Packed full of the humour and adventure we’ve come to expect from this fantastic series

9781444913989Review – How To Betray a Dragon’s Hero by Cressida Cowell

Having read the first ten books in this series with my daughter over the past three years I was tragically left out when it came to book eleven. In the year between book ten and eleven my daughter’s reading meant she no longer needed to be read aloud and she devoured this book on her own without me (very proud!). Having invested in the first ten books there was no way I was going to miss out so read this book all on my own.

This is the second last book in the series and we are definitely coming to the pointy end of the story. It is now a race between Hiccup and Alvin The Treacherous to get to the island of Tomorrow with the Lost Things (that Hiccup found and Alvin stole) and claim the throne of the King of the WIlderwest. Hiccup and his trusted friends have been in hiding from both Alvin and the dragon Furious, who is hell-bent on ridding the world of humans starting with Hiccup! However Hiccup is brought of hiding to save the life of his cousin (and turncoat) Snotlout. Snotlout’s rescue presents Hiccup with a chance to get the Lost Things back but can he trust his former bully and tormentor? Whose side is Snotlout really on? And who is going to betray our Hero?

Packed full of the humour and adventure we’ve come to expect from this fantastic series Hiccup must learn what it really takes to be a hero and a king…before it’s too late!

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How To Train Your Dragon Series – like Asterix goes to Hogwarts.

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Review – How To Train Your Dragon Series

I began reading the HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON series to my six-year-old daughter two years ago after watching the Dreamworks’ DVD. Apart from character names the books bear little resemblance to the movie but that hasn’t stopped us reading all the books in the series so far. We read them together up until book ten last year. This year having recently turned eight she read book eleven by herself (I read it after her!).

The series follows the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third who we meet as an 11-year-old (and who is 13 in book 11). Hiccup is learning how to be a Viking, which he is not very good at. His training involves having a dragon as your obedient companion which he must train for hunting and other essential Viking activities such as being a pirate. Hiccup also has to deal with the fact that he is the heir to the Hooligan Tribe as his father, Stoick the Vast, is the chief which puts considerably pressure on Hiccup to be the best possible Viking.

The adventures Hiccup has are truly fantastic and a deeper, larger mystery slowly emerges over the course of the books as bits and pieces Hiccup picks up along the way slowly come together. Cowell combines well-balanced humour (silly and clever) with truly great original stories that even I am addicted to. Hiccup must overcome the odds in a number of different ways usually with the help of his two best friends; Fishlegs, an even more unlikely Viking and Camicazi, a girl from a neighbouring tribe who is the best burglar in the archipelago in which the Vikings inhabit. The best way I can think of to describe the series is that it is like Asterix goes to Hogwarts.

The books are great for reading aloud for a 5-7 year old and suitable for an 8-12 year old reader, boy or girl. And despite the movie baring no resemblance to the books it is pretty good too!

The series in order:

  1. How to Train Your Dragon
  2. How to Be a Pirate
  3. How to Speak Dragonese
  4. How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse
  5. How to Twist a Dragon’s Tale
  6. A Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons
  7. How to Ride a Dragon’s Storm
  8. How to Break a Dragon’s Heart
  9. How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword
  10. How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel
  11. How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero