The Lost Heir: Wings of Fire (Book 2)

by Tui T. Sutherland

Paperback, 2013



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Scholastic Press (2013), Edition: 9.1.2013, 336 pages


Overjoyed to be reunited with her fellow ocean-dwelling dragons, Tsunami the SeaWing continues efforts to end the war for Pyrrhia in spite of a dangerous assassin who is threatening all their lives.


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336 p.; 5.25 inches

Media reviews

My son and I liked this 2nd addition to the popular Wings of Fire series. Now that the dragonet's are free all they want to do is go to where they're homes should have been and be reunited with the parents they were stolen from. After Clay's disappointing trip to the Mudwing clan in book one, the
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dragonet's set out to find the Kingdom of the Seawings- ruled by Tsunami's mother Queen Coral. Tsunami soon finds out if her reunion with her mother is everything she dreamed of or a big disappointment like Clay's. We liked that the whole book focused on Tsunami's journey home and her reunion with her family. Unfortunately, they do end up locked up in prison but once again make a great escape (that's 3 times this has happened now...) On their way out of the prison they save Dune, one of the captors who raised them. He was barbed by a Sandwings poison tale and needs a cure. After discovering Glory's ability to spit some hellatious venom in the first book, they set out for the Rainwing kingdom next hoping they will have healers who know what to do for Dune's injury. This book was faster paced than the first and it really helped readers get to know Tsunami, the history, and palace life in the Seawing kingdom. Tsunami learns valuable lessons about humility and that while her biological family is important, the friends she was raised with are her family too and need her. Tsunami changes from strutting around reminding everyone she's the princess and future queen to gladly supporting her little sister becoming the next Seawing queen. This is a great series for middle grades and up. My 9-year-old son and I love dragons so reading this series to him before bed every night is fun for us both. Happy reading! 📚
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User reviews

LibraryThing member soraki
Tsunami and the other dragonets head to the Kingdom of the Sea to find her mother, the Seawing Queen. Her mother welcomes her with open wings and lavishes pearls upon her. Their reunion is exactly what Tsunami has dreamed of her whole life.

But there is something fishy going on in the Sea Kingdom.
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Every single egg the queen has laid over the past ten years was smashed by an unknown assailant. Only two survived: Tsunami, whose egg was stolen by the Talons of Peace before she hatched, and her little sister Anemone, whose egg survived only because the queen kept watch over it day and night for a year. And someone tries to kill Tsunami the very morning after she arrives.

Who is the murderer of the baby dragonets? Which side should Tsunami and her friends support in the ongoing dragon war? How will they fulfill their destiny as the dragonets of the prophecy? And is Tsunami's mother really as good as she seems?

I love this book. It has everything, adventure, dragons, mystery, and humor. I can't wait to read the next book to find out what Blister and the Nightwings are up to.
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LibraryThing member krau0098
This is the 2nd book in the Wings of Fire series. Right now there are six books in that series, although the first five books are supposed to be one self contained story with the sixth book starting another 5 book story arc. This book was a pretty easy read and was well written. I still think this
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series is something kids are going to enjoy a lot more than adults (unlike Sutherland's Menagerie series which I think a much broader range of ages will enjoy).

This book features Tsunami and in it we meet her family along with the second of the Sandwings vying for the position of Queen of the Sandwings, Blister. Tsunami and her friends journey to the SeaWings palace and there they meet Tsunami’s mom Queen Coral. As in the first book, they discover that the situation with Queen Coral is not as peaceful and straightforward as it first seems. Blister is allied with Queen Coral and is manipulating Queen Coral in ways that don’t benefit the SeaWings.

I have been reading these because my son is reading them and absolutely adores them. He wants me to read them so we can talk about them. He just started book 4 and I will be starting book 3 shortly.

This series reminds me a lot of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter (clans of animals and lots of battles and war). I continue to enjoy the humor in these books and the different types of dragons and their magical powers. I like how the dragons all learn important lessons throughout their adventures and learn to work as a team.

This series is set up so that each book features a different dragon. The first book featured Clay, this one Tsunami, and the 3rd book features Glory (the Rainwing). The books are pretty formulaic. The dragonets journey to one of the dragonet’s parents (in this case Glory’s), find out the situation there isn’t ideal, meet one of the contenders for the Sandwing crown (in this case Blister), have a big battle, and then set up to journey to the next dragonet’s parents.

I do have a couple complaints about these books. The first is that all the adult dragons are incompetent or evil. I prefer middle grade books where the “kids” and adults can work together. My second complaint is that these books are pretty darn violent for middle grade reads. Dragons are tortured, dismembered, and killed with disturbing regularity. I understand that these dragons are animals, but it gets pretty violent.

Overall this is a good addition to the Wings of Fire series. I continue enjoying to read about the different types of dragons and their powers. I wish there were more helpful or “good” adults in this book. If you are a fan of the Warriors series I would recommend checking this series out as well; I think this series is better written and more creative than the Warriors series. I’ll be reading this series up through book 5 and then I will probably stop. They aren’t my favorite, but my son loves them and likes to talk about them with me.
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LibraryThing member weisser4
Well written and fun. My students love them.
LibraryThing member Starla_Aurora
I am enjoying the series. War makes one become its true raw self.
LibraryThing member humouress
{Second of 13: Wings of Fire series. Children’s, fantasy} (2012)

This second book follows the ‘dragonets of destiny’ as they search for their families and try to work out how they’re going to fulfill the prophecy and bring an end to the dragon war. Having been taken from their families as
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eggs and brought up in isolation in an underground cave, the five dragonets are discovering the difference between reality and the scrolls they’ve been taught from. They’ve all dreamed of being reunited with their families but will the reality live up to the dream?

This time it’s Tsunami the Seawing’s turn to find her family and discover how they feel about her, how much she doesn’t know about her tribe’s culture, how it will affect her relationship with the other dragonets and how she feels about the Seawings. And they meet Blister, the second of the Sandwing queens around whom the dragon war is being fought.

I feel the writing has improved from the first book including the characterisation (Glory the Rainwing, for instance, is starting to get a bit irritating). The dragons are more dragon-like than in the first book for the most part except for having pots in the kitchen (considering they eat the majority of their food raw). There are still a few niggles; the constant use of the word ‘talons’ as a substitute for ‘hands’ instead of ‘finger/ nail/ claw’ for instance (and the dragons have all acquired ‘snouts’ which is ... accurate but unromantic).

This would work well for the 8-12 age group but there is violence and killing. There is a description of a dragon being electrocuted at one point and a scene with dragons dying in battle.

... body slipped over the edge into the electric eel moat.
... A blinding flash of blue sizzled up the cascading waterfall. Tsunami jumped back, and all five dragonets huddled close in the center of the island. The water in the moat churned and seethed around the spot where (the dragon) had disappeared. Thick green tails thrashed through the bubbles and sparks flew as if several bolts of lightning were striking at once.
... Slowly the flashes calmed down until only an occasional zap appeared in the wall.
And then they all stopped. The waterfall was quiet, and so was the moat.
Tsunami could see the eels, still clustered around a large, dark shape at the bottom of the pool. But their frenzy had subsided, and she guessed she was lucky she couldn’t see any details of what they were doing now.

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LibraryThing member Sheila1957
It is now time for Tsunami to find her family. When the dragonets do, it is not what was expected. Now Tsunami has to save her friends but also her family. What she decides to do takes a lot of courage.

I enjoyed this book. I like getting to know the dragonets and how they find out what family
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really is. The story kept me interested. The plots and intrigues going on keep me riveted. I cannot wait to read book 3.
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LibraryThing member bangerlm
The 2nd book was just as enjoyable as the first. I typically have a few books going at a time, but this series is what I want to read/listen to most.
LibraryThing member fierce_bunny

I love the world building. I love Tsunami less.




(106 ratings; 4.1)
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