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Enjoyable series. Contrived 5th book.
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2017
Contrived. I loved the previous four books, which made this one all the more disappointing. Sunny's reasoning that she should follow the big bad dragons who are on their way to tattle on her friends is selfish and poorly reasoned. Or I should say conveniently reasoned. Even after she gains the super magical item that would be so disastrous if it fell into the wrong claws, she puts everyone at risk by taking it with her to follow the three bad dragons. And to bury it near a den of thieves? Seriously? Sooo convenient that no one found it, even after someone witnessed her on the dune. Sunny's internal struggle is that her friends don't think she can do anything. Yet every obstacle she faces in this book, HER book, is conveniently handled for her. Her imprisonment? Please. Sunny's way of thinking: "Don't consider escaping until after I'm locked up in a bad cell. Oh, look, they locked the door. Too bad I can't escape. But no need to worry. My jailer will just let me out to wander around and talk to my guard like a friend." I never felt that she was in any danger because everything just worked out around her, unlike the previous books where each dragonet had to learn and grow through his or her own trials. And - spoiler - at the end, for being a team of dragonets, Sunny doesn't discuss the choice of the Queen with her dear friends. She just makes it. The big decision that she feels so strongly was meant to be made by all of them, she jumps in and chooses alone. And gee, eye-roll about who she chooses. Contrived. Too convenient. A disappointment of a character I'd been anticipating getting to know for 4 books. I honestly felt like the author just got tired of trying and threw together whatever worked to make the easiest path happen for Sunny just to be done with the story.
That said, even though during my read through I ranted about Sunny's gag-worthy responses to events and the nothing-bad-will-really-happen atmosphere, the book was still well written from a language perspective. It's still a well developed world for these dragons to engage in. It was that, and the need to see the other dragonets again, that kept me reading. I was glad to see the other four again before getting to close the book on Sunny. I can't say the finale was completely satisfying, but it did the job.