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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  27 ratings  ·  13 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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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
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
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
Katharina Gerlach
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
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
Sean the Bookonaut
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
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
Oct 30, 2012 Ryan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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 (Crazed Bookie)
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
Janna Jennings
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

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.
Lisa Ahn
I literally could not put it down once I started. The world building is amazing and the characters draw you in so well.
For me the world was difficult to get into. I was confused to much of the time to truly enjoy this one.
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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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