Caramel reviews the graphic novel version of The Brightest Night (Book Five of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland (with art work by Mike Holmes).
Caramel has already reviewed the graphic novel versions of the first four books of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series; below he shares his thoughts on the fifth book in the series, published recently as a graphic novel: The Brightest Night. As in the first four graphic novelizations, this book is adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky, art work is by Mike Holmes, color is by Maarta Laiho.
In the following Sprinkles is taking notes and is asking questions.
Caramel got into the Wings of Fire series through the graphic novels path. He has already read and reviewed for the book bunnies blog the four books published as graphic novels: see his reviews of The Dragonet Prophecy, The Lost Heir, The Hidden Kingdom, and The Dark Secret. However, the graphic novels did not go far enough, and Caramel already knew there were a lot more books in the series. So this week he finally took the plunge and read The Dragonet Prophecy, the book that started the whole series. Below he shares his thoughts on this book with Sprinkles, who is asking questions and taking notes.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, I see you finally took the plunge and began to read the actual Wings of Fire books.
S: Why did you do that?
C: Because they did not yet publish them all as graphic novels. I am still waiting on my copy of the fifth book in the series. But there are actually at least fourteen books and I can’t wait that long for all of them to be made into graphic novels!
S: Hmm, so you are an impatient little one.
S: So I know you already had read this book as a graphic novel. What was it like to revisit the same story, this time written as a standard novel?
C: It was interesting. It is practically the same story, which makes sense of course, but there are some differences.
S: What kind of differences?
C: In the novel, Dune has only three legs, and in the graphic novels he has four. And in the graphic novel version he does not have a scar on his wing. Also there are some more events in this one. In the graphic novel they do not go behind the waterfall, but here they do.
S: Hmm, so these seem like not too big a deal to me. The story was generally the same then, right?
C: Practically the same.
S: So tell our readers briefly what the story is so if they have not read the graphic novel or your review of it yet, they can still get something out of this review.
C: Well, I’d assume they could just read my review of the graphic novel, but here you go: there are five young dragons, called dragonets, dragonets of destiny, are captured by Queen Scarlet, and .. hmm I should not spoil that.
S: So what is the prophecy again?
C: The prophecy is a long poem at the very beginning of the book. Here it is:
When the war has lasted 20 years … the dragonets will come. When the land is soaked with blood and tears… the dragonets will come.
Find the SeaWing egg of deepest blue. Wings of night will come to you. The largest egg in mountains high will give to you the wings of sky. For wings of earth, search through the mud, for an egg the color of dragon blood. And hidden alone from the rival queens, the SandWing egg waits unseen.
Of three queens who blister and blaze and burn, two shall die and one shall learn if she bows to a fate that is stronger and higher, she’ll have the powers of wings of fire.
Five eggs to hatch on brightest night, Five dragons born to end the fight. Darkness will rise to bring the light. The dragonets are coming ….
The Dragonet Prophecy
S: That is a neat poem Caramel. So the story is about those five young dragons who are expected to “end the fight”?
C: Yes exactly. This is a really cool series. In fact while we were talking, we found that short trailer about the whole series. Maybe we can embed that video here.
S: Okay, let us give that a try:
S: That does look neat Caramel. So would you recommend this book to anyone who only read the graphic novels?
C: Yes. I think it is really a good way to meet our old friends in this new way. And then I am looking forward to reading all the books in the series. I am not going to have to wait for all the graphic novels.
S: But I have a feeling you will still want to read the graphic novel versions as those come out.
C: Of course! I love looking at the pictures in the graphic novels. They are so cool!
S: It seems this book also has some illustrations.
C: Yes. They are all black and white, but there are sketches of all the different dragons.
C: Not quite. In the How to Train Your Dragon series, the illustrations are a bit funnier, they are sort of obviously hand-drawn. These ones on the other hand look a lot more realistic, kind of like you were reading a book about dinosaurs, but about dragons instead.
S: I see. And there are some decorations and maps at the beginning. It does indeed look neat. I read that there is a bit more violence in these original books than there was in the graphic novels. Did you think so?
C: Yeah I guess. I guess the fights are more vicious in the original story.
S: I see. But you do not see the gore, you read about it.
C: Yeah, thankfully. And I still like the book. The story is still awesome. And if it gets a bit too much, I can always skip that part.
S: Did you need to skip a lot of parts?
C: No, actually I read all of it, except there is one violent scene, where Queen Scarlet… Wait, I am not telling. But in any case, I skipped that paragraph.
S: I see. Would you recommend this book to little bunnies like yourself then?
C: Yes but maybe their parents or other adults might want to look at it too to see if the little ones can handle things.
S: Thanks for that warning Caramel. I think you are ready to dive right into the next book. Aren’t you?
S: Then what would you like to tell our readers as we wrap up this review?
Caramel has already reviewed the graphic novel versions of the first three books of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series. (See Caramel’s review of The Dragonet Prophecyhere; his review of The Lost Heir is here; and finally his review of The Hidden Kingdom is here.) Today, for his last review for 2020 (and the last review of the book bunnies until February 2021), he decided to review the fourth book in the series that appeared (just yesterday!) as a graphic novel: The Dark Secret (adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky, art work by Mike Holmes, color by Maarta Laiho). As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions as needed.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, I saw you were so eager to get your paws on this book as soon as possible. Was it worth the wait?
Caramel: Yup. Most definitely.
S: So you have read it once so far. What happens in this book?
C: In the beginning Starflight finds himself in the Night Kingdom because some NightWings have kidnapped him.
S: Oh then, the rest of the book is him trying to get back?
C: Nope. There is that but there are a lot of other things happening, too. They run to the rain forest and have other adventures.
S: Do we learn more about the prophecy in this book?
C: Yes, apparently, it’s … oops, I should not spoil it for the readers. But yes, we learn a lot of new things that I didn’t know.
S: At least tell us: are they interesting and surprising?
C: Yep yep yep!
S: Tell me more about Starflight. Did we meet him before in one of the earlier books?
C: Yes, of course. He is one of the five dragons the prophecy says will save the world. Remember, he is a NightWing but cannot tell the future or read minds like most others can.
S: So each of the books tells the adventures of one of these five dragons, right?
C: Right. The first one was about Clay, the MudWing. The second was about Tsunami, the SeaWing. The third was about Glory, the RainWing. And this is about Starflight, the NightWing. Then of course the fifth one should be about Sunny, who is a SandWing.
S: That seems to me to be a good narrative strategy for series. I do hope you will some day read the books these graphic novels are based upon, too. I expect those will have a lot more details about these characters and their world.
C: Yes, I think I will some day. But for now I want to read the graphic novels over and over again.
S: Okay then. We can wrap up this review so you can read it again.
S: We should also remind our readers that we will be off for January 2021, and we will be back in February 2021.
C: Yes! Happy new year everyone! And stay tuned for more book bunny reviews!
Caramel reviews the graphic novel version of The Hidden Kingdom (Book Three of Wings of Fire) by Tui Sutherland (with art work by Mike Holmes).
Caramel has already reviewed the graphic novel versions of the first two books of Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire series. (See Caramel’s review of The Dragonet Prophecyhere; his review of The Lost Heir is here.) Today he reviews the third book in the series that appeared as a graphic novel: The Hidden Kingdom (adapted by Barry Deutsch and Rachel Swirsky, art work by Mike Holmes, color by Maarta Laiho). As usual, Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions as needed.
Sprinkles: So this is the third book of the series you have read, right, Caramel?
Caramel: Yes. But I am not done. I’m still keeping busy flipping through the pages.
S: But you have read it at least once all the way, right?
C: Yes, I have. But I like reading these books over and over again.
S: Why is that?
C: I think these Wings of Fire books are really awesome. I love the pictures, the books are really very colorful.
S: What about the story? What is happening in this third book?
C: All of the books are about the five dragons we met in the first book. But of course there are always some new characters.
S: Tell me more. Who is the central character of this book?
C: Glory. She is a RainWing. They are supposed to be lazy and almost stupid, but Glory is smart. RainWings have venom, and can camouflage. They can also turn invisible.
S: So what is happening to Glory in this book? Is she also destined to be the queen of her tribe, like Tsunami from the second book?
C: She is.
S: So is trouble awaiting her when she comes home, like it did Tsunami?
C: Yes and no. Not quite trouble but there are some challenges she has to face.
S: Like what?
C: She has to find a specific flower in a flower hunt. They go through these challenges in teams.
S: So does Glory also make some good friends along the way?
C: Yes. Glory makes at least two good friends. One of them is Kinkajou, who is at some point in this book kidnapped, but they eventually find her. And another new friend is Mangrove. He is grumpy at first because his partner is missing.
S: So some RainWings are going missing. And Glory and her friends try to find them, right?
C: No, Glory has to do it alone. And she has another friend, too. I forgot. Her name is Tamarin. She is blind, but she wins the flower hunt. She has a very good sense of smell.
S: These books seem like a lot is going on in each of them. Lots of action, lots of mystery, right?
C: Yup. Do you want me to tell you who is kidnapping the RainWings?
S: No! We should not spoil it for our readers!
C: Well, ok. Then I guess we can just wrap things up. Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!