Today Caramel reviews Dragon on Trial, the second book of The Menagerie series written by Tui Sutherland, the author of Caramel’s beloved Wings of Fire series, and her sister Kari Sutherland. As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, you read this book really fast!
Caramel: Yes, I did.
S: Was it exciting?
S: So will you tell us about it?
C: Yes, of course!
S: Do tell!
C: This book starts exactly where the last book, The Menagerie, ended. That book ended with the disappearance of Pelly, the golden egg laying goose. And in this book, the heroes, Logan, Zoe, and Blue, try to find out who killed Pelly.
S: Wait, is Pelly dead?
C: Well, it looks like that, at least in the beginning. But —
S: Wait, don’t tell. I still have not read this one, and I really want to.
C: Yes, you should read it. It is just as exciting as the first book.
S: I found the first book really fun and full of curious things. And a lot of mysteries. Is this one as good as that book?
C: Yes. And there are new magical mythical creatures that we meet, and they are awesome!
S: Can you name one?
C: We finally see and meet the dragons!
S: That’s cool. I know you like dragons a lot. Are the dragons of this book similar to any other dragons we met in any other book?
C: Not really. Scratch is a Western dragon and he can fly and he is big and long, and breathes fire. And all clues point to him being guilty of the death of the goose.
S: I see. So he is the “dragon on trial” that is mentioned in the title of the book. And as usual, things are not what they seem, right?
S: So let us move a bit away from the plot so you don’t give away too much by mistake.
S: Instead maybe we can talk about the characters. Other than the three friends Logan, Zoe, and Blue, do we meet some new important characters?
C: Well, not really. We do get to see the SNAPA agents a few more times. SNAPA stands for SuperNatural Animals Protection Agency.
S: Cool, kind of like a mixture of EPA and the CIA. Right?
C: Yeah, I guess. They are a government agency, trying to protect the mythical animals and they are pretty secretive.
S: Who was your favorite person in this book?
C: My favorite is still Squarp; that is the baby griffin cub that Logan found in his room in the first book.
S: Why is that?
C: Because he is a cute little baby animal!
S: And you are a cute little baby animal, too, so it makes total sense you would like him. He is also very playful and funny; I liked him too, in the first book.
C: You will like him in the second book too!
S: Okay, I think I am quite ready to begin reading the book. How about you? Are you itching to read the third book?
S: Does this second book also end with a cliffhanger?
C: Kind of. The book ends with them finding out something very serious, a big danger for the menagerie.
S: I can’t wait to find out more! So let us wrap this up so we can both get reading. What do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!