Caramel has already reviewed the graphic novel versions of the first two books of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series. (See Caramel’s review of The Dragonet Prophesy here; his review of The Lost Heir is here.) Today he reviews the third book in the series that appeared as a graphic novel: The Hidden Kingdom (adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky, art work by Mike Holmes, color by Maarta Laiho). As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions as needed.
Sprinkles: So this is the third book of the series you have read, right, Caramel?
Caramel: Yes. But I am not done. I’m still keeping busy flipping through the pages.
S: But you have read it at least once all the way, right?
C: Yes, I have. But I like reading these books over and over again.
S: Why is that?
C: I think these Wings of Fire books are really awesome. I love the pictures, the books are really very colorful.
S: What about the story? What is happening in this third book?
C: All of the books are about the five dragons we met in the first book. But of course there are always some new characters.
S: Tell me more. Who is the central character of this book?
C: Glory. She is a RainWing. They are supposed to be lazy and almost stupid, but Glory is smart. RainWings have venom, and can camouflage. They can also turn invisible.
S: So what is happening to Glory in this book? Is she also destined to be the queen of her tribe, like Tsunami from the second book?
C: She is.
S: So is trouble awaiting her when she comes home, like it did Tsunami?
C: Yes and no. Not quite trouble but there are some challenges she has to face.
S: Like what?
C: She has to find a specific flower in a flower hunt. They go through these challenges in teams.
S: So does Glory also make some good friends along the way?
C: Yes. Glory makes at least two good friends. One of them is Kinkajou, who is at some point in this book kidnapped, but they eventually find her. And another new friend is Mangrove. He is grumpy at first because his partner is missing.
S: So some RainWings are going missing. And Glory and her friends try to find them, right?
C: No, Glory has to do it alone. And she has another friend, too. I forgot. Her name is Tamarin. She is blind, but she wins the flower hunt. She has a very good sense of smell.
S: These books seem like a lot is going on in each of them. Lots of action, lots of mystery, right?
C: Yup. Do you want me to tell you who is kidnapping the RainWings?
S: No! We should not spoil it for our readers!
C: Well, ok. Then I guess we can just wrap things up. Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!