Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “How to Betray a Dragon's Hero (How to Train Your Dragon, #11)” as Want to Read:
How to Betray a Dragon's Hero (How to Train Your Dragon, #11)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

(How to Train Your Dragon #11)

by
4.50  ·  Rating details ·  3,811 ratings  ·  280 reviews
High up in the Treacherous mists of the Murderous Mountains, Hiccup and the Company of the Dragonmark are in hiding. The witch's Vampire Spydragons are guarding the shores of Tomorrow -- but Hiccup is determined to become King of the Wilderwest. Can Hiccup dodge the dragons and steal back the King's Things from Alvin before the Doomsday of Yule? And is there a traitor in H ...more
Hardcover, 366 pages
Published December 24th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published September 26th 2013)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about How to Betray a Dragon's Hero, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
⭐️Cordelia⭐️ He didn’t NEED just any death, he needed a hero’s death!

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.50  · 
Rating details
 ·  3,811 ratings  ·  280 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of How to Betray a Dragon's Hero (How to Train Your Dragon, #11)
Runa
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm so in love with this series. I know it's the heat of the moment but I genuinely like this series more than Harry Potter right now, and I don't say that lightly. The books have a more childish tone, and it's a good thing, it fits, it works with the story. Hiccup and his friends are a lot younger than Harry. But in these last few books, they've dealt with situations that no kids their age should have to deal with, and wow, have they done it well. Snotlout's arc in this story is forever going t ...more
Caroline
I want to start this review by saying that I do not give out my 5 stars easily. I give them out like I only have so many and when I'm out I'll never get another. I've read more than 600 books, many many of them ones I've loved and reread and recommended like crazy, but only gave 3 or 4 stars to. I've given that 5th star out to just around 10% of books I've read.

Chapter 17 alone makes this book deserve that 5th star.

Something that irritates me in a lot of books, whether they are for children, y
...more
Amanda Mitchell
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
After falling in love with HTTYD2 the movie, I read all eleven books of HTTYD in seven weeks. At first, already knowing a few of the spoilers, I wondered if I would enjoy the books. How could Toothless be so small and common? Why wouldn't there be a love story with Astrid? How could a dragon jewel exist with the ability to destroy all of the dragons?

Yet in the midst of reading ... I came to understand and I fell in love with the books even more than the movie. The same elements of loyalty, frien
...more
Ana
I've lost all composure... I need the next book ASAP!

description
...more
Emily Morris
Though I must admit I was a little exasperated to learn this is STILL not the last book, I read this with as much gusto as I enjoyed the previous books in the series. Ms. Cowell's storytelling and writing skills are as strong as ever, making this a thoroughly enjoyable novel that is certain to please current fans. Though I felt this had a little too much plot in too little time, in general this is just what I've come to expect from Ms. Cowell and these books: humor, quirkiness, excitement, actio ...more
Abigail
Yep. Still five stars. I'm sad.
Dana Salman
Wow. Wow wow wow wow. Oh my gosh. I can’t possibly review this without spoiling, so please don’t read unless you’ve already finished the book.
These books have just been getting progressively darker and more epic since How to Break a Dragon’s Heart kicked off. When I first heard the title for book 11 would be How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero I had a feeling the Wodensfang would be the alleged traitor in Hiccup’s group, then I switched my mind to the Deadly Shadow when I saw the cover.

I did not expec
...more
Michaela
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, we follow Hiccup as he and his small team of supporters try to regain the Lost Things back from Alvin the Treacherous and his mother, all whilst trying to avoid the Dragon Furious.

This book is basically setting up for the final installment, but it has more than enough action and twists to keep you from getting bored. What I love most about these books is that Cowell is not afraid to let Hiccup fail (after all, he is learning how to be a hero the hard way) which is something that ma
...more
Kaitlyn
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WARNING MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS


This book way amazing!! at the beginning of the series I really hated snotlout because of how arrogant he was but after he died I was really upset. Now that I think about I'm sure anyone would feel the way he did when hiccup was born. Like he was just cast aside.
When Alvin got the lost things and get to Tomorrow I was so sure that the guardian was going to say that there was something wrong like the dragon was suppose to come willingly or that he had darkness in his
...more
King Haddock
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly beautiful writing. So much emotion. So well-expressed.

I never thought I would become so invested in a "kid's" book. I have not cried like that for a book for a long time.

This is certainly the most intense book in the series thus far (I am waiting for a dramatic conclusion with #12, though!). In fact, the intensity came to such a level I *do* have one moral question.

(Spoiler ahead).

Is it morally permissible to compose a TORTURE SCENE in a kid's book? I don't care how it's done - isn't
...more
Anita Tamm
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, as ever. (as I hear david tennant say)

1. I absolutely adore Snotlout's story arc. It's simply so good. I have no excellent words to describe how amazing it is. A hero is forever.
2. The hardships of a hero "A hero is forever, the good actions of a hero never die, ..." - this hits home for me. I love that this book somehow managed to bring back my 12-year old self to my mind. It reminded me of exactly how much I adore and worship the idea of a "true hero". Hiccup, in this book, is the m
...more
Doss
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Kristen
That cliffhanger though!!!
Julie
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great installment in the Hiccup and Toothless saga. Here's my little summary:
(view spoiler)
...more
Maria
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just awesome! Impeccable writing? Check. Humour? Check. Good plot with everything coming together at the end even though not always in the favour of the characters? Check.

I like how there is nothing that makes you think: "Hey! That couldn't happen to Y because then X would just swoop in and do this or that." You know what I mean?

Instead everything that is laid out at the beginning fits with everything else in the end, like: "No, X had to go to that other place in order to that thing that let to
...more
Celyn
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
aka snotlout’s book (you deserve it bby)
Keturah Lamb
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*listened to audio book*

SPOILERS

This one touched me many times.

"Truth has a way of shaking itself out over time."

And yet this book was the story of good boy tempted to choose the wrong way many times. And yet he was so good, he never gave in even to the point of loving the one he disliked even more than his arch enemy.

"C-c-can Toothless bite him?" Asked Toothless hopefully. "Or would it be rude? Does it matter being rude to a rude person? Or does it n-n-not count?"
"Yes, that would be rude, To
...more
Sophia
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second last novel in the How to Train your Dragon series. At the beginning of the book, we find out who among Hiccup will betray him and who would stay loyal and protect him. This novel was almost 400 pages long however, in the book it was only 24 hours that had passed. A LOT can happen in 24 hours and a LOT does happen in this book. There was a lot of twists and turns that made the storyline so interesting that you just NEEDED to know what was going to happen next. There was also to ...more
Zulfiya
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the only one I physically read in the series - I mean my library had only first 10 audiobooks, and I was so immersed in the series that I checked it out and continued reading.

It is a brilliant and wonderful book as many of its predecessors in the series, but the things are really tightening up as the events of the last three or two books are packed with action within a very narrow time-frame.

The illustrations were lovely, and the humor was sparkling, and the story was exciting on so ma
...more
S.J. Higbee
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Again, it is something of a shock to realise how much darker this penultimate book is when comparing it to the first two or three in the series. Hiccup and his companions are in a very hard place, and the world they knew has been flamed flat and turned into ruins. Cowell doesn’t pull her punches when depicting the war-torn ravaged remains of the Viking tribes as they struggle to prevail against the might of the Dragon Furious and the Dragon Rebellion.
For all that, there are still shafts of humou
...more
GuineaPigFalconer
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was one of the best of the series, without a doubt. I won't say too much, in order not to spoil anything, but a lot was revealed in this book, about Toothless, about the Wodensfang, about Snotlout, and much more. The end is packed with tension; what will be the outcome of the final fateful day before the crowning of the King of the Wilderwest? What will happen to the dragon Furious, and all the rest of the dragons?
The epilogue was bittersweet, and I liked the message that a hero is for
...more
Caleb Block
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am still obsessed with this series. 11 books and I still can't get enough, so I'm so sad that the next is the last. I love even in the darkest times for the characters the books still keep their charm, humor, adventure, and motto of "becoming a hero the hard way". I absolutely love the dragons, and having read the epilogues, I know something dreadful is going to happen and am so worried. I've grown attached to the dragons. I love how the series has matured since it's beginning, and am glad the ...more
Ali
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books
What a fantastic story of redemption and second (third, fourth, fifth) chances! I won’t say how because spoilers, but wow. Amazing story arc that shows just how important forgiveness, grace, and courage are. A truly heroic tale and one heading for a fantastic ending.
Deborah Pickstone
Last-but-one - the story continues to build with the friends fighting all sorts of mayhem.
Sophia
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this so much, dark as it was. I don't really want to read the last book now, cuz then it is over.
Lacey
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Hiccup more than ever after this book! He's a true guy!
ITry
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tw: Death, scary descriptions
Fecking blew it out of the park, i'm weak
Lydia Darais
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: herioic
The bad guys win and it says in the next book things will turn around.
Jacqueline
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bedtime-stories
Second to last one...tried to drag it on as far as I could, and yet here I am, about to read the last one to my munchkins...mmmmmm. Loved it
Manon
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so enjoyable!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Serpent's Heir (How to Train Your Dragon Graphic Novels, #1)
  • The Art of How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Art of How to Train Your Dragon
  • Dragonvine (How to Train Your Dragon Graphic Novels, #2)
  • The Art of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • Twisted Fates (Dark Stars, #2)
  • Camp Jupiter Classified: A Probatio's Journal
  • Secret of the Red Arrow (Hardy Boys Adventures, #1)
  • Deep Dive! (Minecraft Woodsword Chronicles #3)
  • Brute-Cake: A Branches Book (The Binder of Doom #1)
  • Basil of Baker Street (Basil of Baker Street, #1)
  • Journey on a Runaway Train (The Boxcar Children Great Adventure #1)
  • Trollbella Throws a Party: A Tale from the Land of Stories
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A Play
  • Tribe
  • A Cat Story
  • The King of Birds (Gamayun Tales Vol. 1)
  • Deeplight
See similar books…
1,769 followers
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. She has a BA in English Literature from Oxford University, a BA in Graphic Design from St Martin's and an MA in Narrative Illustration from Brighton. Cressida loves illustrating her own w ...more

Other books in the series

How to Train Your Dragon (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1)
  • How to Be a Pirate (How to Train Your Dragon, #2)
  • How to Speak Dragonese (How to Train Your Dragon, #3)
  • How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse (How to Train Your Dragon, #4)
  • How to Twist a Dragon's Tale (How to Train Your Dragon, #5)
  • A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (How to Train Your Dragon, #6)
  • How to Ride a Dragon's Storm (How to Train Your Dragon, #7)
  • How to Break a Dragon's Heart (How to Train Your Dragon, #8)
  • How to Steal a Dragon's Sword (How to Train Your Dragon, #9)
  • How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel (How to Train Your Dragon, #10)

Related Articles

If you love discovering great stories from new voices, then the past few months have been quite a treat in the world of young adult fiction!...
39 likes · 40 comments
“Sometimes a King has to do terrible things in order to protect those he has sworn to look after. When the stakes are so high, dreadful decisions have to be taken. It is the responsibility of a King to take on that burden, that guilt.” 19 likes
“Happy and giggly and bustly, the Hogfly ignored Hiccup’s strangled cries of: “Hoglfy! Come back here, Hogfly!”
“Ooh!” it squeaked in delighted confusion. “You all look so lovely! How am I to choose which one of you to be my friend?”
It perched on the sinister swoop of the Razorwing’s nose.
“Where’s my biscuit? Are you married? Be my valentine…”
“I can’t bear to watch…” groaned Fishlegs.
It was like seeing an enthusiastic bunny rabbit trying to make friends with a heavily armed, bunny-eating cobra.”
11 likes
More quotes…