The Windsingers is Megan Lindholm's second novel, following Harpy's Flight, which introduced her popular gypsy characters, Ki and Vandien. The Windsingers is Megan's second novel, following Harpy's Flight which introduced her popular gypsy characters, Ki and Vandien. When Ki first encountered Vandien she very nearly slit his throat. Yet later it ...Read MoreThe Windsingers is Megan Lindholm's second novel, following Harpy's Flight, which introduced her popular gypsy characters, Ki and Vandien. The Windsingers is Megan's second novel, following Harpy's Flight which introduced her popular gypsy characters, Ki and Vandien. When Ki first encountered Vandien she very nearly slit his throat. Yet later it was Vandien who suffered a terrible wound to protect her when terror fell from the skies and who gave her a reason to lay to rest the bitter memories of a once idllyic past. Vandien's unrepentant recklessness led Ki into situations her sensible nature would have avoided. Yet it was Ki who, despite wizard-troubles of her own, risked the wrath of the Windsingers and saved Ki from his treasure hunt in the submerged temple of the storm-sung sea. And it was Vandien's stubborn daring which allowed him to attempt to reclaim Ki from beyond the Limbreth Gate -- in another world entirely!Read Less
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Picking up nearly where the last book left off (although I got the impression there may have been one or two events in between, which seem only to have solidified the unique symbiotic relationship between Ki and Vandien) ?The Windingers? almost immediately sets Vandien (and the reader) onto a path beset by danger, leading to a mysterious challenge that none in this world created by Lindholm has yet accomplished. While at the same time an incalculable distance away Ki becomes entangled in the machinations of an arrogant wizard and his opposition of the all-powerful, all-female group known as the windsingers. And so this story goes?into somewhat predictable, yet inherently enjoyable fantasy territory. However, unlike book one and its exploration into the fraught relationship between harpies and humans, this second book in the series focuses largely on a new enemy and for the most part effectively divides Ki and Vandien, as each embarks upon their separate tasks. Despite this rending of our dynamic duo ?The Windsingers? continues to delight and sees Ki once again oppose enigmatic forces far more powerful than she, so there?s more than enough here to hold the reader?s attention.
Unfortunately though this book is not as good as ?Harpy?s Flight?, partly due to the lack of such a personally-meaningful enemy to Ki, as the harpy was to her in book one. It?s also lacking in respect to the themes developed by Lindholm in book one e.g. with only fleeting references to the harpy-human struggle and the mention only once of the grievous losses sustained by Ki and the vengeance she took for them in the first book, ?The Windsingers? is an oddly out of context story. After book one I had expected that the ?Ki and Vandien? quartet would largely be an exploration of the struggle between humans and harpies, and I had hoped for an explanation as to how the harpies have such a strong hold over the humans of this world, but rather disappointingly for me that?s not the case. Oh well, here?s hoping that the themes of book one will re-appear in the next two books in the series.
It was only a little way into the book that I began to re-consider the close comparison I made between Lindholm and Hobb in my review for book one. There?s a scene close to the start of ?The Windsingers? where Vandien barters with a member of one of the alien species, which is exquisitely phrased, but doesn?t resonate as well as it should because so little is known of this alien and his kind. As another reviewer has noted- the creation, but only surface description of these various alien species is disappointing, but further, is very uncharacteristic of Hobb for whom back story is always integral to plot. In fact one of Hobb?s trademarks is her ability draw on as many aspects to an individual, species, or culture as she can to emphasise the point she is making about her characters. Lindolm simply does not. But despite the slightly sad fact that this book never approaches the heights and depths of character, or excitement of those novels in Hobb?s trilogies I never found myself as I read wishing for more, because Lindholm?s stories can?t be classed as the inferior siblings of Hobb?s, but more appropriately- the similar and yet distant cousins. And unquestionably- this is one family tree that continues to hold great allure for me.
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