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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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Product Details

  • Series: Keeper of the Keys Chronicles
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1477666303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1477666302
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,177,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EPM on 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 By Amanda Welling on 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 By Julie Jordan Scott on 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 By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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