The Dragonet Prophecy
The Dragonet Prophecy

Series: Wings of Fire Graphic Novel Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Determined to end a long war among the seven dragon tribes, the Talons of Peace draws on a prophecy calling for a great sacrifice, compelling five dragonets to fulfill a painful destiny against their will.
Catalog Number: #158614
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Holmes, Mike
Pages: 210 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-545-94216-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-94216-4
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The five dragonets, who prophecy has foretold will end the great dragon war, have escaped from their protective home to see the real world only to realize that things are far graver than they were ever taught. Adapted from Sutherland's middle-grade series, the story is surprisingly riveting; the politics involved between the warring factions and dragon races makes for great world building, and the war-torn world, complete with gladiatorial-style fights and backstabbings, is an intriguing backdrop for the five dragons' development. Comparisons to other fantasy properties are inevitable, but Sutherland and Holmes' series starter escapes most of those tropes and blazes its own path. The accompanying artwork, which is a bit bloodier than one might imagine for a kid's graphic novel, depicts the results of the dragon war, such as a bloody dragon battle and a few dragon murders. Holmes tones down the gore just enough, and his anime-like scenes, with bright colorization and expressive character design, nicely downplay the violence and emphasize the high-stakes action. Sure to be a hit among fantasy-adventure fans.
Horn Book
Five young dragons have been raised under guard by a group of rebel adults; the dragonets are destined to fulfill a prophecy to end the war among dragon tribes. Immediately upon escaping their captivity they are pursued by a wicked dragon queen. Thrilling battles, exciting plot twists, and complex characters will have young fantasy fans eagerly awaiting further volumes in the series.
Kirkus Reviews
Five young dragonets find themselves destined to fulfill a prophecy that will end the war between the dragons. Six years ago, the underground group Talons of Peace, determined to make the end of the war a reality, stole, bought and borrowed five eggs and began raising the young dragons in secret. Gentle-hearted Clay, the MudWing; sassy Tsunami, the SeaWing; bookish Starflight, the NightWing; loyal Sunny, the SandWing; and shy Glory, the RainWing, are the Dragonets of Destiny. After six long years in seclusion with only their history lessons and combat training for occupation and their harried minders for company, the five young dragons yearn to see what life is like beyond the thick stone walls of their cave. Escaping their prison is only a vague fantasy until the original prophet arrives and threatens the life of one of the dragonets. The five flee, only to be captured almost immediately by a ruthless dragon queen. Fast-paced and detailed, this first installment in a new adventure series is entertaining if not terribly original. Adult dragons are all cast as untrustworthy, cruel and selfish; only the young dragonets seem to have any depth and complexity. While expected, violent battle scenes seem at odds with the story of peace and quest for home. Nevertheless, this first outing has all of the key ingredients for a successful formula-fantasy series: hierarchical social structure, destiny, attributive names and a map. Exciting, but not outstanding. (dragon taxonomy) (Fantasy. 9-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 47 This graphic novel adaptation of the first "Wings of Fire" installment centers on five young "dragonets" who are being trained to save the dragon world from war and destruction as they rebel against their handlers and strike out to discover their own destiny. They encounter a wicked queen who takes them captive, and the dragonets must work together with the help of a new friend to escape death and destruction in the gladiator-style fighting ring. The full-color illustrations bring the dragons and their surroundings to life, and the fast-paced, plot-driven story translates well to the graphic novel format. One of the dragons, Glory, can alter her appearance, which may be confusing, as her colors sometimes change without explanation. The text bubbles are occasionally hard to follow, such as when multiple dragons speak at once. However, readers comfortable with the comic format or familiar with the first book will be able to understand. VERDICT Fans of the series will be drawn to this visual representation of their favorite characters, as will those who enjoy epic, animal-based fantasies. Ellen Conlin, Naperville Public Library,IL
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
A popular middle-grade dragon series gets a graphic-novel makeover.Based on the Wings of Fire series, this reworking breathes new life into a motley crew of dragonets who, against all odds, are destined to fulfill a prophecy and end the long-standing war that has plagued their kingdom. Kindhearted Clay, fierce Tsunami, brainy Starflight, overlooked Glory, and runt Sunny have been kept hidden underground their entire lives. When they finally escape, they find a harsh and violent kingdom aboveground, overseen by the malevolent Queen Scarlet, a dragon who revels in death and violence. Working together, the dragonets try to do what is right in a land riddled with treachery, deception, and bloodshed. This high-fantasy graphic novel is assembled by a dream team of established creators: the adaptation is written by Hereville creator Deutsch and illustrated by Secret Coders' Holmes. Colorist Laiho does stunning work; her vibrant, eye-catching hues nearly jump off the page. Faithful to the original, this stellar adaptation is sure to delight both those familiar and newcomers to this series, and with universal themes such as good versus evil and the hero's quest for self-identity, this may even ignite new interest in the genre.Dazzling; a must-read for any dragon fan. (Fantasy. 7-13)
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Word Count: 69,911
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 10.0 / quiz: 152677 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:17.0 / quiz:Q57002
Lexile: 740L
From Wings of Fire Book One: The Dragonet Prophecy

"Leave?" Clay echoed, startled. "How? On our own?"

"Why not?" Tsunami said. "If we can find a way out—why should we have to wait another two years? I'm ready to save the world now, aren't you?"

"We can't stop the war by ourselves," Clay said. "We wouldn't know where to start."

Still, part of him couldn't help imagining what it would be like to go home now. Back to the marshes, to the swamps, to a whole tribe of MudWings who looked like him and thought like him. Back to his parents, whoever they were...

What if they could do it?

What if they could escape, and survive, and save the world...their own way?

Excerpted from The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
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Not every dragonet wants a destiny . . .

Clay has grown up under the mountain, chosen along with four other dragonets to fulfill a mysterious prophecy and end the war between the dragon tribes of Pyrrhia. He's not so sure about the prophecy part, but Clay can't imagine not living with the other dragonets; they're his best friends.

So when one of the dragonets is threatened, all five spring into action. Together, they will choose freedom over fate, leave the mountain, and fulfill their destiny -- on their own terms.

The New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series takes flight in this first graphic novel edition, adapted by the author with art by Mike Holmes.

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