Literature / Wings of Fire

"Five eggs to hatch on Brightest Night. Five Dragons born to end the fight. Darkness will rise to bring the light. The Dragonets are coming..."

A 2012 series of books written by Tui Sutherland, a member of the Erin Hunter team. The series follows a group of young dragons who are the centre of a prophecy, which states they will end the war that has engulfed their world in chaos, the Dragonets of Destiny. Each book focuses on a member. The first book, The Dragonet Prophecy, was released in 2012 and details the dragonets' training with the Talons of Peace and abrupt introduction to the war. The second book, The Lost Heir, released in January, 2013, chronicles their ongoing search for their parents following the revelation that one of their members is a princess who was stolen from her parents. The third book, The Hidden Kingdom, follows their attempt to escape the war by retreating into neutral Rainwing territory, only to be forced back into the war. The fourth book, The Dark Secret, focuses on Starflight being abducted by The NightWings to see if he's worthy of the prophecy. The fifth, The Brightest Night, focuses on Sunny's efforts to put an end to the war once and for all.

A second series is currently ongoing. The first book is Moon Rising. It focused on an entirely new character and her quest to find.theNightWings's homeland. The second is Winter Turning, with the main character being Winter, the third is Escaping Peril which is about Peril, and the fourth is called Talons of Power from the perspective of Turtle.

There is a series of E-Books called Winglets exploring the backstories of side characters. The first is called Prisoners from Fierceteeth's perspective, and the second is called Assassin and it is about Deathbringer. A third winglet called Deserter, which is about Six-claws, is the most recent one to come out.

There is also a series of extra length books, Wings of Fire: Legends. The first one, Darkstalker, from the points of view of Darkstalker, Fathom, and Clearsight, is set to come out in June 2016.

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This series provides examples of:

  • After-Action Healing Drama: After Moon, Winter, Qibli, and Kinkajou's fight with Chameleon and The Reveal that Pyrite is actually Hailstorm, the dragonets then have to fly to Possibility to get medical treatment for the gravely injured Kinkajou.
  • Alien Blood: IceWing blood is blue.
  • Alien Sky: Pyrrhia has three moons.
  • Aliens Never Invented the Wheel: The NightWings are the most technologically and scientifically advanced tribe and know about things like desalinization, genetics and germ theory, but they apparently never invented glass, considering the impractical device Mastermind makes to shield the eyes from RainWing venom.
  • All Deaths Final: Animus magic is capable of doing anything except resurrecting the dead.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: In the first arc, Fatespeaker is in love with Starflight, who is in love with Sunny. In the second series, Umber is suggested to have a crush on Qibli, who is suggested to have a crush on Moonwatcher. Winter also has a crush on Moonwatcher, and Kinkajou has a crush on Winter, and Turtle has an implied crush on Kinkajou.
  • Ancient Artifact: Animus-touched objects.
  • And I Must Scream: After Darkstalker loses the bracelet, he is trapped underground without his animus powers, fully conscious but unable to escape.
  • An Ice Person: The IceWing dragons breathe a freezing mist instead of fire.
  • Animal Assassin: In "The Brightest Night", Blister tries to use venomous dragonbite vipers, which she had given Burn as a gift, to kill her. Burn never takes them, but in the peace meeting that the dragonets of destiny organize, she tries to give the snakes to Burn instead. Burn tries to kill Blister with one of the snakes, but ends up dead instead because she doesn't realize that there are two.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Turtle apparently has these. When Peril and Cliff get in an argument about who really saved the day, Turtle declares that he has brothers, so he knows Peril will never win.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Just look at the character sheet. Nearly every single queen is The Caligula.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The dragonets dislike Blister because she killed Kestrel, she's creepy and manipulative and, in Sunny's case, because she called her sweet.
    • When Ruby is trying to figure out where Tourmaline went:
    "There were no splatters of blood. No sign of a struggle. No note saying "Oh, I've popped off to one of the outposts for a few days, see you soon.""
  • Artifact Title: The title "Wings of Fire", which references a line in the original prophecy, isn't relevant for the second arc.
  • Attack the Tail: All dragons have a weak point on their tail. Dragons often attack it in battle.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: Invoked by the NightWings, who are neutral in the war but whose influence would strongly turn the war in whichever side they choose's favor. And it turns out that this was their plan all along, and they have just now decided on supporting Blister.
  • Axes at School: The plot of "Moon Rising" involves a dragon flame cactus being set off in Jade Mountain Academy's history cave, and Moon trying to find out who did it. This later escalates to the same dragon who set the bomb trying to throw a stalactite on her intended target, and said target trying to kill all of the founders and battling Moon and Qibli, who try to stop her.
  • Babies Ever After: Darkstalker sends Moon a vision of the future that invokes this trope for the original Dragonets of Destiny (Except possibly Sunny.)
    • Also Clearsight and Darkstalker's happiest visions about the future, where they have six dragonets and live happily together, and even get to maybe save the tribe.
    • The epilogue of Darkstalker features Fathom and Indigo's dragonets.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: Some NightWings can infect prey with bacteria by biting them, slowly killing them, but it's almost entirely antagonistic NightWings who have that power. Justified because the reason the NightWings can do this is that they adjusted to eating rotten food in the volcano, and the whole reason they are behind some reprehensible acts is to escape from the volcano. Starflight and other NightWings on the dragonets' side were either raised outside the NightWing island or they have been away for long enough both to lose that ability and develop rebellious opinions.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: Peril's character arc in "Escaping Peril" involves realizing that her powers don't make her evil, her actions do. In the same book, Winter balks at releasing Darkstalker due to his "horrible powers", only to be reminded that those powers are the same as Moonwatcher's and Turtle's powers.
  • Battle in the Rain: The battle between Scarlet and Ruby/Tourmaline.
  • Beastly Bloodsports: Queen Scarlet forces other dragons (and occasionally humans) to fight each other in a pit, gladiator-style.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: When Peril is describing how her life was before the series started.
    "Do you know anything about my life? Here's how it went: Wake up, eat breakfast, Queen Scarlet tells me to kill one of her prisoners, I kill that prisoner, eat dinner, go back to sleep".
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: The SeaWing royal family. Queen Coral neglects her many sons and is overprotective of her daughters, she killed her oldest daughter in a challenge, (and said eldest daughter made a Living Statue to kill her sisters in the egg). Her oldest surviving daughter, Tsunami, killed her father without knowing it was him, one of her daughters may or may not be going insane due to her animus powers, the dragon she wants her daughter to marry wants to kill the oldest for being annoyingly rebellious, and wants to marry her newborn daughter instead, and her niece is so loyal to her that she literally cleans up the brains of dragons she tortured to death for letting one of her daughters die.
  • Boarding School: Jade Mountain Academy.
  • Body Horror: The extremely graphic descriptions of whatRainWing venom does to Dragons. Especially Queen Scarlet, who survived a venom strike and is described as having her face almost entirely melted off, to the point were part of her skull was exposed.
    • The physical condition of Queen Battlewinner of the NightWings in Book 4. During a battle with an IceWing, the freezing breath of the IceWing went down her throat and began to freeze her from the inside out. She has to stay in a cauldron of lava in order to balance out her body temperature, and the very act of talking causes the ice inside her to shatter and puncture her throat.
  • Cain and Abel: The three SandWing sisters, Winter and Icicle, Orca and all of her siblings, posthumously...
  • Call Forward: Darkstalker notes that he isn't as good at telling the future as Clearsight, and the only way he'd have time for that is if he was trapped underground for months on end with nothing to do. Guess what happens to him by the time of the main series?
  • Career-Ending Injury: Averted. Starflight is blinded in Book 4, making it seem like his days of reading scrolls are over, but Book 6 shows him reading by touch from carved stone slabs instead. Played straight with Osprey, who can't guard his Dragon Hoard and has to move into the main SkyWing kingdom after a scavenger paralyzes his tail and makes him unable to fly.
  • Catch a Falling Star: Clay catches Tsunami after she falls from an Inevitable Waterfall while unable to fly due to a dislocated shoulder. Later on, Tsunami catches Webs when he falls from the canopy of the Summer Palace.
  • Cave Behind the Falls: The cave that the dragonets originally live in turns out to be one.
  • Challenging the Chief: All dragon tribes' queens ( Except for the Rainwings') are decided when one of her daughters, sisters, or nieces challenges her for the throne, and kills her in combat. The series' plot kicks off when the SandWing queen is killed by a human, leaving her three daughters to go at war over which of them most deserves the throne.
  • Character Development: Each dragonet goes through it in their particular books.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Within the list of the SandWing's lost treasures given in The Dragonet Prophecy is the Eye of Onyx. It later plays a central role in The Brightest Night, where Sunny spends half the book looking for it, and it ultimately allows Sunny to crown Thorn queen and stop Blister.
    • Among the various decorations in the Sea Kingdom is a statue of Orca, which turns out to be enchanted, and the real murderer of Tsunami's sisters.
    • When the SkyWings bomb the Summer Palace in The Lost Heir]], the drop flaming logs that are surprisingly effective. This plays a large role in Moon Rising, where it turns out that the logs had explosive dragonflame cactuses in them, which a dragon uses to blow up the history cave, setting off the main conflict of the book.
    • The RainWings' tranquilizer darts turn out to be important later on in The Dark Secret when they use them to infiltrate the Night kingdom without having to kill any of the guards.
    • Near the beginning of The Dark Secret, Starflight gets to observe Mastermind's various inventions, one of which is a strange looking suit of armor. Turns out that it is for containing lava inside it, hinting at just what happened to Queen Battlewinner.
    • In The Brightest Night, Thorn goes to burn out a dangerous Dragonbite Viper, describes as the only snake able to kill a dragon. This turns out to be important later on when Blister releases two of them, killing Burn and almost killing Clay.
    • Pyrite's necklace in Winter Turning is later revealed to be the enchantment that gives her her identity as Pyrite instead of Hailstorm.
    • Turtle carries around a rock from the river all of the time, which he enchanted to have healing powers. When he uses it, it saves Winter's life and reveals that he's an animus.
    • Queen Ruby is mentioned in the Winter Turning prologue to wear an earring, which like Pyrite, is enchanting her to give her her identity, and she is actually Tourmaline.
    • In Assassin, Deathbringer notices several weapons strewn around in the area where Blister and her allies are meeting, like a MudWing spear which he uses to kill Tempest and make the SeaWings think the MudWings betrayed them.
    • Foeslayer's earring in Darkstalker. We know it's enchanted and what it is enchanted to do from the start, but it ends up becoming important when [[spoiler:she throws it off angrily in a fight with Arctic, allowing Queen Diamond to capture her.
    • The bracelet that protects dragons from mind readers in Darkstalker. Clearsight uses the protection to allow her to put Darkstalker to sleep without him realizing her planned betrayal.
Chekhov's Gunman:
  • Gill is just some random prisoner that Tsunami kills, right? He's actually Tsunami's father and the king of the SeaWings.
    • A very short-term one, but when Clay is touring the Mud kingdom, he sees the head of a small dragon pop out briefly, who turns out to be one of his brothers.
    • Cirrus has only one appearance in the whole first arc, threatening Websin the prologue of The Lost Heir. Then he reappears in Winter Turning, and by Escaping Peril he's revealed to be an alternate identity of Chameleon, the Enigmatic Minion who the main characters spend the first half of the second arc fighting, as well as Peril's father.
    • Tsunami's brothers as well - she clearly has them, since they're not being killed like her sisters, but they're never really talked about. Then we get introduced to Turtle in Moon Rising, and he is going to be the protagonist of the book Talons of Power.
    • The Lost Heir introduces two Posthumous Characters, Orca and Albatross. Orca turns out to have been killing her sisters after she died via Living Statues, and Albatross figures heavily in Fathom and Darkstalker's backstory in Moon Rising.
    • Smolder is briefly mentioned in The Hidden Kingdom, where there is a picture of him and Palm in Blaze's headquarters. In his actual first appearance of more than a chapter in The Brightest Night, he spends a lot of time with Sunny, reveals the nature of the Eye of Onyx, and along with Flower, ends up finding said treasure.
    • Grandeur is briefly mentioned as one of the six RainWing queens, but not the one who is currently queen and thus not the one that Glory interacts with. But within the last few chapter of Moon Rising, she beats Kinkajou in the final round of the competition to become queen turns out to be related to Glory and the last full-time queen of the original Rain Wing royal line, and the last competent queen, and abdicates to allow Glory to be queen.
    • Kinkajou mentions her friend Tamarin offhand, leading Glory to choose her as a participant in the contest to be queen, where she wins a crucial round. She is also injured in the history cave explosion in Moon Rising.
    • Fierceteeth gets a minor role in The Dark Secret, where we find out that she's Starflight's sister and doesn't particularly like him, but not much else. But in The Brightest Night, she ends up kidnapping Sunny to set off the whole plot, she gets to star in Prisoners and is currently at the head of a revolt that's clearly going to be important in the next few books.
    • Sunny sees a random scavenger while she is chasing after Fierceteeth, Strongwings and Preyhunter. Said scavenger has a dreamvisitor which she uses to contact Sunny, leading to Sunny returning to the scavenger den and finding both most of the lost SandWing treasure and said dreamvisitor, which she and Clay use to prevent a genocide and convince Burn and her allies to go to their peace meeting.
    • Jambu and Bullfrog discuss a RainWing who couldn't sleep in Winter Turning. That RainWing is actually Chameleon, the true identity of the scribe who is one of the main antagonists of Winter Turning and the next book, Escaping Peril.
  • Chekhov's Volcano: The Night Wings live in a volcano, which they resident Mad Scientist Mastermind says will erupt in a few years. However, it ends up erupting at the end of "The Dark Secret".
  • The Chessmaster: Blister, Morrowseer and Queen Battlewinner.
  • Child Soldiers: The SkyWings, MudWings, and IceWings all use them.
  • The Chosen Ones: The Dragonets and they aren't very enthusiastic about it. It turns out the prophecy was made up by the NightWings as part of a complicated plan to secure a new home in the RainWings' jungle, due to their island being slowly destroyed by an erupting volcano.
  • Class Trip: The dragonets talk about having class trips to the various kingdoms for Jade Mountain Academy students.
  • Climactic Volcano Backdrop: The climax of "The Dark Secret".
  • Colour-Coded Emotions: In addition to camouflage, RainWings change color according to their emotions. Red is anger, white is fear, yellow is happiness/amusement, gray is sadness, pink is happiness or love, purple is guilt and white is pain.
  • Comet of Doom: Inverted. The appearance of a comet when there are two full moons makes it look like another Brightest Night, which dragons consider a good omen for the peace meeting at the end of "The Brightest Night".
  • Coming-of-Age Story: Each book follows dragons who would be considered teenagers in human years maturing and finding their purpose in life.
  • Convection Schmonvection: No dragons are actually injured by lava or Peril's fire without being touched by it. However, dragons are noted to have a resistance to fire in general, and don't die as quickly as humans would even when they actually touch lava.
  • Cool Gate: Stonemover created portals that connect the Rain, Sand, and Night kingdoms.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Most dragon tribes often have eyes that match their scale color (MudWings have orange or brown eyes, SkyWings can have orange eyes, SeaWings have green or blue eyes, IceWings have blue eyes, NightWings often have black eyes). Averted with Sand Wings, who have white or pale gold scales but black, pupil less eyes.
  • Dawn Attack: One potential future that Clearsight sees involves the IceWings attacking the NightWings at dawn.
  • Death from Above: SkyWings tend to use this in war, dropping dragonflame cactus bombs from above.
  • Distant Prologue: All of the prologues so far of the second arc - the one for "Moon Rising" takes place four years ago, "Winter Turning" is two years ago, and "Escaping Peril" is seven years ago. In the first arc, the prologue for "The Dragonet Prophecy" takes place six years ago, which due to a Time Skip is just days after the "Escaping Peril" prologue, and the prologue of "The Brightest Night" takes place twenty years ago.
  • Either/Or Prophecy: The Jade Mountain prophecy. Either Jade Mountain will be destroyed or the Lost City of Night will be found.
  • Egg Macguffin: The prologue of the first book features the guardians trying to steal the five prophecy eggs in time for the Brightest Night.
  • Emergency Transformation: When Queen Ruby is about to be killed by Queen Scarlet, Peril intervenes upon realizing that Chameleon has somehow limited Ruby's power. It ends up transforming her into an entirely different dragon, though, healing her injuries and allowing her to win the battle.
  • Enemy Civil War: Between the SandWing queens and their allies.
  • Epunymous Title: The first three books of the second arc are this. "Talons of Power" breaks the pattern, probably because it's hard to make "Turtle" work with anything this way.
  • Eternal English: Dragons from across the continent are capable of understanding each other, while Darkstalker and Foeslayer can talk perfectly fine with the main cast despite being sealed in a can 2000 years ago.
  • Evil Mentor: It's clear from the beginning that Morrowseer is not a nice guy, but how bad he is never really sinks in until much later.
  • Evil Versus Evil: All three Sandwing heirs are equally despicable, and even the leaders of the Talons of Peace are jerks. (In fact, the Big Good is an unapologetic racist.) The Talons get even worse when they decide to replace Glory and a few of the original dragonets with Flame and some false dragonets because they felt the originals are inadequate.
  • Eye Scream: A frequent injury in the series. Fjord and Crocodile are both killed by Rain Wing venom striking their eyes, Flame is blinded in one eye during a skirmish, and Starflight is blinded completely after being hit by a fireball.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The first three books combined only span two weeks. Some of the other books are a bit better on this, like The Brightest Night and Winter Turning, which last longer than a week, and the Winglets books, despite being shorter, tend to take up far larger amounts of time.
  • Fantastic Racism: All over the place. All other tribes hate the RainWings, seeing them as lazy and useless. SeaWings hate MudWings and try to kill them on sight, IceWings and NightWings completely hate each other due to events that happened 2000 years ago, after the events of the first series SeaWings hate SkyWings and NightWings are hated by all of the tribes, besides having a mutually very tense relationship with the RainWings. And that's just the most prominent examples. MudWings are stereotyped as idiots, SkyWings are stereotyped as perpetually grumpy, IceWings are stereotyped as arrogant, SandWings are stereotyped as treasure-obsessed backstabbers, etc.
  • Fantasy World Map: There's one of Pyrrhia at the beginning of every book.
  • Feminist Fantasy: Many of the main characters are female, and are very competent. (That said, many of female rulers, at least initially don't seem to have their people's best interests at heart.)
  • Fighting for a Homeland: The Night Wings' actions are motivated by looking for a new home, since their old one is about to be destroyed by the volcano and is already miserable to live in. They are still the villains, because finding a new home for them involves killing all of the RainWings.
  • First Time in the Sun: The dragonets get this after escaping the cave and seeing the outside world for the first time.
  • Foreign Queasine: The NightWings eat prey that is already rotted before it dies, thanks to the bacteria in their fangs. It is deadly to dragons who aren't used to it, even other NightWings, and most other dragons are unsurprisingly disgusted.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble:
    • The Cynic: Glory
    • The Optimist: Sunny
    • The Realist: Tsunami
    • The Apathetic: Starflight
    • The Conflicted: Clay
  • Free the Frogs: Clearsight and Listener go on a mission to free the scavengers being uses in their school research projects.
  • Gender Is No Object: Played with. Only females can rule the tribes, but for most dragons who aren't royal, gender is a non-issue.
  • Genius Ditz: The RainWing healers are described as giving completely useless advice for most healing, but being total experts in injuries that happen often in the rainforest.
  • Gladiator Games: Queen Scarlet loves them.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Despite the usual amount of violence in the series, The Lost Heir has the narrator Tsunami being too horrified at Coral killing Tortoise to look.
    • Similarly, in Darkstalker, the narration mostly skips over the gory details of Arctic's death, just saying that it was messy and took a long time, even though the character narrating the chapter was watching the scene.
  • Great Offscreen War: We never get to see the Scorching, when the scavengers took over the continent from the scavengers, or hear any teams about it. Same with [[spoiler: what conflict the RainWings were fighting in during Grandeur's early rule.]0
  • Genius Cripple: Starflight, after being blinded.
  • Handy Helper: After being blinded in book four, Starflight receives assistance from Tamarin - a blind dragoness who teaches him how to get around and fly without sight - and Fatespeaker, who promises to stay with him and read to him until they can find a way he can read on his own.
  • Hero of Another Story: A dark variation happens with the replacement dragonets. They consider themselves the heroes of the story, and when they find out they're not, and the "main" dragonets find out that they were expendable and easily replaceable all along, it leads to a lot of arguments and confusion.
  • Hidden Depths: Each of the dragonets possesses them, and each dragonet's book is dedicated to exploring the depths of their character. While the other books show them as their friends perceive them, their book shows them as they are.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The RainWings' village, which is isolated from all other dragon tribes.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: 'Three moons', and ‘moons’ is a common exclamation of frustration.
  • Humanity's Wake: Takes place more than 5,000 years after humans were replaced by dragons as the dominant species of Pyrrhia. Downplayed because humans aren't actually extinct here, but they no longer rule the planet like they did 5,000 years ago and are treated as just another prey animal by most dragons.
  • Human Pet: Some of the SandWings keep human pets, as does Winter. Those who do actually tend to think of "scavengers" as rather adorable.
  • Human Popsicle: The fate of the IceWings who lose the Diamond Trial, as well as Foeslayer when she isn't being killed over and over again by the dragons in the trial, until she is freed by Winter.
  • Humans Are White: averted. Flower is white but some other scavengers are described with skin the color of [MudWing] scales.
  • Humans by Any Other Name: Humans are called ‘Scavengers’.
  • Ice Palace: The IceWings have one, enchanted by an animus dragon to never melt.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The second arc's pattern is "(protagonist) (x)ing", sometimes "(x)ing (protagonist)". This is changed in "Talons of Power".
  • I Know You Know I Know: In The Brightest Night, Burn receives a gift from Blister, which she easily guesses contains a deadly Dragonbite Viper, and so she quickly dispatches the Viper inside. Turns out that Blister anticipated this and put two Vipers in the box so the second would kill Burn.
  • Inadequate Inheritor: Queen Grandeur completely changes the line of RainWing succession because her children are all lazy and would make horrible rulers.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Most of the dragons can breathe fire (except the Seawings and Icewings, the former breathing underwater, while the latter breathes a freezing mist. RainWings have no Breath Weapon at all. Turns out they can spit a corrosive venom.
  • Inevitable Waterfall: In "The Dragonet Prophecy", when Clay and Tsunami are traveling through the underground river, Tsunami goes over a very small waterfall and pranks Clay into thinking it is much larger. But then it turns out that there really is a large waterfall beyond that one.
  • In Medias Res: "The Brightest Night" starts right before the eruption of the NightWings' volcano, replaying the last bits of "The Dark Secret" and then having Sunny kidnapped by Fierceteeth, Strongwings and Preyhunter.
  • In Love with the Mark: Deathbringer, towards Glory, who tries to hide the fact that she likes him back.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The Series.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Scarlet forces dragons to fight in the arena. Not always this trope, considering some of them are dragons who were originally on opposite sides of the war. But it culminates in making Clay and Peril fight, which is definitely this trope. Anyone who tries to talk their opponents out of it ends up getting a nasty fate like, in Gill's case, being dehydrated into insanity.
  • It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: All of the dragonets go through this in various ways. Glory, the one dragon who isn't The Chosen One, even outright states it to Deathbringer, who notes that he's never thought about it that way.
  • Just a Kid: Adults often tell the Dragonets of Destiny that they are just dragonets, so they can't possibly have any impact or make their own choices. In Winter Turning, Glory gets in on it herself, snarking that it makes her very relieved that some five year olds are skipping school to chase after two dragons who want her dead.
  • Kid Hero: All of the protagonists of the main series books so far are dragonets rather than full grown dragons. Peril is the oldest of them, between 7.5 and 8.5 years old, which would make her full grown by standards of IceWing culture but not by NightWing culture, and it's unknown what her own tribe (SkyWings) would consider full-grown.
  • Knockout Ambush: At the beginning of "The Hidden Kingdom", the dragonets and Webs are ambushed by RainWings who knock all of them out with tranquilizer darts except Starflight and Glory.
  • La Résistance: The Talons of Peace have brought the five dragonets together to help end the war. Needless to say, it doesn't end well.
  • Lesser of Three Evils: The dragonets are supposed to choose between the three royal SandWing sisters for queen, but none of them are very good choices. Burn is Ax-Crazy and does things For the Evulz, Blister is a completely pitiless and emotionless Manipulative Bastard who engineered the war to become queen over the physically stronger Burn, and Blaze is Lethally Stupid and would clearly be a very incompetent queen. Initially, after meeting Burn for the first time, they decide that they definitely don't want her. But by The Brightest Night, they differ in their opinions as to who's the better one. Tsunami prefers Burn because she's more powerful than Blaze and won't try to betray them like Blister was, Glory prefers Blister because she's the most intelligent and not pointlessly evil, while Clay prefers Blaze because she's the kindest of the three.
  • Like Brother and Sister: The five dragonets tend to view each other this way. Except for Starflight over Sunny. And it's part of why Sunny ultimately turns him down: Their relationship is just too familial.
  • Living Statue: Unbeknownst to Queen Coral, her eldest daughter Orca possessed animus magic as well as a talent for sculpting and had "programmed" the statue she made in the Royal Hatchery to kill all female heirs before they hatched. This was done to eliminate the competition to Orca's reign, but also worked as a way to spite her mother from beyond the grave when Orca lost the duel for the crown.
  • Love Triangle: With Starflight, Sunny and Fatespeaker. Starflight loves Sunny, while Fatespeaker loves Starflight. In the fifth book, Sunny ultimately turns Starflight down because she loves him like a brother, and pushes him towards Fatespeaker, who he's been growing closer to.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: The Eye of Onyx only lets the dragon it chooses to be the rightful queen wear it, and explodes any other dragons.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Tsunami, upon entering the Kingdom of the Seawings, learns that her father was Gill, the crazed, dehydrated Seawing she was forced to kill in Queen Scarlet's arena.Sunny also gets this twice in "The Brightest Night", with Thorn revealing both that she is her mother and later on that Stonemover is her father. Later Soar/Chameleon tells Peril that he is her father. Peril is not particularly excited.
  • MacGuffin Title: Part three of "The Brightest Night" is called "The Eye of Onyx", referring to the piece of SandWing treasure that has the power to end the war, which Sunny looks for throughout the book.
  • Machiavelli Was Wrong: Kestrel believes that dragons don't have empathy for each other, which leads to Sunny and Starflight combining their fire to free Tsunami when she is tied up, which Kestrel had discounted as a possibility.
  • The Magic Goes Away: Animus dragons, who have the ability to enchant objects, have disappeared thousands of years ago in all tribes except the SeaWings and NightWings.
  • Matriarchy: The dragon tribes are all ruled by queens.
  • Matricide: How queens usually come into power.
  • Mind over Matter: A basic enchantment for an animus dragon.
  • A Minor Kidroduction: All of the prologues for the second series are this - "Moon Rising"'s prologue features Moon's hatching, "Winter Turning"'s prologue features a three-year-old Winter, and we get to see one-year old Peril in "Escaping Peril"'s prologue.
  • Multi Volume Work: There are 10 planned books, plus Winglets and an extra-length book about Darkstalker.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The NightWings are particular experts at this. Vengeance, Slaughter, Deathbringer, Darkstalker, Foeslayer, etc. The other tribes also have dragons with names like Tsunami, Crocodile, Shark and Viper. Not all of them are evil, though.
  • Nasty Party: The Royal SeaWing Massacre happens at a party with two SkyWing guests. Fathom and Indigo are noted to be unnerved whenever they're at a party after going to that one.
  • Neck Snap: Several dragons kill other dragons this way.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Darkstalker, his placing all his animus powers into the scroll is initially what helps win Clearsight's heart. It's also what ultimately drives her away. Convinced his soul is now in no danger of corruption, Darkstalker uses the scroll not only to do kind, compassionate things for his friends, mother, and sister, but to do an increasing amount of cruel, petty, angry, vicious things to any and every dragon that makes him feel unsafe or insecure. Including his best friends, if they question his motives.
  • North Is Cold, South Is Hot: The northern part of Pyrrhia consists of the freezing Ice Kingdom as well as much of the Sky Kingdom (which seems to be rather cold but considerably warmer than the Ice Kingdom despite its tall mountains), while the southern part has a hot desert, a hot rainforest, and a wetland inhabited by a type of dragon who clearly don't function well in the cold.
  • Odd Name Out: The six Queens of the RainWings are called Splendor, Magnificent, Dazzling, Exquisite, Grandeur...and Fruit Bat. Lampshaded in story.
  • Once per Episode: The protagonist sees one or more scavengers and decides to rescue them rather than kill them {except in "The Dark Secret").
  • One-Word Title: Prisoners and "Assassin''.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: And how! There are seven species of dragons, each with their own unique attributes and abilities.
  • Outrunning the Fireball: After the NightWings' volcano erupts. Justified due to the dragons' natural resistance to fire and the fact that they're going through a portal, so the fireball is only coming through a very narrow passageway. And Starflight still gets blinded and nearly killed.
  • Perfect Pacifist People: The RainWings before Glory's rule.
  • Persecution Flip: the NightWings capture RainWings to experiment on and starve, as part of their final plan that involves killing all of them, which most of them don't feel guilty enough due to Fantastic Racism. They later end up being ruled by a RainWing, subject to Fantastic Racism themselves by RainWings and others, and generally treated as second-class citizens, though Glory is reasonable and tries to integrate them into society despite the minefield of tension between the two tribes she rules.
  • Polar Bears and Penguins: All of the kingdoms contain animals from their respective biomes regardless of what part of the real world they are found in. This means there are both polar bears and penguins in the Ice Kingdom.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child: Blister's "secret weapon" is Anemone, Coral's one year old animus dragonet. She plans to use her animus powers to win the war, even though it will make her lose her soul.
  • Prophecies Are Always Right: The first series revolves around the five dragonets who are prophesied to end the war. Subverted, since Morrowseer actually made up the prophecy as part of his plan to have the NightWings take over the rainforest to escape their home]].
  • Prophecies Rhyme All the Time: Both the prophecy about the dragonets and Moonwatcher's prophecy.
  • Protagonist Title: The upcoming "Darkstalker", though he is an alternating POV with Fathom and Clearsight.
  • Psychic Block Defense: The effect of skyfire.
  • Psycho Electric Eel: Coral has a prison where no dragons dare escape because of eels with shocks powerful enough to kill a dragon. There is water flowing from the ceiling so even flying out would be risky. Justified by how all Pyrrhian animals and plants are larger than ones on Earth to be more "dragon sized".
  • Quicksand Sucks: The RainWings don't have any prisons, since they typically exile offenders. As a result, when Mastermind is held prisoner for experimenting on the RainWings, they put him in quicksand and drag him out and then back in every few hours so he doesn't die.
  • Race Name Basis: Several dragons refer to others by their tribe's name.
  • Rebellious Rebel: Neither the Dragonets of Destiny nor some of the Talons of Peace accept the organization's decisons.
  • Rewriting Reality: Darkstalker's scroll works exactly like an animus dragon's magic does, because he put all of his powers into it, and is activated by writing in it.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: RainWings think sloths are this. Scavengers also, Glory notes upon seeing this that she can see why people like them, since they look like slightly less furry sloths.
  • Royal School: Since there are only 35 students at Jade Mountain academy (5 per tribe) and all of them are selected by their queens, quite a few are royalty, as are some of the founders.
  • Royalty Superpower: SeaWing royals have extra bioluminescent scales and are often animus dragons. IceWing royalty used to have animus powers due to marrying whatever animus was born in another family, until 2000 years ago.
  • Ship Tease: Just about all of the dragonets have this in their stories; Clay with Peril, Tsunami with Riptide and Glory with Deathbringer. Starflight initially loves Sunny, but it's one-sided and she pushes him towards Fatespeaker, who already loved him, and who he had faint feelings for.
  • Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: Level 2, as the dragons can communicate with each other, and the humans present are treated as prey at worst and pets at best.
  • Sliding Scale Of Free Will Versus Fate: Level 4, because while prophecies do exist, they are just predictions of one of many futures and dragons still have free will. Though skilled Seers like Darkstalker can know every single future and their odds, it is the individual dragon's choice which future will happen.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Queen Blister, one of the major villains, is described as having a snakelike face and later uses venomous snakes to try to kill Burn. Both dragons named after snakes, Viper and Rattlesnake, are antagonists.
  • The Sociopath: Most of the adult dragons, even those on the heroes' side, say that dragons are not supposed to feel empathy for others. (Though this is probably just propaganda to justify the war, since the dragonets are able to show empathy just fine.)
  • Song of Courage: Clay gets Queen Scarlet's prisoners who are about to be killed to sing the "Dragonets are coming" song.
  • Snow Means Cold: All dragon tribes besides NightWings have names based on their environment. IceWings live in an area with very cold temperatures, and some have names involving snow (and there's even a dragon named Hailstorm).
  • Standard Evil Empire Hierarchy: For Blister's side of the war:
  • Stronger with Age: Dragons get larger and thus more powerful as they get older, and RainWings can also shoot venom farther.
  • Succession Crisis: The SandWings are having one throughout the first series that turns into a world war. The MudWings are mentioned to have had one a few centuries ago.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: The first arc, where first it looks like Clay is going to die and then that Blister is going to win, but Peril heals Clay and Thorn becomes queen instead.
  • Tap on the Head: The other NightWings] use this to knock Starflight unconscious to bring to [[spoiler: their island. He remains semi-conscious for days with no long-term affects. Later in a flashback, Ruby has Hailstorm knocked out this way.
  • That Poor Plant:
    • Plants are often used to test out the effects of [RainWing venom.
    • Post-Heel–Face Turn, Peril vents her fiery temper and abilities on vegetation.
  • The "The" Title: The first five books.
  • The Tooth Hurts: Queen Coral punishes certain dragons, like ones who failed to protect her eggs, by having all of their teeth pulled out and then killing them.
  • Time Skip: Six months pass between the first arc and the second arc.
  • Title Drop: In "The Brightest Night", twice near the end of the book. First Clay says that Peril might really be the Wings of Fire, then Sunny, responding to Clay's statement with the knowledge that the prophecy is false, says the wings of fire are in all of the dragonets of destiny. And then there's how the Eye of Onyx is mentioned to look a lot like wings of fire.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Nearly every book's back cover blurb contains a major spoiler for the previous book. "The Lost Heir" reveals that Tsunami is Queen Coral's only surviving daughter, "The Hidden Kingdom" reveals that Glory is venomous, "The Dark Secret" reveals that the NightWings were the ones responsible for kidnapping fourteen RainWings, "The Brightest Night" reveals that Morrowseer made up the prophecy, and "Winter Turning" reveals that Hailstorm is alive. And without even looking at the back cover, anyone who is browsing the bookstore looking for their first Wings of Fire book can find out about Scarlet's face being disfigured from the cover of Escaping Peril.
  • Tranquilizer Dart: The RainWings use these.
  • Transformation Trinket: Chameleon uses Darkstalker's scroll as this. It is capable of doing much more, but he keeps the full extent of its power secret.
  • Tree Top Town: The RainWings live in one, unsurprisingly given that they are large, flying animals that live in the rainforest.
  • Triumphant Reprise: Near the beginning of "The Dragonet Prophecy", Tsunami sings the "dragonets are coming" song to annoy her guardians, which Clay notes that she does often. Later in the book, Clay, in despair at being imprisoned by the SkyWings, sings the song and the other prisoners join in. This serves as a moment of affirmation for Clay and the audience that the dragonets do mean something to the world.
  • Two Girls to a Team: The Alternate dragonets and the Jade Mountain group (with Kinkajou or Peril). Averted with the original prophecy dragonet group, which consists of three female dragonets and two males.
  • Underwater City: The SeaWings live in one, unsurprisingly.
  • The Unfavorite: Glory is this to the Talons of Peace, on account of the fact that she's not a Skywing (as the prophecy demands) and was a last-minute replacement. In fact, the guardians and Morrowseer threatening to outright kill Glory is what incites the other dragonets to finally try to escape.
  • Untested Unfinished Still Used: Battlewinner decides to go ahead with the invasion of the Rain kingdom with only prototype guards against venom, despite Mastermind's protests.
  • Vagueness Is Coming: The Jade Mountain prophecy, which ominously states that "something is coming", but doesn't say anything about what it is.
  • Veganopia: RainWings are the only vegetarian tribe, and eat only fruit. They live in a utopian village with no real threats until the NightWings show up.
  • Velvet Revolution: Sunny plans on ending the war this way, with a peace meeting between the tribes. It works, but not without two of the three queens dying anyway. A book earlier, the battle between the RainWings and NightWings, which has been set up to be potentially very bloody, is resolved relatively peacefully with only two deaths due to a combination of Sunny's suggestion to use tranquilizer darts to incapacitate the NightWing guards, Greatness peacefully agreeing to Abdicate the Throne, and the erupting volcano forcing the NightWings' hands.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The dragonets themselves at times, especially where Tsunami and Glory are concerned. They may in-fight a lot—well, OK, all the time—but they are nonetheless fiercely loyal to one another.
    • Sadly averted with the replacement dragonets, who strongly dislike one another, and show little concern when any of their number are in peril.
  • Volcano Lair: The NightWings live in one. Living there has all of the problems one would expect from living in an active volcano, though, so they are desperate to leave and find a better home.
  • Wanted Poster: Thorn posts one in the Scorpion's Den featuring Dune, Morrowseer and Stonemover.
  • War Is Hell: The dragonets get to see the utter horror of a pointless war filled with Family-Unfriendly Violence and death. Highlights include Queen Scarlet making her prisoners fight in arenas, which culminates for the "winners" in Peril burning them alive, the dragonets coming across a battlefield full of mutilated dead bodies from Burn and Blaze's sides (one of the casualties being Clay's sister Crane), the SkyWings bombing the summer palace, and Burn's side planning to lead an attack to kill all of the IceWings with the full knowledge of the dragons involved, including Child Soldiers, that a fight in such cold temperatures will likely nearly kill off every single tribe involved.
  • We Have Forgotten the Phlebotinum: The war would have already been over a long time ago if the Eye of Onyx hadn't been lost along with the other SandWing treasure.
  • When the Planets Align: The brightest night that the dragonets were born on refers to the day when all three moons are full. It only occurs about every century [[spoiler:though the end of the book "The Brightest Night" features a fake brightest night caused by two full moons and a comet.
  • Win Your Freedom: Queen Scarlet's arena is like this in theory - but anyone trying for freedom has to get past Peril first.
  • Women Are Wiser: It is noted that the female scavengers tend to live longer in the arena because they tend to be more clever and work together.
  • A World Half Full: Pyrrhia is full of plenty of horror and sadness, and the grudges that dragons and tribes hold against each other don't easily go away, but dragons are still capable of slowly working towards a better world.
  • World of Action Girls: All of the queens by definition, given how they gain power. And, in general, most female dragons are competent to great at fighting. Even female scavengers are action girls.
  • World of Badass: Dragons are expected to be powerful fighters, and most of them are.
  • World of Snark: There are many, many Deadpan Snarker characters running around.
  • X Must Not Win: In "The Brightest Night", when it seems like the war is about to end, the dragonets are motivated to still try to do something about how Blister will win.

Alternative Title(s): The Dragonet Prophecy, The Wings Of Fire

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