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High fantasy, search for taken son, female lead

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Edited: Dec 30, 2017, 5:53pm Top

I read a book (I think part of a series, but I only read the one book) in the late 90s. I remember the book smelled old when i read it.
A woman lives with her son in A village. The father is not around, but meets up with the mother later in the story.
A flying ship (like a large boat, not a spaceship) attacks the village. I don't remember if it takes both of them, or just the son and that starts her quest to find him.
I know she ends up on a ship as a slave, rowing. They escape (maybe they take the ship over) and end up flying to a floating castle, where the ruler has taken her son.
She is magic, and that's why the ruler has taken her son. When she shows up she's dirty and burned (and I think she has wings) and her son is scared of her, which breaks her heart.
She is captured and put into a box not large enough to stand in. It's totally dark in the box.
She is rescued (I think her former crew/also the father of the kid?) And off they sail.
The cover had a dark red border. I don't remember any names. Super helpful, right?
Thanks for any help!
ETA : The book had illustrations. A picture of her reaching out towards her son, smoke flowing around, seems to stick out to me

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