Title: The Wind of Life: The Flyers
Author: Oliver Neubert
Publisher: Purple Branch Publishing
Release Date: September 2011
Pages: 196
Series: The Wind of Life #1
Source: author
3 Stars: I Liked It

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?

My Thoughts:
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: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: very mild ( slept in a bed together but didn’t even kiss )
Language: none
Violence: mild ( injuries from a fall, murders, blood )

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THIS IS THE 2ND BOOK IN A SERIES!
Title: The Wind of Life: The Wanderers
Author: Oliver Neubert
Publisher: Purple Branch Publishing
Release Date: December 2011
Pages: 176
Series: The Wind of Life #2
Source: author
3 Stars: I Liked It
Rider, a fourteen year old Wanderer, has found shelter among the dead willows, the haunted place of the Flatlands. He is suffering from the abuse of his tyrant father, but his connection to nature and the elements keep him sane. He has a special gift that allows him to run with the antelope and to communicate with the animals. When he helps a young woman escape from a group of deadly hunters, he discovers that the mysterious, hated Flyers still exist. Drawn by curiosity and instinct, Rider uncovers a serious plot lead by his father to murder innocent children and to go to war against the Flyers. Rider has to stop his father and luckily he is not alone. One of his enemies is looking out for him, but will this be enough or will Rider be crushed by this father?
My Thoughts:
The writing was better for this book. I connected more with Rider, the wanderer. Again the narrator changed to different characters but mostly stayed with Rider. I wasn’t a huge fan of the villain narrative. Knowing what the villain was doing and thinking gave too much away when it could have been left a mystery longer.

There was a cute budding romance, and the plot was intriguing. I’d be interested to read the next book in the series.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: none
Language: none
Violence: mild/moderate ( physical abuse of child from father, blood, punches, murder, bloody deaths )
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I received these books from Oliver Neubert. Thank you! 
I am not paid for my reviews. My reviews are solely my opinion.

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Reviewed by Kathryn Cooper
Creator of Clean Teen Fiction
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