In a world dominated by dragons (Mudwings, Skywings, Seawings, Nightwings, Sandwings, Rainwings, and Icewings) and war, a prophecy says five dragonets, taken from their homes as eggs, will end the war. But what can five young dragons hope to do against kingdoms of dragons at war?
I really enjoyed this one! I wasn't really in love with any of the titles Scholastic put into their preview packs this fall (especially compared to the great finds last year like Dog in Boots and The False Prince) when I first looked at them, but this turned out to be an engrossing story. The world is well-developed; the abilities and limitations of the different dragon types are well-defined and interesting, although it took awhile to get them straight in my head. (I still don't have all the alliances clear between the different types without having to look them up in the guide at the front of the book.) The group dynamics with the five dragonets are fascinating - each is dealing with his/her own fears and insecurities while also dealing with the big picture of the prophecy and their place in this world. There is a great set up in the epilogue, hinting at traitors and treachery, for the rest of the series. Book 2, The Lost Heir releases on January 1, 2013.
4 out of 5 stars
AR level of 5.0
Recommended for: readers who enjoy fantasy stories or dragon stories, readers looking for adventure stories
Cautions: some violence. Dragons are not sweet creatures in general and these dragons are at war.