So here it is… the very last book in the series, which I started with Frankie way back in 2014. I started reading the books to him, then he wanted to continue listening to them on audio and it wasn’t until the beginning of last year that I was able to access his Audible account and join in the joys of audiobooks, so I could continue listening to this series.
BLURB: The Doomsday of Yule has arrived, and the future of dragonkind lies in the hands of one boy with nothing to show but everything to fight for. Hiccup’s quest is clear…but can he end the rebellion? Can he prove himself to be king? Can he save the dragons? The stakes have never been higher, as the very fate of the Viking world hangs in the balance!
Whatever else happens, if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of this delightful, quirky series – don’t start here. It is the culmination of a twelve-book series packed with all sorts of adventures as a small boy, the heir to the Chief of the Hooligan Tribe, struggles to survive and overcome insanely difficult odds. And this current crisis he’s facing is the most insurmountable of the lot. He is fighting for the survival of humanity and/or the dragons as they are set to fight each other to extinction, although given the firepower the dragons are capable of, the outcome is a foregone conclusion… That’s the situation at the beginning of the book – Cowell is better than anyone else I know at providing overwhelming odds and then fantastic ways for her embattled protagonist to beat them. But this time around, I couldn’t see any way that Hiccup and Toothless would survive the end of this adventure unscathed – and I was wary, because people who matter can die in this series.
While I had enjoyed reading the books, the advantage of listening is that David Tennant also sings the songs – and especially in this book, the songs matter. They provide a strong emotional backdrop to the ongoing action, which was every bit as gripping and exciting – more so as I realised this was the last time I’d hear of Hiccup battling the impossible.
Cowell has written an epic. The overarching themes she covers provide morals and mottos that youngsters listening can use as life lessons. I’m aware that some reviewers became a bit exasperated by the way she emphasises these throughout, but I didn’t have a problem with them. Now in my 60s, it’s handy to remind myself that second best is often good enough and loyalty to those you love is important.
And… that ending. Oh my word. I was sitting in the kitchen and weeping as I heard the final epilogue. Perhaps, because I am now coming to a stage of my life when I, too, am starting to consider what I’ve done and whether it’s been good enough, the words particularly resounded with me. And now I’m sad that it’s over, but so very elated and joyful that I’ve had the chance to read and hear it. Very highly recommended. An outstanding series.
So glad to hear that this series wrapped up so well. I know it’s been one of your favorites😁
It’s a magnificent finale to a stunningly good series. One of my reading highlights of the year:))
I listened to the first one and really enjoyed it and am so glad to see Tennant has continued narrating the series. I think I’d listen to him read just about anything! This sounds good with some deeper topics tackled. I’ll have to continue with the series.
I highly recommend this series, Katherine – it is a completely joy.
I love that the narrator sang the songs in the book. Sounds like an amazing conclusion to this series. So glad it ended on a high note Sarah.
Oh, it certainly did, Carla – and after an amazing 12-book journey, I had wondered if she would be able to pull it off and she most certainly did!
Oh and David Tennant on the narration! I’m glad to hear these were so good!
David Tennant is marvellous. This has to be one of my all-time favourite series – never mind that it’s intended for children…
There is always this bittersweet quality in reaching the end of a beloved book or series, and I can understand your strong reaction once you put the final book down…
Yes – this one really felt like an old friend.
Wow, David Tennant narrating, What an amazing conclusion to this journey. Glad you loved it and it sound like it made you ponder life.
Yes – this series did make me think about Life and my own choices and attitudes, which I think excellent writing tends to do…
Ooooh, not the end! I mean, I get series have to end at some point, but I always hate when they do. 🙂
I know… but this one was done in such style! One of my favourite series of all time:))