Wings of Fire Book 1: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland – Book Review

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I know I promised months ago that I was going to start doing book reviews of books I’ve enjoyed.  There’s even a little blurb on my Review/Collaboration Page for authors looking to request reviews if I haven’t gotten around to reading their book on my own. 

Before I get into the review, I want to let everyone know that I’m obsessed with the Wings of Fire series.  I know, I know, moody teenage dragons as the main characters, and I shied away from it at first too.  But my son had already read the series and raved about them, and he had been begging me to read them so that he had someone to talk to about it.  The great irony of this being that I had found these books for him, offered to buy them, and then he had taken one look and decided against reading them until he ran out of books at his old school’s small library and they were pretty much the only thing left in the fantasy section he hadn’t read.

When I first tried to read this book, I wasn’t that interested.  Sometimes the writing style of a book just doesn’t grab me right away.  Also, I had too much to do and didn’t have time to just sit around and read while I was preparing to move states.  My son’s solution was for us to listen to it in audio book form while traveling.  And I am so glad that we did.  The narrator is incredible, and the story is so fun.

Quick synopsis; On the world of Pyrrhia dragons are the top of the food chain.  They have societies, kingdoms, outlaws, cities, and governments.  The only continent is shaped like a dragon in profile and is divided into territories for the five kingdoms/tribes.  Each kingdom is ruled by a queen and succession is through trial by combat with female descendants; sisters, daughters, nieces.  This has been the agreed upon governmental system for two thousand years when The Dragonet Prophecy opens.

But the last queen of the SandWings had died without the matter of her heir being settled properly and all the tribes have become embroiled in her three daughter’s war for the throne. The war has raged for eighteen years.  Enter The Dragonet Prophecy.  Five dragonets are supposed to stop the war and unite the tribes.  The first book is told from the point of view of a MudWing named Clay.

It is amazingly delightful.  By the end of the first chapter I was thoroughly engrossed in the audio book even if I hadn’t been able to get into the print version.  The lead character is funny and smart within the confines of his character.  He’s full of the confusion and insecurity which comes with being a typical adolescent, but also determined, sweet, and doing his best to be good and right the wrongs in a world he shouldn’t have to be responsible for.

This book kept me entertained for hours.  I laughed and cheered for the heroes, and felt angry at, and reveled in the evil of the villains.  The Dragonet Prophecy is just good fun and I’ll likely read it (I mean, listen to it) again. 

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