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Katya Reimann

Katya Reimann(1965- )
Katya Reimann spent six years in England, writing, teaching, and earning her doctorate degree in 18th Century Literature (D.Phil, Oxon 1995). While at Oxford, she was a three time recipient of A.C. Irvine Travel grants, established in the memory of Oxford graduate A.C. Irvine, who died, with George Mallory, attempting the first ascent of Mount Everest. Katya loves the high mountains, especially Spain’s Picos de Europa, where she first experienced expedition conditions while exploring deep mountain caves with the Oxford University Cave Club. Mountains, caves, and compelling natural environments figure often in her writing. Katya admits to many literary influences, including T.H. White, numerous obscure writers of the 18th century and Rene de Goscinny (author of Asterix the Gaul). Katya currently makes her home in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of Science Fiction and Fantasy in 1997. Learn more at Katya Reimann’s website.

Wind from a Foreign Sky: Decent ideas, poor execution

Wind from a Foreign Sky by Katya Reimann

Gaultry is a young, beautiful, spirited huntress, who has been raised by her great-aunt, a hedge-witch, on the border of Tielmaran. One day, the outer world cruelly ends her idyllic life, as a squadron of soldiers seeks to abduct her, and she finds herself a key figure in a prophecy that will bless or curse the entire realm.

Katya Reimann creates, for the most part, a well-imagined world with some fresh touches. However, the kindest thing I can say about her telling of the story is that, this being her first novel, she shows glimmers of potential. To identify the major problems:

First, the story begins, for the sake of excitement, as Gaultry and the prophecy are about to collide; consequently, the plot is over-burdened with flashbacks and info-dumps about the history of Tielmaran — information that could have been much more gracefully integrated via an earlier starting poin... Read More