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Book Reviews: ‘How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero’, Cressida Cowell

Book Reviews: ‘How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero’, Cressida Cowell
How To Betray A Dragon's Hero Series: How To Train Your Dragon #11
Published by Hodder Children's on 26 September 2013
Format: eBook

High up in the treacherous mists of the Murderous Mountains, Hiccup and the Company of the Dragonmark are in hiding. The witch's Spydragons are guarding the shores of Tomorrow - but Hiccup is determined to become King of the Wilderwest. Can Hiccup dodge the dragons and steal the King's Things back from Alvin before the Doomsday of Yule? And is there a traitor in Hiccup's camp who in the end will betray them all?




Are there dragons? Yep.  Are there Vikings? Yep.  Are there secret hideouts?  Yep. Betrayals? Yep. Clans?  Yep.  Are there fab illustrations?  Yep. In abundance.  Was I gripped from the beginning? Yep.

Set in Scotland on the Island of Tomorrow, ‘How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero’ is a tale of how Hiccup and his gang embark on an extraordinary quest to retrieve the lost things from the evil Alvin and the witch.  I haven’t read any of Cressida Cowell’s other books in the series but this didn’t stop me enjoying or understanding this one. The ending provides a shocker – not what you’re expecting which, in my opinion, is always a good thing.

The story romps along at a galloping pace, so I guess you could say it’s a page turner!  It’s packed full of fantastic metaphors and similies, “All the hairs on the back of his neck rose like the quills on a fretful porcupine” and I learnt new words … an archipelago is a group or chain of islands, you know.  I think I’ll base my next English story around an archipelago!  The names are brilliant – Camicazi, Gobber and Snotlout to name a few.

When you read this book you will enter a whole new quirky world and you won’t get bored as most chapters end on a cliffhanger so you just want to keep on reading.

I want to end my review with my favourite quote from the book:

“Great things are only made out of love and out of pain”.

I’ll be reading more of Cressida Cowell now.





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