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A captivating debut novel by established genre essayist, Fran Wilde! Updraft entrances readers with a meticulously researched and beautifully built world wherein human flight, bone-cities, and a sky full of dangerous skymouths anchor a young woman's reality. Secrets, conflicting loyalties, and tough dispositions will make you want to immerse yourself in this novel; honestly, I read it in one sitting. — Aubrey Restifo
A novel with human flight, bone towers, and wonderful prose all seen through the eyes of female protagonist Kirit, who finds her dreams of becoming a trader crashing down around her and replaced by the secrets of her training at the mysterious spire. I was quickly swallowed by this world, and loved Kirit from the start! — Amy Williams
Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.
Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother's side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city's secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.
As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice and may well change the city forever--if it isn't destroyed outright.