This book is about the ninth book of the series, Wings of Fire: Talons of Power. The protagonist in this specific book is a dragon called Turtle. Turtle has a very special power called animus magic, which is like unlimited power at your fingertips. This magic can do pretty much anything. You can enchant anything to do literally anything. Turtle doesn’t want the other dragons to know that he has this magic, and he doesn’t want to use to much of it, because if you do, then your soul can become corrupt and evil. He also has to deal with his main fear, Darkstalker. Darkstalker was a dragon that turned evil about 2,000 years ago, and now has risen from under the ground, which he was trapped in and finally managed to escape. Now Turtle has to deal with not using his power to much and becoming evil, but also facing his worst fear of all time.
The book Wings of Fire: Talons of Power is not about facing your fears, it’s actually about controlling yourself and the power you have.
In the book, it shows how power can either make your life amazing, or completely ruin it. In the book it shows constant examples of power being used for the greater good, and of course, for the bad.
In the book, page 133, it says, “The first trickle of curious Nightwings became a waterfall once word spread that Darkstalker was handing out superpowers.” This right here shows that dragons are being given powers that can be great. For instance, one dragon got the ability to be the fastest dragon, which he gladly accepted with hesitation. This can be a great thing, but what if this dragon becomes unstoppable? What if no one can catch up to this dragon? What if he becomes the most notorious villain that no one can catch? It even shows in the book that Darkstalker is creating super soldiers, which certainly isn’t good.
In the book it also shows that other animus dragons have used to much of their power, making them insane. This shows that even though you may be doing things for the greater good, maybe even making your life better, it’s always slowly chipping away at your sanity and your soul.
Power is what controls the world and the people around it, and Turtle sees that that is true. He has the power, but doesn’t want to use it himself. Turtle is afraid that if he uses his power to much, then he will become evil.
Throughout history in the series it mentions animus power and the dragons that have it, go insane. Turtle is mainly afraid of his own power because of all the awful things he has heard since he was very young. Later in the book we find out that Turtle is actually related to the great animus, Albatross, which went insane 2,000 years ago and killed many dragons, and hr almost completely wiped out the line of royal family, since Albatross was also royal himself, so he was killing his own family. He would use his power carelessly, which lead to his insanity, so Turtle doesn’t want to make that same mistake, if he has to stop himself from becoming like that, then he will do anything possible, even completely get rid of his powers.
This is shown through the book plenty of times, he constantly has these flashbacks of when he hurt a dragon, and he can imagine himself doing it again. Even in times of need, he is still hesitant to use his power against any foe.
On page 100 it says, “Maybe that’s it, Turtle thought anxiously. Maybe using my magic has made me selfish and a terrible friend.” He always doubts himself and doesn’t think he’s the right person to have this power, even though he is. On page 92 it also says, “The flashes again; the enchanted scroll case smashing into Chameleon’s face, the blood flying. The power tingling in Turtles claws. The power to punish those who deserved punishing. The power to cause violence with a twitch of one talon. No. No, no, no, that’s not me.” He’s afraid of his own power, afraid that he won’t be able to control himself, afraid that he will become like Albatross.
Controlling power is the thing that holds our world together. If the wrong people get power, the world could collapse, as Turtle actually notices constantly throughout the book. In the book it shows Darkstalker coming back with all of his power. It is shown that Darkstalker is the most powerful dragon to ever exist, and he becomes the leader of the Nightwings. He can do anything he wants, and he does things that are evil. It’s a huge problem because he cannot be stopped easily. He is someone that is taking over the world through “fake” words and through force.
On page 276 it says, “All the way across the continent. He just summoned us like a tray of shrimp.” This shows that Darkstalker’s powers are ridiculously powerful. Since he is pretty much evil, and he has all that power, the world could end if he wanted to with just a snap. No one needs all that power, especially not someone evil like him.
These points clearly show how this book could be recognized as a book that could represent facing your fears, but it’s actually about controlling yourself and the power you own. There are actually quite a bit of themes in here but I think the “power theme” stands out the most and is one of the most important themes. Power is mentioned throughout the book, in fact throughout the series, and it is shown the most through this book. Even though you might think this book is about facing your fears, or even about trying to fit in, or even maybe about trying to hide, but it’s actually about controlling yourself and the power you have, or else it won’t end up good for anyone.