Warning: This book review contains spoilers for “Wings Of Fire: The Brightest Night” by Tui T. Sutherland. If you’re looking for a spoiler-free book review, this is not the one for you!
I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Wings Of Fire: The Brightest Night” by Tui T. Sutherland! I read the first four books in this series already, so I’m glad to pick up another book in this series. Here’s the summary so we know what it’s about:
“The dragonets struggle to fulfill the prophecy and — somehow — end the war in this thrilling new installment of the bestselling WINGS OF FIRE series! It all comes down to this: The Dragonets of Destiny must finally bring the epic war to an end, reconcile the seven tribes, and choose the next queen of Pyrrhia… and make it out alive.”
This book contains at least three character deaths within the book in somewhat-graphic detail. If you are sensitive to this type of content, please be careful before reading.
Plot Development: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Unfortunately, compared to the previous books, the plotline of this book feels rather rushed in terms of the main events happening. For instance, the buildup of the war between Burn, Blaze and Blister is completely and suddenly finished within the last few chapters of this book. This is because one of them dies from a too-easy poisoning, while the second one dies because they were just too stupid to accept their fate at the time. The third survives, but doesn’t become Queen for reasons I won’t spoil here. I just felt like the overall conclusion of the big prophesized war was rushed. This could have been drawn out to be a much bigger battle that could span, perhaps, more of the book, rather than condensing it into five-to-six chapters at most.
However, I did enjoy the rest of the book up until that point. I enjoyed reading Peril come back into the main plotline, as well as her reactions to finding out about Kestrel’s early demise. I also enjoyed Sunny finally reuniting with her own mother and father, and I also enjoyed her rallying everyone together to try to end the war for good.
Character Development: 4 out of 5 stars
I loved reading Sunny’s development in this book, including how she takes a lot of action. She feels the need to prove herself time and time again in the book, likely because she’s seen as the weakest out of all the dragonets. However, though she can’t necessarily fight super-well nor does she have unique abilities like dragons such as Peril would, for example, she’s great at strategizing on the spot and putting all the clues together. Her actions in the book really emphasize these sides to herself. I also enjoy how she opts for a peaceful outcome, as opposed to everyone just fighting it out and leading to many needless deaths.
However, I wish that there was more time devoted to Sunny and her fellow dragonets sticking together, especially since this book finishes off the arc of the big war going on throughout the series. Sunny spends about eighty percent of the book adventuring on her own rather than with her fellow dragonets, which is very different from how most of the other books went before then. Sure, there were times when the main characters of each book had their individual sort of adventure (like how Glory was kidnapped last book and ended up escaping for example), but most of the time they interacted with their fellow dragonets and gave them opportunity for further development. Because Sunny spends so much of the book without her dragonets, there isn’t a lot of time for them to have much development, which is unfortunate.
Worldbuilding Development: 4 out of 5 stars
I loved the expansion on the worldbuilding with the scavengers in this book. They’re often seen as enemies of the dragons, or weak prey, but the fact that some of the dragons go as far as keeping them as pets is more amusing than horrifying. I also enjoyed how this impacted Sunny and how she interacted with a few scavengers as well, and moments like that gave the book some lighter moments in an otherwise dark setting of finishing the war.
I also enjoyed how the fact that the prophecy is fake is discussed among the characters. Some still believe in some form in destiny despite this revelation, especially Sunny, and despite it being fake, it’s amazing how believable it was so that there were still others that wanted the war to continue and/or end with one of the sisters winning. It also goes to show how one piece of misinformation can lead to some horrible outcomes. Had the fake prophecy not existed in the first place, there would likely not be a war as big and complex as there was for these five books, and the dragonets themselves wouldn’t be separated from their families in the first place.
Overall, I’m rating this book 4 out of 5 stars!
Though this book may be a disappointing conclusion to the war that spanned from the first book up until now, I do think that this was satisfying enough that it ties up most of the loose ends plotwise. I am interested in seeing what happens starting next book, as the series dives into a new arc.
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