Spoiler-Free Review: The Dragonet Prophecy

“The Dragonets are coming”

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

What do you do when your entire world has been at war for generations? Some of the dragon tribes are close to dying out! What can be done to bring peace? The Talons of Peace believe in a prophesy that says five dragonets will bring peace to the land. A Mudwing, a Skywing, a Seawing, a Sandwing, and a Nightwing will come together and end the war.

Although the prophecy describes the five dragon eggs and where the Talons can find them, it doesn’t tell Clay, Tsunami, Starflight, and Sunny HOW they are supposed to stop the war. Just like it doesn’t say anything about the Skywing, being killed. That doesn’t stop Clay, Tsunami, Starflight, and Sunny from embracing Glory, the “replacement” Rainwing, as the fifth dragonet of prophecy. . . until the dragon who wrote the prophecy shows up and orders the Talons of Peace to murder Glory. That doesn’t sound like something the good guys should be doing.

Unwilling to risk their friend’s life, the five dragonets plan an escape from the caves they’ve lived in their whole lives. They have no idea how big and scary the real world is. . . but they are about to find out.

The dragonets are coming…

I liked this book. I like that the author choose to highlight how messy family relationships can be. A kid might think their parents are being unfair when they are protecting them. Sometimes you need to refocus who you consider to be your family. Sometimes ‘home’ isn’t a safe place.

While there are plenty of tropes in this book (evil queens, the prophecy will not be thwarted, ‘Obi-Wan never told you’ etc.) but this series uses those tropes to explore themes about family and not letting where you come from define you. I really liked that. I highly recommend this book for 4th grade and up.

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