It has almost been a month since Caramel reviewed for our blog How To Speak Dragonese, the third among the How To Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell. Today he wanted to talk about the fourth book in this series: How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Reader beware! This review does contain some spoilers.
(You can also check out Caramel’s reviews of How To Train Your Dragon, the book that started the series, and How to Be A Pirate, the second book. A while back, Marshmallow had also reviewed the ninth book, and her favorite in the series: How to Steal A Dragon’s Sword.)
Sprinkles: So Caramel, you know exactly what I am going to ask you.
Caramel: Yes, I know. You’ll ask me to tell you a bit about this book. So Hiccup gets stung by a Venomous Vorpent.
S: What’s that?
C: It is a dragon whose sting is almost always fatal. The only cure is the vegetable that noone dares to name. The Potato!
S: Wait, how is the potato such a daring thing to talk about?
C: I am not sure. But the Venomous Vorpent comes up at the end of the third book, How to Speak Dragonese. Remember that I told you then that there was something like a cliffhanger? But we only learn that he stung Hiccup in this fourth book. Only at the very end.
S: Wait, so you are giving away the main plot line!
C: Kind of.
S: Hmm, that’s tricky! Maybe if we put a warning at the top of this review, we can salvage it. But try not to spoil things too much more, okay?
C: Okay, no more spoilers.
S: So tell me more about the book without any more spoilers.
C: We meet a new character named One-Eye. He is a dragon and he plays an important role in the story. In fact–
S: Wait! That sounds awfully like you are close to giving away more information about the book’s end. Remember, no more spoilers!
C: Okay, okay. But he does save Hiccup.
S: That sounds too much like another spoiler Caramel!
S: Tell me some other things about the book.
C: There is another new character, a Doomfang. Those are some other types of dragons. And Hiccup thinks his friend Fishlegs has been stung by a Venomous Vorpent too. So there is a lot going on. There are also a lot of funny parts. Hiccup’s dad calls Fishlegs Fisheggs!
S: So it sounds like you really enjoyed the book.
C: The story is exciting, the plot is good, and I tried to read it as fast as possible. And I liked the end too. But of course I liked the other books in the series too.
S: So the author manages to keep up the fun and the adventure at a level comparable to the previous books.
C: Yes. So my words for the book would be: funny, adventurous, and a good plot.
S: Okay, those will work.
C: And I will close the review up by saying: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!