Caramel reviews The Hive Queen (Book Twelve of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland

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 KingdomThe 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).

Caramel reviews The Hive Queen (Book Twelve of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel reviews The Hive Queen (Book Twelve of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

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.

C: Yep.

Caramel is reading The Hive Queen (Book Twelve of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel is reading The Hive Queen (Book Twelve of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

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!

Caramel loved reading The Hive Queen (Book Twelve of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland, and is eager to dive into the next book in the series.
Caramel loved reading The Hive Queen (Book Twelve of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland, and is eager to dive into the next book in the series.

Caramel reviews Darkness of Dragons (Book Ten of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland

Today Caramel reviews the tenth book of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series: Darkness of Dragons. 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 KingdomThe 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), and the ninth (Talons of Power).

Caramel reviews Darkness of Dragons (Book Ten of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel reviews Darkness of Dragons (Book Ten of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

Sprinkles: So this is Book Ten, the end of the second story arc, right?

Caramel: Yes, book ten, ending the Jade Mountain Prophecy arc …

Sprinkles: … yes, you recited that prophecy to us when you were reviewing Moon Rising.

C: Yes. But can I recite it again?

S: Sure.

C: Oka, here goes:

Beware the darkness of dragons,
Beware the stalker of dreams,
Beware the talons of power and fire,
Beware one who is not what she seems.

Something is coming to shake the earth,
Something is coming to scorch the ground.
Jade Mountain will fall beneath thunder and ice
Unless the lost city of night can be found.

S: Yes, I remember that! And the darkness of dragons is mentioned in the prophecy and is the title of this tenth book!

C: Yes, because you finally learn about the darkness of dragons completely. It’s all about Darkstalker. But the main hero is Quibli this time, and you might remember him as my favorite character of all of them.

S: You mentioned Darkstalker in the previous reviews. He was an evil dragon but most other dragons did not suspect him somehow.

C: Yes, because he enchanted everyone to like him. But remember Turtle from the ninth book (Talons of Power)? He was not enchanted because he hid himself. And he created these earrings that could remove all spells and make you immune to new spells from Darkstalker.

S: Wait, and somehow Quibli gets these earrings?

C: Well, Quibli asks Turtle and Turtle enchants his earrings. And then Quibli can see through Darkstalker’s evil plans. And Turtle had made a bowl that doubled things, so Quibli replicates his enchanted earrings and passes them on to others so they too know about Darkstalker’s evil plans.

S: Oh, so is that how they will overcome the evil dragon?

C: Well, not quite. They have to do more because Darkstalker is really powerful. But they do something great to defeat him: they —

S: Wait, stop there! I think you are getting too far into spoiler territory!

C: Okay, okay, I will not give away how they finish the whole series, but everyone knows they do, because with the eleventh book a new prophecy comes up.

S: That is true. And you already have read the eleventh book!

C: Yes. But actually one of the characters from that book, Luna, already shows up in this book, and so we begin to see that the next story will be about the lost continent.

S: I see.

Caramel is reading Darkness of Dragons (Book Ten of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel is reading Darkness of Dragons (Book Ten of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

S: So let us pull back a bit, and think about these two story arcs, the dragonet prophecy and the jade mountain prophecy.

C: I kind of wanted the order of the stories to match. Like the first book of the first prophecy was about Clay, who is a MudWing, so I thought it would be nice to have the sixth book be about another MudWing. Each of the first five books is about one of the dragon tribes. But the second five are not about the same five tribes. Winter is an IceWing, Moon is a NightWing, Peril is a SkyWing, Turtle is a SeaWing, and Quibli is a SandWing.

S: Wait, I’m confused. I thought there were only five tribes!

C: No, there are seven: MudWing (Clay from The Dragonet Prophecy), SeaWing (Tsunami from The Lost Heir and Turtle from Talons of Power), RainWing (Glory from The Hidden Kingdom), IceWing (Winter from Winter Turning), NightWing (Starflight from The Dark Secret and Moonwatcher from Moon Rising), SkyWing (Peril from Escaping Peril), SandWing (Suunny from The Brightest Night and Quibli from this tenth book).

S: Hmm, that is interesting. I can see how you might have expected some kind of pattern to emerge but also since there are seven races, it is hard to fit that into ten books only. Maybe by the fourteenth book we will have two of each?

C: No, because remember I already read the eleventh book? And that one was about Blue who is a SilkWing.

S: Oh, that is true! There will be new tribes from the new continent! Okay, maybe then we won’t get every tribe doubled up. Oh well. I think you are still very much enjoying the series so far.

C: Yes. And I am quite ready to dive into the next five books. I already reviewed The Lost Continent but I might like to read it again before starting the twelfth book.

S: Yes, that makes sense. Maybe knowing about the whole collection of ten will allow you to get even more out of the eleventh book this time. So let us wrap things up. What do you want to tell our readers?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunny book reviews!

Caramel loved reading Darkness of Dragons (Book Ten of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland and is ready to dive right back into the Lost Continent story arc.
Caramel loved reading Darkness of Dragons (Book Ten of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland and is ready to dive right back into the Lost Continent story arc.

Caramel reviews Talons of Power (Book Nine of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland

Today Caramel reviews the ninth book of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series: Talons of Power. 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 KingdomThe 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) and the eighth (Escaping Peril).

Caramel reviews Talons of Power (Book Nine of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel reviews Talons of Power (Book Nine of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

Sprinkles: So we are in book nine. Tell us about it!

Caramel: This one is about Turtle, who is a SeaWing. He has a secret power which he does not want others to know about. He is an animus, that means he has magic.

S: What kind of magic?

C: He can enchant things. For example he made a bowl that multiplies things, kind of like a Star Trek replicator. But he doesn’t want others to know he can do this.

S: Do his friends know?

C: Yes actually all his friends know. But he does not want other dragons to know. Because he is afraid. And then Darkstalker, the evil dragon we met before, comes and tries to convince others that he has become a good dragon. And this is a lie, of course.

S: And Turtle knows this?

C: Yes, and he even made himself invisible to Darkstalker. Darkstalker cannot see him or remember him. He can’t even hear him.

S: Why?

C: Because he is scared. He is a scaredy cat, but for a good reason. Because Darkstalker is actually still evil and has terrible plans to take over the whole continent.

S: That sounds serious.

C: It is! And all the other dragons believe Darkstalker, so Turtle has to save the day himself.

S: Hmm, that is a good synopsis Caramel so let us leave the plot here before we go into spoiler territory.

C: Okay.

Caramel is reading Talons of Power (Book Nine of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel is reading Talons of Power (Book Nine of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

S: So let us think more generally about the book. Turtle was a character we met before, but this is the book where he becomes the central character, right?

C: Yes.

S: Do you like him?

C: Yes. And actually I like him more now that I understand what is going on in his mind. And he is a good dragon, and his super secret power is really cool.

S: What would you do with that power if you had it Caramel?

C: Well, I am not sure I’d use it, because each time you use your super powers, it drains a part of your soul. It makes you less of yourself somehow.

S: Ooh, I did not know that! So maybe it makes sense that Turtle doesn’t want others to know he has super powers.

C: Yes I think so, too.

S: Okay, is that why Darkstalker is bad, because he keeps using his power?

C: No, he actually protected his soul because he learned how to. But his soul is not so nice, he was originally evil, so there is that.

S: Hmm, why can’t Turtle protect his soul?

C: Well, I guess he could, too, but he is still scared of using his powers.

S: I see. Then how about we move on? So what three words would you use to describe this book? How about we try to think of what distinguishes this book from the earlier ones?

C: There is more treachery in this one, so how about “treacherous”?

S: That is a good word! What else? You need two more ideas or ways to distinguish this one from the earlier eight books.

C: We knew the inner thoughts of almost everyone from the sixth book because Moonwatcher could read their thoughts. Everyone except Peril and Turtle. But Peril we learned about her thoughts in Escaping Peril, so only Turtle’s inner thoughts were unknown. Till this book.

S: Hmm, so is there a word that could help you capture this?

C: Revelation! This one reveals Turtle’s thoughts!

S: Yes! That is a neat word Caramel. I think a related descriptive adjective would be “revelatory”.

C: Okay, so my second word is “revelatory”.

S: How about your third word?

C: Well, I found it interesting that Turtle was afraid of becoming a hero.

S: Hmm, how about calling him a “reluctant hero” then?

C: Yes. I think that describes him well. Would that count?

S: Well, it is not quite a descriptor for the book, but let’s say it will do.

C: Yes, so can we wrap this up so I can move on to the tenth book?

S: I think we can Caramel.

C: Yay!

S: But before that, what will you tell our readers?

C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!

Caramel loved reading Talons of Power (Book Nine of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland, and can't wait to dive next into the tenth book.
Caramel loved reading Talons of Power (Book Nine of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland, and can’t wait to dive next into the tenth book.

Caramel reviews Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland

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 KingdomThe 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.

Caramel reviews Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel reviews Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

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?

C: No, she appears in the very first book actually, The Dragonet Prophecy. And I reviewed that book twice, the graphic novel version and the original book. So I know what is in it pretty well.

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!

Caramel and a happy friend are reading Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel and a happy friend are reading Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

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.

Caramel and his happy friend are discussing the various types of dragons in Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.
Caramel and his happy friend are discussing the various types of dragons in Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland.

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?

C: Yes.

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!

Caramel and his happy friend loved reading Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland, and recommend it to all little bunnies (and little happy octopi, too) who like dragons.
Caramel and his happy friend loved reading Escaping Peril (Book Eight of the Wings of Fire series) by Tui Sutherland, and recommend it to all little bunnies (and little happy octopi, too) who like dragons.