The Winds of Khalakovo

The Winds of Khalakovo Alternate cover edition for Among inhospitable and unforgiving seas stands Khalakovo a mountainous archipelago of seven islands its prominent eyrie stretching a thousand feet into the

  • Title: The Winds of Khalakovo
  • Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu
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  • Page: 182
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  • Alternate cover edition for 9781597802185 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 beAlternate cover edition for 9781597802185Among 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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    1. Bradley P. Beaulieu

      Bradley P Beaulieu began writing his first fantasy novel in college, but life eventually intervened As time went on, though, Brad realized that his love of writing and telling tales wasn t going to just slink quietly into the night The drive to write came back full force in the early 2000s, at which point Brad dedicated himself to the craft, writing and learning under the guidance of writers like Nancy Kress, Joe Haldeman, Tim Powers, Holly Black, and many .Brad and his novels have garnered many accolades including two Hotties the Debut of the Year and Best New Voice on Pat s Fantasy Hotlist, a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination for The Winds of Khalakovo and Top Ten Book and Debut of the Year for 2011 on Pat s Fantasy Hotlist for The Winds of Khalakovo Best New Voice of 2011 on Pat s Fantasy Hotlist 2011 Gemmell Morningstar Award Nomination for The Winds of Khalakovo Top Ten Debut for The Winds of Khalakovo on Ranting Dragon s Best of 2011 Top Ten Debut for The Winds of Khalakovo on Mad Hatter s Best of 2011 Top Five Book for 2012 on Pat s Fantasy Hotlist for The Straits of Galahesh 2012 Most Anticipated for The Straits of Galahesh on Staffer s Book Review 2012 Most Anticipated for The Straits of Galahesh on The Ranting Dragon 2013 Most Anticipated for The Flames of Shadam Khoreh on The Ranting DragonBrad continues to work on his next projects, including an Arabian Nights epic fantasy and a Norse inspired middle grade series He also runs the highly successful science fiction fantasy podcast, Speculate, which can be found at speculatesf.NovelsTHE LAYS OF ANUSKAYA The Winds of Khalakovo The Straits of Galahesh The Flames of Shadam KhorehShort Story Collections Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten Other StoriesNovellas Strata with Stephen Gaskell Contact InformationWebsite quillingsTwitter bbeaulieuFacebook facebook bradleyulieu

    719 thoughts on “The Winds of Khalakovo”

    1. staffersmusings/2Earlier this week I criticized Brandon Sanderson's new novel Alloy of Law for being shallow.  Bradley Beaulieu's debut, The Winds of Khalakovo, is the polar opposite.  Where Sanderson wrote something light and breakneck, Beaulieu has offered a deep and deliberate novel.  It's also the closest thing to Russian literature I've come across in fantasy, including novels written by Russians.  Having read my fair share of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, I wasn't sure that I needed tha [...]


    2. This book took a while for me to get into, largely due to things getting a bit busy with my uni work. However, even though this took me a while, I do think that once you get into this series it has an awful lot of potential and I am looking forward to seeing where the story goes next.This is set on a couple of different islands which are travelled between by air ships. This immediately caught my attention as I love steampunk style writing and I thought this might be that. I'd say it's a lot more [...]


    3. It was a decent enough novel in a lot of ways, at times a 4 star one. There was a neat magic system, world, & an excellent conflict. The last was quite believable & nerve wracking. The ignorance & ambitions driving it were just so realistic, but even with all that going for it, I just couldn't work up a lot of enthusiasm for the story on a regular basis. I'd start to get really into it & one of its flaws would push me away. I wanted to read it to the end, so that says something. [...]


    4. The Winds of KahlakavoBy Bradly P. BeaulieuI really struggled with rating/reviewing this one. I want so badly to give it a 4 star rating, but, the longer I let memories of it settle in my mind, the more I find that it’s 3 ½ at best. This is another book where the skill of the storyteller, Beaulieu, exceeds, the quality of content in the book. A good story teller can save a mediocre story. The good news is, this may be a 3 star read, but it’s better than mediocre. I certainly enjoyed it from [...]


    5. Say whatever else you want about THE WINDS OF KHALAKOVO, but you can’t call it derivative. Right from the get go, Beaulieu throws the reader in the deep end, introducing Russian-inspired names; a fascinating magic system that doesn’t include an instruction booklet and isn’t systematically explained; bandoliers, rifles, and cannons; air ships that (thankfully!) don’t resemble your Steampunk zeppelins in the slightest (don’t get me wrong, I like those, but it’s good to see a different [...]


    6. 2.5I read this for the group read for the Spec Fic group. It's probably not something I would've picked up for myself, having that whole epic quality (i.e. lots and lots of books and often slow, draggy plots) that doesn't generally appeal to me. But the blurb seemed vaguely promising and I was definitely intrigued by a story that had a Russian influence instead of the usual; however, I found myself disappointed that the Russian flavor seems limited to names of places and people and a few things, [...]


    7. I hope you enjoy the book. It's been a long while in the making, and it's exciting to finally have it out there. Please also feel free to check out my website (quillings) and drop me a line there if you're so inclined.


    8. rantingdragon/the-windIt took me a while to fall in love with The Winds of Khalakovo, the first part in the Lays of Anuskaya series by Bradley P. Beaulieu. As with many other epic fantasy novels, I expected to enter a big story filled with scientific magic and a world yet to be built. Beaulieu, however, thrusts us into a complete world, rich with history, politics, and elemental magic. Instead of info dumps taking the reader by the hand, we see the world through the eyes of our main characters a [...]


    9. I’m really torn here. There are parts of the book that scream 4-star, and others that demand 2-star. Most of it is one or the other, with the rest falling in the middle. In the end, that’s what I’m using for the overall rating.Pros:Worldbuilding. I love the way the aristocracy is set up and the structure of the Duchy. There’s serious potential with the Motherland (I forget what it’s called) to the West and other geographical areas.Intrigue.Awesome. The political maneuverings of the dif [...]


    10. 3.5 starsBeaulieu has written an incredibly complex novel filled with rich cultural detail and plenty of symbolism. In fact, many reviewers have compared The Winds of Khalakovo to Steven Erikson’s Malazan novels in world building, meaning that readers might often have to go back to catch details they might have previously missed. This complex world building is a huge undertaking on the part of the author and could possibly serve to delight readers. Regardless of how you crack this egg, having [...]


    11. Prince Nikandr Iaroslov, of the Duchy of Khalakovo, one of the mountainous islands of the Grand Duchy of Anuskaya, harbors many secrets. He contracted a fatal wasting disease, as has his sister Victania, for which he desperately seeks a cure. His lover, Rehada, is a native Aramahn, scorned as the 'Landless' by the 'Landed' citizens of the duchy. Rehada, in turn, harbors secrets of hate and revenge for the murder of her infant daughter by the Landed. Scorning her peaceful Aramahn heritage, she jo [...]


    12. The Winds of Khalakovo is a richly detailed epic fantasy that focuses on the clash between two very different cultures – the ruling Landed (inspired by Czarist Russia), and the indigenous Aramahn (a nomadic people with religious beliefs reminiscent of Buddhism). A splinter faction of the Aramahn, the Maharraht, is locked in a guerilla war against the Landed, hoping to drive them from the archipelago where the book is set. Beaulieu does an excellent job of depicting the tensions and politics of [...]


    13. Goodbye, book. I don't quite know what I don't like about this book - it had interesting worldbuilding, an un-cliched narrative, decent characterizationd stupefyingly boring. Just mind numbing. Excellent mileage as an insomnia cure, here, but that's it. Maybe i'll try it again in a few years - I want to like it, I just don't.


    14. Prince Nikandr of Khalakovo is betrothed to Princess Atiana of Vostromo. Atiana is beautiful, and the match will be beneficial for both houses, but Nikandr is less than happy because he lives with two damning secrets. For one, his true love is not Atiana but an Aramahn prostitute named Rehada. What’s even worse, Nikandr has contracted the early stages of a terrible disease that’s laying waste to both the people and the crops of Anuskaya.Tensions in the duchies of Anuskaya are high. Food shor [...]


    15. I really enjoy Bradley P. Beaulieu's writing. A good book is one where I'm immersed in a world with the plot, cultures, magic and characters slowly unfolding. Mystery and revelation throughout. The Winds of Khalakovo proved to be one of those reads that started with curving twists and wound itself into a reading experience that was very memorable.WHAT I DIDN'T LOVEThe naming process was a bit of a struggle - unfamiliar (to me) Russian-esque names made it a bit of a challenge to keep the characte [...]


    16. I have to say, this book has a really steep learning curve. That's something to expect anytime in epic fantasy, but in this book, the author really tosses you into the deep end. But by the end of the book, I had a relatively clear understanding of what was happening.Speaking of the ending, I would just note that it's definitely not a neat ending. I presume there's at least one more book in the series, because things are not finished.Very interesting magic system, and a fascinating world built ar [...]


    17. Beaulieu's novel is a deep, highly original work of fantasy. The use of airships may cause an initial impression that this is steampunk, but it's not--this is hardcore epic fantasy with fascinating magic and political backstabbing galore.


    18. The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu is awesome epic fantasy with a Russian Czarist slant by an award-winning author. A Song of Ice and Fire meets Earthsea in this highly original and exciting novel set in the Grand Duchy of Anuskaya, an archipelago of bitterly cold islands where flying ships soar on dangerous winds.Life in the bleak islands was already difficult before the wasting disease blighted the land and started killing the inhabitants. No one knows what has caused the blight, or [...]


    19. There are a lot of interesting elements here. The Russian-flavored fantasy is a nice change of pace, there's a complicated world of rival duchies set up, there are not one but two reasonably creative magic systems, and there's a whole lot of juicy interpersonal conflict. I was really engaged for the first half of the book.I know there are more books in this series, and perhaps some of the questions left unanswered can be found there. However, I don't find myself intrigued by the dangling threads [...]


    20. I received this book for free through First Reads.This is the most original fantasy novel I have read in quite some time. It does fall into the usual pattern that modern heroic (high?) fantasy falls into in that the main characters are roylaty or friends of royalty, but other than that everything else is pretty unique.The world is inhabited by two major races - the 'Landed' and the Aramahn. The landed culture is heavily drawn from historic Russian culture with russian names and dress. The Arama [...]


    21. Uma boa história em que o autor foi muito criativo ao misturar uma ambientação russa e um pouco de cultura árabe. Qualquer pessoa imaginaria uma mistura dessas algo bizarro e até que não saiu tanto assim.A história tem dois focos: a ruptura, uma fenda entre o mundo corpóreo (Erahm) e o mundo dos espíritos (Adhiya) que está causando uma série de calamidades como doenças e desequilíbrio; e a disputa entre as várias famílias imperiais dentre os quais os principais são os Khalakovo ( [...]


    22. Nikandr faces an arranged marriage he doesn't want. Also, he's dying of a mysterious disease no one understands or can cure. And his troubles haven't even started yet.All fantasy books are mirrors held up to reality, and are in some sense derivative of whatever they're reflecting. The fun is in the author's choice of where to point the mirror, and his skill in manipulating the image. Beaulieu's debut novel (as of this writing, #2 is also available) is fun for its aero-nautical take (flying ships [...]


    23. The Winds of Khalakavo is another fantasy that started very interesting and then just lost my interest and never regained it; the book lacked magic for me and I did not care for its characters or its world, so another series drop; I guess it's time to get back to sf and mainstream until The Order of the Scales comes later in May


    24. I gave it a try, I really gave it a try, but after almost 250 I finally gave up and admitted this book does not work for me.I wanted to like it, I was interested about the idea and I like the charachters, but I kept finding excuses with myself not to pick it put to read a few more pages, so I've decided to shelf it for now.haps in the future I'll give it another try


    25. A stellar debut with inventive turning the tables on tropes and traditional setting, inventive magic system, and strong characterization with a pretty large cast. Good tension and action and nice balance between three POV characters. Beaulieu announces to us all "I'm here and I'm here to stay." Enjoyable and thought provoking, a truly highly recommended read.



    26. Absolutely stunning world building. This is a book to put on your wish-list, believe me! Full review to follow :)



    27. I became interested in Bradley P. Beaulieu's The Winds of Khalakovo after I read Courtney Schafer's The Whitefire Crossing, because it also seemed to be a fascinating fantasy book. I don't regret reading it, because it's without a doubt one of the best fantasy debuts of 2011 (I can hardly wait to read the second installment of this series). It's truly amazing how many excellent fantasy books Night Shade Books has published this year.Bradley P. Beaulieu's fantasy world reminds me a bit of Ursula [...]



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