Dragonet Prophecy
by Sutherland, Tui

Determined to end a generations-long war among the seven dragon tribes, a secret movement called the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy that calls for a great sacrifice, compelling five appointed dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.

<div><p><b>TUI T. SUTHERLAND</b> is the author of the <i>New York Times</i> and <i>USA Today</i> bestselling <i>Wings of Fire</i> series, the <i>Menagerie</i> trilogy, and the <i>Pet Trouble</i> series, as well as a contributing author to the bestselling <i>Spirit Animals</i> and <i>Seekers</i> series (as part of the Erin Hunter team). In 2009, she was a two-day champion on <i>Jeopardy! </i>She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful husband, two awesome sons, and two very patient dogs. To learn more about Tui's books, visit her online at tuibooks.com.</p></div>

One stormy night on an island of warring dragon tribes, five eggs from five separate tribes are stolen from their nests. The eggs hatch in a secret location, and the dragonets are raised to fulfill a destiny they neither understand nor wish to face. They tire of the secrecy that has dictated their lives at the behest of the shadowy organization the Talons of Peace, and they look for any opportunity to break free. When that opportunity finally comes, it has ramifications they could never possibly imagine. As the first title in a multiple volume series, this gets down to the business of introducing readers to the key players in what is set to be an epic saga. While a lot happens in this first book, Sutherland has taken time to flesh out the characters and make each vital to the story, rather than simply overwhelming in their numbers. Dramatic battle scenes, double-crosses, and one seriously deranged queen makes Wings of Fire a series that should have broad appeal for middle-grade fantasy fans. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Five young dragonets find themselves destined to fulfill a prophecy that will end the war between the dragons. Six years ago, the underground group Talons of Peace, determined to make the end of the war a reality, stole, bought and borrowed five eggs and began raising the young dragons in secret. Gentle-hearted Clay, the MudWing; sassy Tsunami, the SeaWing; bookish Starflight, the NightWing; loyal Sunny, the SandWing; and shy Glory, the RainWing, are the Dragonets of Destiny. After six long years in seclusion with only their history lessons and combat training for occupation and their harried minders for company, the five young dragons yearn to see what life is like beyond the thick stone walls of their cave. Escaping their prison is only a vague fantasy until the original prophet arrives and threatens the life of one of the dragonets. The five flee, only to be captured almost immediately by a ruthless dragon queen. Fast-paced and detailed, this first installment in a new adventure series is entertaining if not terribly original. Adult dragons are all cast as untrustworthy, cruel and selfish; only the young dragonets seem to have any depth and complexity. While expected, violent battle scenes seem at odds with the story of peace and quest for home. Nevertheless, this first outing has all of the key ingredients for a successful formula-fantasy series: hierarchical social structure, destiny, attributive names and a map. Exciting, but not outstanding. (dragon taxonomy) (Fantasy. 9-12) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

<div> "Leave?" Clay echoed, startled. "How? On our own?""Why not?" Tsunami said. "If we can find a way out-why should we have to wait another two years? I'm ready to save the world now, aren't you?""We can't stop the war by ourselves," Clay said. "We wouldn't know where to start."Still, part of him couldn't help imagining what it would be like to go home now. Back to the marshes, to the swamps, to a whole tribe of MudWings who looked like him and thought like him...back to his parents, whoever they were . . .What if they could do it? What if they could escape, and survive, and save the world . . . their own way? </div>

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