Monday, July 23, 2018

ARC Review: The Griffin's Feather by Cornelia Funke

The Griffin's Feather
Author: Cornelia Funke
Series: Dragon Rider (Book 2)
Publication: Chicken House (July 31, 2018)

Description: It's now been two years since Ben and Firedrake defeated Nettlebrand and rescued the silver dragons. Both boy and dragon have finally found homes, but they must live hundreds of miles apart and can only see each other every once in a while.

During one such visit, news reaches Ben, the Greenblooms, and their friends that the last Pegasus in the world has been discovered. The legendary horse has three unhatched eggs with him, but the only way they'll ever hatch -- and continue the survival of this incredible magical species -- is to place them under a griffin's feather. But griffins are the most dangerous creatures in the world, and their mortal enemies are dragons...

Ben has vowed not to tell Firedrake about his quest, to protect him. But as he and the Greenbloom team set off for a remote island where the terrible griffins are rumored to live, he may just need the help of his best friend and dragon...

My Thoughts: Two years have passed since Ben's adventures with Firedrake and both have found homes. Unfortunately, they haven't found the same home. Ben is living with the Greenblooms in their secret conservation site in Norway and Firedrake is living with the other dragons at the Rim of Heaven in Nepal. They miss each other and don't get to see each other as often as they would like.

Ben loves living with his adoptive family and taking care of the many fantastic beasts who take shelter at the refuge. When one of the few remaining Pegasi loses his mate and is left with three unhatched eggs, they are offered a place in the refuge. But without a mother, the three young Pegasi will not be able to hatch. The only solution which is found after researching many ancient texts about fantastic beasts, is to create something like the mother's saliva from a golden feather of a griffin.

Not only are griffins rare, but they are also the most difficult of all fantastical creatures. They hate dragons and pegasi and most other creatures. The only way to save the babies is to find the almost mythical griffins and then convince them to give up one of their special feathers.

Ben, Barnabas Greenbloom, Twigleg, Lola Greytail and Hothbrodd - grumpy Norwegian troll with a gift for talking to trees - are off to find the griffins. They are careful not to let Firedrake know about their plans because they know he would want to help, but the venture will be especially dangerous for him. Besides, he is an expectant father himself as his mate is sitting on their eggs in Nepal.

The travelers have a deadline. They have only a week to get the griffin feather or it will be too late for the pegasi eggs. They have many adventures and meet some new companions to help them on their journey. All of the characters face challenges to both their ingenuity and their courage.

Besides being a great adventure, this book is filled with positive and uplifting messages about love, friendship, and courage. Each chapter begins with a quote. Those quoted span a wide variety of people from Einstein to Maya Angelou to Kate DiCamillo.

Fans of Ben and Firedrake's first adventure won't want to miss this engaging and uplifting adventure.

Favorite Quote:
He was coming to admire more and more Shrii's courage in standing up to Kraa. And not only his courage. It was so much easier simply to do what everyone else did without questions, instead of looking for new and better ways to act. 
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from Scholastic. You can buy your copy here.

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