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The Windsingers (book 2 of the Ki and Vandien Quartet) by Megan Lindholm

Review by Caleyna

Though The Windsingers is book 2 in the Ki and Vandien Quartet, it could easily be read as a stand-alone novel. The story is self-contained, though Ki and Vandien are once again the stars.

The world of Ki and Vandien is magical and strange. Several sentient creatures populate the universe, with most cities being a hub-bub of cross-creature interaction. It's fun to read about the various species, though they are not the focus of the work.

This particular story has two plots: Vandien has agreed to pull a secret treasure out of a temple buried beneath the ocean. Little does he know, no one even believes the treasure exists. The town is just using him for their entertainment and have no intention of paying him the promised fee, even though he must risk his own life and the lives of his strange pulling team.

Ki refuses to help Vandien in his fruitless quest. Instead, she takes a delivering a strange load for a strange man. Her task earns her the wrath of the Windsingers, and suck her into a dimension of reality that she never knew existed.

It is intersting to see Robin Hobb's early skills at work in this book. She is a great world builder, and really knows how to turn a plot. There is nothing totally spectacular about this book, but it is a fun read, with lots of suspense and adventure. It's also fun to see if she will leave her characters to suffer or if she will take pity on them in the end.

I recommend this book to any fantasy reader. It is very well written, even if the plot is sometimes a bit too convenient. Overall I rate it a 4 out of 5 amulets.


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