Though still quite a little bunny, Caramel has been reading bigger and longer books these days. As a dedicated fan of all things dragon, he got into the Wings of Fire series of Tui Sutherland via the graphic novel versions of the first five books (The Dragonet Prophecy, The Lost Heir, The Hidden Kingdom, The Dark Secret, and The Brightest Night). Then he began to read the original books. You can read his review of the very first book (The Dragonet Prophecy) and the sixth book (Moon Rising) before diving into this review, which is of the seventh book: Winter Turning. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions. (After all, Caramel is still a very little bunny.)
Sprinkles: So Caramel, this is book seven. What is going on in this one?
Caramel: This one is about a new dragonet named Winter. We met him before, in Moon Rising. That is the sixth book.
S: Okay, so I am guessing this book is centered around Winter then, given the title of the book.
C: Yes. But he is not turning anywhere. Or at least he is not turning bad.
S: Is someone trying to turn him bad?
C: No not quite. Well, there is Scarlet who is kind of trying. And Winter has a sister, named Icicle, who is already bad. And maybe I guess you could say she tries to turn Winter evil too.
S: I see.
C: But Winter has some classmates from Jade Academy. They call them clawmates, and Moonwatcher is one of them. Remember she was the main character from Moon Rising. Winter thinks that his kind of dragons, IceWings, are superior to the others, and thinks he does not need anybody’s help. But his friends try to help him anyway.
S: That is what friends are for, right?
C: Yes. But unfortunately they find themselves facing Queen Scarlet who is pretty bad. And dangerous. And then eventually Winter is alone and has to continue the path almost alone, he does have his brother with him. Hailstorm. And Hailstorm is good. But he has been transformed into a Skywing, named Pyrite, who is annoyingly loyal to Queen Scarlet.
S: Wait. I am confused. First how can one type of dragon be transformed into another? And you said Scarlet is evil. So if Pyrite, or Hailstorm is actually good, how is he so loyal to this evil queen?
C: One word. Darkstalker. And some of that is in the previous book.
S: Oh, so is Pyrite the one that is not what she seems in the prophecy?
C: I think so. Pyrite is definitely not the female SkyWing that she seems to be. She is actually a male IceWing named Hailstorm.
S: Oh, did we give away a lot here?
C: No, this comes up soon in this book. So not too much of a spoiler really.
S: So okay, maybe we can leave the plot aside because I’m afraid we will give away some vital information. But it seemed to me that you really enjoyed this book too. Is that true?
C: Yup. The books are all very very exciting! Icicle tries to kill Winter and then —
S: Wait, no more of the plot! I want to hear more general things. So tell me for example your three words to describe the book.
S: What else?
S: You mean confusing?
C: No, I mean confused. Winter is confused. He is in love with Moon but he is not supposed to love a NightWing.
S: Okay, but you are getting awfully close to giving away more plot clues! What is your third word?
C: Funny! Qibli is really funny! He makes lots of jokes. And he is the friend of both Winter and Moonwatcher. We met him first in Moon Rising actually.
S: I see. So is he your favorite character then?
C: I think so.
S: That is cool. Are you ready to dive right into the next book then?
S: Okay. Let us wrap up this review then so you do just that. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!