings are highly prized and passed down only through the elite flyer families. The main theme of this books concerns the efforts of the ordinary citizens of Windhaven, particuarily the book's heroine, to be allowed the chance to be able to become flyers. The more conservative of the flyer families resist the idea of others also being allowed to fly and this book deals with the conflict between the two groups. Like Martin's other books the characters are what makes this book good, as well as the convincing and original world. Fans of his major series, A Song of Ice and Fire should not be disapointed although the theme and feel of the book bears more similarity to Anne Mcaffrey's Pern series than Martin's other books. In summary, an entertaining book that is well worth reading.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
George RR Martin's early stuff is being reissued on the back the success of his 'Song of Ice and Fire' series. And a good thing too. This collaboration with Lisa Tuttle at first gave me the impression it would be predictable but a good read. In fact it was wonderful.
It follows Maris, who has no right to fly except that there is nothing she wants more in the world. Broadly in three parts, the books charts her difficult, thrilling and compelling adventures right through her life. Boldly imagined, adult and moving, this is a very welcome reprint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. A. J. D. White VINE VOICE
What can I say about this book..... well its excellent.
This is not a story about a poor village girl who finds out that she is the heir to a lost kingdom or set or wings... Just of a woman who tries to change the world for the better, but then comes to realise that it ain't as easy or ideal as she 1st thought...
If you want a book that deals with extremely well drawn characters who react believeably to a changing world, or just a well written thoughtful peice of art then this is the book for you...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its not bad but...... 9 Aug 2002
By Mal
I bought this book on the strength of ice and fire a truly imaginative and great read. I kept it safe to read on my holiday, I started to read it and immediately was struck by the similarity to Jack Vance Blue world. Maybe bacause of this I found that in comparison windhaven suffered.
Yes its quite good, but its not great. It reads like 3 separate stories combined with very little cohesion running through it.
Overall its pales beside the blue world and ice and fire, not bad but...... could be better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected 18 Feb 2010
By AnetteF
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On Windhaven Flyers play a vital role in the life of the community. The planet has no large landmass, instead consisting of thousands of small islands and the Flyers provide the only fast means to communication. The wings which make flying possible, are always passed on within families and the rules about who is eligible are very strict. Maris, though a fisherman's daughter was lucky to be adopted by a childless flyer and able to fulfil her childhood dream of flying. When her adopted father does have a son some years later after all, it looks like her flying days are numbered. To stop this from happening, Maris is prepared to do battle with tradition.

I bought this book mainly because I too have always dreamt of flying and reading a few sample pages felt that this book captured the thrill of having the sky to myself. So far, so good. The flying sequences are great (though pretty unrealistic) and the reader does feel the passion of the flyers. There is also the moral of the tale that actions have consequences, often beyond the obvious ones.

What lets the book down is the story itself. Rather than one good story, the book is really a collection of three novellas that have characters in common. Maybe I am too used to reading multi-volume epics, but the stories simply didn't feel fleshed out enough. Or should I use the words simply too short for me. They are like three snapshots, albeit good ones, when what I was looking for was a film.

There are some interesting relationships in the book, but I would definitely not call it a romance novel. All in all, a fantasy book for those who revel in beautiful descriptions and enjoy short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant But Not Like Game of Thrones
As the title says this is a beautifully written book but DO NOT buy it if you are looking for something similar to Game of Thrones. Read more
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Published on 20 May 2012 by A. Whitehead
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad disappointment
WindhavenIts possible that if I'd never read all of the books of, 'Song of Ice and Fire' I wouldn't have been so disappointed with Windhaven. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by SheriL
1.0 out of 5 stars A big miss...which is a shame
I like George R R Martin's other works but this was awful. The characters were badly drawn, the background and culture of the people had little development and overall it made me... Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by Book Crazy
2.0 out of 5 stars Walk on by
A weak story, not terribly well written or thought out. Reminiscent of Anne McCaffrey, I'm afraid - and not even at her best. Read more
Published on 18 April 2010 by Victoria Clare
2.0 out of 5 stars Anne McCaffrey lite
I bought this on the strength of Ice and Fire. I found Pern on a bad day, and without the dragons. It may have got better, but after after 47 pages I just don't care.
Published on 3 April 2010 by patacake
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
Georgge RR Martin's characterisation is simply the best in the business, and this collaboration with Lisa Tuttle simply can't be put down. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2005 by Mark Habgood
5.0 out of 5 stars George Martin just keeps getting better
Less than a year ago i had never heard of George R.R Martin until someone gave me a copy of A Game of Thrones and since then i've been hooked. Read more
Published on 14 July 2001 by Mr. G. Iveson
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