When I picked up Winds, I didn't know what to expect. It had a gorgeous cover and an esteemed writer friend had recommended it. Well, what a surprise I had.
Winds of Khalakovo has all the elements of a great fantasy epic - compelling and conflicted characters, adventure, intrigue and politics, a fascinating magic system, and a written style that just flows. Most of all, though: the worldbuilding. Between the islands, the four-masted skyships, the two clashing culture, all in beautiful nuance and details, it's impossible not to be pulled into the universe.
Beaulieu has a knack for combining elements of fantasy that feels familiar and natural but completely new. He… Read more