Today Caramel reviews the twelfth book of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series: The Hive Queen. 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), the seventh (Winter Turning), the eighth (Escaping Peril), the ninth (Talons of Power), the tenth (Darkness of Dragons), and the eleventh (The Lost Continent).
Sprinkles: So Caramel, here we are, ready to talk about the twelfth book! Why don’t you start by telling our readers a bit about it?
Caramel: The Hive Queen is about Cricket, the HiveWing. We met her already in The Lost Continent, but in this book, she is the central character. And other dragonets we met in that book come up too, like Blue and Queen Wasp. She is the mean queen of the HiveWing who controls their minds and voices sometimes when she wants to. But not Cricket’s. Somehow she is immune to the queen’s powers. So she, that is, Cricket, runs away and hides, because she is afraid they will discover that she is somehow different.
S: That sounds scary. Like every other dragonet around her goes into a trance and says the same things and Cricket is there all alone, the only one not influenced.
C: Yes, exactly.
S: Do we learn eventually why she is immune to Queen Wasp’s powers?
C: Yes, we do. And in this book, but I’m not telling. You always tell me not to give too many spoilers.
S: That’a fair. What can you tell us about the events of the book then?
C: Blue is a flamesilk, and I told you about those earlier in my review of The Lost Continent. They are special SilkWong, whose silk is red and glows and sometimes can burn things. And there is Luna, who we also saw in Darkness of Dragons. And there is Sundew, who is a LeafWing.
S: You told me before that LeafWing did not probably exist anymore.
C: Yes, everyone thought they were extinct, but somehow they survived in the Poison Jungle. And that is the name of the thirteenth book so I am really curious to read that one. And some of the LeafWing have leafspeak. They can make trees grow, and so on, kind of like Isabella in Encanto. But Isabella can create flowers and stuff from nothing, but the LeadWing can only help plants that already exist. Or they can hurt the plants.
S: Hmm, I’d assume that in a place called the Poison Jungle, there might be plants you might want to not want to help.
C: Well, they live in there for protection. So I think actually they like the poisonous plants there because the plants protect them from the outside.
S: Oh, that definitely makes sense.
C: And let me tell you also that the LeafWing have themselves split into two tribes. Sundew is from the side that is called the PoisonWing. The other side is called the SapWings. They both call themselves LeafWings though. The other names are only used by the enemy tribe.
S: Hmm, so the LeafWings are hiding and in an ongoing conflict.
C: Well, they are not really fighting each other but don’t seem to like one another.
S: So what happens to Cricket, Blue, and Sundew in this book?
C: They hide in Jewel Hive. Hives are places the SilkWing make for the HiveWing to live in. SilkWing do all the work and the HiveWing get all the benefits. It’s not a good situation. But anyways they hide there and try to understand why Cricket is different before they can be discovered and Cricket gets into trouble.
S: Okay, that sounds like a lot.
S: Okay, I think you have told us enough things about the plot. Can you tell me how it felt to be reading more about this new continent? Do you miss the characters from the first ten books?
C: Yes. But I think we will see at least some of them in the thirteenth book.
S: But in this book, we are always on the new continent Pantala, right?
C: Yes, except in the prologue and the epilogue, because in those, we see Moonwatcher, and Turtle, and Tsunami. Because Luna is telling them about the tribes in Pantala and asking them to help.
S: I see. So it is highly likely that in the next few books, all characters will come together in Pantala.
C: Well, not really. Actually I think some of the tribes from Pantala will try and escape to Pyrrhia. Still it is going to be very exciting to see them meet each other!
S: I can see your excitement Caramel. And I totally get your enthusiastic anticipation, it must be hard to wait to see how all these characters will interact when they get together.
C: Yes, I just can’t wait!
S: Okay, at least you can read the next book right after we wrap up this review.
C: Yep. So can we wrap it up now?
S: Sure. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!