Caramel is a big fan of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series and has already read and reviewed all fifteen books in the series. [In fact, he reviewed some of them twice! See his review of the very first book of the series, The Dragonet Prophecy, and then its graphic novel version, The Dragonet Prophecy.] Today he reviews Darkstalker, a book in Sutherland’s Wings of Fire: Legends series, that was published in 2016, in between books eight (Escaping Peril, 2015) and nine (Talons of Power, 2016). As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So here we are again, back with the dragons of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series. Please tell us a bit about this book, Caramel.
Caramel: This book is about Darkstalker and his friends Fathom and Clearsight. He is a half-NightWing, half-IceWing hybrid.
S: I did not know there were hybrids in this world That’s cool.
C: Well, he is one of the very few that we saw so far.
S: I see.
C: Fathom is a SeaWing and was born in the Sea Kingdom. Clearsight is a full NightWing, born in the Night Kingdom, and she has the ability to see the future. Actually she does not see one future, but every single possible timeline in the future.
S: Well, does she know which will come to happen?
C: No, because a tiny tweak in an event today can change the future.
S: So the future is not determined yet.
C: True. What I say today, say I like pizza, maybe that will change someone’s view and that will change the future, because that person will decide to go out for pizza one day instead of something else. And see, I just changed the world.
S: Hmm, I see. It is cool. But so she does not quite have the sight, but can see all possible consequences. Like a really good chess master.
C: Kind of. Back to Darkstalker though. He also has a sister, named Whiteout. She is a hybrid too but looks a lot more like an IceWing. And she plays a big role in turning Darkstalker evil.
S: Yes, I seem to recall this Darkstalker, and he was bad.
C: Yes, he was mentioned in the fifth book, The Brightest Night, and showed up for real in the books of the second arc. He is only mentioned in Moon Rising, but rises from the ground in Winter Turning, and then he is present in the rest of the books of that story arc. And he is evil.
S: So the main character of this particular book is not a nice character.
C: Well, his friends Fathom and Clearsight are also main characters, and they are much better.
S: But the book is named after Darkstalker, so we learn a lot about him in it, right?
C: Yes, we see his rise and fall, how he becomes very powerful and then loses it all. He can’t die, he makes himself unhurtable, and then makes himself immortal. But the good dragons figure out a way to neutralize him and it involves Jade Mountain. But I won’t say more.
S: Maybe it is good because you are already giving away a lot of plot clues and spoilers!
C: Okay, so I will stop talking then.
S: No, don’t stop talking. Let us just move away from the plot and onto other things.
S: Remember this book got out in between books eight and nine. Is the story happening in the time between those two books?
C: No, it is more like a backstory. The events in Darkstalker happened two thousand years ago and they explain his origins.
S: That is interesting. So is he at all a likeable character?
C: Well, he is evil, and he kills his own father, so I don’t think so. But we do learn his part of the story, and you can see how he slowly gets worse and worse as he becomes more and more powerful.
S: I see. Then if you had read this before reading Moon Rising, too much would be spoilt, because there, at least in the beginning, Moon does not yet know Darkstalker is evil.
C: Well, actually he makes himself look like he became good.
S: I can see how readers of the regular series might like to learn more about this ancient evil character. So did you enjoy the book?
C: Yes. Without a doubt. These legends books are neat. You get to learn a lot more about the world of the dragons.
S: So maybe you will tell us about the other legends book some time.
C: Yes, I had to read it as soon as I finished this one. So maybe we can talk about it next week.
S: We will see. But now it is time to finish this review. Can you give me three words to describe the book?
C: Handy-dandy. That means convenient and useful. It tells you how Darkstalker became evil so it is informative. And very interesting.
S: Okay, those are good words to summarize your thoughts and feelings about this book. Thank you. What do you want to tell our readers as we wrap things up?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!
5 thoughts on “Caramel reviews Darkstalker by Tui Sutherland”
Clearsight’s ability to see every single possible timeline in the future is a variation of the “butterfly effect”.
In chaos theory, a tiny change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in huge differences in a later state. Caramel may be too young to understand the formalism of what a “deterministic nonlinear system” is, but here is the gist: when a butterfly flaps its wings in India, that tiny change in air pressure could eventually cause a tornado in Iowa.
Clearsight’s ability to see all possible outcomes is indeed remarkable.
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Would I like to be able to see the future, or would I rather be surprised by it? I am not sure. Each possibility has advantages and disadvantages
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