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The Flyers (The Wind of Life #1)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Timo, a fourteen year old flyer, lives in the mountains with his mother. For years, the Flyers of the Mountains have been enemies of the Wanderers of the Flatlands. To stop the old law: "Those who are born without wings have to die," Timo is dragged into a plot where he must learn to use his special gift to bring the two misunderstood races together. As Wardor, the leader ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published September 8th 2011 by Purple Branch Publishing
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Dec 19, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, junior
Timo, a flyer, has the gift. He can hear the wind, feel it and talk to it as well as animals. His best friend Dino has a gift as well, he is a navigator and is the best at it. Timo feels he constantly has to prove himself, especially in the face of his fathers death. Timo drags Dino up to the Cliff as he is going to jump and prove that he is a Rescue Flyer just like his dad was. However, he misjudged the winds as he wasn't fully listening and ended up crashing to the group. Aldor finds him and ...more
Sandra Stiles
Apr 07, 2012 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
It is going to be very difficult to wait for the final book in this trilogy. The author takes the reader into a world where two types of people live. In The Flyers, we learn about Timo and his people. They are born with wings and live in the mountains. For years they been taught the Wanderers are their enemies. For the past few years babies with no wings have been born to Flyers. The sentence is death. They throw the infants off of a cliff. This is because they hate the Wanderers. What they must ...more
Dec 17, 2013 Karina rated it liked it
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Jul 07, 2012 Donald rated it really liked it
I could hardly put this book down once I began reading it! It is an exciting, suspenseful, well-written book. Mr. Neubert, a Canadian author, weaves a tale that is enchanting and that leaves the reader wanting more. It is a story that centers on a world that has been divided because of prejudices and old animosities. This world is divided among those born with wings, the Flyers and those born without wings, the Wanderers. In this first book of a three-part series, we meet three young Flyers, ...more
Kathryn Cooper
Aug 01, 2012 Kathryn Cooper rated it liked it
This was a good book. The plot was so interesting that it kept me reading. Timo was 14 and a flyer. A flyer was a human with wings on their back. How cool is that?! I don't know about you, but I've always thought flying would be the best super hero power. So, the fact that the characters had wings really kept me reading. The narration switched around to different characters, but mostly stayed with Timo.

The dialog and narrative was awkward for some reason. Some parts just felt stiff. On the other
Jan 23, 2012 Nawnee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Nawnee by: goodreads contest
Shelves: freebie-books
I won this book in a contest on Goodreads. Once I finally sat down and started reading this book it was hard to put down. The story is refreshing without a lot of teenage drama or romantic triangles. The Author kept it at a fine line between this fantastic world where people are born with wings and the controversy of what happens when they aren't. I don't want to ruin the story for those of you who haven't read it so I won't go into to much detail, but this is defiantly a book I would pick out ...more
Jan 15, 2012 V rated it liked it
The Winds of Life was my first GoodReads Giveaway win! And it's signed! (Hooray!) It also turned out to be really, really good for a children's adventure/fantasy novel. It's got all the right archetypes, an overarching threat presented by a big bad villain, a fantasy setting, a conflict, and character development.

Timo is the spunky protagonist of the novel, and much like a manga hero, he's extremely talented, but incredibly rambunctious. His father died when he was young and our main villain may
Apr 15, 2012 Zoey42 rated it really liked it
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Jan 16, 2012 Alison rated it liked it
My son's book club was given two copies of this book by the author through another website. The kids appreciate adventures, especially ones involving animals, so I thought this would be a great book for them. It is a very quick and easy read, and one I think that kids would enjoy. It revolves around 3 teenagers with abilities that make them special, even within their winged society. Dino is a navigator and has an uncanny ability to read weather patterns. Val has visions and, to a lesser degree, ...more
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Oliver Neubert
Dec 17, 2011 Oliver Neubert rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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The Wind of Life - A Book Review

Posted: 15 Dec 2011 03:00 AM PST

I recently read the book The Wind of Life by Oliver Neubert.
This is the review that I gave the book and I am not being paid to give this review.

This book is the first book in the Wind of Life series. When I first started reading the book, I wasn’t sure if I would like it. Sometimes when I read fantasy books, I need to be in the mood. Boy was I surprised! I couldn’t put it down. Right from the
Dec 12, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
I recently won "Vita", Book 3 in The Wind of Life Trilogy, through the Goodreads Giveaway, and the author, Oliver Neubert, was kind enough to send me the complete "The Wind of Life"trilogy. This is the first book in the trilogy-The Flyers.

I must say that I don't normally read fantasy fiction, but this was a refreshing change that I very much enjoyed. This is a coming of age fantasy fiction that I think kids as well as adults would enjoy.It was a quick and easy read.

The time had come and Timo, a
Mar 10, 2012 Natasha rated it really liked it
A very good book for younger children with strong foundations in self-trust and coming-of-age, Neubert uses a different voice in his narratives than your usual run-of-the-mill middle grade books that is captivating and engaging.

Timo is a reckless kid, wanting to prove to everyone he isn't just raw talent. His friend Dino wants nothing more than to read his books and try and keep Timo out of trouble. Val, a sort of crush of Timo's, wants to be independent and find her baby brother. The character
Jan 13, 2012 Duchovney rated it really liked it
Great Original story. The characters are well written and the world building is done in such a way that your imagination is not bogged down with tons of description. Which allows you too get lost in the world of the story.
I can't put into words how refreshing it was to read such a wonderfully well written fantasy for YA that does not depend on love triangles,etc. to keep the story moving forward. I see a lot of people on YouTube saying they are so tried of the same old stories over and over aga
Mar 12, 2012 Gayle rated it it was amazing
Mr. Neubert contacted me through Goodreads to offer me the opportunity to read his work.

It is evident how much this author believes in, and is proud of what he has created. I am so honored to be the recipient of his gift of an autographed copy. I look forward to reading and enjoying.

Thank you so much.

I really enjoyed this imaginative fantasy about an impetuous boy's coming-of age during difficult times. I love a book that teaches valuable life lessons. I love a 'good versus
Lorian Jones
Sep 22, 2013 Lorian Jones rated it it was amazing
The Flyers (The Wind of Life #1) by Oliver Neubert omg omg omg i thank the author for giving me this book and giving me the chance to read this i am way addicted to what happen next i was shocked when i read this book this book just make me go crazy and exciting at the same time when i read it to the end i was pissed because i want to know what happen more like are they safe will they be one again like in the oldies days eek i want those two book im hunger for itso thank you OLIVER NEUBERT for ...more
Apr 12, 2012 Misha added it
I won this book off a friend's blog about a month ago, and finally finished reading it today.

This was a very interesting book, and would be great for tweens and young teens. The main character Timo, shows courage and does what is right (even if he is a bit reckless).

I liked the book, and liked the characters, they were well written and seemed real.

I would definitely recommend this book to friend's with younger children.
Feb 07, 2012 Chichi rated it really liked it
enjoyed this thoroughly. COncept is very fresh..not everyday i read about flying people lol. Characters were likeable. Timo starts off like your everyday teen with angst. Val and Dino are not just sidekicks but are also special in their own way. i'll definitely get the cotinuing book!
Paddy O'callaghan
Jan 27, 2013 Paddy O'callaghan rated it it was amazing

I'd recommend this book to readers. Now that's saying something, eh? What do I mean by that specifically? Well, If you read, you'll probably enjoy this awesome tome.

He's managed to do it again.
Jan 24, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
It had a WAY different plot than I expected. I didn't really think I would like this book, but I do. I am very eager to read the next one!
May 22, 2012 Roxy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaway-losses

This book made me really miss being outside in nature. Plus, cliffhangers are always good. Can't wait to start on book 2
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Oliver Neubert, born in West Germany in 1961, took a long route to discover his passion for writing fast pace adventure, fantasy stories for middle grade reluctant and avid readers. His stories are thought provocing and relevant.

His detours included getting his diploma in Mechanical Engineerring (British Columbia, Canada), his degree in Psychology and Economics from Simon Fraser University (Britis
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“I love to walk through snow, to climb mountains, to smell the fresh air and I love to dream about flying. Soaring through the air, watching the earth from above, feeling the wind in my face and touching the clouds would be an amazing experience.” 15 likes
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