Hiccup is the son of the chief of the Hooligan tribe of Vikings but a more useless Viking child and future chief no one could imagine. When he sets about his coming of age task to get and train a dragon, it's a dismal failure. He gets the most ordinary dragon ever except that it's also the smallest one anyone has ever seen and then can't get it to respond to the most basic of commands. When it comes time to demonstrate his mastery over his small dragon, everything goes wrong and it ends up getting all of the young men going through the trial banished from the tribe. This is horrible but not nearly as horrible as the humongous sea dragon that has washed up on their shore, awake and starting to become hungry. Maybe all of Hiccup's hard work studying his dragon will pay off in some spectacular way.
Having seen the movie and really enjoying it, I was looking forward to reading the book but I have to say I didn't really like it. It was boring and plodding and it was hard to muster up any sympathy for any of the characters. Since there is a long series of these books, other people obviously see something in them that I don't which is fine but neither I nor my 10yr old enjoyed reading this one so we won't be trying others to see if it gets better.
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