The Winds of Khalakovo

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Night Shade Books, 2011 - Fiction - 449 pages
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Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo, a mountainous archipelago of seven islands, its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the sky. Serviced by windships bearing goods and dignitaries, Khalakovo's eyrie stands at the crossroads of world trade. But all is not well in Khalakovo. Conflict has erupted between the ruling Landed, the indigenous Aramahn, and the fanatical Maharraht, and a wasting disease has grown rampant over the past decade. Now, Khalakovo is to play host to the Nine Dukes, a meeting which will weigh heavily upon Khalakovo's future.
When an elemental spirit attacks an incoming windship, murdering the Grand Duke and his retinue, Prince Nikandr, heir to the scepter of Khalakovo, is tasked with finding the child prodigy believed to be behind the summoning. However, Nikandr discovers that the boy is an autistic savant who may hold the key to lifting the blight that has been sweeping the islands. Can the Dukes, thirsty for revenge, be held at bay? Can Khalakovo be saved? The elusive answer drifts upon the Winds of Khalakovo...

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User Review  - RobinLythgoe - LibraryThing

I found The Winds of Khalakavo to be an enjoyable read in spite of not *quite* pulling things together as an epic fantasy. The author has a real talent for prose. The culture(s) are well crafted ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amelia_Smith - LibraryThing

A good story in an interesting and complex world, but a bit heavy on the invented terminology for my tastes -- I found the abundance of unfamiliar names and words distracting. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Bradley Beaulieu began writing his first fantasy novel in college, and has since dedicated himself to the craft. His previous work has been voted a Million Writers Award notable story and was the winner of the Writer of the Future 20 contest in 2004. The Flames of Shadam Khoreh is his third book in the Lays of Anuskaya trilogy, and Beaulieu lives in Racine, Wisconsin, with his wife and two children.

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