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A Flight of Marewings

(Wyld Magic #1)

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Marewings: part horse, part demon, all monster. Only the bravest riders dare to catch and tame them, and most die in the attempt. Not the best choice for a young woman who only knows how to run a farm.

But Korinna is running out of options. Her father, the duke of Kyratia City, danced himself to death in a strange madness. He wanted her to marry his warlord, Galenos, and in
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published January 6th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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S.L. Saboviec
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Note: I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A Flight of Marewings is a solid fantasy with interesting ideas and a fleshed-out world. Its namesake, the marewing, is a flying demon horse, created by a mysterious magical force called “the Wyld.”

The book follows several people’s points of view, but the story centers on Korinna, the illegitimate daughter of the newly deceased duke of Kyratia. In this world, mercenaries are used instead of a city’s own military forc
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J.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Nicely imagined full-length YA fantasy novel here, with some really good world-building and some of the most realistic political machinations I've ever read, every cunning step explained. The main characters are strong and believable from the start and the novel stands alone while starting the series out with a bang. Overall a good read.

My only nitpick with this book is the construction of the climactic scenes. [MAJOR SPOILER ALERT] The fight for the city is too easy by half. The main characters
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Sophie
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Thanks to goodreads First Reads program for a free copy of this novel.

Several reviewers have already summarized the plot, so I'll skip that here. What I would like to say is that I enjoyed A Flight of Marewings. The setting and story struck me as the same vein Tamora Pierce, who is one of my personal favorites. The fantasy world was reasonably well thought out, interesting, and leaves a lot of room for future stories.

That said, I didn't love the main character. I didn't dislike her, but I want
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from Story Cartel in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The first thing that I will say about this book is that both the places, the names and even the artwork for the cover remind me of Greece. The artwork in particular remind me of the flying Pegasi from Disney's Fantasia but then that may just be me.

Onto the story itself - This is the story of Korinna and how her life changes upon the death of her father. There is a very gentle love story wrapped up in here, together w
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Carrie F.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
The book was an interesting tale of a young bastard heiress who has been promised to a warlord. She goes with him willingly enough to fulfill her dead father’s wishes and finds herself in a situation where the Council who now rules denounces those wishes and she and the warlord must now make other plans.

The story, over all, was extremely enjoyable and I really liked the manner in which the POV chapters were laid out. My largest complaint, however, was that the characters seemed to contradict the
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Cathy Geha
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This may be a book for young adults but it is I found intriguing and well worth the read. I have always loved fairy tales and this book had a bit of that with adventure and romance and mythical demon horses that can fly and so much more. Korinna, a duke’s bastard daughter, and Galenos, the mercenary she was betrothed to, are thwarted in their quest to rule the country as they had thought they would. Korinna decides to become a mercenary and shows just how strong and what great leadership potenti ...more
L.J. Capehart
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The world in this book is quite well thought out, with well developed characters. I think Kristen Walker did a great job making it enteresting, with a good storyline. I like her Marewings very much, and definitely want more. This is definitely a world I'd like to read more tales of! Good job.
I recieved a copy of this in exchange for my honest review.
Jules
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
War!!

I have read the sample given to me by the author.
I could not stop there
I had to buy the book. This is so well written. I feel the emotion of each of the characters. See through their eyes of what is to come.
This is a MUST READ!
Andrea Lundgren
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book reminded me of a cross between Othello and The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey. The warlord, Galenos, is a very dark-skinned man of war who must deal with cultural ostracization while dreaming of leading the city he loves into a new, better era...and while falling in love with the much fairer-skinned, natural daughter of the duke.

And then, there are small, flying dragons and large, winged mares which, while they lack the sense of humor of McCaffrey's great dragons, made l
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Lene Blackthorn
I received a copy of the book after I volunteered to review it. This facts did not influence my opinion declared in this review.

Korinna is a bastard daughter of Duke of Kyratia city. After his death, she is supposed to marry the warlord Galenos, but the council plan's are different. So she joins her efforts with Galenos and takes off on a mission to tame a wild marewing and conquer the city.

The story is told from the point of view of several characters, which might be confusing, but in this cas
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R.G.
Aug 01, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was really interesting and Walker does a great job of creating a whole other world filled with politics and war and religion in a way that it is still easy to understand... and really gave a lot of layers and twists to the story that made it feel very real... I loved the idea of Wyld magic... something that is just natural and can't truly be controlled... it gave a very interesting explanation for all the strange and magical creatures in the land that the very land had evolved into wil ...more
Rebecca Foster
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
In A Flight of Marewings, Walker creates a magical hybrid: part horse, part demon. The result? Dangerous horses with sharp teeth and wings reminiscent of those on a bat. The creatures are intelligent, strong, graceful, and deadly. Few can tame one, and a marewing will never accept another rider. They're fierce, distrusting and quick to anger.Nothing like the pegasus of legend.

Walker did a fabulous job of creating realistic and fascinating creatures. I fell in love with the marewings, as well as
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Mary Brannian
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Flight of Marewings

Half horse, half demon... All monster. To capture and tame one is the epitome of bravery and cunning... And Korinna needs all the power she can gather. The illegitimate daughter of the duke, Korinna finds herself in a state of limbo after her father's sudden death. Being a woman, she has no power, no rights... And the man her father had intended for her to marry, seems disinterested at best.

In an effort to level the playing field, Korinna joins the local mercenary troop wit
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Tim Lumsden
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers
Recommended to Tim by: Free for honest review
Shelves: giveaways
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I gave the book 4 STARS. Very easy, enjoyable read. It was good, maybe very good, but not great. In so many ways I just felt it was almost there, but not quite. Characters, especially our heroine; Korinna, were nicely developed, but I wanted more. The magic was good, but I wanted more, especially in understanding "Wyld" magic. We had the build-up to what could have been an epic finale, but it kind of just was over. All that be ...more
Juneta Key
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story and the of the idea of the Marewings. It is an epic saga of power and duty. I enjoyed the understated way that Ms. Walker wrote and her voice and style. Once I started reading I could not put it down till the end. I stayed up way past bedtime just to finish it. It was a very well told story with excellent world-building. I really like the idea of the Wyld magic and monsters. I have heard the idea of Wyld magic before, but I really enjoyed the way it worked in this author's wor ...more
Teri
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful high action and intrigue read. This has it all in wonderful fashion. I love the world that has been created and the imagery. The characters are so real it makes the story come to life. I really love the magic, and monsters and story. All was put together so well you can imagine yourself there. The characters are strong and I love that Korinna wasn't a wimpy female and wouldn't settle for a life she had no interest in. It was also fun watching her unsettle the Warlord and make hi ...more
Samantha Endy
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is an interesting book, however the story seems to long winded in parts and not detailed much in some. it has political corruption, magic, flying horses, soldiers, religion all rolled up into one book. it has romance betrayals murder promises made and broken. it was an easy read but on the whole i would have started this from training and done flash backs.
Karen
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take a journey to a land of mythical creatures, magic and political intrigue. The characters are well defined and the author shows a wonderful talent for magical names and conveying a sense of surroundings. A very enjoyable read.
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Kristen S. Walker is a fantasy writer, blogger, and geek from California.

She grew up in small towns in Northern California, running around barefoot in the woods and climbing trees with a notebook to write down stories. She lives with her family, including one rescued cat, in a house full of books.

She writes and self-publishes fantasy novels for teens and adults.

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