- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Voyager (14 Jan. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007112521
- ISBN-13: 978-0007112524
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.1 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Harpy's Flight (The Ki and Vandien Quartet, Book 1) Paperback – 14 Jan 2002
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Praise for Megan Lindholm:
‘A bright new talent in the fantasy field’
Charles de Lint
‘Lindholm has created a refreshingly different magic’
‘Fascinating, absorbing and well written’
From the Back Cover
HARPY’S FLIGHT was Lindholm’s first novel, and the first in the WINDSINGERS series, which introduced her popular gypsy characters, Ki and Vandien.
Across the mountain sheathed with ice, through the treacherous shadow of the Sisters, Ki was running for her life, followed by Harpies, sworn to vengeance; by the bitter memories of a once-idyllic past; and by one stubborn, dark haired man who seemed intent on being part of her future.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
A good read.
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.
`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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having 'devoured' every single Robin Hobb book I was delighted to learn she also wrote under the name of Megan Lindholm. Read morePublished 12 months ago by June Howley
Flogged through this and hoped for better in next book in series. While the author shows the same talent for description and atmosphere, the story does not appeal to me. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. K. Webb
Great page-turner; the characters are written about so well that you find yourself very attached very quickly. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series!Published 17 months ago by Miss C L Robinson
Ki and Vandien establish themselves as a reluctant pair, at least on the part of Ki. Their first journey is compelling and is clearly not the last. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2015 by S M Rogers