Our fantasy loving bookworm has long been a fan of Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire books series, collecting each book on its release date – including lining up in the freezing cold at a bookshop on Boxing Day one year! Then there was the time she dressed up as the dragon named Swordtail for our school’s Book Week character parade.
Is Wings of Fire any good?
The fantasy fiction Wings of Fire series has developed a cult following across the world, popular with middle grade through to adult readers alike. And it is no wonder thanks to Sutherland’s extraordinary, detailed storytelling and the wonderful cast of fanciful dragons she has imagined.
There are currently fourteen books within the main series, within three storylines or story arcs of five books each. These titles are supported by a compilation of short stories, a number of Legends titles and a series of graphic novel interpretations of the original series.
What is Wings of Fire about?
From the very first book readers are introduced to the seven dragon tribes of Pyrrhia – SandWings, MudWings, SkyWings, SeaWings, IceWings, RainWings and NightWings (and later three new tribes – LeafWings, SilkWings and HiveWings).
Each tribe inhabits a different territory within Pyrrhia and the dragons of each tribe share unique strengths and magical powers, as well as exhibiting human-like behaviour, making them super relatable for middle school readers.
The tribes don’t always get along however – these are stories of war as the tribes fight each other for power and control of Pyrrhia – and Sutherland does not shy away from sometimes violent and difficult themes, with storylines exploring difficult topics such as war, murder, deceit and racism to name just a few (which makes the series compelling reading but also potentially challenging for sensitive readers).
And, despite the fantasy genre, the series explores important real life issues relating to family, friendship and identity, with important life themes of courage, loyalty, destiny and sacrifice.
The main series of books explore three story arcs, with five books within each arc. The first is The Dragonet Prophecy in which five young dragons from different tribes are being raised in secret as those destined in an ancient prophecy to end the war that rages between the tribes of Pyrrhia.
The second story arc, The Jade Mountain Prophecy, sees the dragons at peace (at least for now) and intent on establishing an academy to train the next generation of dragons to live and work together. However peace and the academy are in danger as a new prophecy is shared by Nightwing, Moonwatcher, warning of the destruction of Jade Mountain if an ancient city cannot be re-found.
In the third story arc, The Lost Continent Prophecy, the dragons of Pyrrhia learn that they are not the only dragons in existence, discovering the neighboring dragon tribes of Pantala across the sea, who live under the (mind) control of an evil dragon, the Queen Wasp.
What age are the Wings of Fire books appropriate for?
The series is certainly one for lovers of action, adventure and fantasy. I would suggest they will be most enjoyable for reasonably confident readers from 10 years of age, possibly 9 years if you child is okay with violence and other sensitive content (see above).
Wings of Fire Book Series Review
The first story arc (books 1-5): The Dragonet Prophecy
Dive into a world where dragons rule and discover the hidden secrets of the tribes.
The lost princess of the Seawings is going home at last! Tsunami cant believe that she’s finally going home to the kingdom of the sea. But Tsunami’s return home doesn’t go quite as planed.
Queen Coral and the Seawings welcome her with open wings but a mysterious assassin is killing off the Queen’s dragonets one by one, and Tsunami is the next target. The dragonets of destiny came to the Seawings for protection but the ocean hides secrets and betrayal, and no one is safe.
Deep in the rainforest, danger awaits. The dragonets think they might be able to find safety in the rainforest because the Rainwings aren’t at war. But something deadly is stalking the peaceful kingdom and when dragons start mysteriously disappearing from the rainforest and the queens wont do anything about it, Glory makes it her mission to save the tribe.
But what will she do when her search leads her right into the kidnappers claws?
Nightwings keep everything secret – from their home and their queen to their allegiance in the war. Now Starflight is finally getting to meet his own tribe, will they be everything he dreamed of?
The Nightwing home is a treacherous place, and the tribe is willing to do anything to leave it, even if that means killing innocent dragons. And now Starflight is faced with an impossible choice – save the Rainwings or help his tribe. What will he do?
Sunny has always believed in the dragonet prophecy. But after Morrowseer reveals the truth and with friends so willing to give up, Sunny starts wondering— is it even possible to end the war?
While Sunny might not be ready to give just yet, buried secrets, deadly surprises, and an unexpected side too scavengers are all waiting for her in the shifting sands of the desert and one question looms over them all— who will have the power of wings of fire?
Collect Wings of Fire books one to five as a box set:
The second story arc (books 6-10): The Jade Mountain Prophecy
The war of Sandwing succession is over and the prophecy dragonets have a plan to keep the peace— Jade Mountain Academy, a school where dragonets from all the tribes are welcome.
But peace is hard to come by.
And when Moonwatcher, a Nightwing dragonet with the long-lost power to read minds and see the future, discovers a secret plot to end the academy she must make a choice – stay hidden and safe, or risk everything to save her new home?
Winter has been a disappointment to his family his whole life. Now he has a chance to redeem himself as he and his newfound friends dive into a world of chaos in the search for Winter’s sister, Icicle.
But no one is safe when the dragonets are driven right into Queen Scarlet’s talons.
Winter is thankful for the support of his friends in his search but they cannot follow him into the once place he is scared to go – the ice kingdom, where he’ll have to face his greatest fear: his own family.
Peril has always been loyal, first to Queen Scarlet and now to Clay, the only dragon she really loves. But when Queen Scarlet awakens from the dead and threatens Peril’s new home, it’s up to Peril and a shy dragonet named Turtle to stop the Queen, before its to late!
Peril worries that she may accidentally hurt the bumbling Turtle, after all her magical yet dangerous firescales have given her the reputation of the deadliest dragon in Pyrrhia, but it is in the process of confronting the Scarlet, that Peril is faced with an impossible choice – the chance to rid herself of her firescales, the powers that have caused her so much pain, for the chance of a new life. What will she choose?
Turtle isn’t one of the heroes you read about in stories. If it was up to him he would happily hand over the job as hero to a dragon like Winter or Moon.
But when a long-lost villain called Darkstalker rises from the dead, Turtle realises the sinister dragon hasn’t changed and the Jade Mountain Academy is going to need a hero.
And Turtle might just have to be that hero and save the day himself!
Qibli has always dreamed of being special. And he knows he could stop Darkstalker— if only he had magic!
With even a sliver of the dragon’s magical scroll he could rewrite history. But after the animus-touched object is ripped out of his claws, he realises that the only way he can stop Darkstalker is to use his brain.
Now, with time running out and Darkstalker entrancing or killing every dragon in the seven tribes, it’s up to Qibli to stop him – with or without magic.
The third story arc (books 11-15): The Lost Continent Prophecy
Life in the hives is safe. And Pantala has been at peace as long as Blue can remember. But when he realises that his sister, Luna, is a Flamesilk, Blue is thrown into a whirlwind of terror. And he soon realises that life under Queen Wasp’s rule is not as perfect as it seems.
After the tyrant starts hunting down the wingless dragonet, Blue knows that its up to him to rescue his sister, and the other Flamesilks. But when his search for peace leads him to the most dangerous place in Pantala, Blue realises that almost everything he has grown up to believe is a lie, Blue needs to be careful who he trusts, and what he is willing to do to save his friends.
Cricket has always had a million questions. Why are trees forbidden? Why do her parents hate her?
And the biggest, most dangerous question: why do Queen Wasp’s mind control powers not work on her?
When Cricket is given the chance to find the answers to her questions she takes it, but will the mysterious book of Clearsight really hold all the answers, or is it just another one of Queen Wasp’s tricks? Cricket and her friends need answers…and fast!
Secrets hide in the deadly Poison Jungle, the hidden home of the surviving Leafwing.
Sundew is keeping some of these secrets, and some she is only just discovering.
But when she and her friends unearth a plot to destroy all of the tribes, Sundew realises that no dragon is safe, in the jungle or outside it.
Is Sundew willing to do almost anything to survive, even if that means leaving the only home she has ever known?
All Queen Snowfall wants is for her tribe to be safe. As the youngest queen of the Icewings, she struggles to keep control as hundreds of survivors from the Lost Continent seek refuge in Pyrrhia.
When the Pantalan dragons first arrive in her kingdom, Queen Snowfall sees them as a threat to her tribe. But when a mysterious prophecy is revealed, Snowfall discovers that the real threat isn’t the dragons but a dangerous force, more evil than anything the inhabitants of Pyrrhia have faced before.
The Wings of Fire Legends Add-Ons
In the shadows of wings humans fight for survival.
After Wren’s village tried to sacrifice her to the dragons she finds a Skywing dragonet and she swears to herself that she will never trust a human again.
Ivy doesn’t trust the dragonslayer. He may be her father but she is not blind. He is hiding something, and she and her friends are going to find out what it is.
Leaf hates dragons. They’re the reason Wren, his favourite sister, is dead. Now he has sworn that he will avenge her… no matter what.
Darkstalker is a dragon with great powers. But which path will he take?
Clearsight wants to make sure that her tribe follows the right path. But what is she willing to do?
After Fathom’s grandfather kills almost his entire family Fathom vowed that he would never use his power again. But will he always stay true to his oath?
Three dragons. One destiny.
This is the beginning… of the end.
In Pyrrhia, every dragon has a story.
Fierceteeth will do anything to make her tribe what it once was.
All Deathbringer wants is to become the most famous assassin in Pyrrhia’s history. But is it really worth it?
Sixclaws has always been loyal to Queen Burn, but has he made a mistake?
These dragons helped to shape Pyrrhia in the shadows… but now its time for each of them to tell their own story. A fabulous collection of four short stories.