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Flight of Blue: Keeper of the Keys Chronicles Paperback – July 18, 2012
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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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The author establishes a wonderful sense of place and history with her setting. She gives enough fantastic elements and sprinkles in just the right dollop of juicy lore for the reader to feel satisfied, while leaving you craving more of the expansive world she has created. Pacing is solid and I found Kai's narrative voice to be likeable and just right.
Many other reviewers mentioned Reginald the possum, and I really liked him as well. So much so, I wanted to see more of him in the book. Hopefully, book two will give him a larger role as he is a memorable character. And this is from someone who finds possums both creepy and cute, but really more creepy than anything else. To get me to enjoy Reginald is saying a lot. If A.E. Howard keeps this up, she'll write kindly snakes into her next book and have me rethinking my Indiana-Jones-sized dislike of said serpents.
Sebastian and Eben are wonderful companions for our heroes and they round out the cast with an endearing ragtag panache.
I found I wanted to know more of Shadrach's past, which is good as it promises to figure in greatly to Kai and his true role in this series. The magic has rhythm and logic and never feels false. It's also given weight and respect, something that is often missing from other fantasy novels.
Flight of Blue is a confident romp with loads of dastardly doing, creepy ne'er-do-wells and the element that always makes a book series memorable to me, heart.
While the stakes are grim, the book doesn't feel unapproachably intense and off-putting. It plays out its dangers with realism and a nod to adventure that doesn't have to deal in death tolls and grisly displays. Not that I don't enjoy books with those elements, I just always sit back and smile when I find a book that is all-ages and still has stakes that maintain suspense and interest.
I can't wait to read the next book in this fine series.
It honestly took me a couple chapters to get used to the author's conversational, almost casual narrative. But once I did, I was drawn in and almost felt like I was beginning to dialogue with the author and the characters themselves, asking, "what's next?" Or, "..and then what??". Questions that were somehow both answered and multiplied with the turn of the page or the end of the chapter.
Howard builds the set for a magical world that some may liken to Harry Potter but makes us see our own world with fresh, wondering eyes. Her characters are relate-able, quirky and likeable and most importantly, grow in maturity and depth by the end of book one. Both children and adults can enjoy and learn from Flight of Blue, since it draws on the importance of courage, friendship and of course, being nice to animals ;) Book one is very strong in it's own right and gives a leap of excitement as we hold our breath for book two and plunge deeper into a new realm A.E. Howard has created for us.
The Harry Potter comparisons are definitely valid. I know that I will probably re-read this book at least half a dozen times. The symbology and "other world" parallels are intense. A.E. Howard has put a new perspective on the realms of "good vs evil" that should not be missed. Each additional reading will bring more of them out.
It's almost unbearable (a la HP) to have to wait a year for Book 2 to be released. I am so looking forward to the character development of Kai and Elle in the rest of the trilogy.
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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