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5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly breath-taking., 13 July 2004
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This review is from: The Ships of Air (Fall of the Ile-Rien) (Hardcover)
In this sequel to "The Wizard Hunters" the action transfers to mid-ocean, aboard a refugee ship with a motley crew of military intelligencers, wizards, refugees, rescued prisoners and Syprians. As we start the book, the ship is being stalked by the airships of the nameless enemy we first met in "The Wizard Hunters" and it doesn't take long for the suspense to ratchet up...
As always with Martha Wells, the writing is laced through with dry humour & the dialogue is laugh-out-loud funny. All the main characters have continued to develop - I particularly enjoyed the way that Tremaine Valiarde is showing signs of inheriting her father's rather more psychopathic tendencies. In fact, everything is superbly done: the culture clashes between the two uneasily allied races, the poignant ghost-ship grandeur of the luxury ocean-going liner converted hastily to carry refugees, & the growing claustrophobia aboard as it becomes apparent that there is an enemy entity hiding somewhere on the massive ship.
If you have a taste for light escapist fantasy, then this is one of those rare books that will hold you absolutely enthralled from start to finish. It's not really a stand-alone read though -read "The Wizard Hunters" first so that you get to know all the characters.
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