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.
|Publisher:||Five Rivers Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Timothy Gwyn’s debut novel Avians has a strong female-driven narrative that will pull you in from the start. The challenges of life on Celadon are as captivating as the young women that inhabit it. The more I learned about this world the more I wanted to know. The complex and contrasting personalities of Mel and Raisa compliment each other well. They push one another forward in their journey under the watchful eye of Chief Corby. With no previous knowledge of aviation, I found this book extremely informative. Gwyn builds your knowledge in aviation as seamlessly as the intriguing world it takes place in. The strong female characters admirable traits such as their ambition and strength make it a wonderful read for young women. Overall a fantastic first novel that left me anxiously awaiting a sequel.