By Tui T. Sutherland
Scholastic Press, $16.99, 304 pages
The dragon kingdoms are at war and the only hope for an end to the violence lies with five prophesied dragonets. But the dragonets aren’t planning on waiting around for destiny to come to them. Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy follows the adventures of Clay, Glory, Starfight, Tsunami, and Sunny as they escape their underground captivity and explore the world they are meant to save for the first time. Along the way, they encounter danger, search for their families, and grow stronger as individuals and as a team.
This is a delightful read for adult fantasy fans and young readers alike. The pacing is fast and the main characters are all very appealing. Even Clay, who fills the stereotype of group leader, is a fully fleshed out character, both sympathetic and prone to making mistakes. Even his inspiring speeches are delightful rather than tiresome, as the reader can feel his sincerity in every word. Sensitive readers should be warned, however, that there is a lot of violence and death in this story. No main characters die, but the world is at war and war can be cruel.
Reviewed by Meg Gibbs