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The One Who Could Not Fly (The Wing Cycle, #1)

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For generations, sylphs have lived isolated on the island of Shinalea, forgotten by the world. But they, too, have forgotten their past. Until it rears its head and changes the very foundations of their world…

Ravenna has grown up isolated and ostracised amongst the sylphs for her small wing size and her unusual colouring. She lives with the Intellecti, a collection of sylp
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Paperback, 302 pages
Published March 31st 2020
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John Pepe
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a well written book. It had a good flow and kept me engaged. I never felt bogged down reading it. The characters were unique (for me): Slyphs. It had some standard tropes but I like what Stone did with it, e.g., in one society the protagonist is the ugly duckling but when forced into another world is angelic and beautiful and unique. I would recommend this book to others who like a well paced, interesting story.
C.F. Welburn
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's quite a lot I enjoyed about this first book in The Wing Cycle. For a start I love being introduced to new races and the winged sylphs who live in relative peace on an isolated island ticked the box. We learn some of their customs and how their society is structured, and I look forward to learning more about their history, how they came to be on the island etc.
I also enjoy a good underdog story, and our protagonist Ravenna most certainly provides this ingredient, being born with deformed
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Michelle Vess
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great creative fantasy!

I really enjoyed this book. Well written and fast paced. Great characters and the world itself is very creative. Ravenna is a Sylph, a race of winged beings that live in an idealistic, peaceful society. Even so, she is an outcast because she’s born with skin and wings unlike the norm. Also her wings are smaller, so she is flightless and bullied by her sister and others who are not accepting. She is taken as a slave by humans who believe she is the only one of her kind. She
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Rosalind Tate
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful High Fantasy — written with a delicate touch!

“The One Who Could Not Fly” has a clever twisty plot, intriguing characters and though it’s an ‘easy’ read, it’s also a multi-layered story.

Ravenna has wings. She looks like an angel to humans but her own kind regard her as weak – her wings are too small for her to fly.

When Ravenna is kidnapped by humans, she experiences humanity with all its flaws: our cruelty, selfishness, and lust for power. But she also encounters unexpected kindness. Sh
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Natasha
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This was a relatively straightforward fantasy where a winged race known as sylphs live isolated from humans. The main character was born with smaller wings and is the only one can't fly. As a result she is left out from her society. The story picks up when she is captured and taken to the land of humans, where sylphs and other fantastical beings are the stuff of legends.

The human world read very much like Game of Thrones - everything is focused on war and empires. I didn't find these chapters as
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Why did it have to end on a cliffhanger? Omg whyyy???
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E.G. Stone is an independent author who has been writing, quite literally, since the age of six. Since then, E.G. has improved rather a lot and has written (so far) twenty-one full-length novels, various short stories, a screenplay, snippets of poetry, and various blog entries that may or may not make sense. E.G. enjoys writing in many different genres. The favourites are science fiction, mystery ...more

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