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Flying Blind: The Dragon Diaries Paperback – June 7, 2011
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'Zoe is a wonderful heroine - smart, strong and sympathetic. Bring on book two!' Kelley Armstrong, Number one New York Times bestselling author of The Awakening --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Deborah Cooke has always been fascinated with dragons, although she has never understood why they have to be the bad guys. She has an honors degree in history, with a focus on medieval studies.She is an avid reader of medieval vernacular literature, fairy tales and fantasy novels, and has written over forty romance novels under the names Claire Cross and Claire Delacroix.
Deborah makes her home in Canada with her husband. When she isn't writing, she can be found knitting, sewing or hunting for vintage patterns.
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What really drew me into this book was the whole prophecy, Zoë’s legacy, and if I’m being completely honest here, dragon sifters. I was hoping for a lot of dragon awesomeness. I mean, Zoë’s getting her powers, learning who she is as a dragon, and going off to boot camp to hone her skills. Except the story turned into more of an episode of Big Brother. A group of teens living in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, isolated from everyone, competing to win an exclusive prize. It just wasn’t what I thought it would be.
In the end this series is just not for me. Which is sad considering I bought all the books from the adult dragon series the author wrote. Apparently the kids from this series are the children from her adult series. I had planned to read those first but got a bit too impatient to read Flying Blind and only read the fist book in the adult series, Kiss of Fire. I don’t think I missed anything by doing so though since the other series is a paranormal romance meant for adults and this is meant for teens. However, the author doesn’t overly explain the world she’s created. It’s implied that you know a lot of what’s going on with the more intricate details of the pyr. Which, considering most YA readers are not going to read her adult series to get the background story, it lacked a lot of world/character development. Even though I only read the first book, I was still left a little lost on some things. Maybe they are answered within the remaining books of the trilogy? Who knows. All I know is that I won’t be continuing with this series.
In Flying Blind, we see the world of Deborah Cooke's Dragonfire series through the eyes of a teen age girl who would love to wake up one morning and finally have use for a bra. Yes, Zoë wishes for the usual things a 15 year old girl would love to have. Breasts, the cute older guy to ask her out, not to have to go to gym class, hoping to finally shift into a dragon. Well that last one is unique to Zoë. Along with wanting to fly, breath fire and have the powers to help her kind. Zoë has a lot of pressure on her to become the Wyvern. She complains about her lack of powers but I didn't feel it was necessarily for selfish reasons. She loves what she is and wants to be able to help her Pyr family as only a Wyvern can.
If you think reading about teenagers at book camp is boring, think again. Fighting, dark magic, and jealousy are running ramped through the younger Pyr and Zoë's powers is what's need to stop her kind's extinction. Zoë's loyalty to her shifter family and bravery to face foes who have no issue with killing teenagers, makes her a character that a reader of any age can admire. By her side are the sons of the older Pyr who have their own stories in Deborah's Dragonfire series. The supporting character I most enjoyed was Jared. He's not a Pyr but an untrained mage who refuses to join sides with those who are after the Pyr. He's more than just the rebel he wants everyone to know he is and I'm interested to see how his character develops as the series progresses. There was one problem I had with him regarding his relationship with Zoë. He's older than her and when Zoë was fighting against the mages I didn't feel the age difference but when she would blush at the slightest attention he gave her or talk about listening to his music (he's in a band and rides a motorcycle) over and over again like a girl with a silly crush, the relationship didn't feel right. It didn't feel inappropriate, just rather unexpected. This is only the third YA book I've ever read so this may not be unusual but rather something I'm not use to yet.
Flying Blind started off good and got better as the story went along. At first it almost felt too young for me with all the high school drama but as the story continued and the tone of the book took on a darker feel, I found myself not wanting to put the book down. Zoë actually surprised me with how strong of a lead she was. For someone who is so young, there is a lot to her character and most of it I absolutely loved. This is a YA book but with just the right amount of action, suspense, humor and just a touch of of romance, I think fans of both YA and adult fantasy books will enjoy dragon tale.
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