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This was a thick book that I read over fifteen years ago that I never finished reading because someone borrowed it and didn't return it to the school library. I want to find its title.

The story takes place in a kingdom that is preparing for the a cycle of war, where every time the winds changes (50 or 100 years), invaders will try to cross the sea from another continent using airships with air balloons, filled with soldiers and warlocks. The kingdom has made several man-made island fortress along their coastline, filled with soldiers with war machines, sorcerers, and enchanters who act as the main guard/defence for the kingdom, calling lightning and fireballs, and using machines to stop and destroy and bring down as many of the invader airships as possible while countering the warlocks on board.

The book involved a man and a girl whose journey brought them apart in preparing for the imminent war.

The women found herself adept in magic and went to the academy in the capital to learn to be a sorceress.

The man found a different calling. With a good memory, he was sent to learn to become a mnemonic storyteller (to train with battle staff and fighting skill and mnēmonikos skill) who carried the history, literature of the entire culture in their heads. They used their knowledge to convey the kingdom's literature, poetry, history and stories to the people from generation to generation.

Both eventually "graduate". Sadly, and with great emotion, both have to part ways. She was sent to a fortress island and began her role as a sorcerer who will stand guard there. He, as a storyteller, began his own journey without her, going from town to town, village and soldier barrack, across the kingdom, telling stories of great men and their deeds, and courageous heroes who fought the war, to uplift the spirit of the people and bring valor to the soldiers stationed at the border and people in the coming war.

In brief, he meets a dragon (who used to be involved in the war in ages past), long thought to be extinct. He finds himself able to communicate with it and has a "born" friendship with it. The dragon teaches him to become a "dragon rider", a long-lost ability of his people (due to the "extinction" of dragons.)

The wind changes with the dread of war hanging on the kingdom. Airships start to blacken the sky again with soldiers and war machines battling each other.

  • Can you explain what "her self-adapt" is? Do you mean "herself adept"? – FuzzyBoots May 18 '18 at 18:54
  • sorry...I should write it that she found herself adapted in using magic.. – zhuojing May 18 '18 at 21:04
  • "can use magic" – zhuojing May 18 '18 at 21:04
  • "adept" is, I believe, the word you are looking for. – Ash May 20 '18 at 15:48
  • true :) that right – zhuojing May 31 '18 at 12:35
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I had this same issue, could remember the entire story but not the title or author, I believe it is Angus Wells's book Lords of the Sky.

Book Cover - *Lords of the Sky*

Angus Wells carved a place for himself on the shelves of hundreds of thousands of fantasy readers. Now, with "Lords Of The Sky," it is clear that he has saved his most sweeping and imaginative tale for an epic more powerful than anything he has written before. For centuries, the Dhar have had to face the Ahn, fierce warriors who would lay claim to Dharbek, the land they call their ancestral home. Now, in fantastic airships powered by magic, the Ahn have begun their greatest campaign yet. In preparation for the coming onslaught, Storymen like Daviot travel the land collecting tales and sharing the history it's their responsibility to safeguard. But Daviot's travels show him the dark side of Dharbek, and inspire him to be a catalyst for change, to overcome doubt and fear, and pursue the one dream that has eluded Dharbek. Using his special gifts for storytelling and world-building, Angus Wells reaches new heights with a story as ambitious as it is broad in scope. "Lords Of The Sky" has all the action, adventure and magic a fantasy-lover could desire, and tackles social change, prejudice, the value of genuine friendship and the power of enduring love.

  • Welcome to SFF:SE. Why do you think that is the answer? Your response would be a lot more useful with that information. – Politank-Z Jun 4 '18 at 21:10
  • Also cited at scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/134491/…, also not accepted. – FuzzyBoots Jul 2 '18 at 11:34
  • THANK YOU!!!!! YES THIS IS THE BOOK I WAS LOOKING FOR!!!! – zhuojing Nov 23 '18 at 18:00

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