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The Dark Secret

(Wings of Fire #4)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  15,332 ratings  ·  616 reviews
The WINGS OF FIRE saga continues with a visit to the mysterious land of the NightWings, where Starflight must face a terrible choice---his home, or his friends?

Like all the dragonets of destiny, Starflight has always wanted to see his home -- but he's also been afraid of his fellow NightWings. Starflight doesn't have mindreading powers like his tribe, and he doesn't unders
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Scholastic Press
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Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My mind is blown. This series was taken to a whole new level. The big plot twist at the end was insane!!!
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Epic fantasy fans who love dragons
Nope. Sorry. Can't review properly!

It's Fan girl time!

XDXDXDXD omg omg omg omg!that ending! Best one yet! :D :D :D :D

I freaking love these books! Each dragonent is just so wonderful! The cultures, the characters, the writing! This gal can write, let me tell you. Dialogue is top notch here, seriously. Some authors just can't to it. But she does. And she does it well. I can not wait for book five! Finally it'll be time for sweet little sunny to shine! How will the dragonet's of destiny ever get
Kayla (BOOKadoodles)
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
[4.5 stars] Loveee the audiobook narration, definitely going to continue listening to this series ASAP. This is shaping up to be one of my all-time favorite middle grade series for sure. The character development is on point, and I am here for it.
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
5 stars.

Margaret Lea
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, but the beginning was really annoying to read. I got bored with it, until I really got into the book, and then it was like, EPIC.
It turns out what is necessary for me to ship romances is a BUNCH OF BAD STUFF HAPPENING. Cause whooo yikes bad stuff happens.

Dec 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I will say that I most certainly enjoyed this more than The Hidden Kingdom, but I didn't feel it reached the first two, which I thought were great.

The start was once again very slow. It took quite a bit of time setting up. I thought The Night Kingdom would have been much action packed, but instead there was a lot of Starflight wandering around with Fatespeaker (who I found very annoying) and not taking matters into their own hands (claws?).

That being said, the slow start
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Lydiezeeb aka Snowstripe
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wings of Fire: The Dark Secret by Tui T. Sutherland was great! There's finally a book coming from my favorite character's view in the whole series of Wings of Fire, Starflight. Every single chapter ended with a cliffhanger, which made my eyes glued to the book. The book had really challenging scenarios for the main character, which made me want to read more! This book really showed how hard it was for Starflight to understand his original tribe, the NightWings. Their methods of all the things th ...more
I'm continuing to enjoy this series about several young dragons who have been prophesied to end the war among all the different types of dragons in their realm. In this installment, Starflight finally meets his father in the land of the NightWings and realizes that they have very little in common. While he sorely misses his friends, especially Sunny, the insecure dragon finds some allies among a group of substitute dragonets and worries about the RainWings who have been kidnapped and upon whom e ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read the 4th book in the wings of fire series "the dark secret" and i must admire tui t. Sutherlands work. this book is more story than combat based but also kind of relaxing, its good because it actually focuses on story not bloodshed, there is some fighting, and those are the parts that get you pumped up! the story line gets you intrigued and makes you want to see/read more to see what happens next. i will continue to read this series and i recommend to anyone who likes a good adventure.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
(2.5) I'm just not really a big fan of Starflight as a narrator. And there was a plot twist that I think was supposed to be huge and shocking but I kinda saw it coming like 1.5 books ago. But hey we've been through 4 out of 5 dragons as narrators so far which means Sunny is next!! She's much less annoying yayyy
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
80% Darkly capturing

The Dark Secret is the fourth installment to the Wings of Fire books, a compelling series about the Dragonets of Destiny and the world they must save. This book advanced the series to the next level and changed my opinion of Starlight, the main character in The Dark Secret, from good to better.

Pages: 320
Ages: 10+ for violence.
Kitten Senpai
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Starflight got a clear character development in this book. He's awesome
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood
At the start I thought that it was a little boring but then it just kept getting better and better. But it was a little sad in the end but overall it was good!
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why did I not have this marked as read? I read it like two years ago, and the other 4 books are all read. ??
Hannah Wall
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Promise a long review this weekend or next!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The audiobook narrator is A++!!!! So many good voices!

The story really puts the "dark" in Dark Secret. But this series is great and I'm really excited for Sunny's book.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the Wings of Fire series. The sixth book in this series, Moon Rising, just released earlier in 2015. There are ten books total planned for this series. This was an excellent continuation of the Wings of Fire series. This series just keeps getting better and better. I really enjoyed this book a lot.

At the end of the third book, The Hidden Kingdom, Starflight had disappeared. In this book we find out where he went. Starflight ends up in the NightWing Kingdom and struggle
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This tribe reminds me of people who turn to the "dark side" because of a traumatic event or a dysfunctional childhood. On the one hand, you are critical of their lies, manipulations, and evil intentions towards other dragons, especially the RainWings. On the other hand, you pity them and wonder if you would have made the same choices if you grew up half-starved and isolated on a volcanic island. The Queen should be respected for her tenacity within continuous threat. Morrowseer was a huge player ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
For someone who's not overly-fond of dragons, I really like this series. I have the same problems with this installment as I did with the second one--the focus is almost entirely on ONE of the dragonets and I miss the other group members throughout the book. Starflight was probably my least favorite of the dragons--throughout the first three books he was cowardly and whiny--but I enjoyed watching him grow in this book. I'm so excited for Sunny's story and to finish up the series in the next book ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-loved-it
starflight went through so much development I am so proud of him
THO I am about 99.9% sure that sunny is gonna reject him in the next book rip my poor boy
Super exciting tho, rolling right off the momentum of the previous book, throws lots of shit we think we know about nightwings and the prophecy into a blender and spits it back out like wtf
Super excited
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was actually such a risky move, not only solely focusing on the least developed character and most pacifist character but also separating him from the rest of the dragonets. It was definitely what he needed though and like all the books, proved his mettle with how he handled himself without the other dragonets making decisions for him or fighting his battles.

This same tactic is used in the next book, separating Sunny in much the same way and was again, a risky move that (ag
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am reading this series with my 9 year old as a book club. Every night we talk about what is going on in the story. He is just loving this series and I am having a hard time keeping up with the number of chapters he reads every day since I have a job and a family to care for. I kept expecting the series to get less interesting, but there are so many things that happen in every chapter that it really keeps you turning the pages. I have to say that it is a very fun series to read for kids and adu ...more
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I loved it!

I really like how this book focused on Starflight and his struggles with his tribe. I also liked how this one featured a fake prophecy, as it gave a little bit of competition between the dragons. I also like how Starflight discovered more about himself in this book.

Starflight was so brave throughout the whole book. As I actually expected Starflight to be sort of shy, this was actually pretty unexpected. I also really liked Fatespeaker as well. I thought she was cute and had a lot of p
Apr 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ehrehn by: Jedi Master Megan
Woah, this book was as good as I expected it to be. I love me some romance and Starflight's feelings for Sunny is actually goals. Like I want someone to look at me the way Starflight looks at Sunny omg. I feel blessed reading this. The only problem is that the NightWings were out of character. They're supposed to be able to read minds and they could of saw the future for their island. But they didn't and it botched how much I loved NightWings. I wish that Starflight had more of connection w
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This continues to be a good series to listen to with my kids on our school run.

As easy 5 stars from my 11 year old son. It's probably also worth the mention that my son has a girl friend who is up to date with this series and she is OBSESSED with it. So whether you've got a girl or a boy, I'd say this series would be a winner.
Susan Wojtas
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are really good! I can see why my daughter loves them so much. I like how each book concentrates on one of the dragons and their different homelands. Starflight is my second favorite dragon next to Glory, so it was fun to read this one. I'm really looking forward to the next one!
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's okay and fun too read, it's little bits is scary as well
Noa Seidmann
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better.
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Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Tui? What kind of name is that? Is it short for something?

Nope. Among the many great things to come out of New Zealand (the Lord of the Rings movies, cats that paint, my mom) is a bird called the tui—not as well known as the kiwi, but a heck of a lot noisier!

I was born July 31 (same birthday as Harry Potter!) in Caracas, Venezuela, and lived in Asuncion, Paraguay

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