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The Ships of Air: The Fall of Ile-Rien (The Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy) di [Wells, Martha]
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“Fascinating…A vastly entertaining and refreshingly different fantasy adventure with a surprisingly satisfying conclusion.” (Locus)


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 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 imagination.

Despite a valiant struggle against superior forces, the country of Ile-Rien has fallen to the onslaught of the relentless Gardier, a faceless army of sorcerers determined to conquer all civilization.

To save the remnants of her country, former playwright Tremaine Valiarde undertakes an epic journey to stop the Gardier. Rescuing the proud ship Queen 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 enemy -- 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 together.

But the Gardier are not the only evil in this tumultuous world, and an ancient terror stalks the ornate rooms and shadowy decks of the Queen 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 ruin.

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  • Lunghezza stampa: 496
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0380977893
  • Editore: HarperCollins e-books (13 ottobre 2009)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
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4.0 su 5 stelle *Review from The Illustrated Page* 25 gennaio 2017
Di Waites Family - Pubblicato su
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The Ships of Air is the second book in the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, which starts with The Wizard Hunters. I suggest reading them in order, but I actually enjoyed The Ships of Air more than the first installment.

Ile-Rien has been overrun by the Gardier, the mysterious enemies who’ve been attacking them from another world. Everyone who can has evacuated, and the front of the war has moved on to a neighboring country. Our protagonists are aboard the Queen Ravenna, a luxury liner which has been converted for the war effort and given the ability to travel between worlds with the aid of a sorcerer. The goal is to avoid the Gardier patrols and get the refugees to safety. But the ship itself is not entirely safe, for a malevolent and shadowy force stalks it.

I’m hard pressed to say why I liked The Ships of Air better than The Wizard Hunters. One explanation may be that I’m simply in a better mental place now. However, I think I was a lot more attached to the central characters here. Tremaine in particular grew on me. She has that fierceness that I find so appealing, and she can be rather ruthless as well. Plus she can be hilarious at times, and I love it when other characters are taken aback by her. I think Gerald actually did a facepalm at one point – it was delightful. While I wouldn’t call The Ships of Air a comedic book, there were moments when I laughed. There’s a marriage subplot that for once might be one of the highlights of the book and which lends itself to some unexpected humor.

I felt like the setting was a lot stronger in this book as well. I really liked the luxurious setting of the Queen Ravenna and how it contrasted with the current circumstances. Apparently it is based on an actual ship, the Queen Mary, which I really need to look up. The subplot on the alliance between the Syprians and the Riens was something else I really enjoyed, particularly the culture clash between the two groups. There’s some new (and characteristically inventive) settings off the boat too. We get a bit more of a glimpse into the Gardier, and it’s fascinating. I can’t wait to find out more in book three.

By the last hundred pages, I wasn’t able to put The Ships of Air down. Martha Wells was already one of my favorite fantasy authors, and this book has cemented her in that position.
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5.0 su 5 stelle the middle novels of trilogies are often my favorite 20 ottobre 2012
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I just wrote my review of this novel's prequel, The Wizard Hunters, based around the premise that these books are more complex than they seem. Just as this book goes more in depth into the complexity, so I'll continue, in this review.
As I said, on the surface, these books are simply a great swashbuckling sort of adventure (quite YA-friendly, I might add; there's sex but it's fade-to-black, and the violence is realistic but not excessively gory), but it's the characters that make it worth following. And all of them are complex and rich and believable, even the unnamed ones who get a throwaway line in a background scene.

This book gives us a great deal more insight into Tremaine Valiarde, our intrepid heroine. It gives her a love interest, for one-- but a marriage of political expediency, and with a wonderful Wellsian twist: the husband is from a matriarchy and assumes that she will be the authority figure in the relationship. It's a fascinating logic experiment that yields phenomenal results of characterization.
And this book contains the scene I love to use as an example of what Strong Female Characters ought to be, but never get to be: HUMAN. Tremaine is primarily a human character. She's set up to be a neurotic, bloody-minded person. In this book, she is presented with a desperate situation that catapults her into a leadership role she doesn't particularly want but knows she must take-- to secure it, she has to play a life-or-death game of chicken, and she does so with iron nerves, but believable irritability. (Over the course of about fifty pages there's a delightful little thread of consistency as she bites off each of her nails one by one, followed up later when her husband notices her doing the last one; in many of the scenes she otherwise seems utterly unmoved by the most horrifying things, but if you pay attention to her hands, you can see she's just shredded internally.) And later, she is presented with a choice: murder in cold blood to secure just a bare chance of saving not just her friends but probably her entire world, or spare an innocent man's life and ensure the death of everyone she loves?
The most important part of this is that unlike in many works of fiction, Tremaine doesn't just murder someone, feel on-screen guilt about it, and then move on. No, she returns to think of her hapless victim in tiny little realistic moments of self-doubt and post-trauma for the rest of the series; you know fine well that in the fictonal future, she still remembers the man she shot in cold blood to get a truck.
Like a real person would.
She's not some action superman. She's ruthless because she has no choice. She's her father's daughter, even if she doesn't understand him. And that's possibly the crowning touch to the whole little arc of characterization: she is continuing the same arc her father was on in Death of the Necromancer, when he overheard Inspector Ronsarde and Doctor Halle discussing him. Even then it is apparent; they think him some sort of cold-blooded psychopath, but in his moment of doubt, he knows he is only doing what he has had to do to survive.

Not just any author could make a connection like that, but that is how three-dimensional these characters are.
5.0 su 5 stelle The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy is my favorite of her works 8 marzo 2016
Di saralynmt - Pubblicato su
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Martha Wells deserves more recognition than she receives. Her writing is rich, complex and engaging. The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy is my favorite of her works. The worlds, the cultures, the characters, the complex, multi-layered plot are all deeply original and engrossing. Much of the plot is somber, but there is always a delicious undercurrent of ironic humor, both in the narration and in the outlook and conversation of many of the characters. The secondary characters are many and varied and their lives are as involving as those of the protagonists. This is a book and a series that I re-read periodically -- to go live again for a time in these places, with these people. I'd love for their to be as many more novels & stories about these individuals, peoples, worlds as there are in the Three-Worlds series.
5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent Series 13 giugno 2013
Di Chris - Pubblicato su
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I'll review the series rather than the book because it is not a stand-alone story. You really should start at the beginning, and this is the middle book of three.

I love this series. The characters are well developed, the universe is interesting (think technology levels of per-WW II, but magic works too). The main characters nation (and her world) is being destroyed by a powerful enemy no had ever heard of before the war started, with a technological and magical capability just slightly more advanced than theirs. The story tells how she and others find the nature of the enemy and why they are attacking, while trying to find a way to defeat them before it is too late.

I recommend reading the Death of a Necromancer withe this series. It provides the back story for her father and mother before her birth and helps explain odd aspects of her upbringing. However, you can read and enjoy the story without this book.
5.0 su 5 stelle The Ships of the Air 28 novembre 2012
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It came in as described by the seller. It is a first edition and not book club. And, it arrived as promised. My husband has now the Christmas present I wanted him to get. This book I have been waiting for and it isn't available at half priced books. This is the way to get it if you don't want to wait too long. The price was right. Thanks. Recommend this one.
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