The Dragonet Prophecy: Wings of Fire (Book 1)

by Tui T. Sutherland

Paperback, 2013

Status

Available

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PB Sut

Barcode

1704

Publication

Scholastic Press (2013), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages

Description

Fantasy. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML: FORMAT: Unabridged AudioThe 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 . . ..

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2012-07-01

Physical description

336 p.; 5.5 inches

Media reviews

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*may contain spoilers* Overview The dragonet prophecy is about seven dragonets that have to stop a war but before that the talons of peace have locked them in a cave so they won’t die before they can fulfil their destiny My opinion My favourite part of the book was when peril was fighting
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in the arena and winning and when glory spits at queen scarlet And wining Recommendation I would recommend this book for ages 8 to 24, it is entertaining and has some twists and very nerve racking at every turn of the page
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User reviews

LibraryThing member agrudzien
Five eggs were taken from five different dragon tribes before they hatched in the hope that they would be the five to fulfill the "Dragonet Prophecy" and bring an end to a bloody war. Now, seven years later the dragonets have been trained and taught, but they don't want to wait another two years to
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begin the battle they have been raised for. They sneak out and immediately are caught by the enemy. Their time under enemy capture shows them all that they have learned, and how much more they still need to know.

This series flew off my shelves this year, and I can totally see why. There is just enough violence to make it interesting, just enough mystery to make you want to keep turning the pages, and just enough heart to make you want them to succeed.
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LibraryThing member Gaiagirlie
I rounded up to four stars from 3.75. It was a fun read! There were a few things that weren't quite good enough to bring it to a full four stars for me, but I really did like it. I'll continue with the series, much to my daughters happiness, haha!
LibraryThing member soraki
There is a prophecy that five dragonets born on the brightest night will end the decades long war between the various dragon tribes. Six years ago, five eggs were stolen from their homes by the Talons of Peace, a secret society who wants to stop the war at any cost.

Clay and his friends have lived
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all their lives in an underground cave and have never even seen the sun. They spend their days in constant lessons to prepare for their destiny as the dragonets of prophecy. When they escape from their cave one day, they are immediately captured by Queen Scarlet of the Skywings.

Will Clay and his friends escape from Scarlet's prison before they are forced to fight to the death in the gladiator arena? Will they be able to find their families? And how will they stop the war?

This book is a fantastic start to the Wings of Fire series. I can't wait to read the sequels.
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LibraryThing member krau0098
This is the first book in the Wings of Fire series. There are four more books in this series, and then another five book series planned that takes place after that series. My seven year old son is a huge fan of this series and has been asking me over and over to read it. Previously I have read the
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Menagerie series by Sutherland and really enjoyed that. The Wings of Fire series is a well written series that I think will appeal to the middle grade age range more than adults.

Clay is one of five dragonets raised in isolation by the Talons of Peace. There is a prophecy that five dragons will rise up to end the awful war that has been raging for years between the seven Dragon Tribes. Clay (MudWing) has been raised in relative isolation along with four other dragonets; Glory (RainWing) , Sunny (SandWing), Starflight (NightWing), and Tsunami (SeaWing). When Clay and his friends get sick of their isolation they venture out to see for themselves the horrors and betrayals that are part of this dragon war.

This is a well written book. It reminds a bit of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. You basically have tribes of dragons that have allied with each other and struggle for dominance of the region. Creatures called scavengers are mentioned (which seem to be humans). The background makes it seem like in this world humans are close to extinction and dragons rule. There is a lot of fighting between the dragons, also lots of betrayals.

Sutherland does a good job of naming the dragons so that they represent their clan. For example Clay is a MudWing and Tsunami is a RainWing. This definitely helps readers to remember which dragon belongs to which caste when the story starts out.

Clay is your all around good boy, he is the one that keeps the group together and tries to settle differences...although he is a bit clueless when it comes to the girl dragons. In this book the dragonets confront the Queen of the AirWings, Queen Scarlet, and also journey in search of Clay’s parents. It seems like each book is being setup so that each Dragonet journeys in search of their families in a separate book.

I really enjoyed the way the book was written. It is easy to read, flows well, and there is some humor in here too. I can really see how kids love these books; the dragons are interesting and intriguing and go on lots of adventures. In addition to that the dragons act a lot like kids and deal with a lot of the same problems kids do (fitting in, getting along with their companions, etc).

I love how the dragon tribes all have very different abilities and personalities; this was very well done and made for a good story.

The story was a bit more violent and vicious than I expected. Dragons are viciously killed and die in massive numbers, the dragonets are suitably horrified at some of the things they see. Which leads to the only thing I didn’t really like about this book.

I didn’t like that every single one of the adult dragons our Dragonets deal with was conniving, evil, and mean..or at best indifferent. I hate it when adults are portrayed as universally evil in kids’ books. I don’t think it’s a great message for kids. Hopefully in future books our Dragonets will meet some mentors or at least some adults who don’t try to manipulate or kill them.

Overall this book was better than I thought it would be. The format reminds a lot of The Warriors series by Erin Hunter. That being said I liked this book a lot better than the Warrior books; there was more humor and the dragons were more interesting and underwent more interesting adventures. However, I think this is a series that will engage kids better than it will adults. Sutherland’s Menagerie series is a better series for a wider range of ages, I think both adults and kids can enjoy that series. I will be reading the next couple books in the series because my son is begging me to and they are pretty quick reads.
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LibraryThing member altonamiddleschool
5 drangonets are being raised in an underground area for protection as they are thought to be the dragonets of the prophecy that will be able to end the war raging between the various dragon tribes, but one is a RainWing rather than a SkyWing so the prophecy may be doomed from the start. That was
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the hope of one of the 3 ringleaders of the war who “accidently” dropped the SkyWing egg several years ago. When the caretakers of the dragonets are told to destroy Glory, the RainWing, the others decide it is time to escape and start fulfilling the prophecy even though the caretakers say they need protection and training for another year.

This is the story of all 5, but it is mostly about Clay, the MudWing. When the Tsunami, the SeaWing, is chained, it’s up to Clay to find a way out via the river as MudWings are able to hold their breath for up to an hour according to the scrolls they have been learning from.

They all make it out but are immediately captured and held prisoner by Queen Scarlet, the SkyWing who is entertained by Roman style gladiator fights between captives. Her champion is Peril who has too much fire in her so burns anything she touches. While Glory, the “extra” dragonet questions if Peril may be the missing dragonet of the prophecy, this is not make clear by the end of the story. The five original dragonets are able to escape from the SkyWings and after finding Clay’s family or siblings they head on out to find Tsunami’s family. The story ends with the murder of one of the caretakers which means the plot has thickened for the next book in the series as the dragonets try to fulfill the prophecy and end the war.

Unlike other dragon books I’ve read, this one does NOT have people who ride the dragons. The few people in the story are scavengers which try to kill the dragons and are eaten if caught. I was unaware when I started that it would be part of a series, but it does indeed say book one on the spine. These dragons are much more violent than other dragon stories, but I guess there the people are fighting and the dragons get stuck in the middle. Here it is three SandWing dragon sisters who started the war when their mother was killed by a scavenger leaving none of them as the leader as they didn’t kill her and win the right to be the new leader. The prophecy says one of the three will learn a lesson and be the leader and the other two will die, but we don’t know if it’s Blister, Blaze, or Burn.

Students who like dragon stories would like this, maybe. With a book level of 5 it is a good stretch for them but much of it would be the weird names. Once the story starts, it is pretty easy to follow, but I wasn’t always remembering which tribe was allied with which. The 5 dragonets cross the alliances which I’m sure is part of the reason they will be able to stop the war eventually.
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LibraryThing member Msnem
A group of rebel dragons who call themselves the Talons of Peace are trying to make a prophecy come true in the hopes that it will put an end to the current war between dragons. To do this, they gather five dragon eggs and hide them underground. One of the dragonets, Glory, was not part of the
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prophecy, but instead a last minute replacement when the other dragon egg was crushed by one of the dragon Queens. They are each a different species of dragon and become very close while growing up together in the caves. When Glory’s life is threatened, the dragonets decide to leave their “prison” and take their chances in the warring world.

This fantasy story shows the importance of friendship, determination in the face of adversity, and the senselessness of war. It also has some strong undertones of racism and stereotyping that the dragonets do not “see” as they get to know and appreciate each other.

Illustrations at the front of the book show the eight different species of dragon that are mentioned in the story, along with descriptions of their unique abilities and alliances in the war.
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LibraryThing member ewyatt
Clay and four other dragonets and raised in a hidden underground cave in the hopes that they are the dragons to fulfill a prophecy that will be peace to the warring kingdom of dragons. Hard to get started and keep the different powers of the dragon groups straight at first. But the characters of
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the five are distinct and likeable. They form strong bonds and an unlikely family group. Clay is their unlikely leader, a dragon who does not like violence and wants to care for his sibs. Mean queens, fulfilling destiny, overcoming obstacles. No new ground here, but it is an enjoyable ride.
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LibraryThing member klburnside
I read this book because my nine year old niece loves it and I wanted to be able to talk to her about the books she reads. Unfortunately she seems to read mostly fantasy, which is possibly my least favorite genre. So we decided that I would read this book, and in exchange, she would read a
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non-fantasy book, Bridge to Terabithia. Basically The Dragonet Prophecy is about these dragon kids that are prophesied to make peace among the warring tribes of dragons. There is some potential I suppose, but I guess it is just a kid's book that is meant to be for kids. There isn't really much deeper meaning or complex character development and the plot is somewhat predictable. I don't think I will read the next two books of the trilogy, but I guess I am interested enough to ask my niece what happens.
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LibraryThing member Starla_Aurora
I am very happy one of the book clubers at work told me about this series.
LibraryThing member DonnaMarieMerritt
First in "The Dragonet Prophecy" series. Great for middle schoolers who love fantasy, dragons, and the importance of accepting your special gifts and sticking with your friends. Some violence but nothing too graphic.
LibraryThing member dubbadee
I liked this book because it was full of adventure, and it was awesome!
LibraryThing member mariosnow
DRAGONS ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
LibraryThing member theWallflower
If I hadn’t read this to endure myself to my youngest daughter, I would have rated it two stars. The book didn’t keep my interest–no character was more developed than one of the sidekicks in He-Man. In fact, the whole thing could be a Saturday Morning Cartoon, if you don’t mind a little
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more death than Power Rangers. They bleed, they take prisoners, they torture, they disfigure. But it still feels engineered to sell toys to the kids.

It starts well, but the tones keep switching back and forth. From cutesy bonding to gladiator violence to royal court intrigue. And the author does not maintain distinguishable character voices for everyone (and there are a lot for a MG book). And what’s worse, they don’t sound like dragons. Now, I understand that dragons aren’t real so no one knows what they sound like. But my point is the dialogue lacks species characterization. They sound like humans, not four-legged flying carnivores. If you didn’t know they were dragons, this could be any YA novel.

It’s a strange little book with a lot of cliches (like a Chosen One Prophecy and five-man band) but at least it doesn’t condescend. I guess if you like dragons, it might be worth looking through. But it’s definitely not the new Harry Potter. It’s not even the next Divergent.
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LibraryThing member HeidiSki
Wings of Fire is a series of fantasy novels written by Venezuelan-American author Tui T. Sutherland. The novels are set in the fictional dragon-inhabited continents of Pyrrhia and Pantala, and chronicle the quests of young dragons to fulfill prophecies. Wikipedia
LibraryThing member Winnemucca
Follett gives Wings of Fire a reading level of 5.1 and an interest level of third through sixth grade. I honestly believe my seventh and eighth grade students will enjoy the series. Until they read the first book, they may be slightly intimidated by an eight volume series. Book one is actually
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engaging and a quick read. As a librarian, I am pleased that the book was published in eight books. Smaller books have a much longer survival rate in the library.

The student who recommended the series said that it is a story where dragons are the main characters. It appears to be a great series for fantasy fans. I'm looking forward to finishing the series myself.
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LibraryThing member humouress
{First of 13: [Wings of Fire] series. Children’s, fantasy} (2012)

Dragons are divided into 7 different tribes, suited to their natures, each led by a queen. The queen of the Sandwing dragons of the desert has been killed by a scavenger (human) and her three daughters - Blister, Blaze and Burn -
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are fighting over who gets the throne. Each daughter has allied with some of the other tribes and so a dragon war has raged for years. The inscrutable Nightwing dragons issued a prophecy stating that five dragonets will bring the war to an end. The Talons of Peace identified eggs that they believed were the ones foretold and have been bringing up the dragonets in a safely hidden cave.

Clay, solid and dependable, is a Mudwing; Starflight, who likes learning, is a Nightwing, their Seawing is Tsunami, small Sunny is a Sandwing and instead of the foretold Skywing they have Glory, a multihued Rainwing.

However, the dragonets feel restricted by not knowing about the outside world from personal experience and the story begins with them plotting to leave their hiding place and what happens when they do. They find that the world isn’t quite what they expected.

I quite liked this story although sometimes the dragons acted more human-like so it was a bit harder to envision them as dragons and the illustration on the cover didn’t help. I would put the reading age at around 8-12 years old; there is some fighting and killing but it’s not heavily focused on.

This was an e-book I borrowed from the library for holiday reading and I’m looking forward to borrowing more in the series.

3.5***
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LibraryThing member Sheila1957
Five dragon eggs are taken on the brightest night so that the prophecy on peace will be fulfilled. As they grow up under a mountain and learn history and battle tricks, they form their own family but don't stop thinking about their families of origins and how they will one day find them.

I enjoyed
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this book. The world building is great as we learn about the dragonets and their clans. The young ones are not happy with their circumstances and do what they feel they must to fulfill the prophecy earlier rather than later. Of course, they run into problems but they start to discover their strengths and talents as well as those of the other dragonets. There is violence and death. Some of it I was not prepared for.

I particularly loved Clay, the Mudwalker. This seems to be his story. He is not what the others think nor what their instructors believe him to be. The others also are more than their instructors believe about them.

This is an interesting group of characters and I cannot wait to continue the series
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LibraryThing member HeatherLINC
"The Dragonet Prophecy" was recommended to me by a Year 7 student who was reading the eleventh book in the series. I must say, it was fun and the five dragonets stole my heart, especially Clay and Sunny. There was action and fights all the way through which made for an exciting read. The world
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building was detailed and I loved all the different types of dragons. A great read for younger readers.
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LibraryThing member reader1009
children's adventure fiction/talking dragons. This is a popular series among the local schools.
LibraryThing member jennybeast
Uh, drama dragons are dramatic. This book grew on me, and Clay's interactions with the scavengers (humans) are hilarious. I kind of love that Clay isn't the sharpest tool in the drawer, but is wonderfully loyal and caring, despite the utterly violent and uncaring nature of the dragon world. Not
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sure I want to read further into the series, but it does have some solid points -- I particularly appreciate the way the dragons reject the constant abuse heaped on Glory for being a Rainwing. Children love this series. LOVE this series. They come and tell me about it.
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LibraryThing member bangerlm
I really enjoyed this book. I am thinking I enjoy younger fantasy more than adult fantasy.
LibraryThing member caedocyon
Not bad! Good pacing and strong characters. Quite violent, in a way that definitely appeals to younger teens.
LibraryThing member sloth852
My kids are obsessed with this series. The world-building is strong and the characters are distinct and well-crafted.
LibraryThing member selsha
My 8-year-old gives this a solid 5-star rating. My inner child is leaning more towards a 4. - So a solid 4.5 stars.

It was an enjoyable read, no doubt. However, I didn't find it quite as gripping as my 8yr old did. Plus, it felt like it dragged on a bit before diving into the truly adventurous
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parts.

Although there aren't many images or graphics throughout the book, I did appreciate the visuals and backgrounds of the different types of dragons at the beginning. They were easy to follow and added to the overall experience.

Overall, I'd say it's perfect for beginner readers looking to dive into the world of reading!
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336

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