Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MMGM: Flight of Blue by A.E. Howard

Published: July 24, 2012
Genre: Middle grade, fantasy 
Publisher: Elder Tree Books
Themes: friendship, bravery, compassion
Add it on: Goodreads, / Amazon / Barnes And Noble/ *Indie Bound*

About The Book:
A cursed traffic light. A rip in the fabric of the world. A 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 if he will accept the role he was born to play, but isn't sure he wants.

Kai's view of the world is shattered when Reginald, an Opossum sorcerer with attitude, speaks. Reginald becomes an unwilling guide, and Kai finds himself on a journey where every discovery only leads to more questions. With time running out as the Realm of Darkness pushes through, he must learn all he can about himself and his parents' past to find a way to close the rip between the Realms before his world vanishes. But truth is more dangerous than illusion, and he finds the fate of the world resting on his ability to wield his newly discovered magic.

A page-turning blend of non-stop action and memorable characters, Flight of Blue puts a timeless theme in a modern setting where compassion, loyalty, courage, and friendship can stand in the face of great evil, and overcome.

First Line: It was one of those fall days where the air calls you outside, where leaves crunch deliciously under your feet, the sky is an impossible blue, and school, even if you like school, is pure torture.

What Others Are Saying: I don't remember a dull moment in the story. The pacing was perfect making it almost impossible to put the story down. I wanted to know what was going to happen, but I didn't want to miss a single detail in the meantime (even the chapter titles are intriguing). — Felicia Wetzig

"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

More Bloggers Weigh In:

What I Thought: If you're looking for a book filled with magic, talking animals, mysterious worlds and adventure, Flight of Blue is the perfect choice. I was reticent since I'd heard it compared to Narnia and Harry Potter. Don't misunderstand, I love those, I just prefer fresh new adventures with original characters and worlds in my fantasy reads. Howard delivered. This was a totally new spin on common themes of friendship, loyalty and saving the world. Kai, the reluctant hero is energetic and curious like any twelve-year-old. A great book for middle grade boys and girls. 

About The Author: 
A.E. Howard

Who: 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.

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