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Orphans. Runaways. Thieves. The Avians don’t ask questions about a girl’s past. Or her age. They need glider pilots, and the smaller the better.

Raisa is fourteen. Born to a line of powerful silk merchants, her rebellion against an arranged marriage is doomed. The Avians are her only alternative.
Mel is the young servant blamed for Raisa’s disappearance. She meets an Avian r
Published August 1st 2017 by Five Rivers Publishing
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Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r, science-fiction
*** Note: I received a review copy of this book via LibraryThing, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher and author. I am glad I got a chance to read this book. ***

One. Two. Three. Avians are ready to fly.

I have to rewrite this review a lot, I was not sure how much to say about the book and finally settled with this and tried my best without including spoilers. Two thing were the heart of the story. The trade business that connects everything and characters and loved this two
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review

Before I start this review properly I'd like to give a possible trigger warning re: eating disorders and food in general. There is a lot of focus especially in the early part of this book about the main character Raisa not wanting to eat and having problems with food. At first this is because she thinks if she doesn't eat she won't 'fill out' and no one will want to marry her, since she is trying to escape an i
L.T. Getty
Humans have begun to colonize other planets, one of which is Celadon, a world with oceans so hot we can live nowhere near them, and an atmosphere much thicker than that of Earth. Additionally, the planet has no real metal resources, so the airships that take people between the habitable zones tend to be light gliders wrought of wood and silk. Ideal pilots are light in frame to help them carry the heavier payloads, and it’s often young teenage girls who tend to carry out these missions. The work ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book review of Avians by Timothy Gwyn
Book review by Don Doell

A very impressive debut YA Sci-Fi novel. Mr. Gwyn has used his fascination with flight and alternative worlds to good effect. Avians tells the story from 3 points of view: the heroine, Raisa, a kitchen apprentice, Mel and Chief Corby, the Chief Pilot of the Avians of Mount Nufuji on the planet Celadon. The action is fast-paced with a taut plot line. Gwyn’s world is one in which a thicker atmosphere forces the inhabitants to live away f
Jamie Farquharson
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Boasting diverse and compelling characters, immersive world-building, and a finely-honed plotline, Avians is a smashing spec-fic debut from Timothy Gwyn. I look forward to exploring more of Raven's Celadon!
Liz Stevens
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book.
It was maybe a bit too technically descriptive in places but that did help visualise things.
It left me wanting more :)
Eric Desmarais
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful characters in a fascinating world. The author melds three coming of age stories with a unique blend of Science Fiction and flying.
D.F. Harrington
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The author has created truly wonderful characters that you can easily warm up to, who encounter unique problems and role reversals in this entertaining aviation story.
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