The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

Book Reviews

Dragonet Prophecy; Wings of Fire

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)
Tui T. Sutherland
Published: 1st July, 2012
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade, Young Adult
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Summary:

The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.

Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended…

When the war has lasted twenty years…
the dragonets will come.
When the land is soaked in blood and tears…
the dragonets will come.

Find the SeaWing egg of deepest blue.
Wings of night shall come to you.
The largest egg in mountain high
will give to you the wings of sky.
For wings of earth, search through the mud
for an egg the color of dragon blood.
And hidden alone from the rival queens,
the SandWing egg awaits unseen.

Of three queens who blister and blaze and burn,
two shall die and one shall learn
if she bows to a fate that is stronger and higher,
she’ll have the power of wings of fire.

Five eggs to hatch on brightest night,
five dragons born to end the fight.
Darkness will rise to bring the light.
The dragonets are coming…

What I liked: For all those who are wary of the “middle grade” age group that is included, fear not! The Dragonet Prophecy has a fun adventure, is infused with moments of humor, and had me rooting for the Dragonets of Destiny as they battled against the odds they were faced with to fulfill the prophecy the mysterious NightWings had foretold nearly twenty years before. The Dragonet Prophecy is told from the perspective of Clay, the MudWing dragonet. Clay was the compassionate, soft-hearted brother-figure for the other dragonets (Tsunami the SeaWing, Starflight the NightWings, Sunny the SandWing, and Glory the RainWing). Clay was great to follow in this introduction to the series, and the intrigue and suspense presented at the beginning and end of the book makes me wonder about the three SandWing sisters fighting for the throne. This book raises many questions that will undoubtedly be answered by the end of the series, but I expect some twists in the series (because what would a great series be without great twist?). I also loved Peril, one of the SkyWings we meet in this book. She seemed a little complex, but at the same time it was easy to understand her. Yet, while this book has that semi-childish feel to it, it also evokes a sense of understanding with the characters and what they’re going through, plus the war part of this story isn’t taken and mushed down into kid-friendly terms. Yet that would never stop me from keeping a kid from this story because even as a child I understood certain aspects as well, and it shows very true characteristics of what humans are capable of, even the level of cruelty some people are capable of without hesitation. Plus, who can resist the fact that the author made several different species of dragons for her world? And gives us hints at the backstory to the land of Pyrrhia?

What I didn’t like: It’s not that I didn’t like these parts, but they stood out and I know some people don’t like them. Fantasy cliche’s were very abundant in this book, but at the same time I really felt they worked with this group of dragonets. Although, I did have some wishy-washy feelings about some characters but maybe its just because they weren’t given a lot of screen time. I’m not saying that about the enemies to the dragonets, but some of the side characters who were supposed to be on their side (as well as Peril she kept confusing me as a character all around).

Overall Review: I loved this book so much, it was really easy for me to stay glued to the pages as I read about the beginning of the adventure’s with these five dragonets. This book have a complexity to it that lets me see that even though it’s targeted at Middle Grade, that it could easily be read by anyone who might enjoy dragons, and destinies, and grand adventures. Again, different species of dragons, plus they all seem to have their own abilities, how cool is that?

Recommend?: Um, duh? I’d be crazy not to recommend this book for people to read! I adored it!

 

Goodreads: 4.3/5 Amazon: 4.7/5 Barnes&Noble: 4.8/5

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My Rating: 4.4/5

Rated Materials:
Cover: 4.4
Idea: 4.6
Story: 4.5
Characters: 4.1

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the series!

The Lost Heir; Wings of Fire

The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire #2)
Tui T. Sutherland
Published: 1st January, 2013
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade, Young Adult

Summary:

The lost heir to the SeaWing throne is going home at last…

She can’t believe it’s finally happening. Tsunami and her fellow dragonets of destiny are journeying under the water to the great SeaWing Kingdom. Stolen as an egg from the royal hatchery, Tsunami is eager to meet her future subjects and reunite with her mother, Queen Coral.

But Tsunami’s triumphant return doesn’t go quite the way she’d imagined. Queen Coral welcomes her with open wings, but a mysterious assassin has been killing off the queen’s heirs for years, and Tsunami may be the next target. The dragonets came to the SeaWings for protection, but this ocean hides secrets, betrayal—and perhaps even death.

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The Hidden Kingdom; Wings of Fire

The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire #3)
Tui T. Sutherland
Published: 28th May, 2013
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade, Young Adult

Summary:

Deep in the rain forest, danger awaits…

Glory knows the dragon world is wrong about her tribe. After all, she isn’t “as lazy as a RainWing” — she isn’t lazy at all! Maybe she wasn’t meant to be one of the dragonets of destiny, as the older dragons constantly remind her, but Glory is sharp and her venom is deadly… except, of course, no one knows it.

When the dragonets seek shelter in the rain forest, Glory is devastated to find that the treetops are full of RainWings that no dragon could ever call dangerous. They nap all day and know nothing of the rest of Pyrrhia. Worst of all, they don’t realize — or care — that RainWings are going missing from their beautiful forest. But Glory and the dragonets are determined to find the missing dragons, even if it drags the peaceful RainWing kingdom where they never wanted to be — in the middle of the war.

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The Dark Secret; Wings of Fire

The Dark Secret (Wings of Fire #4)
Tui T. Sutherland
Published: 29th October, 2013
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade, Young Adult

Summary:

Like all the dragonets of destiny, Starflight has always wanted to see his home — but he’s also been afraid of his fellow NightWings. Starflight doesn’t have mindreading powers like his tribe, and he doesn’t understand why they’re so secretive. No one has ever even seen the NightWing queen.

But now Starflight is the dragonets’ only hope — he must find a way to negotiate with his fellow NightWings to free the RainWing dragons they’ve captured, and perhaps end the war in Pyrrhia altogether. Starflight is the smartest of the dragonets… but is he brave enough to speak up? Or will he falter in his mission, and accidentally betray them all?

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Brightest Night; Wings of Fire

The Brightest Night (Wings of Fire #5)
Tui T. Sutherland
Published: 25th March, 2014
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade, Young Adult

Summary:

It all comes down to this: The Dragonets of Destiny must finally bring the epic war to an end, reconcile the seven tribes, and choose the next queen of Pyrrhia… and make it out alive.

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Moon Rising; Wings of Fire

Moon Rising (Wings of Fire #6)
Tui T. Sutherland
Published: 6th January, 2015
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade

Summary:

Peace has come to Pyrrhia… for now.

The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends.

Moonwatcher isn’t sure how she feels about school, however. Hidden in the rainforest for most of her life, the young NightWing has an awful secret. She can read minds, and even see the future. Living in a cave with dozens of other dragons is noisy, exhausting–and dangerous.

In just a few days, Moon finds herself overwhelmed by her secret powers and bombarded by strange thoughts, including those of a mysterious dragon who might be a terrible enemy. And when someone starts attacking dragons within the academy, Moon has a choice to make: Stay hidden and safe? Or risk everything to save her new friends?

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Winter Turning; Wings of Fire

Winter Turning
Tui T. Sutherland
Releasing: 30th June, 2015
Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade

Summary:

Daring mission… or deadly mistake?

Winter has been a disappointment to his royal IceWing family his whole life. When his sister, Icicle, runs away from Jade Mountain Academy, fleeing terrible crimes and possibly planning to commit more, Winter knows that they both need a second chance to make things right — if only he can find her.

Winter’s new clawmates, Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou, won’t let him make this dangerous journey alone. They don’t seem to understand that IceWings, the most superior of all dragon tribes, can fix their own problems. When their search leads the dragonets straight into Queen Scarlet’s vicious talons, Winter is grateful to have some help. But even the bravest dragons can’t follow him to the Ice Kingdom, where he’ll have to face the greatest threat of all: his own family.

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Escaping Peril

Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire #8)
Tui T. Sutherland
Releasing: 5th January, 2016
Scholastic Press
Genre: FantasyAge: Middle Grade

Summary:

Peril is a SkyWing, but not like any other SkyWing. Her abilities — which sometimes seem more like a curse than a gift — have kept her away from other dragonets, and Scarlet made her do terrible things.

But not anymore. Now Peril is a student at Jade Mountain Academy, and she’s about to be sent on important mission, one that only she can do. But to do it, Peril will have to go up against Scarlet — the only dragon more dangerous than she is.

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Tui T Sutherland

About the Author

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Tui? What kind of name is that? Is it short for something?

Nope. Among the many great things to come out of New Zealand (the Lord of the Rings movies, cats that paint, my mom) is a bird called the tui—not as well known as the kiwi, but a heck of a lot noisier!

I was born July 31 (same birthday as Harry Potter!) in Caracas, Venezuela, and lived in Asuncion, Paraguay; Miami, Florida; and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, before moving to New Jersey in high school, where I started doing theatre—mostly backstage work, because (a) it was fun, and (b) you got to hang out in the dark with cute boys. (Er, I mean . . . because it was artistically fulfilling, yes.)

I graduated from Williams College in ’98 and I currently live in Boston with my husband, my perfect new baby, and my adorable yoodle Sunshine (what’s a yoodle? A puppy that’s three-quarters poodle and one-quarter Yorkshire terrier, of course!).

Much to my parents’ relief, I abandoned my theatrical aspirations after college for the far more stable and lucrative career of fiction writing.

My first two official books were beginning readers, part of Grosset & Dunlap’s “First Friends” series for kids learning to read. MEET MO AND ELLA is tough to find now, but FUN WITH MO AND ELLA should still be out there somewhere.

My first novel for teenagers was THIS MUST BE LOVE, which retells Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a modern-day high school, from the POV of the two heroines, Hermia and Helena.

And now I’m writing in a new project called SEEKERS! It’s a children’s book series that I’m writing with Erin Hunter. Check out my blog to find out more!

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