CONOR BROEKHART WAS BORN TO FLY.
Author: Eoin “It’s Pronounced Owen!” Colfer
Spoiler-free Synopsis: “In an 1890s where the small Saltee Islands are a sovereign nation off the Irish coast, young Conor Broekhart spends his days studying flight and fencing with his tutor and exploring the castle with the king’s daughter, Princess Isabella. But his idyllic life changes forever the day he discovers a deadly conspiracy against the king. When Conor tries to intervene, he is framed as a traitor and thrown into jail on the prison island of Little Saltee. He passes the desperate, solitary months by scratching drawings of flying machines on the prison walls, until the day comes when he must find the courage to trust his revolutionary designs and take to the skies.” (paraphrased by me from the blurb on the back cover)
Reason for Beginning: Recommended by a trusted friend, and the alternate history + flying machines sounded really cool. Hoped it would be steampunk, but it isn’t.
Reason for Finishing: Fun! Delirious fast-paced high-adventure! Kings! Princesses! Castles! Betrayals! Prisons! Science! Sword-fights! Flying Machines! Escapes! Sharpshooters! Secret towers! Secret codes! Blind violinist-spies! True love! Beef Stew! (uh, err, okay, so that last one’s not really important. But it is there!) Read more