Wings of Fire: Moon Rising by Tui T. Sutherland
Moonwatcher has been dreading this moment. She knows that the dragon school Jade Mountain Academy should be a safe place for all dragonets. But Moonwatcher hides a strange secret: she has the long-lost Nightwing power to read minds. But as she finally starts to get settled, someone starts attacking the school. On top of that, there seems to be someone else who can read minds as well. Will Moon trust others with her dangerous secret, or will she keep hidden while her new home crumbles?
Character Development – 4.7
Wings of Fire: Moon Rising develops Moonwatcher, the main character, quite well. She is an apparently shy dragon with a big secret, and she is a Nightwing, who is looked on slightly unpleasantly by the rest of the tribes. She slowly gains friendship with her winglet, the Jade Winglet, and finds herself out of her comfort zone as soon as she tries to help her school. Moonwatcher starts work with Qibli, a brilliant young Sandwing, on finding the dragon that attacked the school. In this particular scene, she goes around looking into suspects’ minds to find which dragon committed the crime. It seems that that Moon finds it a little too easy to realize that none of the suspects were guilty. All of them thought of the arson as if someone else did it.
Strength of Plot – 4.5
I would rate the Strength of Plot of Wings of Fire: Moon Rising a 4.5. The story starts off with a hooking prologue, and then leads into a dragonet in her first day of school. This dragonet, Moonwatcher, has an unusual power thought to be gone from the Nightwing tribe. The power to read minds seems to Moon like it is more of a curse, but Sutherland incorporates other dragons’ thoughts throughout the book in a captivating way. There is a theme of trust in the book that gets more and more apparent as the book concludes,, and the end is a exciting lead into the next book. The epilogue brings an ancient scroll into play that readers immediately know is something very important.
Length – 4.5
Wings of Fire: Moon Rising has a great deal of information in one book. The length is around 300 pages, but Sutherland writes her books quite short. The readers are just begging for more, which is why I would suggest you start reading this series after she has written all of the books in it. Sutherland does get something that quite a few writers get stuck on: enough length to spread out the plot and not rush the resolution. So many writers have a big peak and then have a short end to the suspense. Sutherland guides the readers along, making progress in the story and having a satisfactory resolution.
Writing Style – 5
I can’t express my satisfaction with the writing style of Wings of Fire enough. It is a story of a world of dragons that are intelligent creatures like us. Sutherland incorporates enough modernized writing that moves along with this day and age, and she builds upon the fantasy world of Pyrrhia. The dragons all have different personalities, traits, and backstories that make them completely unique characters. Moonwatcher is set in a school environment with teachers and classmates like a kid would experience in their own. These book are an easy read, and might not appeal as much to the adults.
Conclusion – 4.8
This book is unique because I have found I can read it all and then turn back to the front cover and read it again. It is my favorite book in the Wings of Fire series, and it captivates all who start reading the first page. There is a range of about 9 to 15 year olds, as this book is a pretty easy read, and delves deeply into a fantastical world. If you love dragons, powers, and mysterious characters, this book is your next book. I would suggest reading the whole Wings of Fire series to accompany this one.