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 of the War Flyers, learns about the plot, he will stop at nothing to kill everyone involved. In her search for her missing brother, Val and Timo become close friends, but will they survive the impending war or will Val's brother be lost to the old law?
|Publisher:||Purple Branch Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)|
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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 hand there were some really beautifully written parts as well. By the end of the book I was left wanting to know what happened next. Content Ratings: sexual content: very mild language: none violence: mild
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 learn is that there are enemies among their own people. Wardor is such an enemy. He hates those with "the gift". He is not one of them. He sets out to create a war and destroy those he has no control over. What I found interesting is that he is jealous of fourteen year old Timo. Wardor hated Timo's father. Timo knows he has the "gift", as did his father. He is able to communicate with the wind. He has kept a large part of it secret from others, yet they see there is something special about him. He has a best friend named Dino who finds himself in trouble when he helps Timo do something they know they are not allowed to do. Timo is almost killed. While healing and waiting to go before the counsel to learn his fate, Timo runs into Val. She is another Flyer he has secretly admired. Val is in the Halls of Healing because her mother gave birth to a child without wings. They have been told the baby died, but she has heard and seen things to the contrary. She has gifts of her own. When Wardor learns the secret the elders have been keeping from the people, they take the elders hostage and declare war. Now it is up to Timo and his friends, along with the Rescue Flyers to use the gifts they were born with to help their people. For Timo that means learning things that will be painful to bear. Want to know what the secrets are? Read the book
I greatly enjoyed reading THE WIND OF LIFE – THE FLYERS by Oliver Neubert. He was kind enough to send me a signed copy. That shows a lot about the author, when he cares not only about his book, but also about his fans. I started reading this today during lunch, and hated to go back to work. As soon as I got home, I had to see what happened next and finished the novel within a few hours. It is a fast-paced read, without dull moments. The development of the characters progresses throughout the story – it is fun growing with them. The story involves two races – those who fly and those who can’t. They cannot mix. I love how this reflects prejudices in today’s society. Timo, the main character, must help them unite. I don’t want to give too much away in this review, but the culture is richly detailed, really bringing the reader deep into the story. It’s a perfect tool for escapism. The best part is that this is only book one of THE WIND OF LIFE series. I recommend this not only to young adults (Timo is fourteen), but to anyone who loves a good fantasy story.