Title: A Flight of Broken Wings (The Aerial Chronicles #1)
Author: Nupur Chowdhury
Six hundred years ago, humanity rose up in revolt against the Aeriels, who were driven from earth and back into their homeland of Vaan after a bloody and glorious war.
Eight years ago, Ruban’s home was destroyed and his family murdered by an Aeriel.
When a new Aeriel threat looms over Ragah, the capital city of Vandram, Ruban Kinoh must do everything in his power to avenge his family’s past and protect the future of his country.
Which is hard enough without being saddled with a pretty and pompous aristocrat, who seems as useless as he is vain. Faced with a conspiracy that might cost humanity its hard-won freedom, and accompanied by the bejeweled and glitter-clad Ashwin Kwan, Ruban begins his journey into a land where the past and the future intertwine.
I love books that are able to uniquely blend two genres together. A Flight of Broken Wings was a fantastic example of fantasy and thriller.
Humans and Aerials have had a long bloody history and even though the war seems to be over, it is not. This story follows two main characters, a Hunter (Government assassins assigned to Aerial sightings) and an Aerial hiding what he really is. The two character arcs bring their own suspenseful perspectives from wonderfully written characters as a new weapon emerges and the entire balance of Aerials and humans changes. I loved the complexity of the world in this story, and the creation of the Aerials. The author took a lot of time creating a history and world for them and the attention to detail made this book hard to put down.