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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
She’s a halfbreed in hiding.

Rainbird never belonged. To one race, she’s chattel. To the other, she’s an abomination that should never have existed.

She lives on the sunway.

High above the ground, Rainbird is safe, as long as she does her job, keeps her head down, and never ever draws attention to herself.

But one act of sabotage is about to change everything.
For Rainbird. And
Kindle Edition, 94 pages
Published October 10th 2012
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Jul 08, 2016 Athena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: S/F & fantasy readers, teens
A strange and wonderful Kindle novella from indie author Rabia Gale, Rainbird is appropriate for adults & young adult teen readers. Gale is one of three indie authors (the others are Intisar Khanani & W.R. Gingell) whose works are absolutely amazing: these authors write without the safety net of an editorial staff and consistently produce works easily superior to a great many 'published' authors. I'm a bit baffled as to why the big publishing houses haven't signed these writers … but a ...more
J.C. Steel
Jul 04, 2016 J.C. Steel rated it it was amazing
Rainbird is a half-breed, child of an eiree and a human. As a child, she was forced to work as a circus act, her vestigial wings damaged to prevent any hope of escape. When she killed to escape, she became a fugitive from human law, and her father became the only one willing to shelter her. When Rainbird discovers a huge expanse of bonerot infesting the sunway, the source of heat and light for human settlement, the authorities react with disturbing indifference. However, behind the facade of ind ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Ivana rated it really liked it
There is a thing about this novella that tickled every fantasy nerve in my body. The setting, I can safely say, is unlike any I have seen, and I applaud the author for this awe-inspiring vision. She decided to set her novella in a civilization built on remnants of a giant dragon! Yes, you got that right. People are living in and on it (and living off it). At first it was hard to imagine and I struggled for the first dozen of pages simply because it is not something to visualize easily. But the a ...more
Oct 18, 2012 Ravven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favourites
This short novel is very well-written and immersive; I finished it in one sitting, unable to put it down until I had found out how her tale ended. The world-building is first-rate, a truly unique construction that is both surprising and believable, and the character of Rainbird is quirky, real and not too perfect. I am very much looking forward to Rabia's next one...and perhaps hoping for a prequel someday, as I would dearly love to know more about the main character's history. I don't want to g ...more
Kristen Kooistra
Dec 07, 2016 Kristen Kooistra rated it really liked it
I've been meaning to read this forever, but it seemed like every time I started, something would distract me. I read the first page probably five separate times! Last night I sat down to read it in earnest and finally I made it past that first page and to the end!

Rainbird is a brilliant story set in a world that's completely foreign to our own. The way the author wove the description and vibrant phrases was amazing. Right from the start, the plot kicked off and cruised along at the perfect pace.
Nov 11, 2012 Carmen rated it really liked it
I was requested to review this novella by a friend of the author’s and given a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.


I had never heard of the author before, and though the synopsis intrigued me I didn’t really know what to expect. However, I was quickly drawn into the story by Rabia Gale’s wonderful, sometimes lyrical writing style. The novella is fairly short at 94 pages and I would have read it all in one sitting if real life hadn’t always interrupted – it was hard to put down so
Dec 21, 2012 Candace rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book I felt a bit confused and lost. I hadn't read the description in awhile so I went in with absolutely no clue. I wasn't sure if Rainbird was an angel, if this was a fantasy or urban fantasy, or what. And I think I was confused for a good 10% of the beginning and then as it goes on and the world is slowly revealed through Rainbird's eyes I found that this is a very unique and fantastic world. It's definitely fantasy (not urban fantasy) and is kind of a diffic ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 2/4/13:

I was pulled in by the cover of this one. I'll admit it. Once I got over the pretty factor, I did take the time to read the summary and it sounded intriguing so I decided to give this one a shot even though it seemed a bit outside of the typical fantasy novels I enjoy.

Lurking within these pages is an imaginative world where humans are not the only species. The world as we know it is gone and everyone lives on the bones
Sean the Bookonaut
Dec 18, 2012 Sean the Bookonaut rated it really liked it
Rainbird is a novella from Rabia Gale, a self published author who I managed to quite fortunately stumble across earlier this year.

Rainbird is also the name of our half breed protagonist Part Eerie part human she is seen as a lesser being in both societies.

She works with her human father, helping maintain the Sunway, an amalgam of wires, conduit and metal bolted to the great skeleton of a long dead dragon.

Rainbird danced on the sunway to the singing of uncountable stars, music that only she cou
Katharina Gerlach
Aug 13, 2013 Katharina Gerlach rated it it was amazing
This was incredibly good. It's no easy feat to create a whole new world in a novelette, but Rabia Gale managed to do that without ever getting boring.

The story is set on, in and around the backbone of a long dead dragon. Humans use it to move their sun (which is actually the dragon's eye) over the populated earth below. There's no sun like we know anywhere around, but distant stars sing their songs. I suspect they're probably more dragons, but nothing was revealed about them (although some hints
Oct 02, 2012 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Gale once again demonstrates a fantastic facility with words in her science-fantasy tale, "Rainbird." The story of a complex girl's transition from abusive childhood to a challenging but hopeful adulthood through a cynical-but-loving adolescence is gripping, believable, and beautiful. Gale demonstrates a powerful and compelling fusion of "science" and "magic," though both words are misnomers in Gale's story. Not a patchwork setting, like much of steampunk, nor space opera, Gale breaks with commo ...more
Edmiary Ayala
Dec 28, 2012 Edmiary Ayala rated it really liked it
This book was very good. It's very different in many, many aspects. In the beginning I didn't much understand what was going on, I was confused being suddenly plunged into this unknown and not yet explained society. And you want to know what's going on because everyone is so surprised with what's happening and it's all such a big deal that you just forge on reading hoping it'll be cool and awesome and to understand better. And you do. And it was so magical and adventurous. I definitely enjoyed i ...more
Rachel Cotterill
Nov 22, 2015 Rachel Cotterill rated it really liked it
The highlight of this book is the hugely innovative world, where civilisation is built around a decaying dragon skeleton, fashioned by technologists to provide the heat and light of the Day Sun. Rainbird is a mechanic, operating repairs on the sunway, and trying to keep her true identity under wraps. Genuinely original fantasy.

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Feb 25, 2016 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Captivating and Poignant

Gale does a fabulous job creating complex and interesting worlds. She has an amazing imagination and I enjoy every moment she shares with us. The story is short but face paced. The ending, unexpected. This is a wonderful little read and you won't be disappointed.
K.M. Carroll
Oct 31, 2015 K.M. Carroll rated it it was amazing
This book seriously needs a sequel. It was everything I hoped for when I read the summary--a roller coaster ride through a strange world of humans, eiree, other strange creatures, and an immense dragon carcass.

Is there more? I want more!
Janna Jennings
Jun 16, 2013 Janna Jennings rated it really liked it
Rabia Gale has created a world that teeters between beautiful and horrifying, with Rainbird the half-breed that balances between both realms. Swaying your emotions so that in a few short chapters, you’re invested in Rainbird’s survival as much as the character herself.
Latasha Boyd
Oct 18, 2012 Latasha Boyd rated it really liked it

It started slowly for me because I had orient myself to the world, but I was riveted to Rainbird's journey for most of the novella.
Oct 21, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
For me the world was difficult to get into. I was confused to much of the time to truly enjoy this one.
Lisa Ahn
Dec 05, 2012 Lisa Ahn rated it it was amazing
I literally could not put it down once I started. The world building is amazing and the characters draw you in so well.
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I break fairy tales and fuse fantasy and science fiction. I love to write about flawed heroes who never give up, transformation and redemption, and things from outer space. In my spare time, I read, doodle, eat chocolate, avoid housework, and homeschool my three children.

A native of Pakistan, I grew up in hot, humid Karachi. I then spent almost a decade in Northern New England where I learned to l
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