Saturday, June 25, 2011

Review: Flying Blind by Deborah Cooke

Flying Blind
Author: Deborah Cooke
Publication: NAL Trade (June 7, 2011)

Description: Zoë Sorensson is perfectly normal, except she's been told she's destined for great things. Zoë's the one female dragon shapeshifter of her kind. But Zoë is at the bottom of the class when it comes to being Pyr and her powers are AWOL, so she's sent to a Pyr boot camp. 

Zoë quickly realizes that she has to master her powers yesterday, because the Pyr are in danger and boot camp is a trap. The Mages want to eliminate all shifters and the Pyr are next in line-unless Zoë and her friends can work together and save their own kind.

My Thoughts: Zoe is your typical fifteen and a half year old girl. She is worried about getting her period, growing boobs, and transforming into a dragon. Well, maybe not quite so typical. She is the only female dragon. She is the Wyvern of the Pyr but she is worried that something is wrong. Her age mates -- all boys -- including her crush Nick have been able to shift into their dragon forms for years. 

One day when her friend was being bullied and hurt by a group of the mean girls, Zoe got so angry that she did a partial shift. However, this breaks the Covenant that her father drew up for all the Pyr. Humans can know you as a dragon or as a human but not both. Zoe's dad decides that it is time for her to participate in the boot camp that they hold for the younger Pyr to work on their skills. She is excited because it will give her time with her crush Nick.

She is disappointed to find that Isabelle, the adopted human daughter of another of the Pyr, is invited to participate too. Nick takes one look at her and is smitten causing Zoe to become jealous. But Zoe is giving a motorcycle ride to the camp by the very hot Jared. He's human but seems to know more about the Pyr than Zoe does herself and he is a musician and older. Zoe develops a crush of her own. Also attending the camp is Adrian who tells the tale of a life outside the Pyr. 

The time at camp isn't a chance to improve their skills. They are cut off from the other Pyr and tensions seem to be escalating among the kids. Someone is making them suspicious of each other. Zoe is somewhat resistant to whatever is going on but she can't convince the boys that things aren't right. It is not until Jared returns that the Pyr kids learn that the mages who were an ancient enemy of the Pyr have developed a new plan to try to steel their powers.

The mages have begun by capturing all of the kids' dads. Zoe needs to get a handle on her powers as Wyvern, free the boys from the spell they are under, and rescue their fathers. In her own words, "No pressure."

This was an exciting an entertaining debut to a fantasy series. Dragon lovers will love this one. I can't wait for Winging It so that I can find out what happens next. 

Favorite Quote:
Right. "Did Donovan tell you about the Pyr?"

"No way. He'd have been breaking the Covenant."

"Then how did you find out?"

Jared hesitated a beat before he answered me. "There's this book called The Habits and Habitats of Dragons: A Compleat Guide for Slayers. I've read it through a bunch of times. I think I might have it memorized," 
I purchased the book from Amazon. Here is the buying information.


  1. I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds really good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xoxo

  2. I had no idea that Flying Blind was a fantasy book...about dragons.
    It sounds really good, plus with it having dragons I really want it now. :)

    Thanks for sharing. :)

    The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia

  3. Glad to hear your enjoyed this! I'm looking forward to reading it and hope to pick up a copy soon. :-)


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