3.5 stars, rounding up to 4 for the pleasant memories it elicits. Airs Above the Ground is a trip down memory lane for me, taking me back to sitting on the staircase of my grandparent’s lake house with the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books version. Mary Stewart’s thriller of intrigue and the Lipizzaner stallions against the backdrop of the Alps still stands up well, with a compelling plot, enjoyable characters, and a very strong heroine. References are, of course, dated, and a fair amount of the plot could be rendered obsolete with the ability to send a few text messages, but part of the fun is the era in which it is set. Despite not having read this in over 20 years, the story stood out pretty well in my memory; Stewart writes her characters and events powerfully.