by George R. R. Martin, Lisa Tuttle
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Windhaven by George R. R. Martin, Lisa Tuttle

“Told with a true storyteller’s voice: clear, singing, persuasive, and wonderfully moving . . . a truly wonderful book.”—Jane Yolen
From #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and acclaimed author Lisa Tuttle comes a timeless tale that brilliantly renders the struggle between the ironbound world of tradition and a rebellious soul seeking to prove the power of a dream.
Among the scattered islands that make up the water world of Windhaven, no one holds more prestige than the silver-winged flyers, romantic figures who cross treacherous oceans, braving shifting winds and sudden storms, to bring news, gossip, songs, and stories to a waiting populace. Maris of Amberly, a fisherman’s daughter, wants nothing more than to soar on the currents high above Windhaven. So she challenges tradition, demanding that flyers be chosen by merit rather than inheritance. But even after winning that bitter battle, Maris finds that her troubles are only beginning. Now a revolution threatens to destroy the world she fought so hard to join—and force her to make the ultimate sacrifice.
“Martin and Tuttle make wonderful professional music together . . . shifting easily from moments of almost unbearable tension to others of sheer poetry and exhilaration.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“A powerful flight of the imagination . . . an entirely enjoyable reading experience, wrought by a pair of writers noted for excellence.”—Roger Zelazny
“It’s romance. It’s science fiction. It’s beautiful.”—A. E. van Vogt
“I didn’t mean to stay up all night to finish Windhaven, but I had to!”—Anne McCaffrey

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553897197
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2003
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 253,988
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

George R.R. Martin is the award-winning author of seven novels, including Fevre Dream and The Armageddon Rag. He spent ten years in Hollywood, writing screenplays and serving as a story editor on The Twilight Zone and a writer-producer on Beauty and the Beast, before returning to books, his first love. He is presently at work on A Dance with Dragons, the fourth book of his New York Times bestselling saga, which so far includes A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, and A Storm of Swords.

Lisa Tuttle won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer in 1974 and has since gone on to author numerous short stories and novels, including Lost Futures, which was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and The Pillow Friend. More recently she has written several books for children. Texas-born, she now lives with her husband and daughter in a remote area on the west coast of Scotland, where the scenery and weather are very similar to the seascapes of Windhaven.


Santa Fe, NM

Date of Birth:

September 20, 1948

Place of Birth:

Bayonne, NJ


B.S., Northwestern University, 1970; M.S., Northwestern University, 1971

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Windhaven 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit that I fell for it. I am going nuts waiting for A Dance With Dragons, from Martin. I have not heard of Lisa Tuttle. This book was a total let down. The story line spans decades by simply ending a chapter, and telling you that you are beginnig Part two, or three. The main character spends her time feeling sorry for herself, and standing on a soapbox. There was no payoff at the end. The book should have been called The Days in the Life of People Who Fly Around Some Islands. I normally get tired of songs in books. They are rarely more than tiresome. In this story, however, singers are supposedly MAJOR figures in the whole society. Is ONE song written? Is there ONE example of the singers performing, where the supposedly essential folklore, news. protests, etc. are laid out? NO! I feel cheated. Apparently, Bantam books had an old loser. One of the authors is a big hit now, so they dragged Windhaven out of the basement. Put it Back! Put it Back!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The planet WINDHAVEN has no large land continents. Instead it consists of a series of islands with some grouped in clusters. When the colonists landed there, they built homes on the more habitable isles and soon a low-level technology formed that adapted to the geography. Flyers also appeared as the settlers compensated for the planet¿s environment by allowing some individuals to have silver tip wings to fly from island to island with messages.

Over time the landsmen came to revere the flyer as the wings pass from parent to oldest child in a primogeniture manner. This system apparently works well and is accepted by all until a flyer adopts a girl, Maris. When he could no longer use his silver tip wings, he gives them to his beloved Maris. However, when her stepfather sires a son with her adopted mother, Maris is supposed to return the wings, but she refuses. Instead she demands a flyer council convene so that she can make her case to keep her wings and in doing so changes the social structure of her world.

WINDHAVEN was first published two decades ago, but like any well-written novel, it passes the test of time and remains fresh as if it is a brand new book. The Anne McCaffrey crowd will find the tale reminiscent of the Pern books. The planet seems real and the technology evolves as form adapts to the reality of the world. Science fiction and fantasy readers will want to soar with the flyers through this enjoyable tale.

Harriet Klausner

Barbersville More than 1 year ago
Doesn't everyone want to fly? I thought this would be fun fluff reading but it didn't deliver. There was no imagination here, and appeared a bit disconnected. I'd suggest you pass on this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Windhaven 20 years ago. At the time I thought the book started out a little slow and at first I had to push myself to continue reading it. But 20 years has shown the quality of the book. There are 100's of books I've read that I can not remember anything about, but I still remember Windhaven. The young heroine and her struggle for what would only seem right and fair to someone who has grown up in a democratic society has remained with me all these years. Read it, you will not be disappointed.
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Lovely imagery, i would love to be flying with them all!
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This book is such a good read!!!! I finished it in a day and had to read it over again. Seriously get this book!! I love this book and it is now my favorite book of all time!
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DragonfireTJ More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story, very well told. A great read.
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myworldDB More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed. Finished in one day.