Darkstalker (Wings of Fire: Legends)

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Grades 4 - 8Grade 6n/a5.586086
Three dragons. One unavoidable, unpredictable destiny. This is the beginning... of the end.

In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus -- capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price.

In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold -- and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction.

And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrhhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg. Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.

Long before the SandWing war, lifetimes before the Dragonet Prophecy... darkness is born.

Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on June 28, 2016 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 1338053612
ISBN-13: 9781338053616
45 Book Reviews
  • literarylupine
    literarylupine3 months55 starsFeatured
    Get ready to be wowed by Tui T. Sutherland's first installment in the "Legends" spin-off series! Told from the perspective of three different dragons- Clearsight the NightWing, Fathom the SeaWing, and Darkstalker himself, this beautifully crafted novel shows us what motivated Darkstalker to become the twisted dragon we know well as of the modern arcs. I absolutely adored every page of this book. It gave us rich insight to the history of Pyrrhia, from its normalization of animi to the fact that RainWings' powers were actually well-known, featured in the guide to the tribes, and feared by many. Despite Darkstalker's villainy, he was a character the reader could easily empathize with, and his backstory was fleshed-out, and, in the grand scheme of things, made sense. Clearsight was a lovely POV, although I'd like to get a bit more detail as to why her seer powers were so strong, and if it could happen again in the modern timeline. Fathom's character itself seemed a bit lacking, and it was rather reminiscent of Turtle- now we know why Darkstalker called him that when he summoned him in Talons of Power- but his chapters were filled with action, suspense, and emotion. His past trauma was something rarely explored in middle-grade books such as Wings of Fire, but it was executed wonderfully. The massacre scene was amazingly written, and gave me chills the first time I read it. The three protagonists worked wonderfully together, and Darkstalker's spiral into madness was gradual and extremely interesting to watch play out. I do wish Arctic's death was described in a bit more detail, although I have a hunch that if it was, this wouldn't be a middle-grade novel. Darkstalker's relationship with Whiteout was something I adored- Whiteout was one of my favorite characters, since neurodivergent characters are just so rare in Wings of Fire. She was nicely written and the detail about her scavenger doll was just adorable! Darkstalker's devotion to Foeslayer was also sweet- there is a SERIOUS lack of positive parent-child relationships in Wings of Fire. I liked how Indigo could see through Darkstalker from the start- it showed how Albatross made her far more vigilant. I never saw her plot twist coming! And, speaking of Albatross, he was a sinister character who, despite his early death, managed to be insanely well-written. The writing style of the book also seemed a lot more mature and serious than the main series, a change I personally enjoyed. If you're looking for a novel with dragons, morally gray main characters, and magic, Legends: Darkstalker should be your go-to (although I would recommend reading the main series, first!)
    • waterdroplet
      waterdroplet10 months55 stars
      This book helped me a lot with figuring out Darkstalker. I was confused but when I started to read this book then I was able to follow and understand. I really liked this book. It helped me see through their eyes and understand better. I love this book and recommend it to everyone reading the Wings Of Fire series.
      • darklight_rp
        darklight_rp10 months55 stars
        I "read" the audio book a year ago and I still have "Foeslayer!" stuck in my head XD great story!
        • dragonov
          dragonov10 months55 stars
          This story is really interesting with 3 main points of view, Darkstalker, Clearsight, and Fathom. I really enjoyed reading Fathoms point of view. This story is packed with love, betrayal, and suspence. This legend is really amazing.
          • starseeker
            starseekerabout 1 year55 stars
            (SPOILERS) This book was like the best book in the world! I love Clearsight and Darkstalker (my name is Clearsight and Darkstalkers’ name combined.) The ending was so sad and Darkstalker never gets a happy ending but sometimes it’s fun to read books like that. Clearsight does eventually get her happy ending in Pantala and she has many many children that eventually became the Hivewings. Fandom and Indigo are very cute together and they get their happy ending. The whole book is about Darkstalker and Clearsight fighting to get their happy ending that they see (they can see the future.) Darkstalker starts to become evil and motivated by revenge. He does some terrible things and long story made short, Fandom and Clearsight stuffed him under a mountain. “Betrayal woven into copper wires.” I’ve gotten teary eyed every time I finished this book (you seriously don’t want to know how many times I’ve finished this book.) This book was so awesome and amazing and I 100% recommend it to anyone! ( Although if you are around 8 years old, you might want to be careful because towards the end, things get pretty dark. There is some disemboweled dragons and death)
            • happy_man
              happy_manover 1 year55 stars
              Also another Legends book. LOVED IT!
              • wingsoffire_fig
                wingsoffire_figover 1 year55 stars
                I think i is that it will be AWESOME!
                • Dixieover 1 year
                  Hi :) I personally LOVE the book because I love Pantala Pyrriha and all every thing to do with Wings of Fire :) (ignore my writing)
                  • TalonsofPeaceover 1 year
                    Omg I love Wings of Fire
                    • Kiaraover 1 year
                      I think this is amazing i love it because Wings of Fire is my favourite book series so yeah