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Harpy's Flight (Windsingers #1)

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A reissue of classic backlist titles from the author of the best selling Farseer Trilogy and The Liveship Traders books. HARPY'S FLIGHT was Lindholm's first novel, and the first in the WINDSINGERS series, which introduced her popular gypsy characters, Ki and Vandien.
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Published January 14th 2001 by Voyager (first published 1983)
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This mesmerizing tale of love, adventure and magic is beautifully written and a truly timeless classic.

I was a huge fan of Robin Hobb’s work when she used to write novels as Megan Lindholm, such as ‘The Ki and Vandien Quartet’ which introduced me to a great writer. I certainly feel that Harpy’s Flight projects the qualities of a great fantasy writer and those raw traits that the author possessed before the creation of epics (such as the Farseer Trilogy in which Fitz Chivalry was born). This ric
Harpy's Flight was written before the books that Lindholm wrote as Robin Hobb. This is evident in several ways -- the quality of the writing and plotting, the less rich characterisation, the fact that some characters seem almost like test runs for later ones (Rhesus from this book for Restart in Liveships, for example). Her potential also shows in the brightly described world, in the descriptions of cultures and rites, in the quality of the writing and the way it can grip you even when the first ...more
I love Robin Hobb, but I wouldn't recommend this as a first read for anyone new to her work. Compared to the rich characterisation and deftly interwoven plots of her work as Hobb, Lindholm, in this novel anyway, reads more like a writing workshop offering. The characters are flat, the drama seems contrived. The setting is interesting and well described, but the world doesn't feel as expansive and diverse as the six duchies and the cursed shores of her work as Hobb. I would recommend reading the ...more
...Harpy's Flight is not Lindholm's best novel but it is still an impressive read. The emptiness Ki experiences after the loss of her family and the violence she unleashes on their killers is heartbreaking. Whatever the technical flaws of this novel, on an emotional level is works very well. It is very clear that there is a lot more to discover about this world in the later three volumes. I think I saw a few more imperfections in the novel the second time around but I am still glad to have my co ...more
I love world-building, and this is an excellent world. Five sentient races, each of whom is very different from each other, with difficulties in reconciling such and working together.

This book (while it read as a stand-alone, there are apparently others set in the world) focuses on the relationships between the humans and the harpies. Some humans hate them; some worship them. What happens when these collide? The harpies are well-drawn, though- and this might be a spoiler- in the end it looks lik
I came to this book as a huge Robin Hobb fan, but my only previous experience with her Megan Lindholm penname is her short stories. This is not only my first Lindholm novel, but it’s also the first novel she ever wrote under either of her pseudonyms. Being such a fan of hers, I was predisposed toward liking this story, and like it I did, although it has a few flaws.

In all fairness, this is her first novel – unfortunately, it read like a first novel, especially in view of her excellent Hobb mater
Liz Cee
I truly enjoyed this. The characters believable and the plot well-drawn. I started reading some Megan Lindholm (a.k.a.) Robin Hobb's short stories in a couple of anthologies and really enjoyed them. They led me to this book, and I'm glad the author has many titles to her name. Wonderful fantasy!

So I finally got around to acquiring all of the books by Robin Hobb's original writing name, Megan Lindholm. This book was a good read with a very strong female protagonist. I particularly enjoyed how Robin Hobb exercised the method of story telling where concurrent to the present being written, she would occasionally go back a few months and have a story in the past also being developed because of the influence of the past with the present.
The first chapter of this book gripped me. I love the creative freedom that Hobb has when she writes as Megan. I read this book before I read anything by her as Hobb and I enjoy both styles of writing although I find that as Hobb she is more restricted and rather depressing at the end of each trilogy.

The fact that Ki isn't a young, doe-eyed thing as so many fantasy protagonists HAVE to be these days to be enjoyable. I feel that Hobb put a lot of her own pain, joy and experiences into this series
Rohan Monteiro
couldn't finish...too boring..gave up halfway.

megan lindholm and robin hobb are both en names of the same author..this is probably one of her earlier works which is why it sucks.
Had I read this before she started writing as Robin Hobb, I don't think I would've moved on -- and I would've greatly missed out! It's interesting to read the earlier works. The descriptions are just as fantastic, as I found myself sweating, heart pounding and holding my breath while reading a few key scenes. The despair, lonliness and need to be free come truly through every page -- almost too much at times for me to want to move on. I found the transitions between flash-back and real time diff ...more
'De Vlucht' een nieuwe vertaling van een al wat ouder werk (uit 1982) van Megan (ook bekend onder de naam Robin Hobb). En een beetje een tegenvaller. Veel onevenwichtiger dan haar ‘ Boeken … ‘ trilogieën. Teveel verschillende types, die alleen maar even aangekondigd worden (Denen?), niet goed uitgewerkte personages. Maar af en toe wel een blik op een intrigerende wereld, alleen komt die er niet helemaal uit. Rare overgangen, lijkt soms wel of er een stukje tekst ontbreekt, of ligt dat aan de ver ...more
Allen Garvin
Lindholm's (aka Robin Hobb) first novel. Not up to the quality of her later books, but some hints of her ability to deftly draw interesting characters is present. The novel starts with Ki (A Romni, sort of a Gypsy-like culture) taking vengeance on a Harpy next. Several flashbacks throughout the novel show what led to that action, and the consequences of that vengeance. The pace is rather sluggish, but the characters are believable and interesting. A quiet and introspective fantasy.
Not as strong as Hobb/Lindholm's later work but still a good read.

Though Lindholm spins beautiful and complex fantasy worlds it is her understanding of what it means to be human that keeps me returning to her books. In Harpy's Flight Lindholm explores grief, revenge and how our own cultural upbringing and experiences shape our experiences of the world and misunderstanding of others.

I look forward to reading the rest of the quartet.
Not really sure how I feel about this book. I enjoyed it well enough, and I found the different cultures and races interesting (I was disappointed that we didn't get to hear more about them actually). But I never became particularly invested in the storyline or the characters, and throughout the book I never really felt any emotion stronger than mild curiosity.

It was fine, it just didn't really grab me I guess.
This author is a great story-teller, no matter what pseudonym she uses. I was curious to see if there was a big difference in style compared to her writings under 'Robin Hobb,' especially since she had written that readers often greatly prefer the works under one name over the other. But I enjoyed this book - and have also liked all of the Hobb books that I've read - and am eager to start the next in the series.
Linda Humberstone
Thoroughly enjoying this series by Megal Lindholme, on the 2nd book now and will certainly read the others. Particularly good if you have a lot on your mind as the story enables you to switch off for a while! As usual for her books this set also explores different cultures in an alternative world but is done so well that it do not seem bizarre.
Jeanne Johnston
Ahhh. This was not inferior to the Robin Hobb series, just smaller and more personal. There were a few typos and obvious editing goofs, but I can ignore them because I know she refined her skills incredibly. Just when I despair at losing old friends, she creates new ones. Thoroughly enjoyed it and glad I have the next one queued up.
I adore Ki, the heroine, who is damaged and broken and out for revenge and falling to pieces while also completely controlled. Lindholm is great at conveying the claustrophobic atmosphere of Ki's in-laws' place, and at showing Ki's silent, devastating grief.

Full review:
Ki has lost her family to the harpies but to live she continues traveling as a teamster for hire. Vandien has joined her but Ki is not terrible sure she wants this partner. He may become the next victim if the harpies catch up with her.

Note Ki and Vandien were first in the short story "Bones for Dulath"
C1983: Powerful and themeful (yes, I do know that is not a real word!). The author’s trademark of being able to create credible races and creeds started off in this first book together with the theme of interconnection. FCN: Ki, Vandien,
Aug 26, 2008 anenko marked it as to-read
Shelves: rec
rec'ed by etrangere: "Meghan Lindholm (more well known as Robin Hobb)'s Vandian and Ki series also fits well in a more low key way. Ki's got a very no nonsense competence, and her relationship with Vandian is pretty interesting."
I "reread" this book after recently finding copies of the entire series. I suspect I hadn't read it at all, as some of the imagery seemed fairly unforgettable.

I can't fairly review Lindholm as I generally love all her work.
Janna Hickman
I enjoyed the layered approach to the storytelling. There was the more obvious story but then underlying that were snippets and tantalising hints of another mystery to be solved.

Ki's family is murdered and she is out for revenge. Vandien, thief and runaway with a deep sorrow in his own past decides that he and Ki make a good team.

Fantasy at its best.
first introduction to robin hobb's literacy world. I loved it.

And what not to like about a strong willed woman story !!
Camilla Kantola
Seemed a bit uneven. However, the character interaction and world was interesting, as it is in the author's later works.
Nogen gange er det godt bare at læse en gang god fantasy med en rødhåret heltinde og "a mysterious dark stranger"
A book about loss and revenge and the emptiness that surrounds both. Loved it.
Julie Harries
A good read, however I enjoyed the Robin Hobbs series more
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