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Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland {Just Hatched}

Just Hatched Book Feature

Just Hatched is a feature where I share my first impressions of a book after the first chapter. Check out the announcement post for more information.

Young fans of the Wings of Fire series will enjoy watching the history of the current series unfold as legendary dragons emerge from their eggs and start down the paths that lead to conflict within families and between the dragon nations.   Fans will enjoy knowing where the paths lead as they follow the tales of young heroes and villains, awkward and questioning as youngsters themselves, wondering if somehow all of the heartbreak could have been avoided with different choices.  But, as with classic Greek tragedy, we realize that some destinies cannot be avoided, even with the magical gift of foresight.

Note: I received an advanced copy of DARKSTALKER from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland {Just Hatched}

Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland (Wings of Fire - Legends #1)
Published by Scholastic Press on June 28, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, MG
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Three dragons. One unavoidable, unpredictable destiny. This is the beginning... of the end.

In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus -- capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price.

In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold -- and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction.

And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrhhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg. Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.

Long before the SandWing war, lifetimes before the Dragonet Prophecy... darkness is born.

2 Stars

How is the writing style?

The writing is straightforward and crisp, leaving many details of setting, scenery, and appearance to the imagination of the reader.  Frequently, I forgot that this is a book about dragons and found that my mental pictures were of middle-class, dysfunctional families that would have been right at home in a TV sitcom.

The point of view shifts between three young dragons, each from different kingdoms.  There is not much to distinguish between the mental voice of each of the protagonists, and they do not seem to stand out much from one another.

General tone of the beginning

This is strongly a prequel written for fans of books that occur later in the series.  The first five chapters all have the feel of “THIS IS FORESHADOWING SOMETHING REALLY BIG” with every interaction and choice.

Setting, genre, etc?

It is a good middle grade fantasy.  The characters are all sapient dragons, and the main characters all possess magical abilities that are rare among dragon-kind.  The protagonists are all young and are struggling with learning how to use their gifts while they also deal with family tensions.


  1. My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
  2. Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
  3. Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
  4. Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
  5. Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)

Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?


Darkstalker by Tui T. Sutherland

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