Wings of Fire Book Review

Alexander Helton, Rookie Reporter

Okay, let’s talk books: the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland. Honestly, for what it’s about, this series is amazing. It tells the story of dragons who try to stop the great war, a mythical war, not world war I, just to make sure we don’t get them confused, and dragons who try to stop one all-powerful dragon. This series goes in-depth with its story arc and provides you with an amazing word picture for every scene. It is set in the magic land of Pyrrhia, a place inhabited almost entirely by dragons, with a few “scavengers” scattered about. Five determined dragonets leave their nest to fulfill the prophecy, real or not. 

With the astounding imagery that this book series displays “He seized the closest stalagmite between his claws and scrabbled up on top of it. From his perch near the roof, he glared down at his guardian.”, you feel like you are inside this mythical world, right next to the characters.

The different perspectives that this series provides allow you to gain a new outlook on the story with every book. Sometimes it’s from the perspective of the strong one, the smart one, and the shy one. For example, while reading one book, you only hear one character’s inner dialogue, but when you read the next book, you get to see an entirely different perspective from another character. For example, in book one of Wings of Fire, we see the perspective of the oldest dragonet and his humble beginnings underground. It gives you so many different ways to look at the story

A character might sound one way to one reader and completely different to another. This allows the reader to see the story from all angles instead of the common perspective of one main character.

Another glowing section of Wings of Fire is character growth. This series works wonderfully on the development of its characters. With the creation of relationships and the formation of bonds between characters, they almost seem alive. The relationship between riptide and tsunami. We see this in the third and fourth books of the series.

However, with all of its amazing properties, I do think I should point out some of the negatives as well. 

When a book forces you to figure out how the story itself works, the reader might end up with the wrong idea as to how it is meant to go, leading to multiple inaccurate recounts of the story. This might happen because it may be unclear what perspective they are seeing through when they read.

The fact that these books are written with the safety guidelines of a children’s book, meaning you have to use slightly lower grade level vocabulary, means that you can’t utilize some vocabulary that may be too complicated for lower grade levels, or maybe just inappropriate for younger audiences.

this series is also not for light readers, as the series includes 16 adventure-packed books to fill your time, so if you want to enjoy the full story, it’s a long journey.

I would say overall that this book is a good read. I recommend it to anyone who is into fantasy worlds, as this book has an amazing setting.