Today Caramel reviews the thirteenth book of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series: The Poison Jungle 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 Kingdom, The 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), the eleventh (The Lost Continent), and the twelfth (The Hive Queen).
Readers should be warned that there may be more spoilers in this review than usual.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, this is the thirteenth book. Only two more left I think. Right?
S: So tell us about this one. Who is the main character this time?
C: Sundew. She is a LeafWing, and she has the strongest LeafSpeak in her tribe.
S: What was that?
C: Remember I told you about it when we were talking about The Hive Queen. Some of the LeafWing dragons can help plants grow faster or slow them down. And Sundew is really good at this.
S: So what is the main story this time? What does Sundew do with her powers?
C: Well, she doesn’t tell her friends about her powers at first. But Cricket asks her some questions and it comes out. And remember the last time, Cricket, Sundew and Blue and Swordtail got to the Poison Jungle to hide. So this is the story of them hiding there.
S: Tell me more. What happens? What is the main conflict in the book?
C: Queen Wasp actually attacks the jungle and takes over a lot of the LeafWing tribes. She also gets Blue and Swordtail.
S: Wait, that sounds like a big spoiler.
C: Yes I guess it is because it happens towards the end. But I could not hide it. It is a big deal. And it is terrible, because Queen Wasp can control people. And now she will control Blue and Swordtail too.
S: Hmm, we should probably put a spoiler alert to this post. But who is Swordtail? I do not remember you talking about that dragon.
C: Swordtail is another SilkWing, he is a friend of Blue. We met him actually all the way back in The Lost Continent.
S: I see. So he was also trying to help Cricket hide and help them all get rid of Queen Wasp?
C: Yes, exactly.
S: Okay, since we already gave away some big spoilers, let us move away from the plot line and talk about the rest of the book. Do you find Sundew an interesting character?
C: Yes, she is strong and also likes another girl dragon, Willow, another LeafWing.
S: I see. Does Willow like her back?
C: Yes. But they are not quite a couple.
S: I see. So does Sundew talk about Willow in the book a lot?
C: Not too much. She hides a lot of her feelings, and her powers, and so on. She does not seem to trust others too much.
S: I see. So on this continent who is your favorite dragon so far?
C: I’d say Willow, because she is the nicest person of them all. She is kind and always trying to help. I also like Blue and Cricket. Blue does not like violence, and neither does Cricket. But also Cricket is very curious, she asks questions all the time. So I like all three of them.
S: Those are very good reasons to like a character Caramel! So did you think this book was at the right tone for the series? Did you think it carried the story along well so you would want to continue to read on?
C: Yes. I think the whole series is very good, all the books are so good! And I definitely want to read the next two books! And soon!
S: Okay Caramel, I get the hint. Let us wrap this up then so you can move on to book fourteen. But before then, what do you want to tell our readers?
C: Stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!