Title: Talons of Power
Author: Tui T. Sutherland
Series: Wings of Fire #9
Darkstalker has returned from his two-millennium sleep. Turtle is certain this is a disaster, but he’s having trouble convincing other dragons. Darkstalker can be charming, but more importantly, he’s an animus, mind-reader, and can see the future. Turtle tries to recruit allies of his own and gather proof that his suspicions are well-founded.
This is probably the weakest book of the series so far, because it’s entirely setup for the next one (and that ending looks really bad for certain dragons). Turtle’s struggle is with how useless he feels, and how much he wants to blend into the background. This is a combination of poor physical abilities, wanting to hide his magic, and a traumatic event when he was younger that resulted in the deaths of his unborn sisters. But as an animus, and someone who acted immediately to keep Darkstalker’s attention (and therefore magic) away from him, Turtle is the only one capable of doing anything against Darkstalker.
But the “doing something” mostly involves following Darkstalker at a distance and praying for someone else to step in and be the hero. Animus magic has always been unbalanced but it’s frustrating that Darkstalker is just so massively overpowered.
Overall this is a necessary next step for the story but it isn’t as engaging as the ones that came before. I rate this book Recommended.