A novel by Stephanie T Hoppe
Oa had been the prime contender for the throne of Dynast-closer than any other heirs to holding the reigns of Empire, and all the power, intrigue, luxury and illusion that went with them-until the reigning Dynast put an insurmountable obstacle in her path; she must kill her true love in the deadly high dance or forsake her life's ambition. Avoiding her fate and fleeing downriver to the unknown lands of the west, Oa finds herself on a high plateau where those with power ride remarkable beasts whose soaring flight is like the primeval rush of the wind itself, and whose riders sail between earth and sky. And Oa knows she would fight any battle and face any odds to feel the freedom of speed and space on the untamed back of a wind steed.
Used availability for Stephanie T Hoppe's The Windrider
March 1985 : USA Mass Market Paperback