Caramel has spent most of this year reading and reviewing books about dragons. Today, for his last review before the bunnies take off for the month of July, he talks about The Dangerous Gift, the fourteenth and currently the penultimate book in the Wings of Fire series by Tui Sutherland. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: Book Fourteen. Here we are. What can you tell us about it?
Caramel: This one is about Queen Snowfall of the IceWings.
S: Is she the main character?
S: But the queens are typically bad in this book series, no?
C: Not this one. Burn, Bister, and Blaze were bad, and so was Scarlet. But there is Ruby, and she is not that bad. And Snowfall is really not bad.
S: I see. So how does she fit into the storyline of the Lost Continent?
C: Some dragons from the tribes from the lost continent come over to the Ice Kingdom, though they were not intending to, and they ask for help. So the IceWings get involved.
S: I see.
C: Technically only about twelve IceWings get involved. Queen Snowfall orders ten guards to come with her, and Lynx, another IceWing, comes along, because she is not going to take no for an answer.
S: Hmm, is Lynx Snowfall’s friend?
C: They are technically enemies. Or they were, until Snowfall became the queen. Before her, the queen was Queen Glacier, who was Snowfall’s mother.
S: So what happened to her?
C: She died. Of a plague, sent by Darkstalker.
S: Oh, I remember Darkstalker, who was the bad guy from the second story arc, the Jade Mountain arc.
S: Okay, so Snowfall is the main character of this book, right?
C: Yes. I like her. In the beginning she is kind of annoying but then you start to actually like her.
S: Do the IceWings decide to help the dragons from the other continent?
C: They have to. Because the new dragons have to get to the Sanctuary. That is the place that the Talons of Peace created after the war, at the end of the first five books. Did I tell you about the Talons of Power?
S: No, I don’t think so.
C: Well they come up in the tenth book.
S: Well the ninth book is called the Talons of Power?
C: Yeah, but you actually learn who they are in the tenth. They were created by Quibli’s grandpa who thought the Talons of Peace were too weak and so he created the Talons of Power.
S: I see.
C: But who is important in this book is the Talons of Peace, and the Sanctuary they created. The dragons from the other continent want to go there.
C: That is a safe place. They are running away the Hive Queen. That is Queen Wasp, who can control all the HiveWings. Remember?
S: Yes, I do. So our friends from the earlier books, Blue, Cricket, and Luna, are they among the dragons from Pantala who came over?
C: Luna had come over already in the tenth book. She was stuck in Pyrrhia, and when Queen Wasp attacked and took over a large part of the LeadWings, our friends escaped. It is now impossible to attack Queen Wasp because she now can control a lot of dragons.
S: I see. So does this book have a neat ending that ties things together? Or is everything going to have to wait till the fifteenth book?
C: It ends in a cliffhanger. I have to, have to, have to read the fifteenth book!
S: I know. Okay, let us wrap up this review so you can get your paws on the next one then.
S: But our readers will have to wait till August for your review of it.
C: That’s true! This is our last review before we take off the month of July.
S: Yes. I hope we will be reading a lot this month, and by the time we get back to the blog, we will have a lot to talk about.
S: So would you do the honors and say your words to the readers to wrap up the review?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews! Coming back in August 2022!