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Scorch Dragons

(Elementals #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  422 ratings  ·  71 reviews
The struggle for power heats up in book two of this heart-stopping adventure series about siblings with magical shapeshifter powers, from New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman.

After the fateful battle between the ice wolves and the scorch dragons, Anders and his twin sister, Rayna, have been reunited. But there’s no time to celebrate.

The temperature all over Valle
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Brooklyn Tayla
This is hard for me to say, because:

A) I adore Amie Kaufman - she's honestly one of my favourite authors! And -
B) I loved Ice Wolves, it was one of my favourite reads of last year!

I mean, the friendships in this book were as endearing as ever - as where Reyna and Anders' utterly precious sibling bond, but, I just feel like this one, in my opinion, lacked the adventure and excitement and surprise that Ice Wolves held! I mean, I adore wolves and dragons, but still, I just found this as a whole to
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great follow up! I loved the twists and I still love this world!
Bec (becklepanda)
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was a 3.5 for the first half but I really loved how the friendships blossomed and really enjoyed the evidence of that in the last half. So I'm upping it to a 4 stars and I'm excited to continue on when the next book is out! :)
All the important work about the impact of societal traumas, the damage done by propaganda, and the difficulty and necessity of healing is being done in Middle Grade, pass it on.

Also I SERIOUSLY want to go to this school.
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Esha Dickson
Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

This is the second book in the ‘Elementals’ series by Amie Kaufman.

Sparks and scales. This book was so fucking good. I really enjoyed the first book, ‘Ice Wolves’, but the sequel really blew my expectations away. We begin to delve more into the magic system and the world, as well as the tense history between the wolves and the dragons. All this new information made the world feel more developed, more real, and more fragile than what we saw in book one. And let’s not forget the (
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the second book in this trilogy. Anders and Rayna are such compelling characters and I really liked getting to know the side characters more. It will be interesting to see what happens from here.
Britt Meter
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book that I give would be 4.5 stars for me.
It was really different compare to the Ice Wolves but I didn't mind the storyline. I liked that there was conflict between dragons and wolves and the reason behind the war between them. Also I liked that there was more action, suspense, the main character Anders has not only gained his sister Reyna and Lisabet but also he gained new friends the were completely different to his kind. But some parts of the story was packed with adventure and flying a
Trigger warnings: violence, death of a parent (in the past).

It took me a staggeringly long time to read this, and I honestly can't pinpoint why because whenever I was reading, I enjoyed what I was reading. I just had ZERO motivation to actually pick it up and everything about picking it up felt like an extreme struggle. I think at the end of the day, middle grade fantasy is just NOT my thing (hell, fantasy is barely my thing full stop) and that the whole global pandemic situation is making ever
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this even more than the first one. Can't wait for book 3!
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Good sequel to a middle grade series which I think was good for middle grade (and probably would have appealed to me when I was younger), but didn't do it for me like other Amie Kaufman books.
It was too linear...very early middle grades
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This was a great sequel! It does start off kind of slow but, it picks up speed around the half-way point & it ends with a big splash. I love Amie's writing & I can't wait for book three!! D ...more
Freydis Eiriksdottir
Oh, my, gosh!
This book is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!

I loved it!
I was up past midnight reading it and I'm reading it again.
Mark Buxton
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
My name is Lisabet, and the good news is the dragons have decided not to kill us. We've even become students in their special school for gifted students. Returning to the wolves wasn't an option, since they think we're traitors. My wolf classmates came to rescue Anders and me, but they stole the Snowstone, which can be used to kill the dragons. Anders and I just want to keep the dragons and wolves from going to war again, but my mom, the wolf leader, seems set on starting one. We have a risky id ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really love this middle grade series. Scorch Dragons picks up right where Ice Wolves left off, with Anders and Lisabet coming to terms with their new home in Drekhelm with the dragons. Just like the first book, Scorch Dragons is a solid read with great characters, intriguing world-building, and a well-plotted message about the nature of war.

The book does a great job portraying how neither side is really good or evil in this war. Both the dragons and wolves had reasons to suspect the other in
Nannette Demmler
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book continues the story pretty much right where it left off in the first one. Anders and Lisabet are stuck in Drekhelm, the dragon stronghold. The dragons do not trust them at all, but they are spared imprisonment by Leif, the leader. Anders is reunited with his sister Rayna and eventually makes some dragon friends as well.

Life in Drekhelm is very different than in Holbard and Ulfar. But one thing is always a constant when you are a kid, you have to attend school. Which Anders and Lisabet
Janelle Dazzlepants
Middle grade and I don't really get on, but this was a fun follow up to Ice Wolves!

While my YA + Adult reading brain battles with the writing style and how easily the kids achieve the steps on their quest, my 8-10 year old self would have been liiiiiiiiiiiiving for this immersive fantasy world and chosen family!

I absolutely adore this Scandinavian-inspired world with dragons versus wolves, and the twins caught in the middle. The world is so lush and atmospheric, and when the weather gets cold,
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just love these kids so much! They're so brave and honestly, I would have been head over heels for this series as a 10-year-old. I'm still loving it as a 26-year-old! I love the transformation magic, what kid didn't love dragons and wolves? Just the best creatures to pick. I'm so happy we got to see so much of the dragon's realm in the book when the first focused so heavily on the wolves. After seeing how both societies are run it's clear that both have many problems. Though I will say I vastl ...more
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Anders is now with his sister Rayna at Drekhelm, her new home among the dragons he always thought were the enemy.

He and his friend Lisabet from his home city Holbard are about to face the Dragonmeet – a group of dragons who determine law and order in Drekhelm. Will they be allowed to stay?

Still finding it strange that he and his sister are opposites, he struggles with whose side he should be on. His sister’s side with the Dragons who take them in – albeit warily. Or with his new friends, the Ice
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is very much like its predecessor and almost seems a replica; now if you've read my previous review you may be asking, 'Well isn't that good as you gave Ice Wolves a four-star?', but I find in sequels, that difference, (to me), is key. Why would you want to read a book that follows the same expected plot that everyone saw coming? This book is a little plain but that's not to say it's bad...Scorch Dragons introduces interesting new characters, but, again, doesn't really develop on the o ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
The story of twins, Anders and Rayna, continues in this sequel to Ice Wolves. As in the first of this series, a story of misunderstanding, fear, and misplaced anger continues as the adult Scorch Dragons believe the Ice Wolves will attack after they've recovered the secret weapon that will change the weather and weaken the dragons. As Rayna and Anders realize that they are truly related and who their parents are, it becomes vital that the two groups find a way to work together so that they can li ...more
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fantasy and adventure readers

4.5 :)

This book in the series was a lot of fun. The world-building was excellent and I enjoyed learning more about the dragon's city - Drekhelm. The characters were well-written and didn't seem one dimensional. They had weaknesses and strengths and weren't just the same person all the way through, every character had some sort of dynamic aspect.
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The writing is definitely growing on me, I enjoyed this book more than the last one. I can't
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Anders has found Rayna at the dragon’s fortress, but now he and Lizabeth are branded traitors by the wolves and can’t go back to Holbard. Can they find a safe home here?

Footnote: 1) Love it when a map doesn’t follow the story. On their trip to find the first artifact Anders tells us they “planned to travel east, flying low over the Sudrain River until they reached the Seacliff Mountains on the coast. From there make their way to the lake.” But if you go east from New Drechelm you either go throu
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scorch Dragons begins where Ice Wolves left off, with Anders and Lisabet inside the mountain of the dragons. Anders is finally reunited with his sister and learns that while he was at Ulfar Academy making friends, Rayna was doing the same with the dragons.

There is a war approaching quickly. While Anders' wolf classmates were attempting to rescue him and Lisabet they stole an artifact from the dragons that enhances the cold. Sigrid plans to use the artifact to weaken the dragons and defeat them.
A satisfactory continuation of the Elementals trilogy, this time centred on Drekhlem and the dragons, with Anders and his twin sister Rayna reunited and tentatively building trust between friendship groups -wolf and dragon. With the Snowstone within the Wolf keep the group endeavour to locate the Sun Scepter to counteract its devastating cold. The quest to find it si the focus of this adventure and the twins and their companions traverse the the country of Vallen following clues to locate and j ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Personally, I liked this one, but I felt that the first had a bit more magic. Maybe it was just the newness element, but this could use a bit more a of a light tone. Granted, this does move the story along beautifully and BLESS my sweet cinnamon roll son, Anders, for stepping up to a bigger leadership role. I will say that all the people being introduced was confusing, but I loved all the people being introduced and the twists about who is who. Overall, a great book but it got a bit sad and a mi ...more
Molly Cluff
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a great MG series! I love recommending it to my HP fans because the school/classmate element makes it feel similar, but the shapeshifter element and the fact that it's in its own fantasy world gives it a very distinct flair as well. Not to mention I'm a big fan of character group dynamics, so getting a big Dragon/Wolf squad in this one was just a delight! And the world-wide scavenger hunt for the Sun Sceptor gave me all the positive Deathly Hallows vibes. Also I love all the names in thi ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work is slated for publication in over 30 countries, and is in development for film and TV. Raised in Australia and occasionally Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extrem ...more

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“One by one the dragons came to ground, and the wolves slid down from them. Anders transformed as soon as his paws hit the earth, and once human, silently pulled off Rayna’s harness so she could do the same. Nearby, Lisabet was seeing to Ellukka. Both the harnesses were charred in places, and he wasn’t sure Rayna’s would hold if they used it again. One by one the dragons transformed, until the eleven children stood in a circle. Some leaned over to rest their hands on their knees, exhausted, others hugged themselves, staring at their companions in the moonlight. The tableau was broken when Kess suddenly streaked across the circle, leaping down from Lisabet’s arms to run straight for Anders, scaling his body and perching on his shoulders. He was so exhaustedly happy to see her, he didn’t even mind the places where she sank her claws in. As if the cat’s movement had woken her up, Viktoria spoke in a whisper. “What have we done?” “The same thing as us,” Ellukka replied. “You can’t go home. Neither can we.” “We had to,” Lisabet said, sounding just as tired as the others. “If we hadn’t brought the Sun Scepter, the wolves would have weakened the dragons until they killed them. If we hadn’t kept it from the dragons, they’d have used it against the wolves until they could attack instead. We’re the only reason they’re not at war right now.” “All we did was destroy half of Holbard instead,” said Theo, looking sick.” 3 likes
“DARKNESS WAS FALLING RAPIDLY AS THE dragons disappeared into the blue velvet of the night.” 2 likes
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