The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster

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When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the arichipelago 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.

"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


About Emily Foster

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Foster is Director of Research and Writing Services at an Ohio firm specializing in public affairs communications.
Published January 12, 2016 by 144 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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

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Over the course of Pierce’s Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens series, Tris has had to learn to manage this baggage: Her foster-sister Sandry teaches her to rein in her emotions by braiding wind and lightning into her hair (no rain, though, because it makes her hair friz).

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Tazir and her crew call Shina’s weather magic “spitting a storm,” a mix of slang and irreverence.

Jan 20 2016 | Read Full Review of The Drowning Eyes

... Image of The Drowning Eyes ... Emily Foster ... tore out the middle five chapters of
a fully complete novel and decided to make it into a novella.

Jan 12 2016 | Read Full Review of The Drowning Eyes

Tazir, captain of the Giggling Goat, needs a paying passenger if she and her crew are going to be able to afford to lay in supplies. While potential travelers who turn up in shady dockside bars usually have secrets, Tazir can tell Shina has more than most. Still, money is money. It is only when S...

Jan 01 2016 | Read Full Review of The Drowning Eyes