Title & Authors: Wings Of Fire By Tui T. Sutherland
Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Fiction
Series: Wings Of Fire; The Dragonet Prophecy #1
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Press
The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.
Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.
But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended.
“I mean–maybe i was born that way, but does that mean I’m like that forever? I guess I hope I have a choice, is all. I want to be who I want to be, not who I have to be. Right? Do you ever-I mean, wouldn’t you want to be different, if you could be anyone?”-Clay
Reasons why I really enjoyed Wings of Fire:
I have to say that I was fairly surprised at how much I enjoyed the first book in this series. I thought that it was going to be boring–when actually after meeting Clay and his friends, it was everything but boring.
Clay of course is my all time favorite and the main–he might not have the prettiest scales like Starflight the Nightwing with mysterious hidden powers, but he’s still adorable. Clay’s the leader of the five, since he was the first to hatch and he’s the biggest of them all. Yet, he’s not perfect. Clay is clumsy, and a little lacking on the social cues with the girl Dragonets but he’s the kindest and most enduring in the group. He would do anything to keep his friends protected.
Keeping hope seems to be one of the main underlying themes, at least for me it is, there’s a constant need to overcome whatever is holding the Dragonets back– they surprise us by coming back with moral and conscious decisions, with the right type of actions. What that does is build confidants and self-esteem, which I love how that translate off the pages and into the real world. Even if this is a book about dragons, there’s awesome lessons to be learned.
The value of friendship and family played an important part in this first book. As time goes on or I should say as the story moves along, we started to learn about the Dragonets being hiding under a mountain for six years; without knowing who their parents are or where they came from, even what the other dragons in their special breed needs. Like Clay, mud helps him heal and comforts, because he’s a Mudwing.
These Dragonets show us that with great kinsman ship and knowing where you came from not necessarily where you are going, those obstacles standing in the way don’t seem so unbeatable.
I will definitely be reading the next book in this series, I can’t wait to see what the next one holds in store for Tsunami–who is a Seawing and supposedly a lost heir!