A new review of The Winds of Khalakovo

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The latest review of Winds goes to Battle Hymns. Overall, a very nice review.

The setting here is a unique one. The place names and character names give The Winds of Khalakovo a distinct Russian feel, and the windswept archipelago geography is pretty cool too. I gotta give Beaulieu credit, he definitely found his story a unique setting without pushing epic fantasy readers too far outside of their usual European-like setting comfort zone. That said, there were a lot of the same elements that we see played out repeatedly in the genre at play here as well. Beaulieu does play with and challenge a few of these norms though, especially in terms of his female characters, and I for one was greatly pleased. Personally, I’d love to see more authors do the same thing as Beaulieu has done, but push the normative boundaries even further.

That’s a pretty gratifying paragraph. I was certainly trying to upend the notions of female roles in the societies I was portraying in Winds, not to such a degree that it was simple gender bending, but in a way that brought a new and interesting take on the power structures of this pseudo-medieval society.

Ryan expressed some trouble with the action scenes. Sarah Chorn at Bookworm Blues and a few other reviewers mentioned that their confusion might have resulted from the 3D space involved in the windship battles. Perhaps it was. Or perhaps I made things a bit too chaotic. I’m curious to see what people think of those types of scenes in The Straits of Galahesh.

In any case, my thanks to Ryan for the read and review. Click here to read the full review.