Airs and Gracesby Toby Bishop
Now it's Larkyn who must take flight to
Since bonding with a winged foal by accident, Larkyn Hamley has risen from a wild country girl to become one of the finest students at the Academy of the Air. But Duke William, the new ruler of Oc, is obsessed with riding a winged horse himself, and his madness leads him to ignore his traditional duties to protect the Duchy.
Now it's Larkyn who must take flight to save her country, her Academy, and her own life.
- Penguin Group (USA)
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- Product dimensions:
- 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.98(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
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excellent readkng if yiu are afan of equine fiction reading.
I didn't like this book as well as the first one. I thought it had a tendency to drag a little and was a little too predictable. It's redeeming qualities are it's characters, which were very unique and real. I liked the way Toby Bishop made you feel like you were right there in the story. I would recommend this and the first book and look forward to the next in the series.
I picked up the first book in store and thoght that it was an engaging read for my summer vacation. Larkyn goes through a lot trying to fit into a place that has no liking or patience for her country ways or wisdom. However, it is her country wisdom that gives her the ablity to see right through the gilt veneer of the aristocracy. Larkyn's spirit and pluck is ultimately what gets her through all of her trials with flying colors. I appreciate a heroine who ignores the rules to do what is right.
The Duchy of Oc has been a safe place for many, many years. Long enough that protection isn't something that people think about, much less anticipate needing. All of that is about to change.
On a quiet day in late summer, Aesk raiders invade the fishing village of Onmarin. Many people were killed, and two children were taken. If they're lucky they will survive to be slaves. The Aesks aren't known for their kindness.
Larkyn Hamly and her friend, Hester Beeth, happened to be in Onmarin on that day. They were visiting their friend Rosellen, the stable girl from the Academy of the Air. Rosellen was killed that day, and her little sister was one of the children who was taken. Larkyn and Hester escaped. Unharmed physically, but tortured emotionally, they are determined to have something done. Young girls, especially ones who should be focused on horsemistress training, can't do much. They must hope that the council will do the right thing.
The Duke's descent into madness has grown more frightening, and more dangerous. No one and nothing is safe from him, and no one seems to have the power to stop him. More than a few people don't even see the need to try.
Mistress Winter again becomes their hope. She's not only fighting for the people of Onmarin, she's fighting to keep her job, and keep the Academy running, free from Duke William's dangerous clutches. He will try to stop her, even destroy her and Larkyn, at every possible opportunity. Mistress Winter is left, with little support, to make potentially dangerous alliances and promises.
Larkyn is nearly alone as well. She must not only keep herself and her beloved Tup, her winged horse, safe from Duke William, but she must walk a fine line to keep her family's home from being taken away.
The Duchy of Oc seems to be balancing very shakily. It's clear that something must happen, but what?
The more I read, the more involved and in love I am with these books. They are completely absorbing. The world that is created is so rich and full and real. The characters are wonderfully interesting and well-developed. I feel like I live inside this world and I know these people. This is great fantasy at work.
I'm not ready for this series to be done yet, and thankfully it isn't, but I'm not sure I ever want it to end.
The most important commodity in the Duchy of Oc is flying horses. These marvelous winged creatures only let females ride them, refusing to allow a man near them let alone touching them. Duke William is obsessed with riding a winged horse and is developing a new breeding line that will allow men to ride them. He is so intent on bonding with a winged horse that he neglects his duty to his people.----------- The village of Onmarin is attacked by the barbarous Aesklanders and two of the students of the Academy Of Air witnessed the event. The duke won¿t avenge his people¿s death or try to find the two children that were taken. Horsemaster Philippa of the academy works behind the scenes to get the students back without Duke William, her sworn enemy, knowing of her plans. An academy student Larkyn finds out what William is doing and reports to Phillipa but William brings charges against Philippa. William is growing increasingly insane and dangerous as he takes an elixir that turns his body into a female so that his first flying horse Diamond will accept him. His brother Francis is the only one who can limit his older brother¿s actions but his power is restricted and the duke is cunning using stealth and trickery to get his way.--------------- Readers who read the prequel to the novel AIR BENEATH THE MOON will thoroughly enjoy reading how much Lark has matured as she learns patience and caution. The duke hates her because he believes she stole his first flying horse of his new bloodline away from him. Her concern for her mentor Horsemistress Philippa endears her to the audience who can see she cares more about her mentor and her horse than she does herself.------------- Harriet Klausner