Review: The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, #1)

The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire, #1)The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I give 4 stars to books I enjoyed while reading and think I can read again.

The Dragonet Prophecy is a middle-grade book that tells the story of a young dragon named Clay and his four dragon friends, who have been raised from eggs in order to (hopefully) fulfill a prophecy to end the dragon wars.

The story is told from the view of Clay, who is a Mudwing dragon. As eggs, Clay and his friends were taken from their various tribes by the secret Talons of Peace group, and brought up in hiding. But when these dragonets get ideas about escaping their “babysitters” to learn about what’s really happening in their world, they find out the hard way that they had things pretty easy where they were—and that the danger above is much worse than they expected.

The author does a great job making the characters individual. Each dragon is different, with their own powers, personalities, and weaknesses. As readers, we’re dropped into the middle of this dragon war, so a lot of the book is dedicated to filling us in on the history and the prophecy involved, but it’s got plenty of action, danger, and even some mystery, to balance it out. I will say that I felt the male population was rather underrepresented, as most of the side characters (both good and bad) are female. Also, be aware that there is quite a bit of violence … er, against dragons. Lots of apathetic killing. Though, part of the theme of the book is about being able to choose one’s destiny and the option of not killing.

With so much detail about the different dragon types and their skills, The Dragonet Prophecy will probably appeal to middle-graders who get into full-blown universes (ex, Star Wars). Perfect for those who like dragons, stories about the underdog finding the hero within, and fantastical worlds.

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