The Ships of Air

The Ships of Air 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 lau

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  • 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 sagaKnown 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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    1. Martha Wells

      Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including the Books of the Raksura series beginning with The Cloud Roads , the Ile Rien series including the Nebula nominated The Death of the Necromancer as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie ins, and non fiction Her most recent fantasy novels are The Edge of Worlds in 2016 and The Harbors of the Sun forthcoming in July 2017, the end of the Books of the Raksura series She will also have two new SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries series, forthcoming from Tor in 2017 Her books have been published in eight languages.She has had short stories in the magazines Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Lone Star Stories, Lightspeed Magazine, and Stargate Magazine, and in the Tsunami Relief anthology Elemental, The Other Half of the Sky, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, Mech Age of Steel, and The Gods of Lovecraft She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, Chicks Unravel Time, and The Kobold Guide to Magic She has also written media tie in novels, Stargate Atlantis Reliquary, Stargate Atlantis Entanglement, and Star Wars Razor s Edge.

    726 thoughts on “The Ships of Air”

    1. With new magical resources, the good guys start thinking they may have some minor chance of not being totally doomed. Absolutely read volume one first as the action is in full swing here.Additional stories about some of the characters are available free at marthawells/housesdeadEdit ---------Although I highly recommend this series, don't expect to borrow my copies.So sad.


    2. I love everyone one this gigantic ship, except for those two, you know who you are. And the main romantic relationship is utter perfection. Stuff it, the whole lot is utter perfection. Ensemble cast, language barriers, technology barriers, cultural barriers, mysteries and resourcefulness and bravery under pressure, and villains and allies that could really do with a punch to the face, it's got everything. And in between it all there are parts that make me laugh out loud with delight. Arii would [...]




    3. 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 c [...]




    4. Ok, a lot of what I wanted from The Wizard Hunters, I got in this book. Which I guess was mostly more people talking to each other, less action? There was action, too, of course, but less time in constant immediate danger. Tremaine is still excellent, Tremaine and Ilias bantering are even better. I got a little more of a taste of Syprian culture too (though not a ton), and while the Gardier are still profoundly one-dimensional as an enemy, at least now there's a sense that this is because of som [...]


    5. The Ships of Air picks right up where The Wizard Hunters leaves off. It might seem to bog down for a wile if you don't care much for character development, but then dives right back into the action with more narrative strands than I've yet encountered in a Martha Wells book. A little slower paced with a lot more tension than I normally enjoy, this is still a damn good book in it's own right and amazing for a second installment of a trilogy.


    6. This is an excellent sequel. Good in plot, pacing and characters, adding and developing them and the worlds they inhabit.


    7. this series is so much fun.i'm not thrilled with how they've written off her suicidal impulses as being magically induced though.


    8. Tremaine and other refugees from Ile-Rien have boarded the Ravenna, a gigantic cruise ship-turned-troop transport. Technically, their goal is to jump between worlds to escape the Gardier's bombardments of Ile-Rien and jump back once they've crossed to another country. But fleeing isn't so easy. The world between their hops is home to Gardier bases, the ship has several factions aboard, and their little getaway might be far more vital to the war effort than some want. It's hard to think of a good [...]


    9. This is a middle book in a series, and begins with exciting action in progress that we subsequently have to piece together partial background for. It also ends more or less in mid-action, though the main issues of this volume are resolved enough.I listened to the audiobook, and some spellings below are guesses. Please forgive any errors.Tremaine Valiarde and a collection of soldiers and sorcerers from Ile-Rien have crossed into an alternate world in the former luxury liner Queen Ravenna, trying [...]


    10. Premise: Sequel to The Wizard Hunters, Some spoilers for Book One follow. Tremaine, Ilias and their friends from both worlds try to cement the temporary alliance between their peoples. The great passenger liner Queen Ravenna is brought between the worlds to assist in an attack on the Gardier base, only to become a floating home for the combined group of Syprian delegates and refugees from Ile-Rien. New loyalties are created and tested, and hidden dangers on the ship threaten the fragile alliance [...]


    11. One of the things that has always drawn me to fantasy is that I love reading about the imaginative new worlds that an author creates, and meeting the people who live in them and seeing what kind of lives they lead and what their culture is like. It's like going on a voyage of exploration without leaving my living room. Martha Wells has a real talent for world-building, and it is on full display in this book. With Ile-Rien overrun, the main characters are basically in exile, traveling to unknown [...]


    12. Loved it even more rereading, as I could see what everything was building up to. For a story that was about a boat getting from one side of a sea to the other, there was a lot going on. I can't say if I want to talk about specific plots because spoilers, but the romance subplot was great, leading to my two favourite scenes in the series.I love all the little beats and call backs, like the two iron age warriors running into a portrait of the main characters from the first novel, and having a comp [...]


    13. Every once in while, you stumble upon a book (or series) that is life-changingly good. I suppose for many people, this series might just be a fun romp--danger, adventure, some plucky and refreshingly sarcastic main characters. Even just in epic fantasy terms, this series is unique in many ways (I can't recall how many fantasy/sci fi posts have ranted about things not being seen often enough for which the answer was: the Fall of Ile-Rien did it).But for me, it went beyond that. When asked a few y [...]


    14. I read through this book, and knew for certain I would not finish the series. I don't know what happened in the author's life between Wizard Hunters and this book, but it must have been a pivotal event, b/c this book seems like it went way off the plot's track and into some situation that only the author understands.By which I mean the main character changed so wildly, I no longer related to any damn thing she did nor did I understand why the character had become altered.But by the end of the bo [...]


    15. Still enjoyed this one, but the plot was a bit lacking - I felt like it had some middle-book-itis, mostly just serving to get everyone from point a to point b. Still, some great character work, especially with the developing relationships between Tremaine and the Syprians who come along on the ship. Florian gets a bit backgrounded this time, and the character development I expected Ander to have never really happened, which sort of made me wonder why he was there. I guess not all jerks eventuall [...]


    16. 3 & 1/2 stars. 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 int [...]


    17. Today's plan: devour this trilogy to avoid doing any work.So far, so good.This series remains incredibly fun and almost compulsively readable. Wells does the kind of steampunk that I like - brass fittings and airships, but not a whole lot of mucking around with (and thus mucking up) Victorian culture. I like epic fantasy on this scale of world wars. It reminds me of Kate Elliott's Spiritwalker Trilogy and Rae Carson's Girl of Fire and Thorn, although it antedates both. It's that kind of story wi [...]


    18. Great second book in this trilogy. I like that Tremaine is a very complicated character--it seems at times that her anger and talk of violence are overblown, but then she calmly shoots someone in the back in the head and you realize she's going to do what she has to and deal with the demons later. My only criticism is the complete nondevelopment of the Gardier world. I get that it's a plot device--having to battle against an enemy with no understanding of why you're even being attacked--but it l [...]


    19. This one was my favorite of the trilogy. A bit of a spoiler inc: the descriptions that she uses to describe the ship that they evacuate on seemed very familiar to me. As I read, I found myself thinking, "Wow, this sounds like the Queen Mary." Also the function of the ship--luxury liner turned wartime transport--was similar to the Queen Mary. And sure enough, at the end of the book, she cites that the Queen Mary was the major inspiration for her. Living in Long Beach now, whenever I see the QM, I [...]


    20. Loved this part of The Fall of Il-Rien! Enjoyed this first book and the second one just got better. I appreciate how this author has created worlds so believable you can just fall right into them. I like the balance of magic, mystery, suspense and romance and how those all work together to build up the tension. There was 1 little surprise I saw coming, but it was so well done, it didn't distract me from the story when it was revealed. Instead I was just excited to find out I was right. Read this [...]


    21. This one was a slow starter for me (perhaps because it was hard to jump right back into the world - or perhaps because the protagonist's sense of disconnection at the beginning of the book bleeds into the narrative), but it picked up after about 75 pages and continued to build in excitement and intrigue for the rest of the story. I especially appreciate the unusual characterization and worldbuilding.


    22. I love Martha Wells' Ile-Rien series. I wish she would write more! (unlikely, apparently, unless her publisher comes around)This, the second of the Fall of Ile-Rein trilogy, is my very favorite of the Ile-Rien books (overcoming stiff competition from The Element of Fire, the first Ile-Rein book I read).Read this trilogy in order. I gave them all five stars. But, even though the middle book is often just the bridge, in this trilogy it is my favorite.


    23. Second verse is as good as the first. Actually, the story never even stops to take a breath between novels. So much adventure. Keeps you guessing. Worlds built right in front of you. And just a taste of romance (usually I find romance somewhat out of place in adventures, but here the characters acknowledge it's totally out of place and that only makes it more endearing)


    24. I would give it 3.5 if I could. Despite it being a war story, it is well written and has a distinctly feminist overtone, which I love in a fantasy novel. The character development is good, and the story is imaginative. The reader is wonderful in some ways, but in others, she puts her emphasis in strange places. Doable though.


    25. For a middle book in a trilogy, this one held up very well - there were some major twists in the story… but all made perfect sense in hindsight. Needless to say, I dove into the third book, The Gate of Gods, straight after.


    26. A little stiff at the beginning as the author attempts to re-introduce characters unobtrusively. Honestly, I think it would have been better either to throw us in or put a little "Previously, during the fall of Ile-Rien" preface.These characters are simply wonderful, with the biggest cheer going to Tremaine, the complicated, snarky, brilliant, driven playwright.


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