Book: Flight of Blue by A.E. Howard
Series: Keeper of the Keys Chronicles #1
Genre: Children's Fiction, Fantasy
Acquired: Netgalley, in exchange for an honest exchange
My Rating: ♥♥♥ (3.5)
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.
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 likeness, so I thought I would give it a try. I was pretty disappointed. It took me a long time to really get into reading more than a chapter at a time. I was pretty much completely bored at first. I tried to keep in mind that this is indeed children's fiction so it wasn't really intended so much for my audience. So I'm going to put my age aside and think more like a 12-13 year old. :)
Kai and Ellie happen across what they think is a hurt possum who really ends up being a Opossum sorcerer, Reginald. Reginald got mad and cursed a traffic light in an attempt for revenge. While cursing said traffic light, he actually causes a rip in the fabric of the world. These rips can allow good and evil into the world. While Kai and Ellie are trying to help Reginald get back home they discover the rip and Kai finds out there is a lot more to him and his parents than he ever thought was possible. His parents are both Guardians. Typically, two Guardians can not have a child, so Kai is a rare type of Guardian.
He begins to learn about the world of the Keepers and the Guardians who are in charge of rips in the world like the one Reginald caused. They also discover that the world has many different realms and learn the history of them all. He meets a flight of blue messenger, Serina, along the way who helps guide him and Ellie to the Guardian School. Kai realizes he is special in many ways, and needs to be trained to use his gifts. Will Kai and Ellie be able to figure out how to close the rip?
The world was very well written and the characters were like-able over all. I feel like there were several scenarios Kai and Ellie were put in that are relate-able to younger kids these days. I wouldn't recommend this to a reader of YA. I did not really see a likeness to Harry Potter besides the magic element, but that's where it ends. This is definitely a book that I think should stick to a younger age range, so I guess I would recommend it for a school library or if you have a kid. :)