Thursday, February 21, 2013

Flight of Blue by A. E. Howard: Spotlight


When Kai and his best friend Ellie stop to help an injured possum, their world is turned upside down. The possum reveals that he is a sorcerer. After cursing a traffic light out of revenge, he caused a rip in the fabric of the world. Too hurt to get home, he needs Kai and Ellie to help return him to the Opossums and break the curse.

Embarking on a journey to take the sorcerer home, Kai learns he is the first Keeper of the Keys in a thousand years. Born despite a curse on his bloodline, he discovers that accepting the role of Keeper means standing between the world he knows and the invading Realm of Darkness.

The further he goes, the more he realizes the world he's lived in is only a small part of the truth. His parents hid both their identity and his identity from him in an effort to protect him. Now they've disappeared, and he is forced into this expedition with no training and no facts.

Joined by a mysterious changeling and a sorcerer with one name, Kai must find the resources within himself and learn to rely on the help of new friends to evade monsters, close the rip, and protect his world.




Praise for Flight of Blue:

“Great adult reading in the tradition of Madeleine L’Engle and her A Wrinkle in Time series and Austin Family Chronicles.” -Elizabeth Munzert

“I think that a lot of people are going to be able to enjoy this story. It reminded me so much of some of the great classic children’s fantasy novels and I know that the author has a bright future ahead of her if she keeps writing fantastic stories like this. I would highly recommend Flight of Blue to anyone who enjoys fun characters in a fantasy setting, and definitely to Middle Grade readers.”-Amanda Welling

“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

“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.” -Julie Jordan Scott

“This was a fantastic middle grade book that captured my attention and held it until the very end. There was something so magical about it, doing what good books tend to do: putting the real world to the side.” -V. Cano


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.

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