Review: Hope Flies on Broken Wings ~ L.F. Falconer

Hope FliesCome along on a summer journey of two souls seeking release from their own perceptions of hell.

From a medieval, seacoast realm, comes this haunting love story that hovers on the cusp of fantasy. 19-year-old Dugan is the troubled son of an evil man. He is beautiful, he is forbidden, and he has captured 16-year-old Collie’s heart. But is the young man truly as dangerous as Collie’s parents make him out to be?

When two worlds collide, Collie and Dugan struggle with their own inner conflicts as they attempt to break the barriers that constrain them, hoping for the freedom to finally fulfill the love that keeps drawing them together. But the choices they make aren’t always wise, and all good things must one day end. Sometimes, much too soon.

A story of dramatic love and equally dramatic loss, seen through the eyes of two innocent, but defiant adolescents. Its simple medieval setting brings to light many of the societal issues of today, including domestic violence, child abuse, bigotry, class segregation, and religious intolerance.

2 Thumbs-UpThe synopsis on the back of this book does not really give any clear description of the contents; it is really just one paragraph from the tale within its covers.

The two main protagonists are adolescents on a journey of discovery, and this tended to give the story an over the top dose of teenage angst.  For my liking the Author did not develop these characters as individuals as fully as I felt they could’ve have been, but for some readers this may be the type of character they like; unfortunately they were not for me.  I didn’t find anything endearing about either of them as they progressed through the book, that made me not care about them or connect with them on any level whatsoever, despite the themes of love, hope and destiny being there to provide them with fuel to become truly captivating.

Set in an unknown time and setting, all the Author hints at is that it is in medieval times, the book alludes at the possibility of becoming something more with brief mentions to magic and mermen; again, this was not developed into anything more than just a mention so the reader never truly finds out if this is one of those settings where magic can happen or not.  Something that really pulled away from my enjoyment of this book was that it starts out being written in the first person, but as the story progresses and the action picks up, the Author tends to lose their way and keeps bouncing backwards and forwards between the first person point of view and having a narrator.  This made it increasingly more difficult to follow what was actually happening and to keep things in perspective.  Another thing that baffled me, and again some readers might understand, is the introduction of religion into the novel and this, in time, added an air of preachiness to the book that made me feel like I was being given a sermon.  Given that the book is set in an unknown time, it was not easy for me to link this sudden introduction of the Christian religion with the uprooting of whatever beliefs were being followed, and eventually it just added nonsense to what could have been an otherwise fairly enjoyable read.  However, despite all its flaws it was a well written book and, if you are a devout Christian would probably appeal to you.  Unfortunately it was just wasn’t for me and I doubt very much if I would read anything else by this Author.

I would recommend this book to lovers of Christian Fiction, and YA readers that are active in their Church.