Tui T. Sutherland has created a Wings of Fire world that currently spans 12 books and is growing. The entire series can be broken down into miniseries, the first five books being one.
Book 1:The Dragonet Prophecy
Book 2: The Lost Heir
Book 3: The Hidden Kingdom
Book 4: The Dark Secret
Book 5: The Brightest Night
Wings of Fire Boxset, Books 1-5 (Wings of Fire)
Synopsis: The land of Pyrrhia is made-up of seven Kingdoms each inhabiting different clans of dragons. These kingdoms have been at war with each other for decades. An organization called the Talons of Peace believe a prophecy that five eggs hatched on the brightest night contain Dragonets that will end the war. The Talons of Peace steal these five eggs and raise the dragons under a mountain preparing them for war. These five dragons grow very close like a family. When the Talons of Peace threatens one the Dragonets work together and escape. Once free they want different things: to find their families, revenge on their captives, to fulfill the prophecy, end the war, be left alone. Where they end up is right in the middle of the war.
Parental Thoughts on Wings of Fire Books 1-5:
Caution: Violent! These books are VERY violent. A war is going on and dragons fight, kill, die, etc. You may want to avoid these books if you have issues with extreme violence.
Positive: I really enjoy the writing style of Tui T. Sutherland. Each book is written with an emphasis on one of the Dragonets which changes the tone of the book depending on the personality of the book’s main Dragonet. This is not easy to do and Sutherland pulls it off very well. This gives each book a different feel which makes each one feel fresh and new (except she does use the phrase, “On the one talon . . . , but on the other talon . . .” too many times throughout the series). I also enjoyed how each region in Pyrrhia is a different culture from how the dragons look, eat, mate, talk, their environment, etc. This plays out in the book regarding stereotypes and prejudices. It is great that each book is from a different Point of View. The readers can relate to each type of dragon and empathize regardless of origin and can see that certain stereotypes and prejudices are wrong. The reader can enjoy each culture and love them for their differences.
Negative: My main complaint with these books is not one culture has a belief system in a higher being. This is a huge gaping hole in this land created with many different cultures (seven!). All cultures in history have had a belief system in a higher being, so why not include this? To leave this out was intentional and I wonder why? I am not arguing that Sutherland should have made each culture have faith in a higher being, but not having any is a huge oversight about differences in cultures and learning to love diversity.
Amazon: Catechism of the Catholic Church
Catechism of Catholic Church relevant paragraphs:
27: The desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. . .
28: In many ways, throughout history down to the present day, men have given expression to their quest for God in their religious beliefs and behavior: in their prayers, sacrifices, rituals, meditations, and so forth. These forms of religious expression, despite the ambiguities they often bring with them, are so universal that one may well call man a religious being.
Violence: A lot of fighting and death. 4/5
Sex: There is some talk of mating and a few dragons seem to like each other in a romantic way. 1/5
Positive Role Models: Many of the characters make good choices, are altruistic, firm to who they are and what they believe, as well as loyal. 4/5
Drugs: Nothing major stands out, but there may have been a few side references to partying. 1/5
Bonus Graphic Novels:
If your kids, like mine, love Graphic Novels these books have them as well.
Wings of Fire Graphic Novel 1: The Dragonet Prophecy
The Lost Heir (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel 2)
The Hidden Kingdom (Wings of Fire Graphic Novel 3): A Graphix Book
Keywords: Fantasy, Dragons, War, Culture, Adventure, Fiction, Young Adult, Middle School, Friendship, Family
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How old should my kid be to read wings of fire?
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The age range given by Amazon is grades 3-7. I have a 9th grader who is very excited about book 14 coming out March 2021. I think as the series grows it is more for middle school age children.
I tell other parents these books are VERY violent. I put them at an R rating for violence alone. Books 1-12 have little to no romance (a few crushes can be implied). However book 13 is solely a romance between 2 female dragons who want to get married. I know if my kids were in elementary school when this book came out they wouldn’t have enjoyed a romance as romance stories for elementary age kids is totally inappropriate (heterosexual or homosexual).
Therefore, if your child is in elementary school I would not recommend the entire series to them (first 5-6 books would be fine if you are okay with violence). The later books are for teens.
i’m confused about what you said about lack of belief in a higher being, as if you need any sort of belief in a higher being to have any sort of varying culture? as if you need that sort of thing for any culture. the sandwings have things like moon festivals, celebrating moon cycles. or how transition of power is done, most of the tribes have a death match whoever wins gets to be queen. rainwings do it very differently due to them wanting less death involved in their lives. i’m just naming a few examples. none of these things need any religion to exist. most of these cultures have to do with things like environment, what the dragons find fun, or things like just wanting certain things like a way to transition power of the throne. none of their cultures have things like temples or priests or even things like a bible. so why would you need religeon involved in any of the cultures for them to make sense? (also unrelated to religeon, why do you not like any sort of romantic relationships? it’s not like it’s innopropriate for kids considering it’s something they everyday like seeing their parents kiss or hug, or seeing a disney movie with a princess being saved by a night and them falling in love? just curious about that)
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My point was if you look at the history of every culture in the world, ALL had a belief system in a higher being. Her not including that in any culture was odd to me and an intentional oversight into how cultures functioned historically and exist in reality even today.
I stand by my stance that romances are inappropriate for a very young audience (elementary age). I include Disney movies as well. If you talk about these princess movies to the younger generation the kids never gravitate towards the romance part of the movie. They talk about everything else, but the romance. Most of these movies really only include the love story in the last few minutes (think Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Tangled, Frozen, etc), the majority of the movie had nothing to do with the actual romance. Most of the focus of these movies was on the action scenes. Her romantic book was solely about romance. Nothing else happened in the book. Even my high school-age child didn’t enjoy it because it was ONLY about the romance.
but this is a book full of dragons and fantasy, not the real world run by humans. it’s not even earth that any of the books take place. history in the real world and cultures in the real world are 100% irrelevant to any of these books.
with the romance part, you never explained how or why romantic relationships are inappropriate for kids. the only reason you seemed to give was that your kid didn’t enjoy the romance. which is hardly a reason. my little sister is only 5 years old, and she loves romance in fiction, she plays pretend wedding all the time, and she was raised by a Mormon mother, so it’s not like all kids won’t like it. also don’t kids see their parents hug or kiss often? is that just suddenly not allowed around children?
i’m just trying to make sense of what you’re trying to do here, thank you for your time.
Even fantasy has to reflect humanity. If it didn’t, readers would not relate to the story.
Your sister pretending to wed is not romance as marriage is not romance (people thinking it is could be one of the reasons the divorce rate is so high). Marriage is a societal institution that gives strength to society and helps raise children that contribute to society as adults. If you don’t believe me on this look into statistics on this issue, as many people don’t want to believe this is true so ignore all research and studies showing the importance of marriage to society. Once the family goes, society goes.
Plus, your sister is reflecting what she sees, not necessarily what she desires. This is why romance is not appropriate – kids will mimic what they read and see. Couldn’t you agree that if your sister brought a boy over to play “house” that there would be a point your mother would say is inappropriate for them to play? How far do you think your mother would allow the hugging and kissing to go with your sister and her friend? Isn’t there a line? When books get graphic in this aspect, kids will mimic it not because they understand what they are doing, but because they are doing what they read or saw.