Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10)
A young NightWing may have had the first true prophecy in generations . . . Something is coming to shake the earthSomething is coming to scorch the groundJade Mountain will fall beneath thunder and iceUnless the lost city of night can be found. Will the return of Darkstalker bring a horrible future to Pyrrhia? Or can five young dragons save the world -- again? Don't miss the thrilling conclusion to the new prophecy in the epic, bestselling Wings of Fire series!

Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10) Details

TitleDarkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 25th, 2017
PublisherScholastic Press
ISBN-139780545685474
Rating
GenreFantasy, Dragons, Childrens, Middle Grade, Adventure, Young Adult

Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10) Review

  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    After some careful thought, I'm lowering the ratingI'll probably explain later--------I...I can't believe it's actually over.I mean, I don't know if I hoped for Tui to pull another fast one on us like she did in TBD. I, like, lowkey couldn't breathe when I read the words "The adventure continues..." But rip, it just turned out to be an announcementish for a graphic novel. Which, like, let's be real; I'm still going to buy every single WoF book that exists. And also it would be really cool to rea After some careful thought, I'm lowering the ratingI'll probably explain later--------I...I can't believe it's actually over.I mean, I don't know if I hoped for Tui to pull another fast one on us like she did in TBD. I, like, lowkey couldn't breathe when I read the words "The adventure continues..." But rip, it just turned out to be an announcementish for a graphic novel. Which, like, let's be real; I'm still going to buy every single WoF book that exists. And also it would be really cool to read TDP again, but like with visuals.I don't know if I wished for another 5 books because a good portion of the WoF fandom are also part of the Warriors fandom, and many of them voiced concerns about another Warriors situation arising with WoF. And like, I don't know. How many times can you use the same story of "There was a prophecy" "five more dragons" "BAM EVIL" over and over again before it gets old?I suppose it's better to stop sooner rather than later, and before the quality of the series deteriorates.SPEAKING OF WHICH; I 100% take back that anonymous tumblr confession I sent about the quality of the WoF series declining after Escaping Peril. Because while yes, I do believe something about the second set of books doesn't feel the same as the first set, there absolutely no way that I could properly criticize this series when the final book was wrapped up so beautifully with so many wonderful lessons.Yes, there were issues in the last three books. But then again, what kind of book doesn't have issues? It feels like the story kind of lost its way for a little while (at least in my humble opinion), but it found itself again in the last book, along with its heart and just everything that makes this series wonderful.(I really can't believe it's over. Like, actually this time. Or is it...? Huehuehue)I can't even begin to describe how amazing this series is. The characters are so complex, like, genuinely complex with real flaws that they need to overcome in the end and they all have such distinct personalities. And the lessons are so important and the world is amazing and there's just SO MUCH depth in these books that are only ever 300-400 pages and it's astonishing. Like, there's so much more to these books than in some 600+ YA books I've read before.Honestly, I want to keep gushing but can't without talking about some very specific things.(view spoiler)[So it's SPOILER TIME THAT PROLOGUE though. I didn't expect it to tie into the story later on. I thought it was really cool that we learned what actually happened to Prickle. And like I said in my updates, I couldn't believe how well done Palm and Prickle were as morally gray dragons. I don't know if that was Tui's intention, but like WOW. Prickle just wants to survive, but she's also very cold towards her sister. Palm literally let her sister get arrested for a crime she didn't commit...buuuuut she also had a dragonet to take care of so...Just wow.And Qibli. I just love him so much because he's so sad and insecure and just wants to be loved but also is constantly like "if I had magic" and stuff which is totally wrong, but it was a constant character flaw that he eventually overcame and it was just beautiful. The chapter where Darkstalker offers him animus magic just ends with, "No" and it was so powerful and moving and I just...AGHHHHHAlso, WHAT ABOUT THAT ENDING?! The series can't just END like that! There's gotta be a spinoff or something, because you can't just STOP when you introduce a dragon from the LOST FRICKIN CONTINENT!ALSO GAY DRAGONS! We get a hint of something between Umber and Qibli, but then Umber left which is a shame. HOWEVER COMMA, WE GET ANEMONE AND TAMARIN AND IT'S NOT CENSORED OR IMPLIED AT ALL. IT'S FLAT OUT STATED THAT ANEMONE HAS A CRUSH ON TAMARIN JUST YASSSSSSSSOkay end of spoilers (hide spoiler)]And the entire series itself is just so FUNNY. Like, so unexpectedly. It's like, you're just casually reading and then a witty line just jumps out all of a sudden and it's just HILARIOUS. The hilarity is kind of like the style of crack fics on ao3 tagged "crack taken seriously," except WoF doesn't read like fanfiction. The humorous parts are so ridiculous (but not like bad ridiculous) but you just roll with it, and then it only gets better.Some issues I had was that some of the characterizations felt a little off, like with Winter at the beginning. Like I get that he was under a spell and all, but I'm talking about some of his mannerisms and stuff. Like the whole "Your earring would clash with my scales" or whatever. That doesn't seem very Winter-y to me. And also, Ostrich lowkey sounded like Kinkajou, but you know, esta bien because Ostrich is still adorable.Also, the book didn't give me the sense of an overarching plot like TBN did. There wasn't the feel of a slowly building tension and a goal that the protagonist had to work towards. Qibli was kind of just jumping around everywhere trying to figure stuff out, and it felt like he just had so many things to do at once but no real direction. Like, "I guess I'll go find this missing dragon and oops, I found out about another conspiracy." It didn't really feel tied together.And also, we didn't get as much closure on some dragons as I would have liked. (view spoiler)[spoilerrrr Like, I want to know what happened to Qibli's family and what was going on with them. And also, what actually happened to Prickle? Is she still in there or...? Also, what about Onyx and her whole grand plan? Is he leg healed? Will she still challenge Thorn? Just...what happened? end spoilerrr (hide spoiler)] There was just a lot of things that didn't feel resolved or there wasn't enough closure, and I believe it was due to having so many other elements on the side that eventually just didn't tie into the main plot and so they got brushed aside.And finally: the greatest issue of all....THE FREAKING QIBLI-WINTER-MOON LOVE TRIANGLE UGHH THREE MOONS MY EYEEEEESSSSSSSSSSS.One thing I loved about the first arc was that the romance wasn't so like "I love you, I need you, etc etc," it was all just like, "you're a good-looking dragon who's somewhat helpful to me and we keep spending time together and would eventually like to see in the future again." Like, the romance wasn't a big deal which I appreciate, but like it was still there and I could happily ship it. You know, like a realistic relationship that starts small and grows and not like "I LOVE YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS MEEEEEEEEEE." (Aka, Qibliwatcher/Winterwatcher)I'm not sure if I'm happy about Moon's choice in the end. Even though I like both Qibli and Winter, I didn't really get the sense that she really liked either of them that much anyway. Like, I just didn't get it. I loved her relationship with Qibli in MR because they were, like, best buds. And also, I liked the thing she had going on with Winter, too. But When Winter and Qibli's POVs happened, it was just like UGHHHH STOPPPPPPBecause both of them were so moony-eyed and like "does she like me or him?' "she's the missing piece of me" "I need to know if she's safe" "he looked at Moon the same way I do, with love" and it's just BLEH DISGUSTING WHYIt's just SO cheesy and lame and I just wish that Moon didn't choose at all. I just wish that it was kind of left open ended, not all like "WE MUST COUPLE." The first arc did it well, the second arc was a little too intense for me.(Also, let's be real. Qinter's the only real ship. I was a fool all along.)(Like WOW there was a LOT of Qinter moments. I just love their friendship so much and it seems like they genuinely care about each other, although I do wish there was just a little more because even though they're wonderful, I feel like their relationship could have used just a little more development. But I still love them.)(QINTER, omg)But in all honesty, I didn't hate it as much as I could have. Because in the end, it didn't take away from the overall plot. And all the characters involved in the love triangle are actually decent dragons and I like them. Plus, it was fun to just roll my eyes at everything.All in all, I'm going to miss this series. I remember originally not wanting to read this because it sounded cheesy, but then my friend told me to read it and I honestly don't know where I would be if I wasn't obsessing over fictional dragons. I really...I really don't want to say good-bye.UPDATE: Turns out there IS going to be a third arc!!! Guess I can't get rid of WoF that easily :)))
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    This ending was TERRIBLE. It felt SO WRONG. I think most of the book was okay until 3/4ths in, and then everything was just plain wrong...and just descended into more wrongness. I have a very awful feeling of it, coming away. Some parts of it made me feel kind of sick to my stomach actually.First off let me say this was my favourite book series ever. But I've noticed Tui's writing is getting sloppier, more ridiculous. More outlandish. She's taken it to a whole new level. So I mentioned in my rev This ending was TERRIBLE. It felt SO WRONG. I think most of the book was okay until 3/4ths in, and then everything was just plain wrong...and just descended into more wrongness. I have a very awful feeling of it, coming away. Some parts of it made me feel kind of sick to my stomach actually.First off let me say this was my favourite book series ever. But I've noticed Tui's writing is getting sloppier, more ridiculous. More outlandish. She's taken it to a whole new level. So I mentioned in my review of Darkstalker that it felt to me like dragons got more uncivilized as the future progressed. Last I checked, Seawings didn't eat fruit in the first series. They didn't own things like COUCHES. They acted more like dragons, true to their nature, treasure-loving, meat-eating beasts with a very savage hierarchy where they killed each other to be queen. Then fruit entered the picture in Darkstalker, which I thought was unique to Rainwings only. As Tui continues writing, with every book, I notice her both her characters and tribes get less unique and start becoming exactly like each other almost. Tell me, why are there no mention of civilized things like plates and couches in the first dragonet series, but suddenly all these things exist thousands upon thousands of years ago when Darkstalker lived? It feels less like ancient history and looks more like something from the future, to be honest. In my opinion, in Darkstalker, that's when Tui really started going off course. And this book is basically a wild goose chase off of that one, going down paths it never should have gone. It's totally unrecognizable from the first series.Flaw 1.The characters slowly sound more and more like each other. Did you notice in this book, Qibli, Turtle, and Kinkajou all kind of sound the same? Just the way they talk. So many "totally's" thrown in and "awesomes" and "epic." And just weird outlandish things that really don't sound like the character. I kind of just feel like the author turned every single character into a mini Kinkajou. Or rather, what a kinkajou would act like if she were a sandwing, or a nightwing, or a seawing. Do they literally all have to sound like the same voice? I see more the author talking through her characters, than the characters themselves. It felt weird and cheesy to me and made me cringe, how many times I thought "Is it Qibli talking, or Kinkajou? I can't tell cause they literally sound the same and I'd never know the difference unless the author told me."Flaw 2. Writing style is getting sloppy. I feel like the author is trying way too hard to be funny and too goofy with her readers and has lost the ability to write beautiful stories with poignant storytelling. I thought she was an amazing writer when I first read the first stories. Why? She was able to describe so much with so little, and I could imagine the story so vividly. Starting in Darkstalker and ending in Darkness of Dragons however, I feel as if she kind of just threw her writing ability out the window in an effort to run a little comedy show here. It really bothers me.Flaw 3. Her theme/morals. What is this about good vs evil? What would Tui define as good? It kind of sounds like her version of "good" is helping other dragons. And she so grandly built up this theme to teach us that free will is something good, something that every dragon deserves, no matter how evil they are. We see that Qibli comes to this realization after considering making his mother like him if he were an animus. We see it when Darkstalker made Vulture turn into a dragon that had the mind of a dragonet. We saw how wrong that made Qibli felt. And yet, ironically, they do the exact same they were so against to Darkstalker. Against his will, they turn him into someone completely different. So unrecognizable he isn't even him anymore. Perhaps this is what disturbed me the most about this story. And you know, maybe I would have accepted that in the end eventually, if they had at least gave him a "start over" future. Like maybe he could "start over" as a dragonet with zero powers, but he would still be fully himself otherwise. He may not have his memories, but at least he would still have his icewing heritage? I'm sorry but how cruel can you be. How did it make Hailstorm feel, to be a completely different dragon he couldn't even relate to when he became himself again? And you know, Tui spends all this time showing us that doing this to dragons is EVIL. It's WRONG AND TWISTED AND DISTURBING. And then what does Tui do? Her characters are heroes DOING THE EXACT SAME THING TUI SAID WAS EVIL THROUGHOUT THE SERIES JUST because they do it to an evil villain like Darkstalker. Everyone agreed that Darkstalker was evil. Why? Not because he didn't have good intentions, but because he kept forcing dragons to go against their will to get the future he wanted. And in the end, that is EXACTLY what Moonwatcher, Kinkajou, and Foeslayer did. They turned Darkstalker into a completely different dragon against his will to get the future THEY wanted. In the end all I can think is that the heroes are literally just like Darkstalker and I've lost pretty much all my respect for them. I would have rathered Darkstalker died. Or that he went to sleep forever. Or better yet-went back in time to start over with his family without his powers. Maybe him and Clearsight could have had a future. That never felt finished to me. Really? You can't just fix everything by erasing someone's memories. I s that what the author thinks? That if you erase someone's memories, everything is solved and magically fixed? It's disturbing. It's DISGUSTING. The worst thing you can do to someone is take away their memories. You're better off killing them in my opinion. Personally I'd rather die than have someone remove all my memories from me. You know why? Because you mark someone's life an absolute waste. Every single moment of it. Worthless. A total waste. Whether or not that person values it, you decide since you're god you have the ability to take away their memories. I am very disturbed with the author for thinking this is the greatest solution she could have taken for dealing with Darkstalker. Here's what I was HOPING would happen: Foeslayer comes back. Since Foeslayer disappearing, that's when Darkstalker's rage and vengeance really took a turn for the worst in the book Darkstalker. Therefore I was hoping when his mother came back, his rage and longing would be quelled. That he'd take one glance at his mother, and his heart would be LIKE a dragonet again. That he'd be willing to give up anything for her because once she disappeared from his life, that's when he REALLY lost it. It's like this I imagine: Humans go around destroying things and in pain and longing in their hearts that make us lose our minds and do terrible things to each other. I imagine Jesus's coming, where Jesus's very presence is enough to stop the insanity. That because He is what we're all longing for secretly, that everyone would just stop and their heart would be quieted as they looked in awe and with tears in their eyes at him. That's kind of what I was hoping for, for Foeslayer to show up and Darkstalker to instantly freeze. All thoughts of conquer gone. All thoughts of everything that went wrong...this is a gift from the past. He should have cherished it. I was appalled he went right back to scheming not even five minutes after his mother showed up. Is that how YOU would react if one of the people you loved most in your life you thought died suddenly appeared to come back to life? Seriously? I wanted his inner anger to quiet until it was almost nonexistent, so entranced with his mother, she was his world. I wanted her to reach out a talon and touch his face, still loving him, despite everything he's done. Why would you ever want to completely change your son, even to half rainwing? Disgusting! I thought she would love him more than that, value him more than that! If she really wanted a completely new dragon, she could have just gone and gotten married with someone else and made a new baby dragonet. It's disturbing that she was willing to erase every aspect of Arctic from her son. Take away his icewing heritage and give him a random rainwing one instead. That's just wrong. This ending made me give this 1 star, and I probably otherwise would have given it 4, or at the very least, 3. But that ending? It was so awful and so wrong and SO DISTURBING that right now I kind of just never want to pick up another one of Tui's future books ever again. This story is not what it used to be. I can't even recognize this crazy world she's building anymore.Flaw 4. The "perfect" ending. NOTHING IS PERFECT. You CANNOT JUST FIX AN ENDING BY TYING UP ALL THESE LOOPHOLES AND LOOSE ENDS TO MAKE THAT HAPPILY EVER AFTER FEELING. I say a good story always has some mystery left over. I HATE stories that try to tie up all the loose ends, when there are way too many loose ends to tie up! That epilogue was WAY longer than it should have been and WAY too perfect. It was so perfect it was unbelievable. I wrote a book once and tried to do that in my epilogue. My editor completely cut it out, saying it was a terrible way to write. After further reflection I realized he was right. Nobody likes a story that is tied up with a little bow so that it's no longer relatable. Life isn't like that. It's not perfect. It's not a happy ending for EVERYONE.Flaw 5. I felt like the author was inconsistent and kept forgetting things. I also felt like that when you basically make someone play god, and throw out any limitations or rules for animus's, you kind of just screw yourself and your story over forever. I don't think the Wings of Fire series will ever recover from that. You cannot make a story or any possible way to bring down a "God" unless that "God" decides that he doesn't want to be God anymore. But as you can see...he still very much wanted to be God, even experiencing how lonely and disturbing and awful it was.Flaw 6. Winter. Winter got thrown out the window like he's less valuable and less of a dragon than everyone else just because he doesn't see the world like everyone else does. You know what? I liked Winter's book. I liked being in Winter's mind. I liked feeling his feelings. He felt relatable. He felt like a person. And Qibli is maybe the only dragon in the story who still thinks of Winter as a valuable dragon. But I feel like the author decided she had zero respect for her character anymore and threw him under the bus. Not only did Winter give up his entire tribe to be with his friends, he came to some pretty groundbreaking realizations in his book about the meaning and value of friendship and how much affection he had for his friends after all. And you know what? None of them except Qibli can return the favour. I mean they can't even trust him to tell him what happened to Darkstalker!! Doesn't he deserve to know that much?! Oh but NO he doesn't get to know the truth JUST BECAUSE he might not agree with it? Well geez Tui, he's not the only one! Tui, are you honestly telling me that just because someone disagrees with you on something, they don't have any right to know about something they were completely involved in earlier? That's cold. That's really cold. And that little thing Kinkajou said to Winter about Moon. "It might be too late." And him agreeing with her as if it was just some little thing he could get over. What a nice way to conveniently stick Moon and Qibli together while blaming the result on Winter. So what if Winter gets angry sometimes? Don't we all? No offense but when Winter was screaming at Moon for loving Darkstalker, I totally sympathized with him. Excuse me moon, but Darkstalker put a spell on ME, YOUR FRIEND. And YOU STILL TRUST HIM?! That's kind of like backstabbing someone. Think of it this way: one of your friends that you've been friends far longer but lately you're crushing on this new kid. And this new kid is bullying your best friend behind your back, and he comes up and tells you that and instead of siding with your best friend you kind of just shrug him off and say things like "Well I still like him. And I still trust him." What a way to completely disregard your friends feelings and worth. I'd be yelling at Moon too if the same thing had happened to me! Moon is kind of a piece of....nevermind.Flaw 7. What is WITH all the shipping in this book?! My goodness! How about ONE ship? One love circle is fine I guess. It's typical. But how many do we have in here? We've got Turtle and Kinkajou, which seems so random. I'm sorry but that came out of nowhere in the last book. I'd never seen any chemistry between them in the previous book until we were in Turtle's mind. In fact, Turtle and Peril had more chemistry between them than those two ever did, even though those two would never work. Even those two should have been more likely to end up with each other! Kinkajou and Turtle? Sorry but I can't see it, it's just too random and weird. Qibli and Moon is fine I guess. I have nothing against it, at LEAST we knew from the beginning that Qibli already liked her so it wasn't sprung on us or anything like that. And I feel like Moon should have had better reasons for choosing Qibli over Winter just because, as Kinkajou said "it's too late. You yelled at her." It's nice to know someone chooses you over someone else because the other person tends to express their feelings and frustrations pretty well. Isn't there more to Winter than that Moon? Come on. I admit I like Qibli better too, but for entirely different reasons. Okay and then Anemone and Tamarin? *Throws book down* I'm done. DONE. Author can't stop shipping. It's like I'm reading a fanfic and not the real thing! Why Anemone and Tamarin? Just cause it's gay? ZERO chemistry between those two throughout any other book but suddenly, SUDDENLY. And then there's also Peril and Clay. Look...it still hurts Clay to touch her. Is he actually in love with her? I know he never says he is but I wonder if the author is going in that direction. Peril should have kept the spell that made her normal. Now she gets to touch Clay and know she's always causing him pain.Flaw 8. Contradictions. Oh yeah and that part where they turned Anemone "good" by putting spells on her. I'm sorry but I'm losing respect for the author's ideals and messages. You lost me. What the crap do you want me to believe? Personally I think a person's choices should be able to show something of their character, but the author thinks they can fix all this crap with magic, a quick fix. I'm starting to think Peril was the only one who realized there's no such thing as a magical "quick fix" and that it all has consequences, but apparently everyone else thinks you can make each other GOOD by putting spells on each other, despite what Qibli said earlier to Darkstalker that his CHOICES are what made him bad, NOT his magic. And yet we're still to believe animus's lose their soul because they use too much magic? Sorry I thought we discovered that it was their CHOICES that make them bad, not their magic. Whatever Tui, I don't even know what I'm supposed to take away from this anymore.Flaw 9. The name change. THE NAME CHANGE. Does anything else even need to be said? Foeslayer to Hope? Darkstalker to Peacemaker? Insert cheesy much. Despite your cute, liberal names, sunshine and rainbows Tui, I'm not falling for it. Your characters are now completely unrelatable and unrecognizable to me. Flaw 10. The Lost Continent/Jerboa. So random. Kind of just slapped in there in the ending with nothing leading up to it. The Lost Continent is a great idea but the way it was introduced/executed was too sloppy and rushed.Yeah I don't know if I'll continue reading these books after that.
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  • Evi
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait to read this! This entire series is amazing, and it has only gotten better as it's progressed. Though Wings of Fire is geared towards children, it has enough action (gore), characters, world building and plot twists that anyone can enjoy. I just hope this is as good as the other nine books in this series, but I don't think I have too much to worry about. I'll write a full review for this as soon as this book comes out (and I can get my hands on it). :)I really, really want them to I can't wait to read this! This entire series is amazing, and it has only gotten better as it's progressed. Though Wings of Fire is geared towards children, it has enough action (gore), characters, world building and plot twists that anyone can enjoy. I just hope this is as good as the other nine books in this series, but I don't think I have too much to worry about. I'll write a full review for this as soon as this book comes out (and I can get my hands on it). :)I really, really want them to keep this cover.
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  • Yusuf Haroon
    January 1, 1970
    A terribly displeasing ending to one of my favorite series ever.I understand that Tui T. Sutherland had backed herself into a corner with the major plot holes in Talons of Power, but she only digs herself deeper. At this point, I don’t think it was an accident or a poorly thought plan, just simply a bad idea executed pretty well.All things considered, I am extremely disappointed with this book, I was so connected to it, I had dreams of it, wrote fanfictions of it, was inspired by it, and its cha A terribly displeasing ending to one of my favorite series ever.I understand that Tui T. Sutherland had backed herself into a corner with the major plot holes in Talons of Power, but she only digs herself deeper. At this point, I don’t think it was an accident or a poorly thought plan, just simply a bad idea executed pretty well.All things considered, I am extremely disappointed with this book, I was so connected to it, I had dreams of it, wrote fanfictions of it, was inspired by it, and its characters were always in my head…I’m not sure I will ever get over how upset I am with this.**SPOILER WARNING** If you have not read the book yet, please stop here.Firstly, it was bad enough that readers had to follow Turtle in Talons of Power, with his sadly pathetic demeanor and slow dopey train of thought, despite his obvious capabilities. But then we get a book with Qibli, whose cleverness and cunning I for one have been greatly looking forward to, only to find someone who thinks along the same lines. “Oh, woe is me, I’m useless and the world hates me…”Secondly, Tui has been showing signs of failing in the exact same place as many other authors, something as an author I cannot stress enough-- character consistency. First shown in the fleeting glimpses of our beloved characters in Talons of Power, and now given as a blast to the face here.Thirdly-- and this is mostly due to Talons of Power, not inherently this book-- Darkstalker’s defeat was so…dumb. One of the unspoken laws of writing is to never, ever make any character-- good or evil-- all-powerful because then there is no really good way to get rid of them. I mean seriously, he teleported all animus dragons all over the world to his throne room in a second (by the way, where on earth is the animus enchanting in that spell?), and he supposedly made himself invulnerable to animus magic, yet both with Turtle's stick and with his defeat it didn't seem to work...Fourth, the greatest plot hole in the book, how did Darkstalker even get his power back or how did the piece of his scroll that Moon and Qibli used to defeat him have any power? The animus magic can only be in one place-- otherwise, it makes absolutely no sense-- but when they "destroyed" the scroll with his animus magic he got his power back, yet there was part of his scroll still left with magic in it. How does Tui explain this? She doesn't, which is the worst thing she could do.Fifth and finally-- and this one is about the character pairing in the book-- why the heck did Tui decide to do Moon and Qibli? Although I suppose it was obvious since she announced that the last book was going to be on Qibli. And this isn’t all about personal opinion! If you think about it, how many times before this book did Moon and Qibli even speak to each other, let alone exchange special looks, or were even alone together? In Winter Turning I would say that Winter and Moon had some romantically tense moments, which were very exciting to read about. On top of that, and this last part doesn’t matter as much but it is still significant, there were polls on what pair the readers wanted in several places on the internet, including Scholastic’s official website, and readers voted incontestably for Moon and Winter, with the polls going at an average of 76% to 24%.**End of Spoilers**All in all, a complete flunk from my point of view. I understand that the vast majority will be happy with whatever they are given, but I’m not. I only ask for three simple things: A good story. Consistent characters. And a good ending to the series. That’s it. Nothing more. I’m not asking for perfection, just decency, and although this was one of my favorite series ever, this book couldn’t even nearly reach those simple standards. And for that, my 1-Star Rating.
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  • Sam
    January 1, 1970
    Can just I give it 5 stars before it even comes out? I know I'm gonna love it. I might cry too.Cover looks amazing <3
  • yo i’m on a hiatus and (maybe) never coming back
    January 1, 1970
    I hate the fact that Moon broke Winter's heart, and just said "oH hE'S StRonG QiBli noW Let'S fLy inTo the SunSeT FoRgEtTiNg AbOuT OuR bRokeN hEaRTeD eX FrIeNd!1!!!11". Moon is a goody tw shoes Mary Sue, and I honestly despise her. I also hate how Darkstalker was transformed into a pathetic dragnet that freaking eats strawberries. If I was Tui, I'd just finally let him rest with Clearsight, and let Foeslayer rest with Arctic. Not Tui's best work.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    She loved it! Aaaaannnddd. It ended in a cliffhanger, is a sign that there's more to come. She's stoked.
  • Bean Dalena
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars which I rounded up after a fierce deliberation.I'm so sick of being disappointed by books that I've really looked forward to.In general it wasn't so bad - I would have liked a more epic ending, and maybe a little bit less of the whole flying-across-the-continent-without-a-definite-plan thing, but it really wasn't so bad.... until these lines came along:"Ha!" Winter barked. "Indeed! Ha ha ha! Don't believe a word he says! I can't stand him!""We'll probably end up married one day." Qibli 2.5 stars which I rounded up after a fierce deliberation.I'm so sick of being disappointed by books that I've really looked forward to.In general it wasn't so bad - I would have liked a more epic ending, and maybe a little bit less of the whole flying-across-the-continent-without-a-definite-plan thing, but it really wasn't so bad.... until these lines came along:"Ha!" Winter barked. "Indeed! Ha ha ha! Don't believe a word he says! I can't stand him!""We'll probably end up married one day." Qibli said.That one shocked me. For a second I didn't believe it was actually there, that someone (Qibli, no less) had actually said that. But then there was a short conversation about how that might be good for clan relations, an IceWing prince marrying a SandWing soldier. But maybe I could have forgiven that (maybe). Until we have Kinkajou (!!) describing Anemone's crush on Tamarin as "adorable".*clears throat*I'm not going to argue or lecture about the moral side of this whole thing - there are better people than me on both sides of the 'gay' conflict. (Just so everyone knows, I'm Catholic and I oppose gay relationships for moral reasons, but that's beside the point.) I'm not going to get into that. Instead, I'm going to prove what a terrible marketing and writing decision it was for Tui Sutherland to put those lines in her book. Firstly, the marketing side. I assume she put the lines in either because she herself supports gay relationships, or because she thought it would increase her popularity following. If she supports it then that's another thing entirely. But if she thought it would increase the popularity of Wings of Fire? Simple logic will tell you that's not the case! Maybe half of her fans will be delighted that she's chosen a side, and that her characters have started mentioning this kind of thing, but that still leaves the other half who's now put down the book and stalked away in disgust! Before, she had 100% of her fans loving the series wholeheartedly - now she has about 50%. And last time I checked, we were going for a greater percentage of fans, not a lesser percentage.And did she really have to put it in? Everyone, everywhere, is fighting about this all the time -can we please keep it out of the middle-grade dragon fantasy series? Is that too much to ask? What kind of escape is that, when you dive into a book to get away from all the fights and turmoil, and then run right into them?Secondly, it was an absolutely terrible writing choice. Maybe if she'd built up to this revelation. Maybe if 'gay rights' had been an ongoing struggle in the dragon tribes, and this was a final decision. Maybe if it had simply been a part of dragon culture from the beginning. (I wouldn't have been reading it, but it would have made more sense.)But adding it in now? That just show's that Tui Sutherland's writing is being heavily influenced by current pop culture! And that's the opposite of good worldbuilding and good writing! It's like Qibli suddenly starting to wear skinny jeans with rips in them, or Winter having a fondness for One Direction! It's absolutely ridiculous and unlike anything that we've been taught about these characters! If she'd planned from the very beginning to put this aspect of our culture into the world of the dragon tribes, then it would make sense and maybe she'd be able to state her opinions on this subject in a subtle-yet-forceful way as so many writers have done on so many different topics through the centuries.But putting it in now? That's just bad writing.
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  • Jane Lee
    January 1, 1970
    HYPE AND FEELS
  • Faith Song
    January 1, 1970
    ... Frankly, I was disappointed in this book. I've read this series, all nine of the books before this, to myself, and then to my younger siblings. They were clean, relatively well-written MG books that I could both enjoy and feel comfortable reading to my little siblings (ages 4-11). I wonder if something happened between Talons of Power and this book, because the difference, while still minor, are stark. First of all, there was a replacement swear word. Not a bad one, but Sutherland has never ... Frankly, I was disappointed in this book. I've read this series, all nine of the books before this, to myself, and then to my younger siblings. They were clean, relatively well-written MG books that I could both enjoy and feel comfortable reading to my little siblings (ages 4-11). I wonder if something happened between Talons of Power and this book, because the difference, while still minor, are stark. First of all, there was a replacement swear word. Not a bad one, but Sutherland has never done this before, and it doesn't really fit in with the world she's created here. Secondly, the book seemed a bit clunky. It was the longest yet of the Wings of Fire series, and yet the plot felt crammed in, like it needed more words for the amount of plot. Thirdly, the ending (it's a spoiler, so I won't say what happened) really grated. It felt slapped on and contrived, like she wrote herself into a corner and this was the only cheap way she could fix it. And also, the entire series, it was stressed that something (spoiler, so not saying what) was wrong. Especially in this book, it was pointed out that this action was unacceptable. And then the characters pretty much went and did it. I have more to say about it, but I'd rather not, as it would reveal the climax of the story-arc. And lastly, but definitely not the least of my concerns, there are two paragraphs which stuck out like a sore thumb decorated with pink lace, sparkles, and the stamp of an author bowing to the whims of an immoral culture. Yes, the "gender" thing. Maybe I'm overreacting. Those are places I can easily skip, but... It's still there. I can't pretend that she isn't supporting this, just like I couldn't with other things (like Beauty and the Beast). I won't support it. I guess I've learned my lesson about looking forward to a movie or book. And not only that, it didn't fit in with the world of Pyrrhia. It's just not something that would happen there. This makes the fourteenth book of Sutherland's that I have read and enjoyed. I am now reading it to my little siblings, though, obviously, I'm taking out a few paragraphs. But I won't be reading the next five books to them.
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  • Liahona
    January 1, 1970
    NEW DRAGON NEW TRIBE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Denae Christine
    January 1, 1970
    Reader thoughts: This was such a good way to end the book. I really think that was the best way to deal with Darkstalker(view spoiler)[, to make him a baby dragon again, without his memories. That sort of happened in one of the Septimus Heap books, but I can't remember which one. I thought I had read that happening to antagonists before, but I can't think of any others. The movie Sky High doesn't count (hide spoiler)].I love Qibli! I'd been hoping to get a book from his pov ever since Moon met h Reader thoughts: This was such a good way to end the book. I really think that was the best way to deal with Darkstalker(view spoiler)[, to make him a baby dragon again, without his memories. That sort of happened in one of the Septimus Heap books, but I can't remember which one. I thought I had read that happening to antagonists before, but I can't think of any others. The movie Sky High doesn't count (hide spoiler)].I love Qibli! I'd been hoping to get a book from his pov ever since Moon met him back in book 6. His analytical mind is so fascinating. I wanted that on every page, but we only got splashes of it now and then. It was enough to remind the reader how Qibli thought.I had guessed Qibli's thirst for power was going to get him in trouble. I also suspected the weather bracelets were going to prove more dangerous than useful.I love what happened with the IceWings and NightWings! I knew Qibli and friends should do some spell, but I couldn't figure out what! I'm afraid of you.I did think Qibli should have made someone do speed spells when they were trying to get back to Jade Mountain, racing the dragon armies, and the scouts kept passing the friends. The scouts were spelled to have speed. Why not the friends? Why fly slowly for a day and a half when you don't have to?That twice as much bowl has to be one of the best inventions. Now an animus dragon should bespell a rock to heal dragons. Then they can double double double it and pass it around to all the tribes. Why haven't they done this yet???I like that the epilogue gave several different povs to wrap up the series. I'm rather surprised we didn't hear more about the scavengers or dragons communicating with them. I guess that will be the next set of books?Writer thoughts: I like that TTS made the distinction between magic and power and that friends who have to like you aren't real friends at all. She also brought up the difference between magic corrupting your soul and choices corrupting your soul. Some authors make the mistake of assuming MG books don't have to explore deep ideas, or assume MG readers have no interest in philosophical questions. There were no long conversations about the ideas, but they were woven into the plot and decisions well.
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  •  Jake S
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book because it went into depth of telling the reader about what the Qibli and his friends do about Darkstalker. You also get to read into Qiblis mind and see how intelligent he is and how he thinks.
  • Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    This book was so great... It did so many things right... but I have to take a star off because of the one scene at the end where they reveal that Anemone has a crush on Tamarin in canon. I overlooked Umber because he was only in the book briefly, but I'm not going to be able to overlook something as big as this. Now my excitement for the next series is tinged with dread that I may get more Anemone x Tamarin in the background. I'm sure I have the unpopular opinion here, but my family and I don't This book was so great... It did so many things right... but I have to take a star off because of the one scene at the end where they reveal that Anemone has a crush on Tamarin in canon. I overlooked Umber because he was only in the book briefly, but I'm not going to be able to overlook something as big as this. Now my excitement for the next series is tinged with dread that I may get more Anemone x Tamarin in the background. I'm sure I have the unpopular opinion here, but my family and I don't support homosexuality, and since I've been reading the series to my little siblings I'm now going to have to pre-read every book to make sure it's clean. I enjoyed this series so much partially because it was one of the only books I was able to fully share with them, and I can't do that now, so that's really disappointing to me.
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  • ABHISHEK DAS
    January 1, 1970
    Pretty goodAmazing wrting and storytelling as always, however I don't like what the author did with darkstalkerHe was very interesting and I feel the whole peacekeeper thing was a cop-out
  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    I'm rating this five stars right off the bat because I love this series! I've read books 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,&9!!!! Now 10!!!!! I've also been asking sooo much for Winglets 1-4!!! SUCH A GOOD SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Heather Glover
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I have enjoyed this series immensely from the beginning and this was a satisfying conclusion to the second arc. The action was enjoyable, the characters were likeable and the conclusion was satisfactory. I actually paced myself on reading this even though I wanted to burn through it. That being said, I do have a few remarks on DoD:I will first state that I enjoyed the characters from the first arc more (except Peril. She is hilarious) mainly because it seems that all of the second arc First off, I have enjoyed this series immensely from the beginning and this was a satisfying conclusion to the second arc. The action was enjoyable, the characters were likeable and the conclusion was satisfactory. I actually paced myself on reading this even though I wanted to burn through it. That being said, I do have a few remarks on DoD:I will first state that I enjoyed the characters from the first arc more (except Peril. She is hilarious) mainly because it seems that all of the second arc characters had the same baseline problem: Anxiety and unsureness. Moon with her powers, Winter with his family, Peril with her firescales/murderous past, Turtle with his mistakes/animus power and Qibli with his abusive mother/siblings. They all seemed a lot more....similar to one another than the original quintet of dragonets.Still, this book definitely went into some uncharted creepy territory, which was appreciated. I figured the 'someone' Darkstalker wanted Moon to meet was Clearsight and that he had done....something to another dragon. But the memory ripping and replacing and changing was definitely dark, especially when she remembered what he did (Seriously, I could just picture the horror she felt and it gave me chills). I'm glad Foeslayer finally made an appearance. I had the feeling that's who was watching Turtle in book 9 and I knew that's who found Qibli in the palace but it felt like it took forever for her to finally show herself. I'm not surprised she was the one that turned Darkstalker around (in fact I was expecting it). I figured they would be turning him into a different dragon as well, since there really wasn't anything else to do with him (also, FMA did this as well).The first part was a bit....meh? for me. I mean, it was interesting to read but I could tell what was going to happen, especially with Cobra and Onyx/Thorn. I was a bit upset that Qibli made such a big deal about Thorn losing to royal blood, though, since SHE HAD ALREADY DONE IT ONCE AND HE HAD SEEN IT. Having her interested in Smolder was interesting, though, and appreciated. I rather like him.Another thing that bothered me was the Moon-Winter-Qibli love triangle thing. There were crushes and such in the first arc but it wasn't overtly obvious (except maybe Deathbringer but he was funny about it. Maybe Peril, too, who was desperate because at that point nobody else liked her). Listening to Qibli obsess about it over and over was a bit annoying, especially since in the interactions in other books it was pretty obvious that she was going to pick Qibli. Granted, at the same time I love that Clay finally made a move towards Peril. I was never really sure if he did like her or not until then. The whole Tsunami-being-kidnapped part was weird, especially since it seemed to be forced and....I don't know, open-ended? Yes, they sent someone to go get her but it's never clear if they succeeded. And it's only brought up for about four paragraphs in the whole book and for the most part seemed unnecessary. At least to me.Finally, Jerboa. I've been waiting since DARKSTALKER'S book for her (or her descendant) to show up and do something. I was hoping it would be much earlier in the book, or rather in the actual book and not in the epilogue. It was interesting to see that the one we meet is the daughter of the original Jerboa and that there is a new breed of dragon with her but hopefully we get more of an explanation in the next arc.Also, gay dragons. I re-read that part because I was so shocked and, afterwards, pleased. Umber had hinted at such a thing way back in MR but I wasn't sure if it was a one-time deal or what. Having a princess with those feelings brings a whole new level to the playing field. After all, how can she rule if she won't hatch heirs? Or if her spouse can't even visit one of the palaces? Granted I suppose she could enchant Tamarin to be able to breathe underwater but still. That would be fun to see.All in all, I still love this series. I'm hoping to see a lot of new things in the next arc, though, especially with the lost continent. Perhaps we will even see some of Clearsight's ancestors...
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  • Kid Book Reviewer
    January 1, 1970
    Thoughts: This book was so so so amazing! Sutherland made each chapter build and grow on each other like a skyscraper that keeps getting higher and higher. I loved how this book was so creative with the different villains. It added a lot of suspense to the story. I also thought it was so cool how Sutherland made the prologue all mysterious, and it's only explained near the end. Another thing I cherished about this book is how Sutherland talked about Qibli's backstory, something we've kind of bee Thoughts: This book was so so so amazing! Sutherland made each chapter build and grow on each other like a skyscraper that keeps getting higher and higher. I loved how this book was so creative with the different villains. It added a lot of suspense to the story. I also thought it was so cool how Sutherland made the prologue all mysterious, and it's only explained near the end. Another thing I cherished about this book is how Sutherland talked about Qibli's backstory, something we've kind of been kept in suspense about since Book 1. Overall, I loved this book and, in general, the Wings of Fire series.Reviewed by a ten year old boy
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  • Cienna Lyon
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this book had a lot of potential, and I really liked it, but it wasn't better than its predecessors in the series. The ending, as per usual in "kid's" books, was the nice way out. The enemy didn't die, none of the main characters died, everything ended happy. I'm not saying everyone should kill off their characters Game of Thrones style, but this series did lack deaths to pretty much any character with background. Still a good book and a nice way to wrap up the series but I think it co I thought this book had a lot of potential, and I really liked it, but it wasn't better than its predecessors in the series. The ending, as per usual in "kid's" books, was the nice way out. The enemy didn't die, none of the main characters died, everything ended happy. I'm not saying everyone should kill off their characters Game of Thrones style, but this series did lack deaths to pretty much any character with background. Still a good book and a nice way to wrap up the series but I think it could have been better. I would still recommend this to many people.
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  • Kira H
    January 1, 1970
    I`ve read the previous book in this series and they were really good, I like books with animals and this is a great book for me. I want to read it because it is the last book of the series and it should have an awesome finale so I can` wait to read it. I tend to like books that have animal like feature, cause I love it when they something like "she pawed at the floor, waiting impatiently for the food to be served." I can` wait to read it. I`ve read the previous book in this series and they were really good, I like books with animals and this is a great book for me. I want to read it because it is the last book of the series and it should have an awesome finale so I can` wait to read it. I tend to like books that have animal like feature, cause I love it when they something like "she pawed at the floor, waiting impatiently for the food to be served." I can` wait to read it.
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  • Maximilian Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book connected REALLY well with the last book in the series. I like how the Author did it from Qubli's when in the last book, it was from Turtle's point of view (they were both during the same time). I think my favorite part was when Darkstalker got turned into Peacemaker. My least favorite part was part one because it was very uneventful.
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  • Raya | Shantisong | RayatheRayquaza
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book, though the ending seemed sort of rushed...I honestly used to ship Winterwatcher but now that I've read Qibli's perspective I've changed to Moonbli XDalso OMG THE LOST CONTINENT AHHHHH
  • His Love Studios
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. I feel like Kingajou after finishing the book. "Yes! Let's go!" Starts bouncing off the walls. Can't wait for the third series to come out! Tui Sutherland has nearly every detail worked out, forming a genius, mysterious and creative adventure. Excellent job!
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  • Erik Olson
    January 1, 1970
    This... Book... Is........ AMAZING!!!!! No, wait. EVEN BETTER THAN AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I fineshed this book the fastst because it almost literally sucked me into the story itself!I would rather DIE than be without this book!
  • Snazzy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars
  • Emilie G
    January 1, 1970
    I Am really looking forward to the next book,
  • Ella
    January 1, 1970
    I like Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10) but I think there is too much action jam-packed into one book. I know Tui T. Sutherland wanted to move things along but... my opinion? make a 11th
  • Savannah
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book!! The journey that the dragons in this book takes just to save some friends. This book is perfect for anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.
  • Charlotte
    January 1, 1970
    a lovely conclusion to the second Wings of Fire series!
  • Brydon Devolder
    January 1, 1970
    Qibli shows leadership because when Moon, and Winter and all of those other people are trying to defeat Darkstalker, but are struggling to because they aren't working together, Qibli comes in an organizes them.
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