Escaping Peril (Wings of Fire #8)

Title: Escaping Peril

Author: Tui T. Sutherland

Series: Wings of Fire #8

Peril thought everything would get better once the war was over. At least, as far as she thought about anything. She would have Clay and they would be happy together. But other dragons are still afraid of her, and her beloved Clay is worried about what Queen Scarlet might be plotting. To Peril, the solution is easy (though a bit heart-wrenching): kill Queen Scarlet. But the crafty Queen is still dangerous, even to a dragon whose touch can kill.

And here I thought Winter was socially awkward. Peril takes that to a whole new level.

Peril has too much fire, which means anything that touches her tends to burst into flame. Other dragons have always avoided her because of it, and because Queen Scarlet used her as a weapon against them. So Peril has an interesting outlook on life as a result. She’s utterly fearless, never having met a dragon that could stand against her, and she tends to size up other dragons by how quickly she thinks she can kill them. She also has no filter, and says whatever she’s thinking regardless of how awkward that makes other dragons feel.

Which leads to some pretty funny conversations.

Placid Turtle has a role, too, though I think the decision to go with Peril’s point of view instead of his was a good one. So we get to see Turtle as she sees him. And it’s sad but funny that it only takes four days of Turtle not running away screaming for Peril to consider him a friend.

I liked what happened with Scarlet. She’s spent a long time lurking; it was both surprising and satisfying to see how it all works out.

Overall, this book hangs a lot on what happened in previous books, so read those first. This is a solid continuation of the series, and I have high hopes for the rest of them. I rate this book Recommended.

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