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CHARACTERS Á The Drowning Eyes ´ When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns the hopes of the archipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash The solemn weather shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders' sails and save the islands from their wrath But the Windspeakers' magic has been stYears as captain and she's not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships Shina's caught her eye but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship her crew and her nec. Superb and gripping for the first 4 chapters with excellent worldbuilding which has you hungry for okayish for the next 25 and then the end leaves you completely dissatisfiedBut this is the author's debut and I'm looking forward to get refining her craft in her future novels

Emily Foster ☆ 1 CHARACTERS

When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns the hopes of the archipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash The solemn weather shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders'. 35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum kicks off the year with another irresistible lineup of novellas in early 2016 and leading the charge is Emily Foster’s debut release The Drowning Eyes In this slim little volume a lone survivor sets off on an adventure in a wind swept coastal fantasy to retrieve what was stolen from her and her people With the Windspeakers’ island enclave pillaged and destroyed by the Dragon Ships villages along the coastline are left unprotected and open to attacks Now it’s up to Shina a young apprentice to reclaim the weather shaping magic of the Windspeakers in order to save the villagers and drive back the raidersDetermined and resourceful Shina manages to find a captain desperate for funds and bargains for passage on her ship Tazir and her crew are unhappy at the prospect of transporting their new guest at first but they soon come around when everyone realizes the importance of Shina’s uestI know I can be a harsh judge of novellas often with my main complaint being a wish for them to be longer or feel complete I’m afraid this is once again the case with The Drowning Eyes which feels a lot like a too large idea trying to fit into too small a package This admittedly weakens the story somewhat But be that as it may I want to underscore a few things I thought this novella did amazingly well and other areas that might have been limited by the short fiction format but shone through nonethelessFirst the characters I might not have spent enough time with them to call them truly memorable but they were delightful to get to know I have a soft spot for roguish sailor types and the crew endeared themselves to me for the brief time I got to read about them Their personalities were all wonderfully uniue and I enjoyed the interplay between them and the way they gradually accepted Shina into the fold and decided to throw their support behind herSecond the magic Before you go thinking that this sounds like your typical feel good uest narrative type adventure story you should get a load of the Windspeaker’s powers Weather magic the kind that is central to the plot in The Drowning Eyes is a strictly guarded medium Apprentices are brought to the enclave at a young age and when they are deemed ready to don the mantle of a full Windspeaker their eyes are gouged from their sockets and replaced by stones It’s true that I may not remember the names of all the characters in this novella a year three years or five years from now but I can pretty much guarantee I’ll remember this gruesome little detail about Windspeaker tradition for the rest of my life Also seeing as this is the third book I’ve read in as many weeks about ships and characters with weather based magic that can control winds it’s refreshing to see a new twist on a familiar idea even if it is kind of disturbingLastly the world building I certainly liked what I saw even if this story merely gave me a limited view through a tiny window The rich descriptions paint a very lively picture of coastlines and the cultures of their inhabitants The place feels very much alive and even a small setting like life aboard a ship seems to have its own atmosphereAnd it was all over way too soon I wish I could have held off the ending but it came upon me like one of the story’s magical storms and after a whirlwind of confused and sudden events the book was finished This is rather unfortunate because a satisfying ending might have left me liking this book even but as it is I felt the conclusion felt too incomplete—jarringly soHowever as you can see from the many positives I talked about The Drowning Eyes was still a book I really enjoyed I think this would have made an excellent full length novel with a fleshed out plot and developed characters but if given the chance to read stories set in this world I certainly wouldn’t say no An impressive debut novella

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The Drowning EyesSails and save the islands from their wrath But the Windspeakers' magic has been stolen and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her peopleTazir has seen than her share of storms and pirates in her many. My only real complaint here is that I wanted I felt like this could have been incredible in novel length Interesting world strong characters