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Flight of Blue

(Keeper of the Keys Chronicles #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 sorc
Paperback, 350 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Elder Tree Books (first published July 19th 2012)
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Bill Good
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is "WOW!!!" I had online research plans to work on my second cousin's genealogy, but that took a back seat for about three hours. Chapter 5 hooked me for the duration and I could barely put it down. Flight of the Blue was the first book that I have read in its entirety on my Android.

The Harry Potter comparisons are definitely valid. I know that I will probably re-read this book at least half a dozen times. The symbology and "other world" parallels are intense. A.E. Howard has put a
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Have you ever wished that Wind in the Willows included humans, magic and rips in the fabric of the world? Well if you have, Flight of Blue fits the bill. The fanciful story of Kai and his accidental quest to save the world will appeal to the young adult set with clear language and strong, relatable characters. But adults will find an engaging story that evokes memories of epic adventure tales and magic realms we pretend not to imagine as adults. Plot points are revealed mostly through dialogue. ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Flight of Blue is exciting and well-constructed. The characters are realistic and believable as is the dialogue. When Kai, the protagonist, spoke it sounded exactly like the voice of a 12-year-old boy.

I don't know what the genre is, middle grade fantasy maybe? But I found it great adult reading in the tradition of Madeleine L'Engle and her A Wrinkle in Time series and Austin Family Chronicles

There is plenty of drama and suspense, but A.E. Howard does a good job of weaving in humor as well.

May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Flight of Blue is an engaging and fun read. The characters are believable and the dialogue is funny. While a good representative of the genre, I did not find the work derivative or predictable and found myself laughing at times, even in the midst of suspenseful events. The weaving of multiple layers of emotion was very skillful. Do yourself a favor and read it, or pass it along to someone you know who's in the mood for a good read.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
There’s so much good stuff here. The characters are believable, which sometimes in middle grade fiction can be a challenge, since so many writers seem to forget exactly how pre-teens speak. But Ms. Howard does a wonderful job of creating engaging and fully developed characters. One of my fav
Becca Campbell
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Flight of Blue is a fantasy adventure novel about a boy who falls into the unlikely quest of helping a talking, magical Opossum. This unexpected mission is only the beginning in his discoveries about the nature of the world, his parents’ secrets, and his own destined role.

Howard creates an engaging connection between the world as we see it and a fantastical reality full of magic, alternate realms, and mythical creatures. At some moments I was reminded of Middle Earth and at others I almost felt
Sara Diane
I got this from NetGalley to preview.

The premise of this one sounded interesting, but the writing and the voice just didn't engage me. I read for a chapter or two, and realized I just didn't want to continue. I didn't connect with the characters and, given the size of my to-read list, didn't feel like continuing was worth it.
Brian Clopper
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A.E Howard’s debut fantasy novel, Flight of Blue, holds wonder, peril and darn good character names. The lovely cover drew me in and the adventure inside has me clamoring for more. Kai and Ellie are wonderful protagonist and I find I want to know more about Serina and her magical messenger organization. Throw in such inventive creatures as Name Monsters and wraithlings and you have a yarn I want to devour.

The author establishes a wonderful sense of place and history with her setting. She gives e
Crystal (that.ending.though)
***3.5 stars

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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 r
Alyssa Nelson
Jul 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Flight of Blue is about a boy who finds out that his parents are both Guardians. They seal up tears that could allow the Realm of Darkness to enter and destroy the world. In a chance meeting with a talking opossum sorcerer and a messenger that can turn herself from bird to human, Kai finds himself in a world he never could have dreamed of. What's more, he finds out that they're all relying on him to help a rip in the world, because he may be the person prophecised to save the world. With his bes ...more
I recieved FOB through the DAC tour. So that's one more book down, which means I have 4 books completed, and 8 books left to read to hit my goal of 12 books. Hope I can do it!

Flight of Blue is about a boy named Kai and a girl named Ellie. It's about a possum sorcerer, who through his anger and attempt to get revenge, curses a traffic light. His curse causes a rip in the fabric of the world. A rip that must be closed tight.

It's about Keepers and Guardians who can close these rips and can stop e
*this copy was given to me in exchange of an honest review*
Flight of Blue was an interesting read.i liked it a lot,i must admit.
the main character wasn't too annoying despite the young of his age and that is certainly an advantage:)of course i can detect some Harry Potter hints but nevertheless the story was interesting and captivating.the world where the story is taking place was well-developped and it certainly was credible and easy to follow once you grab the storyline.
as far as the emo
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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"A cursed traffic light. A rip in the fabric of the world. A possum sorcerer injured on a quest for revenge." That just about says it. At least that's where the story begins. In this fantasy, twelve-year-old Kai discovers he has the unique ability to save the world. That's quite a package for a pre-teen boy. Is he a guardian? A keeper? Both? (I'm now having a Ghostbusters moment. . .) Whatever he is, he is awakening to the other realms and it may be up to him to maintain the fabric of our realm. ...more
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Pam Torres
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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 fr
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Flight Of Blue by A.E.Howard is a book belonging to contemporary fantasy genre. 12 year old Kai and his best friend Ellie's world gets upside down when they rescue a opposum who talks and is infact a sorcerer. From there their journey is a roller coaster ride, finding truths about worlds they didnt know exist, meeting new friends and also finding out secrets of their own role in this whole new world. Flight Of Blue is a very good read overall. The character building is great. The world building ...more
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