I won’t even pretend that I didn’t immediately add The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland to my TBR pile because of the raging dragon on the cover. OH MY GOODNESS YOU GUYS I WILL FOREVER AND ALWAYS READ BOOKS WITH DRAGONS ON THE COVER. Surprisingly, I actually really enjoyed the first book of the Wings Of Fire series. I’m surprised because typically I prefer books with human characters, romance, and aimed at an older age level. However, The Dragonet Prophecy is a fast paced middle grade book with earnest characters who exemplify loyalty and friendship. Plus, it has a really cool world with interesting mythology.
The dragons are all at war with each other. You see, there are various races and tribes of dragons who live in various parts of this island shaped like a dragon — there’s an awesome map in The Dragonet Prophecy that shows you what the land looks like. The queen of the Sand Dragons was murdered by a scavenger and unfortunately she did not select an heir, and thus she left behind three daughters who are warring for control of the Sand Dragon tribe. Each sister has brought in factions of dragons from other tribes. The war has been raging for almost 20 years leaving many dead dragons in it’s wake. Fortunately, there was a prophecy stating that five dragonets would be born and eventually save the day. The five dragonets are taken by this faction known as the Wings Of Peace and hidden underground, where they bond and train with each other and aren’t exactly treated kindly or with love by their guardians. Fed up with being kept in the dark, the dragonets decide to escape and see what is going on in the world. It is then that the bounds of their friendship will be tested.
The central focus character for The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland is Clay. Clay is a Mud Wing dragon and what this means is that he’s happiest in the mud and the dirt. He’s not exactly the brightest lightbulb in the room but he has a big heart and cares strongly about his friends. He experiences growth in that he learns to be confident in himself and his decisions. Plus, his patience is extolled as a virtue, which is a good lesson to teach children. Further, free will and destiny are explored on a elementary school level that adds a nice amount of depth to the book.
The relationship between the five dragonets particularly pleased me. The five dragonets each have various roles to play within their group. Tsunami is the fierce fighter of the group, she is the strongest. Starflight is the scholar. Sunny is the cheerful one. Glory is the one who often gets underestimated, so she’s like the secret weapon. Clay is the dependable one. Team work is one of the biggest themes within The Dragonet Prophecy teaching great lessons about working together to solve problems and overcome adversity as well as cooperation.
The world building is fairly basic, however I think that the target age group — 3rd-7th graders will love reading about the world of the dragons and the various tribes and factions. It’s pretty cool how each separate faction of dragon has special abilities and drawbacks. No one is written as the perfect warrior. In nerd terminology, each character has a certain amount of hit points, none of them have unlimited hit points which I really respected.
If you’re looking for a particularly fast moving fantasy book to hand to a kid who might not be quite ready for Pern or Eragon, hand them a copy of Wings Of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland. It has a cool map, pictures, and a storyline that is filled with action. The values espoused within the book are excellent ones for children to learn. Both boys and girls will really enjoy this tale of warring dragons.
Disclosure: Received for review via Amazon Vine
Other reviews of The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland:
Charlotte’s Library – “story of friendship, impossible expectations, and a world at war.”
Escape Through The Pages – “engaging writing, good characters, some great action and mystery”
Fantasia – “has me bursting with tremendous joy”