Review: Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke

4 Nov

Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke
NAL (June 2011)
Trade: $9.99; ebook: $9.99
ISBN: 9780451233882

Favorite Lines: “The Pyr are all guys–men and their sons–except for me. The story is that there’s only one female dragon at a time, and that she’s the Wyvern and has special powers. Yours truly–I’m supposed to be the Wyvern. The issue with there being only one female dragon shape shifter at a time is that the last one died  before I was born. And it’s not like anyone has her diary. Zero references for me. Zero advice. Zero anything.” (p.5)

The next generation of shape-shifting dragons from the popular author of the Dragonfire novels.

Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal–well, as normal as a girl obsessed with drawing dragons can be. The thing is, she’s always been told she’s special and destined for great things. It’s not just because of her good grades, either. Zoë is the Wyvern of the Pyr–the one female dragon shape shifter with special powers. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr, and her powers are AWOL. Worse, there’s no reference book to consult, and the last Wyvern is dead…

Everything changes when Zoë’s best friend is bullied and Zoë reacts. Before she can blink twice, her inner dragon is loose, and she’s suspended from school and headed to a shape shifter boot camp with guys she’s known all her life. But soon she’s doubting her powers–and even some of her friendships.

Zoë quickly realizes she has to master her powers yesterday–there’s danger ahead and boot camp is a trap. A secretive group, the Mages, wants to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line–unless Zoë and her friends can solve the riddle and work together to save their own kind…

Flying Blind is the young adult spinoff from Deborah Cooke’s paranormal romance Dragonfire series. It follows the next generation of Pyr as they come of age. Book two, Winging It will be released in December 2011 and Blazing the Trail, book three, will be released in June of 2012.

The heroine of the book is Erik and Eileen Sorensson’s daughter. (Their story was told in Kiss of Fate.) She hasn’t had any Wyvern powers since she was about two. Her hope is that with puberty her powers will be restored. Too bad she doesn’t know what that means.

Right from the get go Zoë is consumed with jealousy over the attention her crush (Nick) gives to Rafferty’s adopted daughter. Soon the teens are at each other’s throats while the magical netting made by mages begins to surround them. There’s a mole in the story and it really wasn’t much of a challenge to figure out just who was pulling the strings for the first part. But there are more than one mole. Threats seem to come from every direction in Flying Blind making it a quick, entertaining read.

It’s told in first person from Zoë’s point of view. Zoë is a likeable 15 and 1/2 year old girl who is learning about the world. I wanted her to succeed and mentally cheered as she came into her powers. She will make an awesome Wyvern, but I feel bad for her. To be a teen, have to hide yourself (Hello…no one can know she’s a dragon) while trying to survive in high school is not what I’d call a good time. I was happy that Zoë interacting at school did not occur much on the pages of the book. I think that’ll change in book two.

Fans of the Dragonfire series will be happy to see the older Pyr warriors through the eyes of their children. The story is pure, shapeshifter fun set in the year 2024. You’ll get adolescent insecurities and hormones paired with the responsibilities of being  a younger generation of Pyr. The story lines of the adult Pyr are quickly intertwined with the events taking place in the present. By the final page of the book nagging details are answered and several major milestones in the lives of the Pyr teens are reached. I look forward to reading book two in December.


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