Escaping Peril: Wings of Fire (Book 8)

by Tui T. Sutherland

Paperback, 2017



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Scholastic Press (2017), Edition: Reprint, 336 pages


The New York Times and USA Today bestselling series soars to even greater heights with a new prophecy and five new dragonets ready to claim their destiny! Peril has been loyal to Queen Scarlet, who used her fatal firescales to kill countless dragons in the SkyWing arena. Now, Peril is loyal to Clay, the only dragonet who has ever been her friend. So, when Scarlet threatens Jade Mountain Academy, Peril sets off to find her former queen, stop her, and save the day, no matter what it takes. There's just one problem: a strangely persistent SeaWing, Turtle, insists on coming along, too. Turtle is worried about his friends, who left to search for Scarlet and haven't returned. Peril is worried that she might accidentally burn Turtle - or burn him on purpose, for being so annoying - and frustrated that she keeps saying and doing the wrong things. She can't escape her firescales, and she can't escape her reputation as the deadliest dragon in Pyrrhia. So when she's offered a chance to trade everything for a new life, Peril has to decide who she's really loyal to...and whether her own scales might actually be worth saving.… (more)


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336 p.; 5.5 inches

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LibraryThing member krau0098
This is the eighth volume in the Wings of Fire series. This book follows the story of Peril, who has been in many of the previous books. This story was very well done. I have been reading these because my son reads them and have really started enjoying the books a lot.

Peril has left Queen Scarlet
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behind and is loyal to Clay now. Peril is trying to live with the other dragons at the Jade Mountain Academy, but it is tough when everything she touches bursts into flames. When Scarlet shows up threatening the Academy, Peril decides that she can probably do the most good by hunting down Scarlet and killing her once and for all. The only problem is Turtle, he is a SeaWing that is concerned about his friends and wants to go searching for both his friends and Scarlet with her.

Peril is probably the most emotionally damaged of all the dragonets. She was taught to kill at a very young age and she is very good at killing. Meeting Clay has taught her that there is good in her and she is good at things other than killing. She doesn’t have any friends and always says things the wrong way or at the wrong time. It was amazing to watch her grow throughout this story.

A lot happens in this story both to Peril and dragon society as a whole. The new prophecy still looms over them and Peril is worried about her part in this. As with previous books the Scavengers (humans) are there in the background...I always wonder if they will become a bigger part of the story at some point.

The book is well written, easy to read, and moves at a fast clip. It’s very engaging and the dragonets are easy to love. There is a lot in here about friendship and becoming the best you can be despite other people’s low expectations or perceptions of how you should be.

Overall an incredibly fun read and very well done. I really enjoyed hearing Peril’s story. There is a lot of action and humor in here and the book is a quick read. I would recommend to middle grade readers who enjoy books like The Warriors series. This series is very similar to that series, but I honestly think the Wings of Fire series is better written and a lot more fun to read.
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LibraryThing member soraki
Peril sets out to kill Queen Scarlet in order to demonstrate her loyalty and trustworthiness to Clay. She returns to the Sky Kingdom, the place where she killed hundreds of prisoners of war for Queen Scarlet. But will Peril be able to kill Scarlet, her mentor and guardian? Is killing the only thing
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that Peril is good at, and is her destiny merely to be a killer?
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