Book Review: How to Train Your Dragon: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale by Cressida Cowell

Last week’s gym book was How to Train Your Dragon 05: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale (Young Adult 245 pages) by Cressida Cowell.

“The heat is one for Hiccup! Someone has stolen the Fire-Stone from Volcano Island, which means the Volcano has become active and the tremors are hatching the Eggs of Exterminator Dragons! Can Hiccup return the Fire-Stone to the Volcano, stop it from erupting, and save the Tribes from being wiped out by the terrible sword-claws of the Exterminators?”

There might be a fair number of spoilers for this book so if you haven’t read it yet and you want to be at least partially surprised by some of the things that happen, I suggest you stop reading.

I’m going to start with the absolute end of this book because it said something that was really close to something I think every now again. It’s from page 245, the last paragraph before the end: “It is a constant reminder to me of the human ability to create something beautiful even when things are at their darkest.” And that’s a very accurate and adequate description for how I view my life from when things fell apart and it was the worst experience of my entire life. Even when things were at their darkest and most miserable, when I couldn’t do anything more than cry in the corner in my closet, I was still thankful for everything I had and everyone in my life.

While I was reading this book, it finally occurred to me that the reason we don’t see much of the females is because they have their own separate tribe and they spend most of their time off on a quest, like Valhallarama, Hiccup’s mother. Vallhallarama is mentioned periodically, especially in this story, since the shining Humungous the Hero used to love her but was tricked into going on a quest and leaving her behind. She is only a character in the actual book once, and that is at the end when Stoic is telling her all about the adventures about the volcano and the exterminator dragons. It is also in this portion of the book on page 240 that the older Hiccup talks about: “Human hearts are not made out of stone. They can break, and heal, and beat again.” This was another of those passages that really stuck with me, probably because of how the last three years of my life have gone. There was heartbreak of the highest magnitude, and then healing, and now thankfulness, laughter, and hope.

The adventure in this book was fun and entertaining, which is exactly what a book like this is supposed to be. The books are growing on me and I truly am enjoying them more the deeper into the series I get. Overall, I’d say this book is a low three on my rating scale. The books are definitely getting more interesting and I’m enjoying them more as they move forward. While there are certain aspects that make me concerned about the future generations reading these books, there’s by far more good points than bad.

Works cited: Cowell, Cressida. How to Train Your Dragon: How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale. New York: Hachette Book Group, 2010. Original print 2008.

About C.A. Jacobs

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