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THE LOST HEIR by Tui T. Sutherland


From the Wings of Fire series, volume 2

by Tui T. Sutherland

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-545-34919-2
Publisher: Scholastic

The dragonets of prophecy, free of both the Talons of Peace and the evil SkyWing queen, travel to the SeaWings’ palace, hoping to find a safe haven from their many enemies.

Infighting over who should lead leaves Tsunami feeling isolated. She dreams of a glorious homecoming befitting the next heir to the SeaWing throne. However, while Coral, the SeaWing queen, is welcoming, danger lurks beneath the dark water. Unable to speak the local language and thrust into a world of diplomacy and honor, Tsunami soon finds that the life of royalty is just as stifling as the cave in which she was raised. Faced with a choice between aligning herself with the SeaWings or continuing toward her prophecied destiny, Tsunami must decide where her loyalties lie. Along with the high-stakes decisions, the dragonets also face familiar adolescent challenges, including first crushes, parental angst and insecurity. This second installment in the Wings of Fire series proves to be as fast-paced and layered as the first. It also proves to be as violent. Explicit battle scenes, graphic deaths and even the suggestion that one dragon should “feel free to kill [himself]” will limit the allure of this series for many.

Entertaining, but rugged. (Adventure. 9-12)