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Conor Broekhart was born to fly. In fact, legend has it that he was born flying, in a hot air balloon at the Paris World's Fair. In the 1890s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends his days studying the science of flight with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king's daughter, Princess Isabella. But the boy's idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor tries to intervene, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. There, he has to fight for his life, as he and the other prisoners are forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions.
There is only one way to escape Little Saltee, and that is to fly. So Conor passes the solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines on the prison walls. The months turn into years; but eventually the day comes when Conor must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.
©2008 Eoin Colfer (P)2008 Random House, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Carl on 03-07-08

Another Eoin Colfer Winner

Another Eoin Colfer winner. This one will also appeal to adults versus most of his other works which aim more for young readers to teenagers.

The story is a type of "Count of Monte Cristo" tale but with some wonderful twists and innovations. The story of early flying makes it real magic.

The reader is awesome with just a little Irish accent to giving the reading flavor without making it difficult for your typical American, like me, to understand.

Fun read and think it would make a great movie...

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By MomWorksHardforMy$ on 03-02-10

adventure,charming atmosphere, worthy characters

The author of the Artemis Fowl series brings this story of an island kingdom from the last century alive with excitement. The requisite princess and hero start as babes and suffer through love, murder, greed, power hungry attacks,a prison like the Chateau D'If, and the imagination to want to fly. There are great characters who support the story throughout.

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