The Drowning Eyes
Tor.com kicks off the year with another irresistible lineup of novellas in early 2016, and leading the charge is Emily Foster’s debut release The Drowning Eyes. In this slim little volume, a lone survivor sets off on an adventure in a wind-swept coastal fantasy to retrieve what was stolen from her and her people. With the Windspeakers’ island enclave pillaged and destroyed by the Dragon Ships, villages along the coastlin ...more
One huge plus though: the main character is LGBT, and.....who cares? There's ...more
I was immediately drawn to this novella by the cover: a beautiful and fierce-looking woman in the middle of a stormy sea. What was happening to her? It is book covers like this that make me want to read a book, and I dove in, hoping to find adventure, danger and an answer to my question. And I was not disappointed. The Drowning Eyes packs a lot of story into such a s...more
The flipside of th ...more
I'm tumblr-damaged, insofar as American citizens seem to insist on PoC, female writers with PoC female lead characters. I know, you'd insist on giving this the highest rating, based on those two facts alone. Bonus points for the captain being a lesbian.
If that's all you require, then CHECK. This should have been a five star review.
To me, it's not. This novella started out so fine, so perfect. Yes, female pirates. Yes, PoC pirates. But most of all, the fine li ...more
But this is the author's debut and I'm looking forward to get refining her craft in her future novels! ...more
For a short book, the characters felt realistic, and I *loved* the always-grumpy Captain Tazir...she made for a great lead, and her interactions with the rest of the cast were one of the highlights of this book.
I'm not a reader who is typically concerned with magic syste ...more
Shina is a young woman fleeing something, probably an unwanted marriage, but she has the money to h ...more
There are some nice ideas, but the writing is unpolished and the plot thin. There are pirates and chases, but I never felt the suspense, because too much time is spent on the "pirates" arguing around as immature ex-lovers (they talk like bitchy teenagers) and unresolved emotional issues between them. A novella is maybe not the best format for a story that focuses on world-building and character relationships, but certainly it i ...more
And nearly 3 years later I finally decided to read this. I loved it. I love the air of mystery and urgency mixed with that down to earth vibe of life in the tropics. I really wish it was longer though. So that we could get a little more depth a little more information on why the Dragon Ships were intent on destroying these people's lives.
And I still really really LOVE that cover!! ...more
For some reason, "Shina's caught her eye" in the synopsis made me think there'd be some romance, but anything along those lines is very low-key. So low-key that I didn't realize who ...more
The Windspeakers can swallow storms and control the weather in a world that ...more
I must confess this novella felt incomplete to me. The characters were alright, the world and style worked, the plot had some nice beats. But the emotional connection to anything within it was just missing.
Still, the ideas and the beautiful cover deserve a 3-star rating.
The novella length shows in the tight scope of the story and the way that a lot of the worldbuilding is done in glimpses and pieces, strictly need to know. I'd happily read another adventure in the setting that shows a fuller pict ...more
This is the story of a seasoned Captain named Tazir who is traveling along the coast with her young Quartermaster Chaqal who appears younger than she actually is and Kodin who is Tazir's closest friend and occasionally the muscle when needed who all call a fairly small ship named The Giggling ...more
There's some really cool world building and magic and characters in this story, but its short length means there's not a lot of time to get into any of it in depth, so the reader is left to fill in a lot of blanks. And the story itself felt a little rushed, as it trie ...more
The novella is poetic and beautiful. It does not explain it self much and a lot of things are left unanswered. I do wonder if there are more written in this world as I am intrigued ...more