Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom by Tui T. Sutherland

The other day, I recommended the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland to a young man.  Two days later he found me and told me he had just bought the second book and couldn’t wait to go home and read it.  The day before, his parents had told me that he wasn’t really a reader.  This feels like a huge win to me.

I started reading the Wings of Fire books. because my son asked me to.  We are always waiting for the next book in the series to come out for him.  It seems to me that this is a series that gets kiddos who are not excited about or passionate about reading excited about reading.  That is a powerful thing.  They are quickly becoming one of my favorite series.

The books are well written and easy to follow.  The writing immerses you in the setting as if you are there with the characters.  I am excited to go pick up the fourth book soon (maybe tomorrow or Wednesday).  Now, I have been saying that I won’t buy any more books until I have read through the TBR pile books that are on the coffee table and sitting on top of the bookshelf behind me (or the ones that I have ordered that have not shown up yet), but I think I am going to have to make an exception for the Wings of Fire books.  I am just enjoying them too much to have to wait for the other books in my TBR pile to be read.

The Wings of Fire books tell of a group of five young dragons who were separated from their families and their tribes as eggs, raised by some (rather unkind) mentors, and trained by those mentors for an unfriendly world.  They are believed to be the dragonets of the prophecy – the dragons that will save the world from the ongoing dragon war.  I just finished the third book – The Hidden Kingdom – which tells of their journey to the Rain Wing Kingdom and the adventures they face while they are there.  As usual, the book ends on a major cliffhanger.  This is why I feel like I am going to have to buy the next book this week.

I won’t give away any more details as anything else would provide too many spoilers, but I simply love these books.  They give me something that I can use to connect with my son.  I love the storyline and the character development.  These books are very good, and I am shocked that they have not had as much publicity as the EragonHarry PotterDivergent, and Hunger Games books.

I have read so much today, but I do not have to work tomorrow either.  I think I can afford to stay up and read one or two more books tonight.  Maybe a short book or two.  At least I can start making more of a dent in the TBR pile sitting next to me on the coffee table.  Stay tuned.  Until next time, Happy Reading!

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