Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy Discussion Questions

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

The following discussion questions are designed to help you guide your students through a structured discussion about the first book of the Wings of Fire series, 'The Dragonet Prophecy'.

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophesy

Wings of Fire is a popular young-fantasy series by Tui T. Sutherland about a set of young dragons fighting for peace in a bloody war. The first book in this series is The Dragonet Prophesy, which is also the first book of a five-book story arc within the greater series. The following discussion questions can help your students work through their reactions to this novel and the start to the series.

Questions about Characters

  • The Dragonet Prophesy takes place in a fantasy world with its own complex social and political rules. What did you think about this world? Can you summarize the way this world works, the main factions of dragons, and the background events that set the stage for this story? How did the novel keep all of this straight?
  • Why is there a war going on between the dragon factions? How are we introduced to this war? How does the novel's prologue give us an idea about what this war is like? How are we introduced to the concept of the prophecies and how these will end the war?
  • How are we introduced to Clay? After learning about the war, what stands out about our first impressions of Clay? How does he see himself? How do those around him view him?
  • What do you think it would be like to have someone tell you your destiny from as young as you can remember? What kind of pressure would this put on you? What would this take away from you?
  • What are the other young dragons like? How are they similar to each other? How are they different? What are their relationships like?
  • What is life like for the dragonets? Why are they treated so harshly at times? What do you think would be the hardest part of living like this?
  • How do the dragonets grow and change as characters throughout the novel? What do they see as their destinies at the start of the novel? How do they begin to question these assumptions? What leads them to plot their escape?
  • What is the climax of this novel? How does this represent a chance for the main characters to demonstrate their growth? How is the climax resolved?
  • How does this novel end? What did you think about this ending? This is the first book in a series of novels; what do you think will happen next? Why?

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