by Timothy Gwyn


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Orphans. Runaways. Thieves. The Avians don’t ask questions about a girl’s past. Or her age. They need glider pilots, and the smaller the better.

Raisa is fourteen. Born to a line of powerful silk merchants, her rebellion against an arranged marriage is doomed. The Avians are her only alternative.

Mel is the young servant blamed for Raisa’s disappearance. She meets an Avian recruiter and seizes the chance to spite her employer.

When Mel and Raisa are sworn in with two other girls to form Blackbird squad, their simmering conflict undermines the whole team.

The flying is difficult, the discipline is fierce, and the older pilots don’t even bother to learn their names. The Blackbirds are starting to look like the weakest squad in years.

Then a deadly accident reveals the truth: only the best survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988274270
Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing
Publication date: 04/03/2017
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Timothy Gwyn is the pen name of Tim Armstrong, a professional pilot in Kenora, Ontario. The child of an oceanographer and a biology teacher, he moved around a lot as a youngster, living on three continents before graduating from high school by correspondence from Australia. Too lazy for university, he started flying lessons at the age of eighteen and, apart from stints as a lifeguard and a radio announcer, has been a pilot ever since. For summer residents of Kenora, he operates Lake of the Woods Ice Patrol, a website with aerial photographs and updates on the annual spring thaw.

As a writer, he has had a couple of short stories published in his twenties, and then took a long hiatus before trying to learn the craft properly. His first recent publication was in Antipodean SF, and led to a string of narrations for their podcasts. Tim is fascinated by alternative aviation, and a desire to mash together gliders and airships led to the creation of a whole world, some short stories and at least one novel.

And speaking of novels, his first, Avians, releases from Five Rivers August 1, 2017 and is sure to please YA readers.

Timothy Gwyn can be found through his website at www.timothygwyn.com, and Twitter @timothygwyn

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