"A new take on urban fantasy... an action-packed adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat." - bestselling author Nat Russo
The sky was never the limit.
Enter a world of gangs, vigilantes, and magic that's powerful enough to kill.
Mark has never been the survivor his friend Angie is, but when he rescues a mysterious belt from the flames, it's a decision that changes his life for good.
As the two tap into the secret of gravity-controlling magic, they realize the reason Angie's family tried to destroy the belt. Flying comes at a cost, to their lives and their sanity.
Fighting back against a street gang with a vendetta, Mark begins to sense that death waits around every turn. Soon he and Angie come face-to-face with the true danger: hidden masters of other magical forces. The keepers of power want the secret of flying, and they'll destroy anyone who gets in their way.
The High Road is the first book in a trilogy of street-level urban fantasy adventures. If you like heart-pounding suspense, comic-book energy, and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, then you'll love Ken Hughes's gritty, magical series.
About the Author
Ken Hughes has been living for storytelling since his father first read him The Wind in the Willows, and everything from Stephen King’s edge to Hayao Miyazaki’s sense of wonder has only fed that fire. He has worked as a technical writer in Los Angeles at positions from medical research to online gaming to mission proposals for a flight to Mars. For more about his stories, his songs, and his Unified Writing Field Theory:
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love a person who can write with absolute abandon, letting his imagination take full reign in the story and do whatever he wants. That's exactly what Ken Hughes has done with "The High Road." Since we know it's the first in the Spellkeeper Flight series, that means there will be more magical, mystical stories with these wonderful characters. This book includes many things I love--lifelong friendships, urban settings, lots of magic, and villains that are truly evil. What's worse than running from a gang when you're only nine years old? That gang continuing their pursuit when you're a young adult. Urban gangs are frightening yet fascinating and Hughes has used this in a way that truly gives you shivers. Just remember, there's a promise of more to come, and you'll want to read these books took. I was offered a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A copy of this book was provided by the author for the purpose of obtaining a review. I had a rough time just reading this book (but that could just be a personal issue). I found the plot to be more running and talking over a meal than anything else. The MC was a little flat, especially in the beginning, because his initial motivations felt disconnected from his choices. The magic was the best part and I think I would have enjoyed it more except for the above issues. I think the author has potential and simply lacks experience, so I'll be checking back on the author in the future. The full review is at ReadingOverTheShoulder.com