Saturday, March 18, 2017

Crown Review #34 - Dragon Captives

Dragon Captives - Lisa McMann

Rating: 5/5 Stars
Series: Unwanted Quests, #1
Length: 432 Pages
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Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond the islands in this first novel of a new sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called “The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.”

Identical twins Fifer and Thisbe Stowe have amazing yet uncontrollable magical abilities. They’re naturally more gifted than even their brother, Alex, the head mage of Artimé, could hope to be. But when they accidentally use their magic in the jungle of Artimé to strike down a beloved creature, Alex is furious, and threatens to lock them away until they can learn to control their power.

The threat is soon forgotten, though, when Hux, the ice blue dragon, comes to Artimé bearing the horrible news that his siblings have been enslaved by the notoriously evil Revinir, ruler of the dragon land.

Seeking a chance to right their wrong and escape their brother’s wrath, Thisbe, Fifer, and their friend Seth sneak away to rescue the dragons from grave peril. Will their untrained abilities be enough to save the dragons—and themselves—when they come face-to-face with the Revinir?

"'Where are we going?' whispered Seth. 
Thisbe glanced sidelong at him, her backpack jouncing on her back. She flashed a mischievous grin. 'We're going to rescue the young dragons.'"

It was really nice to venture back into this word that I have loved from the very beginning and to see all the characters again after a 10 year jump after the original series ended. It was like things never changed (except for the characters aging up and such). Everything was the same as before. However, we can see how some characters have changed over time and that is what I liked about it in the first place. The characters were still themselves, but their selves has been changed bits by bits and you can see how they have matured overtime. 

In the new series, Thisbe and Fifer have grown up to be around 12 years old and want to start practicing magic. However, their magic is way to powerful and no one has a single clue how to control them, not even their older brother and head mage, Alex. Since the twins can't control their magic, Alex doesn't want them to use magic at all and prevents them from using it at all costs as trouble always happens when one does use magic. They sneak through an opportunity to go on an adventure like the stories Alex always told them he went on. The only thing though is that Alex didn't approve of this adventure to save some dragons and of course, trouble follows. In this adventure, Thisbe and Fifer figure out how to save the dragons while trying to survive this new land where they are being wanted. Previous characters do have a role in the story as well in attempt to rescue the twins as well, but being in the world of Artimé, not everything goes a planned.

In the story, as the adventure continues, it only reminds me of the adventures Alex and the original Unwanteds went on. It was like having a case of nostalgia and reading this for the first time again. Except that Thisbe and Fifer's adventure have new twists and a new world building was given as they explore a new land. Since most of the other islands are discovered, I would imagine that each book is not going to be about new islands. My only guess is that some books will stay in the Land of Dragons while others may revisit previously discovered islands when new problems occurs. The ending of this book already hinted a revisit to an island previously hinted when something happens that you would call a cliff-hanger. (Why Lisa, just why??) As always, the creativity put into this world and into the story is always to the max. I am never disappointed by the amount of effort the author tries to create. It is always vivid and easily imagined. 

There was a part in the story that got me thinking something. Did Lisa McMann really write the original stories, or were the books secretly written as if a character wrote them? Check the following quote:
"A story that would take weeks or months to tell in full, and which Lani had taken great care to write down in the years following --seven volumes worth in all."
Do you see the connection? A story that was written into 7 volumes in all. 7 VOLUMES. This got me thinking. So it took Lani 7 volumes to write out the adventures after every shared their point of views and such. The original series was written into a series of 7 books. See it now? 7 Volumes = 7 Books? So did Lisa McMann write the series as it was written by Lani? What could this mean? I definitely want answers on this. LISA MCMANN, IF YOU SEE THIS, YOU MUST ANSWER!

Overall, if you want to read this series, I highly suggest to read the original series first. It would give you a complete understanding of everything that goes on this this series and how everything came to be what it is now.

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