Dragon Bones: The Unwanteds Quests, Book 2

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Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Magical twin girls shine in this slow-starting story.

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Educational Value

You can compare the kind of magic spells and lore here with what magical kids (and animals) learn about in other books (Septimus Heap, Harry Potter, The Familiars, and more). Also teaches the basic culinary skill of making broth, if you switch from dragon to chicken bones.

Positive Messages

Lessons learned about not underestimating others' abilities and thinking before you speak. Bravery and teamwork are essential to the success of missions. Also, how do you know who to trust and what to reveal?

Positive Role Models & Representations

Thisbe learns her own strengths in this installment. She proves both magically gifted and principled. She speaks her mind in front of someone trying to manipulate her. Fifer doesn't allow the doubt and fear of her brother to dictate what she does. Her strong will pushes her to learn magic and go after her sister. Both sisters know they have enough power to do serious harm to others and decide to be careful with their powers.

Violence

Two violent deaths. A few skirmishes with swords and knives end in injuries and deaths of soldiers and minor injuries for good guys. A soldier breaks into pieces from a magical spell. Young slaves are branded and do forced labor in caves. Potions are force-fed and cause strange side effects. A near-drowning and fear of heights and falling while lowering from a cliff.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lisa McMann's Dragon Bones: The Unwanteds Quests, Book 2 is the second book in an Unwanteds spin-off series. This world of island realms, magic spells, and animal-stone hybrids will seem more immersive if you read the original Unwanteds series first, especially as a team of characters known better in the first series embarks on a quest. There's very little violence in the first half of the book as they prepare for the quest, but the action culminates in the deaths of two characters, one close to the main characters. A few skirmishes with swords and knives end in injuries and deaths of soldiers and minor injuries for good guys. A soldier breaks apart into pieces from the power of a magic spell. Young slaves are branded and do forced labor in caves. Potions are force-fed and cause strange side effects. There's a near-drowning and the experience of fear of heights and falling while lowering from a cliff. Lessons in bravery, teamwork, and not underestimating others' abilities are sprinkled throughout Dragon Bones.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bybookworm232 March 4, 2018

Heart warming and adventurous

Unwanteds Quest: Dragon bones is the second book in the second series, this book continues the sequel of Unwanteds Quests: Dragon Captives, where the two younge... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DRAGON BONES: THE UNWANTEDS QUESTS, BOOK 2, magical twins Fifer and Thisbe are far away from each other in different worlds. Thisbe is trapped underground as a slave in Grimere, forced to do the Revinir's bidding, which involves dragging really heavy dragon bones around a cave so she can extract magic from them. Fifer is back home to Artime. She was flown home seriously injured at the end of Dragon Captives. When she recovers from her injuries, Fifer vows to go back to save Thisbe. The only problem is her older brother, Alex. As the head mage of Artime, he has decided Fifer is too young and too precious to risk. He will lead the team to rescue Thisbe without her, after the team completes their magical training. Fifer is determined and clever, however, and watches the training session from afar, soaking up everything. If Alex won't let her go with the team, she'll go it alone.

Is it any good?

While readers will have to wait a while for the quest to start up in this fantasy sequel, they get to spend quality time with two great girl heroes. Fifer and Thisbe make the wait for the action part worthwhile as they learn about their magical abilities and challenge authority. Fifer goes up against her protective brother, studies magic in secret, and befriends some extremely helpful birds. Thisbe goes up against the real evil power, the Revinir, speaks her mind to her, and practices her magic in a cell every night.

As this slow-starter heats up near the end of Dragon Bones, a few curious plot twists -- and one sad development -- set the stage well for another installment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sad death in Dragon Bones. How will it affect the main characters? How does it affect you as a reader?

  • What did you learn about Thisbe's and Fifer's powers? How will they help them in the quests to come?

  • Will you read more quests? What do you think will happen to Thisbe and Fifer next?

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