Flight of Sparrows

Book Two, End of Crows

Young Adult - Adventure
218 Pages
Reviewed on 07/08/2023
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Author Biography

Having been an automotive mechanic for 25+ years, R.A. Lingenfelter never dreamed she would be an International Gold Medal award winning author, or an IMDb certified award-winning director and producer for multiple international film festivals.

Having an incredible networking and support system, R.A. acknowledges that it takes many hands and talents to support and grow her writing and film careers. Her writing has won accolades and has been compared to Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, and Veronica Roth's Divergent, but she definitely wants her writing voice to be as unique as her personality.

R.A.'s gratitude for her father grows each year, even after his death, as he was the one who read her notes on ways to kill off her boss via vehicular homicide after he fired her for taking maternity leave. Instead of spending time behind bars, R.A. happily spends her time behind the laptop plotting new worlds and new ways of vengeance.

Her book series, End of Crows, was scheduled to premiere at the 2020 Denver Comicon but unfortunately, Covid changed that. The series has won the highly coveted Gold Medal Reader's Favorite Award for Young Adult Adventure in 2022. She's had four of her novels hit #1 on Amazon and hopes to earn more credentials with her writing.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Doreen Chombu for Readers' Favorite

Flight of Sparrows by R.A. Lingenfelter is a young adult science fiction story and is the second installment in the End of Crows series. After the attack by the Dominion, Willow feels betrayed by Bradlee, whom she thought was a friend, and angry about the deaths of her parents. The only family she has left, Brice, her brother, is being held captive by the Dominion. The members of the Crow camp do not trust her because she is close to Bradlee, who turns out to be a spy. They all think she is waiting for the right time to betray them. Only Finn stands by her side and defends her, but now she is tired of the Crow's lack of action and decides to save her brother. Even though unsure of her developing powers, Willow embarks on a solo mission to infiltrate the Dominion camp to retrieve her brother. Will she succeed? And what will she uncover when she enters the Dominion walls?

Words cannot describe how much I loved reading Flight of Sparrows. I was glued to the pages from start to finish and could not put it down. It's a fantastic story about unconditional love, redemption, and the fight for freedom. Although it is the second book in this series, it can be read as a stand-alone story. R.A. Lingenfelter delivers a conversational, fast-paced, enjoyable, and engaging read. The author has also added an image of a bird throughout. I liked this detail because it is unique and eye-catching. The characters are the driving force of the story. It did not matter whether they were heroes or villains; they all had intriguing personalities. The main character, Willow, is determined and selfless, willing to risk it all for her loved ones. But now, I do not trust anyone around her because this installment contains a sneak peek into the next in the series, Rise of Falcons, and it revealed plot twists that left me wishing for more. I cannot wait to read more from this author and series. Brilliant story.

Pikasho Deka

Flight of Sparrows is the second installment of the Small Sacrifices series by RA Lingenfelter. After the Dominion attack on the Crow's camp, eighteen-year-old Willow Danner is plagued by visions of her dead parents. Meanwhile, she acquires new powers that enable her with telepathic and clairvoyant abilities. With the rest of the survivors scattered and demoralized, Willow must try to sneak into the Dominion to rescue her captured brother Brice herself. Masquerading as a social worker, Willow gains entry into Dominion territory, but things go horribly wrong when she discovers a shocking truth about her family, and her identity is revealed. Then, unexpectedly, an old nemesis helps Willow and Brice escape the clutches of the Dominion. Now alongside Finn, Willow must find a way to lose her tracker before their enemies catch up to them.

If you enjoy dystopian sci-fi thrillers with young adult protagonists, Flight of Sparrows will be right up your alley. Akin to The Hunger Games, RA Lingenfelter's series follows a teenage girl who unwittingly finds herself in the center of a brewing revolution against a totalitarian regime that seeks to wipe out all dissenters. Lingenfelter moves the plot briskly with a first-person POV narrated through the eyes of Willow. The characters' backstories add layers to their personalities and provide agency to their actions and motives. Willow is a compelling protagonist you want to root for. I especially enjoyed her relationship dynamics with Finn and Bradlee. Overall, an entertaining young adult dystopian thriller.

Essien Asian

Willow may have survived Dominion’s attack, but the sparrows are worse off in the aftermath. That the betrayal came from within their ranks is painful but not as much as knowing it was someone she least expected to turn on them. However, she has to set that aside now as she discovers her brother is a captive of the evil administration that will stop at nothing until they completely control the people. Brice is the only family she has left, and she will keep trying to rescue him, even when her visions tell her she is walking into a well-laid trap. She must learn to trust her instincts and developing gifts if she is to thwart the plans of Dominion in RA Lingenfelter’s Flight Of Sparrows.

Love proves to be a strong motivator in the never-ending battle between the forces of good and evil. RA Lingenfelter’s adventure story explores the emotional attachments of its principal characters and their reactions when forced into fight or flight mode. Dominion is presented as a more realistic version of an idealistic totalitarian government, and I am pretty sure adherents of George Orwell’s Big Brother doctrine will instantly like them. Willow’s conversations with Finn and her parents' apparitions show she is developing the maturity that must come if she is willing to fight fire with fire. At the same time, the developing romantic quadrangle, for want of a better word to use, serves up a spicy subplot that’s just waiting to explode. Flight Of Sparrows balances entertaining action with an intriguing storyline to produce the perfect riveting adventure tale without sounding familiar. RA Lingenfelter scores with this masterpiece.

Maria Victoria Beltran

Flight of Sparrows: End of Crows by RA Lingenfelter is the second installment of the series. It continues the story of Willow, a member of the Crows, who is haunted by nightmares from her past. She lost her parents, and her brother Brice was taken away. The Crows are scattered and wounded, and Willow must venture alone into Dominion territory to save her brother and face an unknown threat. As she navigates through unfamiliar landscapes, Willow discovers new powers and abilities. But the danger is real, and the threat knows she's coming. Willow must use all her skills and training to survive while uncovering the truth about the Dominion and the role of the Crows in their world.

RA Lingenfelter’s Flight of Sparrows is an engaging science fiction story for young adults. It explores the themes of power, sacrifice, and the consequences of actions taken in the past. Willow must confront the memories of her past and the nightmares that continue to haunt her as she fights to protect herself and those she cares about. Fast-paced with numerous twists and turns, it’s a compelling read. The characters are well-developed, and the storyline is engaging. Willow is a flawed but sympathetic protagonist; you will root for her as she struggles to find her way. Ultimately, it is a story that will keep you on the edge of your seats as you follow Willow's journey through Dominion territory. I recommend it to fans of action-packed fantasy and dystopian fiction.

K.C. Finn

Flight of Sparrows combines science fiction, dystopia, fantasy, and adventure, and forms the second novel of the End of Crows book series. The work is suitable for young adult and adult readers alike and was penned by R.A. Lingenfelter. In this high-octane and emotionally gripping tale, we follow the exploits of Willow, the central protagonist, who has been holding onto hope despite living in a world where freedom is a thing of the past. In this next slice of the action, we follow Willow into a whole new battle as a new dark threat looms in Dominion territory whilst her allies lie wounded and in need of respite.

R.A. Lingenfelter delivers a stellar follow-up that seeks to amp up the action, intrigue, and danger from the first book, and Flight of Sparrows certainly delivers on that from cover to cover. The novel is really easy to read and enjoy and can be accessed by newcomers to the science fiction genre thanks to the author’s easy way of explaining and showcasing the features of her world. I enjoyed Willow as a central protagonist as she was a tough but sensitive figure to connect with, and the plot puts her through many different challenges, which allows you to see her growing and shaping up into a brave and powerful adult. I would not hesitate to recommend this book and the End of Crows series in general to fans of high-powered dystopian adventures who want to be on the edge of their seats from start to finish.