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 one 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 was recently announced, the first book of which is Moon Rising
. It will focus on an entirely new character and her quest to find.theNightWings
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This series provides examples of:
- An Ice Person: The Icewing dragons breathe a freezing mist instead of fire.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Just look at the character sheet. Every single queen is The Caligula.
- 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.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Humans are called ‘Scavengers’.
- 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.
- The Chessmaster: Blister, Morrowseer and Queen Battlewinner.
- 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.
- Enemy Civil War: Between the Sandwing queens and their allies.
- 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 queens 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.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards the Rainwings, who are considered lazy due to their unusually long naps.
- Four Philosophy Ensemble:
- The Cynic: Glory
- The Optimist: Sunny
- The Realist: Tsunami
- The Apathetic: Starflight
- The Conflicted: Clay
- Genius Cripple: Starflight, after being blinded.
- The Handicapped and the 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.
- Hold Your Hippogriffs: 'Three moons', and ‘moons’ is a common exclamation of frustration.
- Human Pet: Some of the Sandwings keep human pets. Those who do actually tend to think of "scavengers" as rather adorable.
- 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.
- In Love with the Mark: Deathbringer, towards Glory, who tries to hide the fact that she likes him back.
- 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.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: The Series.
- Klingon Promotion: All dragon tribes' queens ( Except for the Rainwings') are decided when one of her daughters 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Our Dragons Are Different: And how! There are seven species of dragons, each with their own unique attributes and abilities.
- 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 disturbing creatures at best.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The six Queens of the Rainwings are called Splendor, Magnificent, Dazzling, Exquisite, Grandeur...and Fruit Bat. Lampshaded in story.
- 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.)
- 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 Talon's leader threatening to outright kill Glory is what incites the other dragonets to finally try to escape.
- 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.