A delicate ship. A fractured crew. A mysterious weapon.
Anaroo is an airship slave, destined to spend her days running on a treadmill, winding the great springs of the Scarlet Albatross. When a storm threatens to sink the ship, Anaroo and her fellow slaves seize the opportunity to escape. Now, at last, she can go home.
However, the airship nearly sank for a reason - violent unrest among the island kingdoms below. The world is changing, and the surviving inhabitants of the Scarlet Albatross will need to cooperate to survive. Anaroo and the slaves form an uneasy truce with the strange collection of ship's officers and passengers, none of who are what they seem.
Together, the mismatched crew will take the Scarlet Albatross on the most harrowing flight of her career - through storms, pirates, bloodshed, and war. In the end none of them may be able to go home.
The Refugees series is related to the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series and occurs immediately after the events in those books. However, Albatross is a suitable entry point in the world of Panamindorah. You can enjoy this book even if you have never listened to any other Panamindorah novels.
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Abigail Hilton has become one of my favourite storytellers. Her uniquely crafted universe... first laid out in the amazing full cast audio "The Cowery Catchers" is captivating and the care she's taken choosing subsequent narrators is first rate. While not necessary, I do feel starting with TCC allows for a deeper immersion in this book.
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I have never liked anthropomorphic books until I found the writing of Abigail Hilton. The characters came alive and I found myself immersed in the world. After the excellence that was the full cast recording of the Guild of the Cowry Catchers (if you haven't listened to or read that series, go download it right away!) I was worried that having only two readers for this new book would be a let down, and I'm glad to say I was very wrong! Both readers did a variety of voices and enabled me to know who was speaking easily. The book itself was full of complex characters that made me care about them, and the author handles cultural differences and even hard things like drug addiction and affairs in such a way that the characters are not simplistic, but fully human and they evoked my empathy, not revulsion.
The author gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review, but I'll also be buying the books as I want the entire series. I'm absolutely enamored of these characters and this world, which I've never said about an anthropomorphic world before.
My only critique is that there are some moments when the audio splices are evident, but they were few and did not detract from the story for me. I listened to this while traveling, and I was eager to get back to the story whenever I could. I cannot wait for the next book!
On the start, this story was very slow. I would recommend the short story, "Silas", be added as a prologue to The Scarlet Albatross. After the characters were defined, the personalities blossomed, the story finally generated the desire to keep reading to discover their next solutions. The narrators were delightful and gave the reader a strong fondness for all the diverse characters: loved Belvedor and Theseus, Gus McGreevy, and of course Annaroo and Silas . The ending, although predictable, has me looking forward to the next . Abigail Hilton is a great writer in developing epic stories: Panamindorah, CowryCatchers, Hunters Unlucky. I am looking forward to the continued story of The Scarlet Albatross: A Story of Airships and Panamindorah: Refugees, Book 1
This is a great story. Well written & read. A must read for any of her fans. Annaroo & Thesias (not certain on the spelling) are my favorites.
It is odd hearing both male & female voices for the book but easy to get use to. I hope the following books keep the same format for consistency.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friends that enjoy adventure and fantasy tales, with a splash of steam-punk thrown in for good measure. The story sweeps you up and doesn't let you down until you disembark.
The battle with the air pirates.
Yes. Both are talented performers. At first the two narrators was a little distracting, but this smoothed out after a few chapters. It may have been a better presentation with a sole narrator.
An adventure on the high seas...without the high seas!
I have listened to Abigail Hilton's fiction for some time now, and her technique has grown. I look forward to hearing more from this author!
I own both the print and audio versions of The Scarlet Albatross, and can honestly say I'm glad I do. They compliment each other nicely.
The world building in this book is exceptional. Woven within the complex society are facets of religion, faith, history, social mores, all subtle and stunningly presented without being obvious. Not only does the author take on life aboard ship, but also port side, exploring the issues of insurrection and slavery, grief and falling in love. Clear details about what the world looks like, smells like, feels like, and at the same time, making the physical aspects of each species seem normal and natural, even to the options and suitability of wearing clothes. Yet Abigail Hilton makes juggling all those details seem easy. And she does it very well.
Lauren Harris and Rish Outfield are wonderful narrators. The depth of character they add with consistent accents and pacing bring a depth to the story that reading alone couldn't achieve. Very well done.
Abigail Hilton has taken the rich, realistic world she created with The Prophet of Panimindorah and The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, with the stresses of species interactions and the flair and skill of sailing vessels, adventure on the high seas, a world on the brink of war, to the next level with The Scarlet Albatross.
I was instantly drawn to the complex yet well rounded characters as they struggled in difficult situations, learning new things in order to survive as their world was torn apart by political and emotional upheaval. They quickly became real to me, and I found myself yelling advice as the story unfolded.
This is the first in a new series that begins shortly after The Guild of the Cowry Catchers and builds on the storyline developed there, yet it’s told in such a way as to be a stand alone story. There are subtle interactions and reactions that will make more sense if you’ve read the other two series before you begin this book, but if you chose to dive right into listening to this one first it will still make sense and be enjoyed.
Abigail Hilton is one of the few writers whose books I’ve enjoyed over and over again. The Scarlet Albatross is another of those I’ll enjoy many times, for years to come.
The action scenes being read aloud are even more gripping and exciting when presented by the narrators. So more more emotion comes through as well, which is not surprising with the audio talent Hilton used.
It is wonderful seeing a whole new group of characters in a world one loves. The novel starts off with gripping action, and keeps the reader along for an exciting and emotional ride the entire novel. The writing is suburb, as is the norm for Hilton. The characters are multi dimensional and easily relate-able. Seeing the war that was started in the Cowry Catcher's series though a new society adds lot of depth to the overall story.
Airships, secrets and love story
The scenes which the protagonists begin to drop their veils.
The final battle scene
One of the protagonists leaves another in a "Dear John" like way.
Wow, what a captivating story line. Airships, pirates, secrets and politics rolled together with a little love story. Very interesting and complicated characters with a cleaver plot set in a fascinating world.
I listened to the audiobook version of this and I was quite impressed with it. Even though there were two narrators, each character had a distinct voice that was recognizable regardless of who was narrating. The only thing I had difficulty with on occasion was distinguishing when a character was speaking out loud and when it was their internal thoughts.
As for the story, there were lots of twists and turns, the overall plot was almost episodic. Definitely a character driven book, in which the background and motives of multiple characters is gradually revealed.
A knowledge of the other books is helpful, but not necessary. I read her other books quite a few years ago, so the details were fuzzy in my brain and that in no way impeded my enjoyment of this book.
*I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review
The main characters in this story just come alive and you really get to know them
I had a hard time turning the story off when I got to work
A great story with great characters - can't wait for the next one!
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