Subtitle: Wings of Fire, Book One
Length: 341 pages
Setting: Pyrrhia (a world where dragons rule and humans are only prey)
Interest: StatsGuy downloaded the audiobook for the family to listen to on longish car rides. He chose it because it’s about dragons, and we generally all enjoy fantasy stories.
Summary: Clay, Glory, Tsunami, Starflight, and Sunny are five dragonets of different races being raised under the mountain by the Talons of Peace because they will fulfill a prophecy that will bring peace to their world. The different races of dragons are battling together to rule their world. The dragonets escape their underground location and are free in the world for the first time. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take them long before they are captured by Queen Scarlet. Scarlet turns Glory into a piece of living art, Sunny (who is slightly deformed) will be “collected” by Queen Burn, and the other three will fight in Scarlet’s arena. Clay manages to befriend Scarlet’s champion, Peril, who helps them all escape. They head off to find Clay’s parents, only to discover Mudwings don’t form a parent-child bond, but a hatching-sibling bond. They decide to seek out Tsunami’s parents next.
Final thoughts: This was a fun story, if a bit bloodier than I expected. It’s told from the viewpoint of Clay, a big lummox who wants to be brave and smart and a great leader, but he’s not exactly sure how to do that. There is a fair amount of humor in the story. I also enjoyed seeing the strength of the friendship bonds outweigh any attempts to break up the group. I was also impressed with the distinct types of dragons (and I’ve read a lot of dragon stories).
This isn’t a story for a young kid, for all that it’s about dragons, though. There’s quite a bit of battling, with descriptions of blood spilled and dragons dying. Sadly, the other books in the series aren’t available on audiobook from our library, and I didn’t love it enough to look up the next books. Others disagree, though, since there’s a whole wiki devoted to the five-book series.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review of an audiobook
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