For years my son has been trying to get me to read the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland. I finally gave in to him this week and read the first book in the series, Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy. I was skeptical when I set out to read the book, but I was pleasantly surprised.
There have been a lot of dragon-oriented books published over the last couple of decades, so I was not sure what to expect. I certainly was not anticipating a book told from the perspective of the dragons without human trainers or partners. This was the first pleasant surprise in the book.
At this point, I should be clear that I am trying to read more mid-grade, young adult, and children’s books right now. I am working on a mid-grade book at the moment. I have no idea if it will ever attract an agent/publisher and make it out into the world, but I am enjoying writing it much more than anything else that I have written in years. I am still working on a couple of nonfiction books based on my academic expertise, but the fun journey of writing a work of fiction for older kids has been very rewarding recently. It is my escape.
Part of my journey in writing for this age group involves reading more of what is being written today for mid-grade kiddos. Here’s a little secret: I actually really enjoy mid-grade and young adult fiction. A lot! I feel like more adults should be reading books from the mid-grade and young adult years.
Back to Wings of Fire. The book tells the story of five dragonets who have been hidden away and trained to fulfill a prophecy. They are to save the world and stop a dragon war that has continued for years. There are a few twists and turns and a rather surprising ending to the book. All of it makes for a rather good read.
My son asked me who my favorite character was. Right now, I think Glory is my favorite. I do like Peril’s character as well. Both are surprisingly complex characters for a mid-grade book. Both are dragons, and both have surprising characteristics revealed as the book progresses.
After reading the first book in the series, I have bought the second book. I intend to read that in the coming days and continue my trek through the Wings of Fire series. I do not know if I will love the books as much as my son does, but I am hopeful that they will live up to the first book in the series. At the very least, reading them is allowing me to connect with my son in a way that we have not connected in a few years. He is excited to share the books with me, and I love learning more about something that he loves.
Now, time to read some more…