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Lords of the Sky (Bantam Spectra Book) [Kindle Edition]

Angus Wells
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Angus Wells carved a place for himself on the shelves of hundreds of thousands of fantasy readers.  Now, with Lords Of The Sky, it is clear that he has saved his most sweeping and imaginative tale for an epic more powerful than anything he has written before. For centuries, the Dhar have had to face the Ahn, fierce warriors who would lay claim to Dharbek, the land they call their ancestral home.  Now, in fantastic airships powered by magic, the Ahn have begun their greatest campaign yet.  In preparation for the coming onslaught, Storymen like Daviot travel the land collecting tales and sharing the history it's their responsibility to safeguard.  But Daviot's travels show him the dark side of Dharbek, and inspire him to be a catalyst for change, to overcome doubt and fear, and pursue the one dream that has eluded Dharbek. Using his special gifts for storytelling and world-building, Angus Wells reaches new heights with a story as ambitious as it is broad in scope. Lords Of The Sky has all the action, adventure and magic a fantasy-lover could desire, and tackles social change, prejudice, the value of genuine friendship and the power of enduring love.


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When the Sky Lords of Ahn choose once again to threaten their ancestral enemies, the landbound Dhar, a young storyman and a blind sorceress conceive of a bold plan to bring peace to the warring lands-by force, if necessary. Veteran fantasy author Wells (Wild Magic, Bantam, 1993) enlivens this epic fantasy with some unique twists, bringing his characters into a headlong confrontation with the too-often overlooked side effects of saving a world. Rich detail and sympathetic characters add finesse to a superb tale of magic and adventure.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Angus Wells carved a place for himself on the shelves of hundreds of thousands of fantasy readers. Now, with Lords Of The Sky, it is clear that he has saved his most sweeping and imaginative tale for an epic more powerful than anything he has written before. For centuries, the Dhar have had to face the Ahn, fierce warriors who would lay claim to Dharbek, the land they call their ancestral home. Now, in fantastic airships powered by magic, the Ahn have begun their greatest campaign yet. In preparation for the coming onslaught, Storymen like Daviot travel the land collecting tales and sharing the history it's their responsibility to safeguard. But Daviot's travels show him the dark side of Dharbek, and inspire him to be a catalyst for change, to overcome doubt and fear, and pursue the one dream that has eluded Dharbek. Using his special gifts for storytelling and world-building, Angus Wells reaches new heights with a story as ambitious as it is broad in scope. Lords Of The Sky has all the action, adventure and magic a fantasy-lover could desire, and tackles social change, prejudice, the value of genuine friendship and the power of enduring love.

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  • File Size: 1953 KB
  • Print Length: 689 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553373951
  • Publisher: Spectra (March 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4ET6
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't sweep magic under the rug when it's inconvenient. September 6, 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
The quality of writing in this book is above average. The book starts out with beautiful prose that distracts somewhat from the story, but the distraction soon passes.
The story is set in a world in which the existence of magic is fairly well integrated into the history of the milieu (as opposed to just being slapped on, without thought to historical consequence of people having access to power that doesn't exist in the real world, as most writers do).
This is a story about racial prejudice, injustice, loyalty, morality, and ethics; with the issue of the ability to create life thrown in for good measure. I think the author does a stellar job in dealing with all three.
Three races are wrapped up in affairs relating to this issue (there is a fourth race, but they are of less importance to the story overall). The first race, humanity, has simultaneously moved into a geographical area, discovered magic, and created a new set of races from domestic animals that look like humans, but have little thought capacity. Humanity does this because the fourth race, dragons, are eating humanity up at a frightening pace, and the humans throw the new created races to the dragons as food (and a few of these new races are kept around as servants). This group of humans migrates away from the dragons, and discovers a more primitive race of man, and promptly enslaves them and destroys their temples. Some of this more primitive race escape to a new homeland. There, this third race rebuilds, and thousands of years later have begun an ongoing campagin of revenge against the first race of humans in a quest to regain their homelands.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, but... March 15, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book is very great, and invokes all sorts of emotions. This is one of those books where the romance is pretty decent ( in a fantasy type of way of course). Surely beats the romance from his Exiles Saga where the girl Flysse is too stubborn in her ways, and the gentleman Arcole becomes all meek! Matter of fact, this book was very well paced compared to Exiles. Made you keep reading, and I didn't think there was really any too slow parts, and this is probably one of the very few books in teh fantasy genre that is well written in the 1st person.
You can read from other reviews what this book is about so I am not really going to comment on that. Very well written and all, the only thing that could've worked out better is the actual "behavior" of the characters and the things they do. I.E. The fact that the authority figure from each race would meekly submit after so many centuries of fixed hatred and opinions is pushing a little. But even more than that, the concept of means and end is little backwards.
The author seems to think that peace can be won from total destruction of concentration of power that oppose them, not to mention innocent slaughtered for this same peace. I understand fantasy is beyond this world, but since they're about humans, the author should at least follow the same value system we have present in our current world. Learn from our own history to know that what he is proposing won't work (i.e. Germany after the end of World War I).
But this disagreement is just on an opinion, and not on the quality of writing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Recently the fantasy bug, that comes and goes, has bitten me again. Not wanting to make the commitment to a series, I picked up Lords of the Sky. All in all I was very pleased. As has been stated by nearly every other reviewer, Lords of the Sky, by Angus Wells, is very well written. That is to say the writing style flows well, is colorful, poetic and romantic. The characters - Daviot the Storyteller, Rwan the Mage, Urt the "changed" servant turned leader and Tezdal, the warrior (male, female, male, male, respectively) - are immediately appealing, interesting and identifiable. The reader gets to know them quickly and intimately. Things are explained well and not just taken as is. You feel for these people and their rich chronicles. It has every aspect and characteristic of a great fantasy epic except for one key element; It's only one book. A long book (650 pages), but one book. If one is going to spend so many, many pages establishing characters and histories - in an engaging and exciting way, mind you - than one should spend at least a decent amount of time bringing all of these pieces to closure. At the end of the book there is a lot of telling about what happens and a less amount of showing what happens. Wells spends the last 15% of the book closing the first 85%, and it ended up being a little, just a little, rushed. Still, all questions are answered. No loose ends. It has all the potential of a Stephen Donaldson or a Robert Jordan series. In defense of Angus Wells, he did mention in his closing notes that the book was originally longer and that his editor had him chop it up a good amount. Perhaps she should have let him keep it the length he wanted to write it. Also there was a jolting change of point-of-view segue right in the middle of the book. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great read - get it from a used book store...
I did like this book, probably more than many because I didn't pay $25 for it! But that's not the correct standard to apply. It's a fun read. But it's also a frustrating read. Read more
Published on October 15, 2009 by Jonesy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stand alone novel
When I started this book I didn't think I was going to like it. It wasn't bad or anything but it was moving at a slow pace early on and I was itching to read some other authors... Read more
Published on August 6, 2004 by Jason S Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars In a Word, Lousy
As a rule, whenever the main character's horse has more personality than the main character, you know you have problems. Read more
Published on April 24, 2003 by not4prophet
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Time
Lords of the Sky is one of the best books I've ever read. It's what made me fall in love with fantasy books and I honestly think it's time to make this book into a movie so... Read more
Published on December 31, 2001 by Isabel Cossios
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written, but...
The book is very great, and invokes all sorts of emotions. This is one of those books where the romance is pretty decent ( in a fantasy type of way of course). Read more
Published on March 15, 2001 by "reaborg"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Single Book Read
I've read a few hundred fantasy books and while I prefer series to single books, I found that I liked this one extremely well. Read more
Published on September 24, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a page turner
I've read a number of fantasy novels and this one didn't dwell on the magic and mystery aspects, but instead dealt with the political structure of the world our heroes are involved... Read more
Published on January 17, 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Never wholly believe others' opinions (this included)
I am sorry but I was never able to appreciate this book. I found the plot boring, the characters uninteresting and no ingenious ideas whatever. Read more
Published on July 21, 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to be read again and again
I don't read books for literary style, I read them for enjoyment, and I throughly enjoyed this book. I would recomend it to anyone. It captivates its reader all the way through.
Published on May 30, 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Thou shalt want this book......
This was the first book that exposed me to the world of fantasy fiction. There was a mixture of love, hate, power and struggle amongst the characters and not only did Wells did a... Read more
Published on November 14, 1997
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