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The Lost Heir by Tui T. Sutherland, starts up just where the previous book left off. This is probably my favorite thing about this series. The sequels are told from the point of a view of a dragon introduced in a prior book and starts up right where the previous one left off (Except for Darkstalker and The Lost Continent. Darkstalker is introduced in a prior book but his story is told primarily from the point of view of another and takes place 2,000 years before The Dragonet Prophecy. The Lost Continent has an opening from the point of view of the same dragon as Darkstalker then goes to the point of view of a previously unknown dragonet.). But I digress.
My favorite thing about The Lost Heir is the main character Tsunami. She was my hero in the first book even if the main character was actually Clay. She’s funny, smart, and a total badass with a let’s-get-shit-done attitude. Okay. So…maybe…she’s a little kill happy. I tend to kind of be fond of that whole chaotic-good thing. Maybe that’s because my kid say’s I’m chaotic good. Maybe I just play too much DnD (#Ad). Whatever the reason, I liked tsunami who starts out the book with self-doubt, insecurity, and feeling a little bit alone when her friends’ kind of turn on her and start thinking she’s kill-happy.
This seems to be a theme over the course of the book, where her friends who depended on her fighting ability in the first book are now completely out of character condemning her as unreliable, selfish, and extra-killie. (It’s a word. I made it up. Shush! Just add it to a dictionary.) And I hated that. Maybe it was a theme, like Tsunami’s real challenge was to have faith in herself and in the fact that her friends would have faith in her again? But I hated seeing the character who was the most confident of the group losing so much confidence in herself.
Other than that, the supporting characters and the bad guys were well written. The mystery is not something I would have seen coming. And I was absolutely entertained enough to want to move on to the next book. By the end of The Lost Heir I was kind of attached to the dragonets of the prophecy and wanted to hear each of their stories as they discovered where they came from and how they came to be gathered as eggs to prepare them for their part in the prophecy.
Everything works out in the end, there are great discoveries, solving of mysteries, and Tusnami and the Dragonets of Destiny head on to greater adventures and to continue the quest to save Pyrrhia from the Sand Wing Succession War and end the fighting and the dying.
Overall a great second book in the series which keeps young readers interested throughout. As a parent, the one aspect of the series which I find to be horrible is that several of these dragonets were victims of egg-napping (kidnapping before their eggs hatched). None of them were told where they came from except for Starflight the NightWing dragon who was given to the Talon’s of Peace, a group of renegades from all the dragon kingdoms who are trying to end the war through the Dragonets of Destiny. In book one The Dragonet Prophecy, Clay the MudWing discovers that his mother sold his egg to the NightWings for a pair of breeding cows…which she then ate.
As I’ve pointed out before, child, teen, and young adult adventure fiction has a lot of absent parent-ism. Children…or dragonets…as the case may be, are frequently thrust into danger without proper oversight by an adult figure and friends/peers are turned into the support structure for the heroes and heroines which, in my opinion, child readers are internalizing and identifying with. I don’t know why writers feel like they can’t include a parent in adventurous youth writing for some reason. Is the danger more compelling because the characters don’t have an adult to help them out? Though pretty much the whole point of this series is to find these dragonets’ parents.
I’d like to point out that I have both read the eBook and listened to the audio book. Both are excellent. The narrator is so fun to listen to and from what I’ve seen most of the books in this series are part of Amazon’s whisper sync program where if you purchase the audio book (not the MP3 CD version) and the eBook then you switch back and forth between them without losing your place. This is my favorite feature on Kindle and that is not a paid advertisement statement. Amazon also has Audible gift memberships through this affiliate link which are great for the avid readers in anyone’s life.
Other than my ongoing gripe about the lack of parents in the series (there are parents in this book). I loved the book…and I’ve already finished the entire series so…my readers will be reading about more of them soon. I’ve rated the series DD for Delights Delilah.
Don’t forget to read my review of book one; Wings of Fire The Dragonet Prophecy.
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