Wow, what a great book! An easy-to-get-lost-in science fantasy that keeps you on edge to the very end and leaves you wanting more of the story. Heather has created an interesting world, in some ways similar to ours, but with some twists. Like a floating island called Ellery that comes by once a year. It’s floating very high in the air with the clouds, and its inhabitants have big beautiful wings. Unfortunately, they use those wings to fly down and take food from Ledger’s village during the harvest, and it’s a war that lasts as long as the island is overhead.
When Ledger is 10 he sneaks out during the war, just to get a look at the Ellerians. While hiding he meets a girl who flew down from Ellery with the same idea. Her name is Alouette and Ledger finds her beautiful and fascinating. For several years they continue their yearly meeting until one year the Ellerians didn’t fly down as the island floats over. Ledger is a blacksmith and quite an inventor and has been trying to find a way to fly up to Ellery. Concerned for Alouette, he goes against the Elders wishes and tries his latest invention, but doesn’t count on the company of his brother and three friends. Thus starts an adventure that goes deeper into this interesting world. Heather describes it in a way that lays it out in front of you in beauty and depth, yet it’s not so complicated that you have to struggle to remember details that would take you away from the story being told.
From the beginning this book keeps you engaged every second, and it’s hard to put down. Oh yes, and there are dragons too. The only disadvantage of reading the first book in a new series is having to wait for the next one. But then the biggest advantage of reading a book in a series is that there will be more!
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