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?
About the Author
Cressida Cowell grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland. She was convinced that there were dragons living on this island, and has been fascinated by dragons ever since. Cressida has written and illustrated ten books in the popular Hiccup series which is now published in over 30 languages. Also the author of picture books, Cressida has won the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 and has been shortlisted for many others. Cressida lives in Hammersmith with her husband and three children.
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We had waited so long and with such growing anticipation for this book to come out. The previous 10 books in this series were un-put-downable, and we read and then re-read and even listened to them again on booktape. While book 11 is wonderful and the writing is still perfectly-perfect in every way, it has taken an enormous leap in reading level. The subject matter is much darker and there are far few comic relief moments to ease the tension. I loved it and our 10 year old loved it but we unfortunately couldn't capture our 8 year old who had previously enjoyed the series so much. Hopefully he will come back in a few years time to experience it all again. Having said that however, don't let your children grow without experiencing this series, so many life lessons so gently passed on, you will all be better people for it.
An excellent continuation of the How to Train your Dragon series. The children loved it - very funny in parts,full of exciting action. We can't wait for the final book in the series now!
The Train the Dragon series began as very humorous young reader fiction with lots of strange drawings and the usual villains and heroes (that includes the dragons). However this current book is much darker in tone. Maybe the author is following the example of the Harry Potter series which di something similar.
PRAISE FOR THE HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON BOOKS: 'Fiercely exciting and laugh-aloud funny, it is as full of joy for children of 7+ who have given up reading as for those who love it.' Amanda Craig, The Times CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK: This book is great fun and has a Blackadderish sense of humour ... full of the sort of jokes that will make schoolboys snigger. Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times ... raucous and slapstick ... liberally illustrated with [Cressida Cowell's] riotous drawings, notes and maps. The Financial Times [Cressida Cowell] puts a contemporary spin on the old brains over brawn moral and brings the story to a climax with a thrilling dragon duel. Lots for lots of different readers to enjoy. Books for Keeps 'a hilarious and gripping adventure, beautifully paced and studded with great dramatic scenes.' Amanda Craig, Times Bulging with good jokes, funny drawings and dramatic scenes, it is absolutely wonderful. Independent on Sunday 'If light amusement is required, Cressida Cowell's How to Break a Dragon's Heart delivers all it promises. There are lots of illustrations and a playfulness with language that will draw in even the most reluctant reader.' Daily Telegraph 'is not only funny, well written and thrilling, but also wise about what we owe those who love us.' The Times 'Ahead of the film of the same title due to be released next March, this is a special edition of the first book in the uproarious series about Viking Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Highly original, and full of useful tips for dragon-owners everywhere.' Woman's Weekly Top stuff. Daily Telegraph Especially good... raises the series to classic status. Times Ceaselessly inventive... young readers are lucky to have her. ***** Books For Keeps Always thrilling, funny and brilliantly illustrated. Daily Express By turns hilarious and wise, it's never predictable, brilliantly illustrated and always delightful. The Times As gripping and as rousing as ever... as with the best children's literature, these books are about much bigger things: endurance, loyalty, friendship and love. And Cowell's illustrations and visual storytelling enhance the action no end. The Daily Telegraph Exciting adventures, great characters and plenty of jokes and funny drawings make Hiccups adventures some of our favourite books. tBk Mag Embellished with plenty of the clashing fonts, ink blots and scribbly pencil drawings that make this series of books so unique. How To Betray a Dragon's Hero takes the saga to a completely new level and is an enormously enjoyable read. Bookbag Cressida Cowell's 11th and penultimate volume in the phenomenal How to Train Your Dragon series. Sunday Times A smart, funny read that will keep children on the edges of their seats. Daily Express If you haven't discovered How To Train Your Dragon you are missing out on one of the greatest inventions of modern children's literature. The Guardian The penultimate book in the popular series. The Schools Advertiser
Series: How to Train Your Dragon
For Ages: 7+ years old
Published: 24th September 2013
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.4