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"A Whisper of Wings" is an epic, sweeping tale of power, fury and majesty. An uplifting tale of love, hope and shattering betrayal. Of war and fear. Of triumph and despair. It is a story that will grip you and move you, taking you from the dizzying heights of joy to the darkest pits of terror. An epic, breathtaking adventure, and the birth of a new series: The Kashran Cycle. Unforgettable, and highly recommended. Lavishly illustrated with twenty full-page interior plates by acclaimed artist Terrie Smith, it is one of our most beautiful works ever -- truly a pleasure for us to share with you. No expense was spared in the production of this novel, from its interior artwork to its cover paintings. We regard it as a tremendous, delightful work, and cannot recommend it highly enough. Even in 6 x 9" Trade Paperback size, this epic is nearly 400 pages in length. Read the excerpt provided to the left for an exciting peek between these pages!

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Paul Kidd is an author living and working in Australia. A prolific comic book writer, he also scripts for animation and film. As a games designer, Paul's material has spread far and wide; you can blame him for the cool dialogue in "Discworld 1 & 2". He is the creator of the "Tank Vixens " comic series. His books have spread into German language editions.
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Product Details

  • Series: Kashran Cycle (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Med Systems Company (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887038043
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887038041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Kidd is a hard working and deeply cracked author currently working from Perth, Western Australia. He particularly delights in Fantasy, Historical and Science fiction.

In addition to his prolific work as a writer of novels, Paul also creates role playing games, RPG supplelements, comics and games. His major efforts over the past decade have been focussed on screenwriting.

He owns an awful lot of lead soldiers, and has far more kilts than he has trousers...

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joe Seddon on February 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is one of the best books I've read in a long time. In fact, it may be among the best in my collection. From the moment the characters revealed their unique personalities, I fell in love with them, and I was driven to find out how the story of their lives would unfold; I wound up reading the entire book in two sittings.
On the surface, the story seems rather simple, like your classic fairy-tale. But that face eventually vanishes; no fewer than five times during this book, I found myself thinking, "I knew EXACTLY how the story was going to end...until I read this last page..." And with every shift in the plot, the story becomes more engaging, more real than it was before.
Spread through the book are illustrations by artist Terrie Smith. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case it could be true. Though they aren't numerous, the simple yet beautifully composed drawings add marvelously to the story, fixing in the reader's mind images of the people, and the landscape of this world. The cover illustration, pictured above, is one of my favorites, and I've always been impressed by how alive Terrie can make her drawings seem, simply by the expressiveness in the characters' eyes; no mean feat in flat black and white.
For any fan of fantasy, this book is as close to a "must-read" as I could ever claim. The proud but declining society of the Kashran, quiet yet expressive Shadarii and her ambitious sister Zhukora, and all of the lives they touch, weave together into a story of love and war, of hope for a brighter future, and fear of the damage the transition could bring. I can't praise this book enough, nor explain how highly I recommend it without revealing too much of the story.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Fredrick A. Cooper on January 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
Thinking back, I realize I wasn't quite sure what this book was about at the beginning. And that made it all the better as I read it. The short, enigmatic descriptions promised love, war, terror, tragedy, triumph and power. "Based on a non-human race?" I read, thinking that was most unusual for a modern fantasy novel. The illustrations were intriguing, and the excerpt simply thrilling. Everyone else who had read this book had loved it... and given rave reviews. So I ordered it.
I was pleased when it came very quickly in the mail, that same week. The book itself is a thick, heavy, well-made trade paperback, and soon I was engrossed in the engaging, thrilling story. I have to admit, I resented _anything_ that made me get my head out of that book, whether it was work or having to sleep! I haven't gotten that engaged in a story in a long, long time.
The story itself is unlike any other kind of fantasy I've read before. And in my over 30 years of reading, I've read a _lot_ of Fantasy. "Whisper" is thrilling, compelling, and written in so brilliant and penetrating a fashion it leaves your heart-pounding at times. The artwork is a perfect compliment. I've never seen a novel in recent times that had so may beautiful illustrations to match the text.
I can't say too much, obviously, about the content. The characters, though, have real feelings, motivations and lives. They have a depth you very rarely find in modern science fiction or fantasy. The story picks you up and never lets you go, not until the last page.
When you finish this book, you find yourself wishing that there were more in this series. And since it's "Book One of the Kashran Cycle", I guess that there will be! I _eagerly_ await them!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
I was impressed! A book starring butterfly-winged foxes sounds like it would be too, too cute, but the Kashra are very dramatic characters. Kidd has created a detailed and wholly original culture for them, partly based on Aboriginal tribalism but also imaginatively using fantasy such as the strength of the characters' "ka" (psychic force) affecting their flying ability more than the muscles of their wings. When a famine strikes an ancient and culturally stagnant society, changes must be made to avoid starvation. Two sisters follow two roads to change; Shadarii preaches love, while Zhukora champions violent revolution. It is easy to side with Shadarii, but Kidd keeps the reader guessing whether her way is effective enough to save the Kashra before starvation overwhelms everyone. A gripping page-turner!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rom Tiger Littlewhiskers on February 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
Though the idea of winged foxes may seem to border along the childish, this book is far from being a children's story.
Here, utter realism bubbles forth in every chapter, ensnaring the reader to turn each page with anticipation, as exquisite details ranging from inventive sports, colorful holidays and customs, diverse cultures, up to the complexity and heartfelt credibility of each character -- all effectively help in coaxing out a myriad of emotions and reactions from the readers. In other words, the reader is convincingly thrust into the fabled Kashran world, where romance can be compared to ambrosia; where legends are unearthed, lived, and forged, where danger lurks in every corner, and where battles could be easily compared to that of epic Hollywood movies.
Yet the magic does not stop there, for the story itself is truly a work of art that would even make moralists and philosophers stop, look, and read, without going into mindless prattle, served in-between the lines of innovative storytelling and religious allegory. Good and evil are dissected into numerous facets, coupled with their driving forces, their chosen vessels, and their influences, not to mention their consequences -- all of which present an interesting moral spectrum to be pondered upon. All these are framed within an excellent pace, chock-full of tidbits that would make the inherent historian, theologian, and sociologist within the readers swoon with delight.
Another highlight of the story would be the level of catharsis produced. This book has the raw power to draw tears or pity without being melodramatic, focusing on believable pain in its emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects; ditto for love, hatred, mirth, and other emotions that could fire up or calm down the reader.
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