The Ships of Air (The Fall of Ile-Rien #2) review ð 103

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The Ships of Air (The Fall of Ile-Rien, #2) review ð 103 Å Known for her lush intricate worlds and complex characters acclaimed author Martha Wells has delighted readers with her extraordinary fantasy novels of daring and wit With The Wizard Hunters she launched her most ambitious undertaking yet the return to the beloved woKnown for her lush intricate worlds and complex characters acclaimed author Martha Wells has delighted readers with her extraordinary fantasy novels of daring and wit With The Wizard Hunters she launched her most ambitious undertaking yet the return to the beloved world of the Nebula Award nominated The Death of the Necromancer and The Fall of Ile Rien Now the saga continues in a triumph of suspense and imaginationDespite a valiant struggle against superior forces. On the one hand I can see the occasional flaws here and there in characterization or plotting or what not and I still think this is some of Martha Wells's weaker work On the other hand I still love the characters and the plot is gripping enough that I just race through the book without putting it down which is rareBasically even a weak Martha Wells novel is worth three of a lesser author's

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The country of Ile Rien has fallen to the onslaught of the relentless Gardier a faceless army of sorcerers determined to conuer all civilizationTo save the remnants of her country former playwright Tremaine Valiarde undertakes an epic journey to stop the Gardier Rescuing the proud ship ueen Ravenna from destruction Tremaine and a resolute band of sorcerers and warriors set sail across magical seas on a voyage of danger and discovery For the secret to defeating the. A steampunk cruise ship hastily retrofitted as a troop transport has been teleported to a parallel fantasy world And it is goodNeed I say Yes There are ZEPPELINSAlso hordes of bad guy nincompoops from which to steal said zeppelins Also annoying relatives you can just yell at with no negative conseuences If you’re into that sort of thingAlso politicians you can bully into doing what you wantAlso I’m pretty sure the author originally wrote Ilias and Gilead as dogs but made them humans because they needed to talk sometimes Their main job is to sniff out the hiding bad guys Ilias is usually described as “fluffy” They are fiercely loyal and self sacrificing They obey you and never give unsolicited advice During down time you’ll probably find them wrestling on the floor They mainly communicate through facial expressions They believe all technology is wizardry read “they are afraid of vacuum cleaners”Maybe the author is making the case that men would be better husbands if they were like dogs and I must admit it’s hard to argue with herThere are some flaws; I get the impression that this is some of the author’s earlier writing but Wells makes up for it with a good storyI must voice an objection to the scene where Tremaine bullies a religious minority she doesn’t like She suspects a family on board has a wizard the officers don’t know about She confronts the family in the cafeteria very brusuely flanked by her thuggish albeit handsome lackeys When the alarmed father uite reasonably asks to see some credentials she blows him off This escalates into an altercation that almost results in the deaths of two of the man’s familyWhen the father tries to press charges against Tremaine Colonel Avery also blows him off because he doesn’t like that ethnic minority eitherThe brusueness and anger management issues are uite consistent with Tremaine’s character and mental health but I feel this scene should have been followed with some karmic justice to show that the author at least is aware that persecuting minorities is not OK

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The Ships of Air The Fall of Ile Rien #2Enemy and to rescuing the world from the Gardier's inimitable hatred lies far beyond the walls of the world and only the tenuous ties of friendship and honor will keep the band togetherBut the Gardier are not the only evil in this tumultuous world and an ancient terror stalks the ornate rooms and shadowy decks of the ueen Ravenna a force so malevolent and enigmatic that even the growing power of the sorcerer's sphere may not be enough to save Ile Rien from utter ru. While I enjoyed The Ships of Air I felt that the story dragged a bit in the middle Perhaps this is just the curse of the part 2 of 3 The characters are intriguing but their relational development seemed a bit on hold view spoiler I felt the relationship between Tremaine and Ilias stalls about halfway through I also felt that when Nicholas shows up the reaction and interplay with Tremaine is underdone hide spoiler