Review: A Flight of Broken Wings

Review: A Flight of Broken Wings

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Title: A Flight of Broken Wings

Author: Nupur Chowdhury

Published: 26 August 2018

Format: e-book, PDF

Pages: 315

Favorite Character: Ashwin

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:

A Flight of Broken Wings is about humans and a race of immortal creatures known as Aerials. Six hundred years ago, the humans drove the Aerials off of Earth and sent them back to their home planet of Vaan. However, not all of the Aerials left. Some stayed and are now fought off by Hunters, humans who have trained to rid the world of Aerials. Now there is a much bigger Aerial threat among the humans, and a hunter named Ruban is tasked with saving his world, which he hopes will provide him with an opportunity for revenge against the Aerials who took his father and girlfriend from him. He’ll need help from friends, old and new, and he must face his past in order to save the future.

Review:

**I received this book as an e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

A Flight of Broken Wings is one of those books that is so carefully and intricately written that I found myself rereading multiple paragraphs because I knew every little action by the characters and word spoken by them was crucial to the development and conclusion of the story. Nupur Chowdhury has some serious talent for writing fantasy. Everything was so carefully and well-explained that I never felt I was missing something, which often happens in fantasy books. She was able to write a fantasy with strong thriller elements that kept me guessing without confusing me or boring me with information overload. Actually, I wanted to know more about the Aerials, so if this becomes a series, I can’t wait to learn more.

Another strength of this story was the dialogue. Like I said, everything was plotted so thoughtfully that I knew I needed to read each line carefully in order to draw my own conclusions about how the story would end and what Ruban would discover. Battle scenes were exactly what I wanted – dark, intense, and fast paced. They were probably the scenes I could picture the most clearly in my head, and they were absolutely fantastic.

As for the characters, each character – no matter how small they seemed, served the story well and made lasting impressions. As the lead character, Ruban was especially well-written and an interesting person to follow through the story. Ruban lost everything to the Aerials, so he makes his living hunting them down. However, as he works to rid his home of an Aerial threat, he learns that he doesn’t have all the answers and that his knowledge of Aerial and human relations in history might be a bit skewed at best. One of the biggest lessons he learns is not to generalize an entire group of people based on the actions on a few. Sound familiar? There are people in our world who could stand to learn this…. Anyway…..

The pacing of A Flight of Broken Wings is slow but solid. There were times I couldn’t stop reading, and times that I could only read half a chapter at a time. The important thing, however, is that I never felt like any of my time was wasted reading the story – there were just some slow spots, which is typical in fantasy books.

However, I think this book stands out amongst other fantasy books because of how real the characters seem, and because there are multiple layers to the story that add up and build off each other in a way that makes sense and adds to the plot, rather than just the word count. Ruban’s story of revenge takes its own turn and isn’t obnoxious like other fantasy books, especially with younger protagonists. Also, politics, family feuds, and betrayal were truly written in an incredible way. There was never a dull moment. Overall, a very solid book that I would recommend to any fan of fantasy!

Nupur Chowdhury set a high standard in fantasy books. I’m honestly looking forward to more books from this gifted author!

 

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