Caramel has been reviewing the books in Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon series one by one. The last one he reviewed was the eighth book (How to Break A Dragon’s Heart). Because Marshmallow had already reviewed the ninth book (How to Steal A Dragon’s Sword), Caramel decided to skip that and move on to book #10: How To Seize a Dragon’s Jewel. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, we are on book number 10. Tell me about it.
Caramel: This book is about the dragon gem. It has the power to destroy all dragons forever.
S: Wait, that sounds serious. So the title is talking about a dragon’s jewel. Is that what you are talking about too?
S: So which dragon owns this dragon gem? And who is trying to seize it from them?
C: I think it belongs to all dragons, but it is hidden and there is a map that shows where it is. Hiccup and his friends are trying to find it before bad guys do.
S: Because of course the bad guys would want to hurt the dragons?
C: Of course. But there are others who just don’t want Hiccup to have it. Those are some dragons who do not like humans much.
S: Hmm, that is interesting. So there are factions among the dragons, because Toothless and many of the other dragons we met actually like humans, right?
C: Yes. Also the map has a red herring.
S: Oh, do you know what is a red herring?
C: A fake lead, so a clue that looks like it will lead somewhere but it won’t. It is a picture of a red herring, a real herring, a fish, that is winking.
S: That’s a cool way to teach children this phrase! A red herring that is a real red herring!
S: So you read all ten of the books in this series now. Did you enjoy this tenth book as much as the others?
C: Yes, but I think I liked the ones before the eighth one more, because with the eighth book things start getting a bit too serious. A bit too scary.
S: What do you mean?
C: There is a character named Excellinor. She is a witch and Alvin the Treacherous’s mom, and she is really scary.
S: Hmm, and she shows up in the eighth book, is that so?
C: Yes. And see, here is a part where I think it gets extra creepy:
The Librarian turned, and poked his way back to Prison Darkheart, slaloming crazily through the corpses, with all the eagerness of one who has waited long to settle an old score.
Everything we do, you see, has its consequences and repercussions, every kind act and every bad, every friend we make, and every enemy.
Everything is connected.
C: And the Librarian is not even as scary as Excellinor.
S: Okay, I can see why you would get a bit sad that this series, which was mostly fun and light-hearted, became a bit scarier than you had expected.
C: Yes! I really am a bit bummed by it.
S: That seems to happen a lot though, as the characters mature, for example, in the Harry Potter books, too, things start getting more and more serious and scarier and scarier.
C: I know. And that is kind of why I’m avoiding reading those books.
S: Well, I still think they are really good books and you should read them some time soon…
C: We will see. Maybe I can be convinced.
S: Maybe. I’ll see what I can do to convince you. Well, let’s get back to this tenth book of the How to Train Your Dragon series. What three words would you use to describe it?
C: It is a bit scary, so I would use that word. Then, it is also still funny, so that is my second word. And sad.
S: Oh, I did not know that. But I know you don’t like too many sad stories.
C: I hate them. The only sad story I liked was Charlotte’s Web.
S: But you liked this book too, no?
C: Well, I guess this counts too.
S: So do you still want to read the eleventh and the twelfth books? Or are you too scared now?
C: Maybe. I think I do want to read them. But I hope they won’t be so sad and they won’t be too much scarier.
S: I guess we will see, right?
S: So let us wrap up this review. What do you want to tell our readers Caramel?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!