Scorch Dragons by Amie Kaufman
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
Summary from Goodreads:
The struggle for power heats up in book two of this heart-stopping adventure series about siblings with magical shapeshifter powers, from New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman.
After the fateful battle between the ice wolves and the scorch dragons, Anders and his twin sister, Rayna, have been reunited. But there’s no time to celebrate.
The temperature all over Vallen is starting to drop. And Anders quickly learns that the wolves have stolen a weather-altering artifact called the Snowstone, and every dragon, including Rayna, is now in danger. Desperate to broker peace, Anders enlists the help of a few new flame-breathing friends to stop the wolves’ next plan of attack.
Together, these former rivals must go on a dangerous quest to find the scattered pieces of the Sun Scepter, the only artifact that can counteract the Snowstone. Because if either device goes unchecked, all hope for a truce will be lost.
This is the second installment in a planned trilogy. To see my review of the first book, Ice Wolves, go here.
This book continues the story pretty much right where it left off in the first one. Anders and Lisabet are stuck in Drekhelm, the dragon stronghold. The dragons do not trust them at all, but they are spared imprisonment by Leif, the leader. Anders is reunited with his sister Rayna and eventually makes some dragon friends as well.
Life in Drekhelm is very different than in Holbard and Ulfar. But one thing is always a constant when you are a kid, you have to attend school. Which Anders and Lisabet do. Their learning is different here, more independent study than classes, but they both learn a lot more about dragons, and a bit about the history between the wolves and dragons. They also do some traveling all around Vallen in search of the Sun Scepter, which was fun to see. They visited lots of cool places.
Anders is still the sole narrator of this book. He and Lisabet make some new friends. There is still some nice diversity in the dragons as well. One of the older dragons is even in a wheelchair. We get to know Rayna’s friend, Ellukka, the best. She is initially distrustful of Anders and Lisabet, but as she realizes that they are just trying to keep everyone safe and avoid a war, she starts to trust them. She is the one that does the most to help them on their quest. Theo and Mikkel are two other dragons that become their friends and help them out as well.
This plot was perhaps a little slower, but no less interesting than the first book. Their quest for the Sun Scepter and all of the clues they have to solve, makes for an interesting read. There are some surprises and discoveries of who Rayna and Anders are and why they can shape shift into a dragon and a wolf. They are really twins, and they do discover more about their parents.
All in all this is a solid second book in this great middle grade series. It will be a long wait for the last book, but I am sure it will be worth it.