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How to Betray a Dragon's Hero

(How to Train Your Dragon #11)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,959 ratings  ·  225 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 November 5th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published September 26th 2013)
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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
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: uno-2017
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
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
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
I've lost all composure... I need the next book ASAP!

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
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
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
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
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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That cliffhanger though!!!
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another great installment in the Hiccup and Toothless saga. Here's my little summary:
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Deborah Pickstone
Last-but-one - the story continues to build with the friends fighting all sorts of mayhem.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Hiccup more than ever after this book! He's a true guy!
For the One, who in the end, dies as a Hero:

"And long after Kings are forgotten and their names have fallen into dust, the good deeds and the actions of the Heroes live on in glory."

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third
Denae Christine
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reader thoughts: I accidentally read this one before #10, but I didn't realize it and was barely confused. I just thought the gap between books had skipped a couple things.

I love that Hiccup didn't recognize his mother. It makes up for her not recognizing him earlier. I love that the hiding places were so secret. I love that everything Excellinor and Alvin do only make Hiccup into more and more of a hero and legend (like letting him choke under freezing water for 8 minutes and forcing him to bet
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is so far the most touching book I've ever read in the series. Throughout the series, Cowell has left clues in all of the books, waiting to unravel them in the end, letting the readers suspect but no quite grab the answer;making them wanting to keep reading.

What I like about Cowell is that she fills her books with surprises, Cliffhangers and sharp turns. So it was a bit unexpected when she revealed a bit too much in the blurb. As the blurb says, it seems clear that someone would betra
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story "How to Betray a Dragon's Hero" by Cressida Cowell is the story in which on of the antagonists, Snotlout's, true feelings come out. He not only betrays both the villains and the heros, but he has lost his whole family, friends, and life. "I've lost everything!"(Cowell, 266). From this, you can tell that Snotlout is not just feeling bad about it, but he is not trusted by anyone and that is why he can't even show which side that he is on. The reason that he joined the villains side in t ...more
Zac Khalinsky
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book continues the adventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Second. In this book, he must become the king of the Wilderwest and dodge the witches Vampire Spydragons and steal the king’s things back from Alvin before the Doomsday of Yule.

This is book 11 in the How to Train Your Dragon series.

I thought it was a good book. The characters were very interesting and they went on some cool adventures. It was nice to go back and revisit the characters from the previous books – it has been a whil
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"You find things about yourself in these rather extreme circumstances.
Hiccup could barely stand, and he was as blue-white as if he were already dead...But still he shook his head and would not say where the Dragonmarkers' hideout was".

the making of a Hero is like the making of a sword. How the sword and the Hero must be tested time and time again, and the more fearsome and dreadful the test, the stronger the sword and the Hero, in the end".

This is now one of my favorite book endings:
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Most series that run longer than five books lose me...I'm over it, ready to move on. This one just keeps sucking me back in, though, no matter how long I leave between reading the books--and now there's only one book left and I'm sad! Like the last few books, Hiccup is growing up and realizing that war is a terrible, terrible thing...and this books marks the first time he loses someone that means something to him. It's a little more serious and scary read than some of the previous books, but it ...more
Buch 11, Hörbuch gelesen von David Tennant
Wer sich zum King of the Wilderwest krönen lassen will muss am Doomsday of Yule mit allen King's Things auf der Insel Tomorrow erscheinen. Kann Hiccup dies schaffen oder kommt ihm Alvin abermals zuvor?
Den Anfang empfand ich als etwas langgezogen, aber dann ist die Geschichte wieder gewohnt spannend. Ich kann es kaum erwarten den letzten Teil zu hören, den es aber leider aktuell noch nicht als Hörbuch gibt.
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children 4th grade and up
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: previous books
I'm suffering from unadulterated glee by finding this on the bargain shelf at Books A Million, for 4 Dollars. WooHoo!

This continues the story from where it left off. The dragon Furious is still leading the Dragon Rebellion. Alvin the Treacherous and the witch Excellinor have stolen and hidden the Lost Things. Will Hiccup, Camicazi, and Fishlegs be able to retrieve them in time for Doomsday Yule and arrive on the beach of Tomorrow?
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-books, 2016
Oh David Tennant??!! As we were introduced to the Hogfly we fell in love with him thanks to your brilliant narration! We are still in fits of giggles over him!
Kamikaze is brilliant as ever and is still my favorite character.
I don't want to spoil anything, but the story of Hiccup and Snotlout was perfect as well. Great resolution. I may have cried.
We. Love. These. Books.
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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

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“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.” 17 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.”
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