Positive messages and representation, excellent story
I can’t say enough great things about this book and the entire series. It shows characters trying to make an awful world better. Racism and prejudice amongst dragon tribes is rampant, and is broken down through the friendships and struggles that the characters go through. Though there is good and evil, characters don’t have simple black-or-white morality. Characters like Peril can be morally ambiguous and struggle across multiple story arcs. Good characters often have bad ideas and beliefs that they hold onto for a long time (more so in future books). There’s good gender balance amongst characters, and though each dragon has their own unique personality, their traits don’t follow gender stereotypes. Females can be fierce, sarcastic, bubbly or cruel; males can be warm, loyal, bookish, or shy.
On the topic of violence, it’s more than I’d like to see as a parent but my 8yo daughter and several of her classmates read the series and weren’t turned off by it. I’ve heard of it being too much for some younger readers. But for others, an other-worldly fantasy book can be a safe space in which to explore and feel big emotions and not become anxious about it happening to themselves in the real world. I consider it a small downside compared to all the positive messages peppered throughout this intriguing series.
This title contains:
Positive role models