When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the archipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders' sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers' magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.
Tazir has seen more than her share of storms and pirates in her many years as captain, and she's not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships. Shina's caught her eye, but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship, her crew, and her neck.
PRAISE FOR THE DROWNING EYES
"The Drowning Eyes is a magic- and wind-filled adventure, peopled with excellent and strong characters. The story made me want to sail the coastline on a boat of my own and see if I could call up a storm. In Emily Foster's debut novella, apprentice Windspeaker Shina must return her people's power to them before the Dragon Ships destroy everything . . . unless Shina destroys it by accident first. So vividly rendered, you'll be tempted to wash the salt-spray from your clothing after reading The Drowning Eyes." - Fran Wilde, author of Updraft
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Foster's tantalizing debut novella provides intriguing glimpses of a well-constructed world, but a trite conclusion undermines the rest of the story's potential. In a coastal fantasy land where trade winds are essential, the Windspeakers who control the weather have been attacked by the raiding Dragon Ships, and the icon that is the source of their power has been stolen. Only one survivor remains from a raid on the school: Shina, an untrained Windspeaker, who takes passage on the first northbound ship she can find. The gruff captain and her small crew were simply looking for a paying passenger, but soon they find themselves at the tip of a literal and metaphorical storm, as Shina drives them forward to recover the stolen icon and bring the wind power back to her cutthroat society. The matriarchal society is the basis for a unique take on a piratical world, leaving the reader wanting more adventure when the abrupt ending fails to satisfy.