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Flight of Blue (Keeper of the Keys Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

A.E. Howard
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A cursed traffic light. A rip in the fabric of the world. A possum sorcerer injured on a quest for revenge.

Kai and Ellie embark on a journey to return the sorcerer to his home. Entangled in events that could destroy the world, Kai must choose whether to accept the role he was born to play, but isn’t sure he wants.


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"Great adult reading in the tradition of Madeleine L'Engle and her A Wrinkle in Time series and Austin Family Chronicles." -Elizabeth Munzert, blogger
"Evokes memories of epic adventure tales and magic realms we pretend not to imagine as adults... The story makes us think about the reality of the world in the way a good Sci-Fi book does while providing comic relief though a self important, naked Opossum." -Kate Tagai, blogger

About the Author

Once upon a time there was a little girl who read a book and thought, one day, I’ll find another world. Many years later, after a near death experience at a traffic light, she passed a possum dying on the side of the road. She stopped, and with its dying breaths, the possum imparted a tale so wondrously strange, she drove home realizing the new world she’d been searching for was right there all along. So she embarked on a quest of mythic proportions, traveled far and wide to the farthest corners of this world to uncover its secrets. Now she’s bringing the story to you. Between chasing chickens off the porch and raising her son, A.E. Howard tells tales of the three Realms, and the boy who changed it all. Visit her author page at http://aehowardwrites.com

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  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477666303
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008N5QLT8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Already Anxious to Read Volume Two July 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The title of Chapter 1 is The Last Normal Friday. Now you know after reading that, you're in for some action and adventure and that is exactly what happens in Flight of Blue: Keeper of the Keys Chronicles (Volume 1). Our protagonist is a regular 12-year-old boy living a somewhat regular life, except that his family moves around a lot and you'll find out why. Only Kai's not so regular and neither are his parents.

Kai is abruptly thrown into circumstances he could never have imagined. He has to transition from being a kid who is moving through life in the usual middle school way into a young man who has to lead a band of friends, accept new responsibilities and make snap decisions not only to survive himself but to save his friends.

Flight of Blue is a book about the value of friendship - with friends old and new, choosing whether or not to accept a strange and uncertain future, facing frightening and confusing situations which defy understanding and trusting strangers to teach and guide you.

I don't know what the genre is, middle grade fantasy maybe? But I found it great adult reading in the tradition of Madeleine L'Engle and her A Wrinkle in Time series and Austin Family Chronicles.

Can't wait for the next installment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Middle Grade Fantasy August 5, 2012
Format:Paperback
First Impressions: I first stumbled across Flight of Blue one day while I was on Goodreads. It was the cover art that truly caught my eye and I loved the pastel effect and decided to look up more about the book. The book synopsis/blurb is a little vague, but it reminded me of The Secret of Nimh and/or The Chronicles of Narnia. I was particularly interesting in reading about a possum who is a sorcerer because that is just awesome. I love possums, those "cute in a ugly kind of way" creatures that like to eat my vegetables in my backyard.

First 50 Pages: I'll admit that I'm cautious about which self-published books I accept to review. I've read some truly wonderful ones and some not so wonderful self-published books. Flight of Blue definitely falls under the wonderful category. It's well-edited, has a fun and exciting storyline, it's fast-paced, has awesome characters, and I read the whole book in what seemed like a very short sitting. From the first chapter the pacing is quick and easy to follow. I immediately liked the characters and how they were presented to me. The whole book had a very magical feeling to it and it's been a while since I could say that.

Characters & Plot: Another worry that I had with Flight of Blue (and most books, really) was that the world building would be sketchy. Again, I was pleasantly surprised by how great the author put everything together. It was never confusing and even though I felt like there were some instances of the author telling rather than showing, everything was explained so well that I didn't have very many unanswered questions by the time I reached the end of the story. Flight of Blue has three realms and each realm has Keepers, Guardians, and Sorcerers who work hard at maintaining order and fixing what needs to be fixed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Applause, Applause, Applause! July 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Flight of Blue transcends my usual reading experience: while it is usually my daughters who rush to read fantasy adventures, this time I was the one who read with rapt attention.

Not only is Flight of Blue well written, it immediately grabs your attention and holds it there. Set aside plenty of time to read because you won't want to stop once you start.

Heartily recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Early Middle Grade Entry July 11, 2013
Format:Paperback
Our two heroes, Kai and Ellie, are engaging twelve year olds. The story of the divided but overlapping Realms of Light and Darkness, joined by our Middle Realm, sets out a satisfying fantasy world. The alien characters, a sorcerer Opossum in particular, are nicely conceived.

But there are lots of middle grade books with such heroes and such overlapping worlds. What struck me as absolutely superior in this book is the pacing of the suspense and the reveals. By that I mean that I've read a lot of books that are either too eager to lay our a detailed fantasy world or too stingy with the info that allows the story to make sense. The ones that are too-much-info-too-soon don't read like engaging stories. They read like essays about the cool world the author built. Often the characters are flat and the story is bland because it's all about the clever world building. At the other extreme are books that hint at what's going on but leave the reader in the dark well beyond what's enjoyable or comfortable. (Especially annoying are the books with a lot of "I'd explain it all to you but not just right now because maybe you aren't ready." Because by then, boy, I'm ready.)

Anyway, this book is a the perfect balance between world building, story telling and character creation. It develops our heroes, as it introduces new quirky characters, as it explains who Kai is, as it clearly unfolds the plot and the fantasy backstory. There's a little bit of "stop the action while I explain what's going on", but not enough to be annoying. And, that clarity makes this book especially appropriate for younger middle schoolers and older elementary readers. This is much more than a chapter book, but very, very accessible and rewarding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars keeper of the keys
Fun, quick paced, a few editing errors, very few compared to the trend in e books. There was a scene when his Aunt accepts he knows about his parents and quickly they accept it... Read more
Published 21 days ago by ayla
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a Middle Grade Reader
Actual Rating 3.5

I requested this book from Netgalley on a whim. It looked like an interesting read and Goodreads ratings have several references to a Harry Potter... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Crystal in Bookland
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!
It has been a very long time since I have read a story of this quailty. I sincerely hope Ms Howard plans to continue the adventures of the Keeper of the Keys. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. D. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars A.E. Howard hits a home run...
Friends, this book is a must read for all you who loved Lord of the Rings,Harry Potter, or any other fantasy book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael Hurst
5.0 out of 5 stars Great literary getaway!
Greatly enjoyed this literary getaway and would highly recommend to others as a great read. I'm already looking forward to the next installment of the series. Read more
Published 23 months ago by wallace0021
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Hero For Middle-Grade Readers
YA Fantasy is not my normal reading preference...but, as I got into A. E. Howard's story, it hooked me. Read more
Published 24 months ago by piney woods books
5.0 out of 5 stars FINE FANTASY GEM
A.E Howard's debut fantasy novel, Flight of Blue, holds wonder, peril and darn good character names. The lovely cover drew me in and the adventure inside has me clamoring for more. Read more
Published on August 28, 2012 by Brian Clopper
5.0 out of 5 stars My 11-year-old daughter loves this!!!
My 11-year-old daughter devoured this book. She can't wait for the second book in this series to be released. Read more
Published on August 27, 2012 by Kim Waltenbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Teens Need More Books Like This
fter reading the book, I was inspired by this story for middle through young adults because I feel it isn't only incredibly interesting, it also holds onto values I deem important... Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Duane Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantasy Adventure Tale for Preteens
Flight of Blue is a fantasy adventure novel about a boy who falls into the unlikely quest of helping a talking, magical Opossum. Read more
Published on July 30, 2012 by Rebecca J. Campbell
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More About the Author

A. E. Howard is the author of the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Keeper of the Keys Chronicles, and the upcoming young adult fantasy/steampunk crossover, A Windsinger's Tale. After a near death experience at a traffic light, she passed a possum dying on the side of the road. She stopped, and with its dying breaths, the possum imparted a tale so wondrously strange, she drove home realizing the new world she'd been searching for was right there all along. So she embarked on a quest of mythic proportions, traveled far and wide to every obscure corner of this world to uncover its secrets.

Since then, her mind has been opened to various other worlds, invaded by characters of assorted reputations, and blown away by some hair-raising adventures.

Between chasing chickens off the porch and raising her son, A.E. Howard tells tales of the worlds in her heads and the ordinary heros who changed it all.


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