Caramel has been reviewing Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire books one by one, and today he is talking about the eighth book: Escaping Peril. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Before reading this review you might wish to check out Caramel’s reviews of 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), as well as his review of the very first book (The Dragonet Prophecy, the sixth book (Moon Rising), and the seventh (Winter Turning). Also beware: there might be more spoilers in this review than our usual fare.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, you are back to reading another Wings of Fire book!
Caramel: Yup. This one is called Escaping Peril, and it is all about Peril, a Skywing with the firescales.
S: Hmm, I know each of these books is focusing on one of the main characters. So is Peril someone we just met?
S: I see. So we have met Peril before. How is the Peril in this book different from the other depictions of her?
C: Well, in the other books Peril is always seen from the outside. We don’t ever hear her thoughts or feelings. Even Darkstalker and Moonwatcher who can hear other dragons’ thoughts cannot read her mind. All Moon can see in Peril’s mind is walls of fire actually.
S: Oh yes I remember Moon from your review of Moon Rising. So Peril has been a mystery to the readers for a while now.
C: Yes I think you can say that. And in this book, we finally learn her version of the story. She is actually not so mean and wants to have friends but thinks nobody would ever like her because she is so mean. But she does actually have a friend, Clay, and we met Clay all the way back in the first book.
S: Oh, I like how all these characters and their stories are so intertwined with one another! The author must be a master weaver of story threads!
C: I guess you could say that too. I like these stories so much!
S: So maybe tell us a bit more about the actual story line of this particular book.
C: This is about Peril trying to find the ex-queen Scarlet.
S: Wait, you mentioned a Queen Scarlet before.
C: Yes, she calls herself a queen but she is no longer a queen actually. But Peril is faithful to her and wants her to become the queen again. Of course we learn that she was enchanted and that is why she is so loyal to Scarlet. And eventually she rips off the enchantment and burns it–
S: Wait, I think we are very close to or already past the line for too many spoilers!
C: But Queen Scarlet is killed, Ruby kills her–
S: Wait, that is even more spoilers. I think we should not give away too much.
C: Well, I disagree. It is more fun to talk about what actually happens in the book.
S: Okay, but there might be folks reading this without having read the book itself. So for those people, let us be more cautious, and leave some things in the book for them to discover on their own.
C: Okay, I can see how that would be more thoughtful, I suppose.
S: Okay, so having read these eight books (and actually, you jumped ahead and read the eleventh one too), who is your favorite character?
C: I still like Qibli. He is still the funniest character, though I am not quite sure if I am pronouncing his name correctly. And even my happy octopus friend agrees that Qibli is the best character.
S: I see. But I think Qibli is not a main character, no?
C: I think he will be, in the tenth book. But you are right, so far, he is not one of the main characters.
S: So among the eight main characters you met so far, which one is your favorite?
C: I like all of them. Because we get to see the world through their eyes and we can understand them.
S: I see. That is nice Caramel, that you can empathize, even with dragons!
C: Why wouldn’t I? I love dragons. Anyways I also kind of wish the author would write a book about Kinkajou, the RainWing. I think it would be interesting because she is always so positive–
S: You mean like optimistic?
S: Okay, so what three words would you use to describe Escaping Peril?
C: Descriptive, because there is a lot of description. Especially in the gory parts.
S: So it is also gory?
C: A bit. Like when Ruby rips off Queen Scarlet’s wing–
S: Wait, that does sound vicious.
C: Yes. But Ruby is actually nice and this happens in a duel to the death so Ruby has to kill Scarlet.
S: That does sound a bit too much.
C: Yes, there is gore but it is only in some small parts. And war is violent and vicious and pretty terrible, always, so why hide it?
S: Wow, Caramel, that is unfortunately true and pretty wise for a little bunny. Okay, so descriptions, gore, what else is worth pointing out about this book? What would be your third word?
C: Funny. It is still funny.
S: So are you and your happy friend ready to move on to book nine?
C: Yes, and then book ten, and then book eleven–
S: Okay, I get the point. Then let us wrap up this review. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunnies reviews!