Wings of Fire Book Four: The Dark Secret

Book 4 of 13 in the Wings of Fire Series
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The New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire saga soars to the mysterious land of the NightWings, where Starflight must face a terrible choice -- his tribe, or his friends?

In the shadows, trouble is brewing. . .

The mysterious NightWings keep everything hidden, from their home and their queen to their allegiance in the war. Now they've kidnapped their own dragonet of destiny, and Starflight is finally meeting the rest of his tribe -- whether he wants to or not.

The NightWings have also kidnapped several innocent RainWings, now trapped in the dark, barren, miserable place that is the NightWing kingdom. Starflight wants to help the RainWings, but he's busy saving his own scales and trying to find a way back to his friends. The fate of two kingdoms rests in his talons, and with no one to save him, Starflight will have to find a way to be brave . . . before it's too late.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published on September 30, 2014 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545349265
ISBN-13: 9780545349260
65 Book Reviews
  • celebang
    celebangabout 2 months44 stars
    Starflight is captured by his own tribe and forced through a series of tests that will determine if he is valuable enough to live. He has never been brave or courageous, and he is forced to try new things away from the safety of his friends who now think he has betrayed them. Starflight must be brave for the first time in his life, or risk his friends, the prophecy, and his own life.
    • atroit_avimimus
      atroit_avimimus3 months44 stars
      I will say that I most certainly enjoyed this more than The Hidden Kingdom, but I didn't feel it reached the first two, which I thought were great. The start was once again very slow. It took quite a bit of time setting up. I thought The Night Kingdom would have been much action packed, but instead there was a lot of Starflight wandering around with Fatespeaker and not taking matters into their own hands (claws?). That being said, the slow start was bearable since we had a great narrator. I found Starflight to be a very relatable character. I'm not sure if it was intended, but I found him kind of funny in a way the other characters weren't. I love that he was slightly self deprecating but never whiny. The climax was extremely exciting, and I loved the reveal at the end. I had a ton fun after I got into it, and as far as the Starflight/Sunny romance, I thought it was very cute. The scenes in which the dragons are threatened by a volcano and earthquakes are fearsome. I'm looking forward to seeing how the author wraps all this up in the next book. Can we please get some more Deathbringer? I felt like he stole every scene he was in and I think Starflight and Deathrbinger would be good friends. My one nitpick I had is that each book started developing a different character, and right when we started to feel like we knew that character and got invested in the story, the book would end and then the problems that character had would be abandoned in the next book without us getting resolution. What happened to Peril? What about Tsunami's family? How is Glory faring as queen? I'm worried all of my questions won't be answered in the final book. Nevertheless, I found this very fun with a narrator I could easily connect with. Some issues, but still a good addition to the story.
      • love-art
        love-art6 months55 stars
        • majesticswan
          majesticswan9 months33 stars
          In the fourth book of Wings of Fire, Starflight is captured and dragged to the Night Kingdom, by his own tribe no less! They are nothing near what Starflight thought they were. The Nightwings have many secrets, including one that tempers with fate itself. Will Starflight be able to survive? Or will a powerful force take his life?
          • wingsoffire_fig
            wingsoffire_fig10 months55 stars
            I think there should be a age limit because its a bit violent for lil kids, I mean all of them do, but anyway its AMAZING!
            • minabekat
              minabekat11 months55 stars
              I wanted to read it because I read book 1 2 and 3 and they were amazing I liked that it had lots of action and that some dragons die so if you like action I would recommend It
              • wingsofirehd
                wingsofirehdabout 1 year55 stars
                I love wings of fire so much all I want is to have the complete colection:I've read the first eight books at least ten times each.
                • not_imposter
                  not_imposterabout 1 year55 stars
                  I defiantly like how the dragons in this book are said to be hiding dark secrets, and were defiantly dark secrets. Lots of war and some kidnapping. Epic stuff
                  • alphacloudmike
                    alphacloudmikeabout 1 year55 stars
                    Awesome book. Starflight gets kidnapped by the Nightwings for answer of Rainwing planning, he tries to protect himself. Although he has to use his brain, or it will be to late.
                    • nimbus_prime
                      nimbus_primeabout 1 year55 starsFeatured
                      If you like dragons or fantasy I do recommend this book. Wings of Fire: The Dark Secret is a must-read but I suggest reading the series in order if you haven’t already. I believe the author used this book to give more information about the Nightwings and Rainwings who both were not very involved in the war. This one had me hooked because of how much suspense there is leading to the climax. It felt like a movie, especially at the end. As Starflight was in the NightWing fortress, I was surprised he was able to survive with countless problems especially as Morrowseer was there. One of the most enthralling parts in the book was when Starflight discovered a helpful instrument while he was exploring the fortress with Fatespeaker. The discovery had been very useful while he was on the island. I wondered whether he would share his discovery or keep it hidden but ultimately he did what was best for the RainWings and the other dragonets. Near the ending of the book I was in complete shock when I heard the truth about the dragonet prophecy! It was like a snake had jumped out of the grass! Morrowseer explained the intentions behind dragonet prophecy and which tribe it would benefit. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!