For many people, Cornelia Funke’s sequel to Dragon Rider has been a long time in coming. For me, I was not only early in getting to read it, but also didn’t have the same wait that everyone else has had. Sorry, everyone.
In this second book, Ben and the Greenblooms have settled down in Norway, running a secret sanctuary for all kinds of fabulous creatures. Unfortunately for Ben, Firedrake and the rest of the dragons are still living at the Rim of Heaven. When the last Pegasus eggs are in danger of being lost before they hatch, Ben and company set out to hunt for a Griffin’s sun feather.
But Griffins and dragons have a long history of animosity, which means Ben’s best ally–Firedrake– can’t know about the mission, and can’t come along. Ben and company are willing to risk it all to save the unborn Pegasi, but when they get in over their heads, who is going to save them?
This sequel has a much more powerful message of nature conservation, reminiscent of the Amazing Panda Adventure (I used to love that movie as a kid). But, it’s still an exciting adventure story, keeping you on the edge of your seat (even if you know how it’s going to end).
As a sequel, I think Funke accomplished her goal of not telling the same story in a different way. While it’s still a story about saving a species, that part of the adventure is in keeping with the established characters. How they go about it, though, is fresh and exciting. Funke weaves in more themes than just saving the Pegasi, though, making it a dynamic read from start to finish.
For those who have been waiting, I think you’ll find it’s worth it. Keep an eye out for it, it hits shelves July 31.