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Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy Paperback – April 30, 2013
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Gr 4-7-Five dragonets are hatched under a mountain, in the care of a group of rebel dragons, the Talons of Peace. They are key to a prophecy that will end the war raging among the dragon tribes. They clearly have a destiny, but no one is sure about the role of Glory, a beautiful Rainwing. She was not one of the original five, but a replacement for an egg that was cruelly smashed in an attempt by power-hungry dragons to thwart the fulfillment of the prophecy. When her life is threatened, the dragonets stage a daring escape from the mountain but are captured by the Skywing queen, Scarlet. She forces them to participate in gladiatorlike competitions for her amusement. Each one is eventually forced to fight Peril, her champion, whose very touch is made of fire. A fight with Peril is certain death, and she instills fear in all who meet her-all but the Mudwing dragonet Clay. The two develop a cautious and unlikely friendship. As the dragonets fight to survive, and Clay's relationship with Peril deepens, thrilling secrets of their pasts are revealed. Fully fleshed-out characters have unique personalities influenced by the distinct traits of their tribes. Plot twists and turns abound, and will keep readers cheering for the dragonets to the end.-Mandy Laferriere, Staley Middle School, Frisco, TXα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
Dramatic battle scenes, double-crosses, and one seriously deranged queen makes WINGS OF FIRE a series that should have broad appeal for middle-grade fantasy fans.” --BOOKLIST
Fast-paced and detailed, this first installment in a new adventure series is entertaining.” --KIRKUS
Readers of all ages will be enchanted by the humanistic storyline and the page-turning excitement.” LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION
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Top Customer Reviews
I was looking for a book series about a world of dragons, without humans, written for adults and this is the closest thing I could find. Even though it only fit one of my criteria, I almost immediately fell in love with it.
Never once has the author done something that made me think "That's impossible" as the author does a very good job of using science and logic to resolve conflicts in a way that never feels cheap. The worst I have thought is "that seems highly unlikely" only twice in the entire series. I wanted a series for adults so that there would be no Deus ex Machina's, but this series shows that even books for a younger audience can be just as well written as any books for adults.
Also, although there are humans in this book series, they are NOT the dominant species and they are treated by dragons exactly as you would expect. This was very satisfying for me, as I have had enough of "dragon riding" books. I don't read dragon books for the humans, I read them for the DRAGONS!
The only gripes I have with the series are entirely because of my age and the fact that I am not in the target demographic. First off, although the books can get quite violent, I would have enjoyed MORE violence. Especially from the main characters. However, I was satisfied by the fact that any violence in the series has a reason to be there, and is never meaningless.
My other gripe is that I feel that, if the author was able to write such an amazing book series with so many tight restrictions on themes in order to make it for a younger audience, it makes me wonder just how much more deep and powerful her writing could get if she didn't have those restrictions.
Overall, if you love dragons, buy this series. It has been an inspiration to me and I am sure it will be to you as well.
I found this book hard to put down. The characters felt so real to me and human. I've always been a fan of fantasy and dragons--Eragon, I liked Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, How to Train Your Dragon series, and The Hobbit. This one has also made it up there. Clay is a good dragon who is loyal, funny, and sweet. His devotion to his friends is one of the things that makes him likeable. I went through a range of emotions with this book--excited, angry, curious, and surprised. I was questionable in regards to reading this book at first, but after a friend of mine recommended it to me, I read it and am glad I did! I would not recommend this for young children though. There is violence (it even made me grimace) and one of the characters is downright psychotic (not to mention, stupid,) but I'd say it's good for children 12 and up. It is fast-paced, full of action, and adventurous. Good for those who, of course, love dragons, the former descriptions, and entertaining stories.
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