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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The shipmasters of Cor Nova rule the sky. With only the wind, gravity, and the white vapor that lifts their wooden ships sunward, they soar through the skies in search of fortune and adventure. But, a storm is gathering on the horizon, one that threatens to bring the freedom of all the people of the beautiful nation under attack.

For hundreds of years, the Sovereigns have r
Paperback, 1, 390 pages
Published April 10th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 9th 2013)
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[Disclaimer: I have no idea how I got a copy of this book. I may have gotten it from the author and completely forgotten, because I didn't win it in a giveaway, but in all honesty I have no clue. So in the event the author sent it to me for a review, here's a disclaimer that I didn't pay for this book, but my opinion is my own.]

For a first novel this was mostly enjoyable. There were the obvious first-novel problems with plot, pacing, details, etc. I noticed a lot of typos in the PDF, although th
Apr 16, 2015 Giselle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Recommended to Giselle by: Nobody
(It took me a while to get to this book; blame my huge Kindle library.)

At first it seems a pretty straightforward adventure tale, yet there's much more to it. The details are just enough to keep the pace up, but rich enough to make me want to know more about Cor Nova.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but... I can has sequel?
I received this book through the Goodreads First-reads giveaway.

Wow. What a book. This is a well thought out and gripping adventure novel. While there were a few things in the structure of the novel itself which were a little common to this type of book, the story itself really drew you in and made you root for the crew of the Philomena. The ending was really nice where Basil never ever went back on his beliefs. Human lives were always very important to him. While he wouldn't put up a fuss at t
Very good, and I suspect much different than the movie.
Peter Mongeau
Philomena is a story quite unlike any other. At times it’s a classic adventure story, at others a brilliantly realised fantasy. It can enthral young readers with its buoyant fun, and still entice adults with its depth and themes. It’s like The Lord of the Ringsby J.R.R. Tolkien, but more innocent; similar to Ready Player Oneby Ernest Cline, but way more Catholic; almost a Pirates of the Caribbean in book-form, but more hopeful and less wet!

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Mairi Deans
I didn,t enjoy this very much.

Reading this before I see the film...........
Randal Dovel
Very good adventure story. I really liked the characters; especially Forthright Stanton, Cyprian Fields, Veroninca, and Basil.
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Mark Guiney is the author of "Philomena", which was completed when he was twenty-two. He is currently working on more stories that take place in the Sovereign Nation of Cor Nova, as well as other writing projects. He lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
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