The Ships of Air

by Martha Wells

Hardcover, 2004



Call number

PS3573 .E4932



Eos (New York, 2004). 1st edition, 1st printing. 416 pages. $24.95.


Young warrior Tremaine Valiarde and his companions journey across a magical sea and explore the growing powers of a sorcerer's magical sphere in the hopes of defeating the mysterious Gardier army.

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LibraryThing member robrobriver
The second book in the trilogy "The Fall of Ile-Rien". I tend to rate books by whether I remember the names of the characters. I enjoyed Tremaine and Ilias, but it was the great liner Queen Ravenna that I found myself remembering the best. I worried that the author might sink her; when you find yourselves worrying about the inanimate characters, you know you have a good book.… (more)
LibraryThing member macha
i liked this one. but so far it's the only one that's come to hand, and it's the middle book of a trilogy. so i was a bit hampered getting a sense of the scale of the things. not to mention why one of the worlds (Ile-Rien) seems to be derived from our contemporary culture, only it's gone a bit towards the medieval on account of the existence of magic. so i could have used a gloss, and for that matter going with one of them there cast of characters would have been kind. the interesting thing, though, is the character Tremaine, who feels really real, is modern as all get out, and is interesting and likeable enough to see me off looking for Books 1&3.… (more)
LibraryThing member Shrike58
The epic continues, as our heroine Tremaine Valiarde copes with lurking terrors, smashed hopes, zombie sorcerer commissars, untrustworthy magical machines, and aggravating in-laws as her party tries to reach sanctuary from the Grendier menace. Several ticking time bombs do detonate to satisfactory result and the reader is given a bit more picture of the great enemy, who do seem to be victims in their own way. The only reason I don't rate this book higher is that it is the middle book of a larger work.… (more)
LibraryThing member wealhtheowwylfing
The plot ramps up the stakes and excitement, but Wells never lets it overshadow her characters. Good, well-written fantasy.
LibraryThing member quondame
This is an excellent sequel. Good in plot, pacing and characters, adding and developing them and the worlds they inhabit.


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416 p.; 6.13 inches


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