If you're like many parents, your middle grade child might be a little obsessed with the adventurous world of dragons in the Wings of Fire series. My 11-year-old has been enthralled by this fantasy fiction series since the very first book — so much so that I found myself waiting in the cold outside of a local bookstore, waiting for it to open, on the day The Hive Queen was released.
With epic storylines, a richly imaginative landscape, and a cast of dragons with human-like qualities and emotions, this captivating series from author Tui T. Sutherland has garnered a worldwide following. When I asked my daughter why she thinks the series is so popular with readers her age, she responded: “It’s so adventurous and fun, but at the same time you feel fearful and sad, and you never, ever really know what is going to happen next because it has so many cliffhangers.”
The prospect of each new addition to this popular series is met with serious excitement in Wings of Fire circles, and fans can be found sharing their hopes for, and predictions about, each new installment on dedicated Wings of Fire forums. And now that book #13, The Poison Jungle, is available for pre-order ahead of its July 30 release, that excitement is building more every day! The newest book in the series will tell the story of a dragon tribe in hiding, a mission of revenge, and a shadowy jungle with dark secrets that the dragon Sundew and her friends must unearth.
My daughter’s prediction for the newest book: “I think we will meet the community of hidden LeafWings from the Poison Jungle as Sundew, Cricket, and the other dragonets need their help to drive out the Hive Queen and release the brainwashed hive dragons,” she says.
Not quite sure what all of that means? Read on to get better acquainted with the series.