Caramel is a young bunny who loves dragons. In these last couple years, he has gone through all fifteen books of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series, and reviewed most of them. (His review of the fifteenth book, The Flames of Hope, contains links to all his reviews of the previous books.) He also loves graphic novels. So it was totally expected that when the graphic novel version of the sixth book in the series (Moon Rising) appeared, he just had to get his paws on a copy. Today, for his first review for the new year of 2023, he chose to talk about this book, written by Tui Sutherland, adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky, with art work by Mike Holmes, and color by Maarta Laiho. As always, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions.
Sprinkles: So here we are, Caramel, back from our January break, and you have yet another Wings of Fire book to talk about!
Caramel: Yes! This is Moon Rising, the sixth book of the series. It is the first book of the second arc, Jade Mountain.
S: You reviewed the original version of Moon Rising for the blog before. And I know it was one of your favorites in the series.
C: Yes, I think it is my favorite after the fifteenth, fourteenth, and the tenth.
S: Well, that means it is one of your top three. That is neat. It means you really liked the book. How is this one?
C: Good. But different. The graphic novel versions are all really really different from the actual books.
S: How so?
C: I guess they have similarities, I mean the characters, the main plot lines, and so on, but the original books, they have so much more detail, it feels like you are there.
S: Well, the graphic novel usually does not have as much room for as many words, but the images can help you see the story, perhaps?
C: Yes, I like the pictures in the graphic novels.
S: Does how they depict the characters visually fit your view of them?
C: I guess. You mean do they look like what I think they should look like?
S: Yep.That’s what I mean.
C: Then yes. They do kind of look like what I think they should look like.
S: And since you have read the first five graphic novels before moving into the actual series, maybe they already set some of the imagery in your mind.
S: So let us come back to Moon Rising. Can you remind our readers what the plot line is?
C: This is about Moonwatcher, who is a NightWing, and she has a dark secret. She has three dark secrets actually, but I will only tell one.
S: Okay, do tell.
C: She can read minds!
S: Oh yes, I seem to remember that from your review of the original version of the book.
C: Well, the story is the same as that one. With few minor differences. In the original book, there is a little bit more said about MoonWatcher’s secret, and there are more clues to her other dark secrets. But I won’t tell you more about those!
S: I guess I will have to wait and see for myself when we get to the book in audio. Perhaps this is a good time to tell our readers that we as a household are listening to the Wings of Fire books as audio books, and we are only in the third book (Hidden Kingdom).
C: Yes, but we are going kind of slow.
S: I know. We only listen to one chapter a night, and that is optimistic, some nights we don’t listen at all.
C: That happens way too often.
S: I know you like these books a lot, and listening to them, I can actually see why. The characters are all so vividly developed, though so far I only really met Clay, Tsunami, and Glory as the main narrators of the first three books, and the latter two are both too sure of themselves. Not like confidence isn’t nice, but theirs is more like, I know how to do all things and I don’t need help.
C: Yes, but both of them learn that they do need their friends.
S: I guess I can see that happened to Tsunami in the second book and might eventually happen to Glory in the third. So how about the central character of Moon Rising? Is Moonwatcher also very confident?
C: No she is the complete opposite. She doesn’t believe she can ever do anything right. But she is actually pretty awesome too.
S: Okay, so you liked this book!
C: Yes, I liked the original too, but the graphic novel is also pretty great. I already read it like fifty times.
S: I’d not doubt that. I have been seeing it in your paws for a while now.
C: Yep. I like reading it and rereading it. And I can’t wait till the seventh book comes out as a graphic novel.
S: I know! You do love these books. I think it might be time to wrap up this review though. What would you like to tell our readers as we do that?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!