The five Dragonets of Destiny were hatched and raised inside a secret cave by the Talons of Peace, brought up to fulfill a prophecy and end the war. However, when they take matters into their own claws they learn not only how dangerous that mission will be, but what it takes to make destiny happen.The first book in the series, The Dragonet Prophecy, focuses on Clay, the largest and first hatched of the dragonets, and his worries that he will be unable to play his part and protect his friends when he does not like to fight.
Tui T. Sutherland does a wonderful job of putting together an ensemble of characters that not only stand on their own, but also fit perfectly into a cohesive whole. He creates not a group of characters, but a family in which the reader feels fully immersed. The writer also manages to portray the destruction and social upheaval of a war that has been waging for eighteen years while keeping it age appropriate. The reader cannot help but develop a connection to the characters and the story of their struggles. This bond will have them racing through this book and into the next in the series.
Violence/Gore:Many mildly graphic scenes of dragons in battle, some resulting in death (from 1 to 6 pages); a dragon’s mouth is bound with hot chains; a dragon egg is deliberately smashed; several threats and implied violence; many references to the Dragon War and reports of deaths; older dragon trains younger dragons to fight; young dragon pushed another into a pond; many references to and mildly graphic scenes of catching/killing/eating prey, including man-like beings; young dragons play-act the death of the dragon queen that started the war; dragons breath fire and destroy rock columns; reference to baby dragon attacking other eggs; secondhand reports of training battles; dragon fears another will bite off his head; older dragon attacks younger dragon; older dragon chains up younger dragon; older dragons plot to kill young dragon; dragon is caught in raging river, sustains mild injuries; dragon gets burning liquid on scales and faints; dragons fall over a waterfall; dragon’s wing is dislocated; young dragon bites older dragon’s tail; dragon murders another dragon; young dragons imprisoned and forced to fight to the death in gladiatorial games (2 pages to several chapters); dragon can burn other dragons alive by touching them; dragon spits acid venom on other dragon; dragon is sentenced to death in a trial; disabled dragon is dropped from the sky; mildly graphic description of a battlefield, after the battle ended; dragon is murdered.
Sex/Nudity: Young dragons hugging, holding hands and “wrapping tails”(to comfort, similar to holding hands); brief references to mating and laying eggs.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death, war, destiny, kidnapping, betrayal, loyalty, abandonment.
Alcohol / Drug Use: