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On Wings, Rising (Encounters #1)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  166 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Book 1 of the Encounters series

Dinun can't fly--but he could be the answer to an Angel's prayer.

Barely tolerated by his own kind, Dinun is a self-reliant soul who scratches out a living from the great, empty lands of Quarn. Always looking for unexpected treasure, he never dreams of finding an injured Angel.

Moon belongs to a race of telepathic winged humanoids. Exquisitely
ebook, 192 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Samhain Publishing
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Just save yourself some time and buy everything that Ann Somerville writes. Apparently it is all excellent. This is a pretty quick read, and yet the culture of the different races is given amazing detail without long, boring explanations. Same sex relationships are acceptable and even recognized by the government, but Dinun is still ostracized by his community for his orientation. And then there are the angels. A completely fascinating race. They communicate telepathically. It was very interesti ...more
winged yeti wants his baby back
I was disappointed by this book. I usually really enjoy Ann Somerville's writing but this time it didn't do anything for me.

The problem is the character Moon. Perhaps it's my lack of imagination, but from Somerville's descriptions I see him as an odd looking winged yeti, with a mouth full of shark’s teeth and some kind of pouch like a kangaroo.

I found it difficult to understand why Dinun found Moon so appealing.

Plus he doesn't talk, he communicates telepathically, which didn't help. Moon and Di
2.5 stars

This could be a case of "it's me, not the book", not sure. I needed more world building and character depth. It wasn't until I was about 80% of the book that I started to connect with the angel culture, off-world culture and Dinun's culture; as well as Dinun's emotional growth. It just came late. I will read another Somerville book because of what I saw at that 80% mark. I appreciated the plight and story, maybe I'm just not an angel genre person?
Paul Jr.
Jun 25, 2009 Paul Jr. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of quality gay romance
One of the things I’ve come to expect in reading Ann Somerville’s works is that as an author she never goes for the obvious, for the stereotypes of character and plot that plague any genre, not just the m/m romance genre. I am happy to say that Somerville once again takes us on an enjoyable journey down the road less often taken with the charming, touching and completely entertaining On Wings, Rising.

On the world of Quarn, we are introduced to Dinun, an everyman who is, perhaps, a little less or
I liked this a lot, even if Angels sound like winged humanoid polar bears.

I had a bloody difficult time trying to figure out all the foreign terms towards the beginning. In the end, I just went with vague impressions and gave up on any more solid understanding. I still have no idea what a rejer resembles, other than it's an animal of some sort that can either be a herd animal or a beast of burden.
I liked this book, a lot. There were a ton of interesting and novel things going on. I loved that angels were a bit feral, even to the point of being fur covered. An entirely telepathic race was interesting.

Most importantly, I thought the cross-cultural and cross-racial themes were really nicely done. It's difficult, I think, to write a cross-cultural love story. There will always be misunderstandings that lead to bad feelings, and it's tough to come away from those thinking someone didn't comp
Dinun is an outsider in his village. Even though he is gay, he still contributed to is village, fathering some kids. The mother of his children did not want to have a husband, but wanted children. They have a good relationship(friendship). Dinun goes out to gather items that he could use or trade to help support his family.

He lives on a planet that Angels live. They are a beautiful race. They are covered with soft white feathers, with a 'regular' human face. They have sharp teeth and live in ti
Miche D
I finally picked up this book, even though I didn't think I'd like it from the description, but I've loved everything else by this author, so I decided to buy it. I'm glad I did. I have to go get the second in the series now. I liked the society that used to have a lot of advanced technology and now really doesn't pretty cool, and something I've always enjoyed in books. I found the angel's well fleshed out and really interesting with a society so different from ours.
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Ann Somerville grew up in one of Australia’s prettiest small cities. In 1989, she left Australia with a BA and a burning ambition to see more of the world and its people, and to discover this ‘culture’ thing people kept telling her about. In 2006, she returned home to Southeast Queensland with two more degrees (this time in science and IT), an English husband and a staggering case of homesickness, ...more
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