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The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in the fourth graphic novel adaptation! In the shadows, trouble is brewing... The mysterious NightWings keep everything hidden, from their home and their queen to their allegiance in the war. Now they've kidnapped their own dragonet of destiny, and Starflight is finally meeting the rest of his tribe The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in the fourth graphic novel adaptation! In the shadows, trouble is brewing... The mysterious NightWings keep everything hidden, from their home and their queen to their allegiance in the war. Now they've kidnapped their own dragonet of destiny, and Starflight is finally meeting the rest of his tribe -- whether he wants to or not. The NightWings have also kidnapped several innocent RainWings, now trapped in the dark, barren, miserable place that is the NightWing kingdom. Starflight wants to help the RainWings, but he's busy saving his own scales and trying to find a way back to his friends. The fate of two kingdoms rests in his talons, and with no one to save him, Starflight will have to find a way to be brave...before it's too late.


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The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in the fourth graphic novel adaptation! In the shadows, trouble is brewing... The mysterious NightWings keep everything hidden, from their home and their queen to their allegiance in the war. Now they've kidnapped their own dragonet of destiny, and Starflight is finally meeting the rest of his tribe The #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series soars to new heights in the fourth graphic novel adaptation! In the shadows, trouble is brewing... The mysterious NightWings keep everything hidden, from their home and their queen to their allegiance in the war. Now they've kidnapped their own dragonet of destiny, and Starflight is finally meeting the rest of his tribe -- whether he wants to or not. The NightWings have also kidnapped several innocent RainWings, now trapped in the dark, barren, miserable place that is the NightWing kingdom. Starflight wants to help the RainWings, but he's busy saving his own scales and trying to find a way back to his friends. The fate of two kingdoms rests in his talons, and with no one to save him, Starflight will have to find a way to be brave...before it's too late.

30 review for The Dark Secret

  1. 5 out of 5

    Saoirse

    great book, I already knew what happened because i already read the non graphic novel version but the drawings were amazing

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lizzie Hutchings

    3.6 stars I loved this adaption of the fourth book of Wings of Fire! That being said, the fourth book was one of my least favorite books in the series because of the lack of action. The art continues to be beautiful throughout the series, and I feel like the spirit of these books are well communicated. Super entertaining, can't wait for the next one! Have a wonderful afternoon 😎. 3.6 stars I loved this adaption of the fourth book of Wings of Fire! That being said, the fourth book was one of my least favorite books in the series because of the lack of action. The art continues to be beautiful throughout the series, and I feel like the spirit of these books are well communicated. Super entertaining, can't wait for the next one! Have a wonderful afternoon 😎.

  3. 5 out of 5

    GG_Reads

    If any character was ever like me, it is Starflight. Obsessed with scrolls, smart- but that also adds to their anxiety, hopelessly in love with a friend :) Relate. I don’t read a lot of graphic novels, but this one seemed to be formatted really well? Even if it wasn’t, I love these characters and books with all my heart that it couldn’t ruin it for me!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fatima

    i want to read this soooo bad also their are making a 5th one too its the ice wing

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bidhi Dangol

    I think it was pretty good, I liked the alternates.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    Pretty solid graphic novel adaptation of The Dark Secret. My complaint? After the bright and stunning colors and creative character designs for the rainwings, the nightwing dragons were a let down. The backgrounds are so dark, I have to squint to see where the nightwings are, and even then I can barely tell them apart. Starflight has the fatter nose. His dad has the glasses. That's about all I know. If one looks spooky and mean, I sort of just assume its Morrowseer. But all the nightwings look t Pretty solid graphic novel adaptation of The Dark Secret. My complaint? After the bright and stunning colors and creative character designs for the rainwings, the nightwing dragons were a let down. The backgrounds are so dark, I have to squint to see where the nightwings are, and even then I can barely tell them apart. Starflight has the fatter nose. His dad has the glasses. That's about all I know. If one looks spooky and mean, I sort of just assume its Morrowseer. But all the nightwings look the same to me other than the ones relevant to the plot. But other than simple color theory, I enjoyed it. Starflight was such a meme throughout the book, because it's not just him saying relatable things like in the novel, the expressions paired with the words made me laugh aloud. So, good. Just needed more colors and improved character design. Since the sand wings are brighter & have more diverse looks, I'm sure the next graphic novel will be an improvement!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tuffnut

    This was an enjoyable and quick read. It was interesting seeing Nightwing Island in this art style. Speaking of the art style I rather like it. It gives all the dragons the scary edge that they have in the original designs but keeps a slightly cartoony vibe allowing them to express their range of emotions correctly. My only qualm with this book is that it didn't have proper transitions between scenes. If you haven't already read the original novel this would be very confusing to follow. I read t This was an enjoyable and quick read. It was interesting seeing Nightwing Island in this art style. Speaking of the art style I rather like it. It gives all the dragons the scary edge that they have in the original designs but keeps a slightly cartoony vibe allowing them to express their range of emotions correctly. My only qualm with this book is that it didn't have proper transitions between scenes. If you haven't already read the original novel this would be very confusing to follow. I read the novel before I read this and I still found myself checking to see if I'd skipped a page. Conversation topics would change without warning and there were no breaks or proper endings to most scenes. Overall a wonderfully drawn book that sums up the fourth novel well, but hard to understand without reading the novel first.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Readaholic Dragon

    I was more than a little frustrated when back at it's initial release date I was told it was getting delayed two months but I am more than happy to wait the extra time for these graphic novel editions of these beloved novels. The Dark Secret follows Starflight as he learns more about the Nightwing home and their plans surrounding the Dragonet Prophecy. Even in graphic novel form, I empathised with Starflight's anxiety and perserverance throughout his character-building journey. A solid 5/5 stars I was more than a little frustrated when back at it's initial release date I was told it was getting delayed two months but I am more than happy to wait the extra time for these graphic novel editions of these beloved novels. The Dark Secret follows Starflight as he learns more about the Nightwing home and their plans surrounding the Dragonet Prophecy. Even in graphic novel form, I empathised with Starflight's anxiety and perserverance throughout his character-building journey. A solid 5/5 stars, but I may be the slightest bit biased by my absolute love of these books.

  9. 5 out of 5

    GuineaPigFalconer

    I remember this being my least favorite of the Wings of Fire series (at least the first five books), but I found myself enjoying it more in graphic novel format. These are characters I’ve been reading about since middle school and it’s always nice to revisit them!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Orman

    I loved reading the chapter book! This is even better tho!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cienna

    The artwork is top notch and it is loyal to the series. I hope the artist continues to create beautiful panels for this special series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Esteyle

    wings of fire lovers will love it!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Annie (Putt)

    Hello, it's me again. I don't think I've given any of these comics a really good rating, and yet I keep buying them and reading them. That's on me. I do adore this series, but my gripe is with the comic books' format. My biggest issue with this was the spliced scenes. If I hadn't read the original, I would have been pretty confused about some of the stuff going on. I get that for space, they can only make the book so big, but I always feel like important scenes or even just little offhand comment Hello, it's me again. I don't think I've given any of these comics a really good rating, and yet I keep buying them and reading them. That's on me. I do adore this series, but my gripe is with the comic books' format. My biggest issue with this was the spliced scenes. If I hadn't read the original, I would have been pretty confused about some of the stuff going on. I get that for space, they can only make the book so big, but I always feel like important scenes or even just little offhand comments to help you know there'll be a scene change are always left out. There were specific instances of Starflight having dreams where it's never mentioned he's going to bed, in bed, or dreaming and suddenly it's him chilling with his friends. And yes, it's obviously a dream once you start reading through the page, but it's more the fact that there's no explanation to some of these sudden changes. The art, I feel, was better in this than it has been in the others. I felt the facial expressions may have been the most well-done in this book. That being said, Fatespeaker and Starflight looked almost identical. The only differences were the eye color and muzzle length/width, which, depending on an enormous variety of angles you're seeing them at, they looked the same. So be sure to figure out what eye color Starflight has, I guess, if you want to know which one he is. And, again, this book is a lil bit violent. Which, yeah, the main ones are as well. It's just kinda weird to see dragons so casually murdered on page of a children's book, ya know? (view spoiler)[It's been a hot second since I read the book itself, but isn't Starflight told at the end that he's blind because of the magma? Because wow did this book not say anything other than just have speech bubbles on a black page. Which, again, you wouldn't know 100% why unless you've read the book. (hide spoiler)] So I guess take this all with a grain of salt. I do love the series and the dragons, but these comics feel...lackluster to be sure. Really the only reason I have been buying them is I wanted the main series for drawing references and for pictures of all the kingdoms. .-.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Noah Litle

    See my review of The Dragonet Prophecy. Most of my review of that applies to this book. Link to review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~ I enjoyed this book about as much as the third book (The Hidden Kingdom). The plot seemed better than developed than the previous books. And I enjoyed seeing Starflight grow a little more confident. Looking forward to reading the last book. Hoping for an epic conclusion. XD Maybe I shouldn't set myself up for disappointment, though... See my review of The Dragonet Prophecy. Most of my review of that applies to this book. Link to review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~ I enjoyed this book about as much as the third book (The Hidden Kingdom). The plot seemed better than developed than the previous books. And I enjoyed seeing Starflight grow a little more confident. Looking forward to reading the last book. Hoping for an epic conclusion. XD Maybe I shouldn't set myself up for disappointment, though...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    In person with Ryan. Loved it.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Another great book in the great series, but I have one problem with the drawings. The dragons look too much like people when they SIT. It just looks like PEOPLE sitting. I always imagined them sitting like dogs or something. Please tell me I’m not the only one a little disturbed.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Clarence Reed

    ReedIII Quick Review: The story from Wings of Fire #1, #2 & #3 continues. We meet and spend time with different dragon types as always. The focus is on the mysterious NightWings and Starflight gets to be in the spotlight. An important secret is reviled as the story continues.

  18. 5 out of 5

    CloudyX

    I want to read it please

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linus

    Wings Of Fire: The book is about the destined heroes of phyria (the dragons world) trying to end the war Yes I really think other readers would enjoy this book Some of the dragons made some funny jokes in the books and I laughed because I thought it was funny` I learned that the real world can be violent I think it was very intriguing. And yes I would most definitely read it again. From what I know, the only book series that Tui. Sutherland has written Wings Of Fire. My favorite part of the book is wh Wings Of Fire: The book is about the destined heroes of phyria (the dragons world) trying to end the war Yes I really think other readers would enjoy this book Some of the dragons made some funny jokes in the books and I laughed because I thought it was funny` I learned that the real world can be violent I think it was very intriguing. And yes I would most definitely read it again. From what I know, the only book series that Tui. Sutherland has written Wings Of Fire. My favorite part of the book is when starflight finds the dreamvisitor, and takes it from the dead corpse of the dragon on the floor.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Whispering

    What's not to like about this graphic novel? I really enjoy the graphic novel adaptations of this series. I get to see my visualizations of the characters depicted perfectly. So good that it made the part where they kill dragons very violent (I mean, since when was killing not violent?). Reading this graphic novel has brought up a question I had earlier in the series. "Isn't this a children's book?". They tell you that this is supposed a story meant for kids but then you see a dragon getting burn What's not to like about this graphic novel? I really enjoy the graphic novel adaptations of this series. I get to see my visualizations of the characters depicted perfectly. So good that it made the part where they kill dragons very violent (I mean, since when was killing not violent?). Reading this graphic novel has brought up a question I had earlier in the series. "Isn't this a children's book?". They tell you that this is supposed a story meant for kids but then you see a dragon getting burned to death, dragons killing each other, dragon heads on spikes, etc. I honestly don't have a problem with it. I find it really amusing tbh 😆 Also, I really like is how the graphic novels adapted the novels so well. I hope they continue adapting this series because I really enjoy it Looking forward to more dead dragons 😆

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I like this series of graphic novels in part because I'm kind of familiar with the story or, more precisely, with the premise of the quest story that is the basis of the plot. My issue with this one was that it was soooo dark so that all the dragons looked the same and I had a hard time figuring out who was who in any panel where there were multiple nightwings drawn. At the same time, the story was good and flowed well. Definitely a great addition for anyone who has read the books or who is, like I like this series of graphic novels in part because I'm kind of familiar with the story or, more precisely, with the premise of the quest story that is the basis of the plot. My issue with this one was that it was soooo dark so that all the dragons looked the same and I had a hard time figuring out who was who in any panel where there were multiple nightwings drawn. At the same time, the story was good and flowed well. Definitely a great addition for anyone who has read the books or who is, like my kid, more interested in graphic novels than novels. Anything to keep him reading.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    The Wings of Fire saga continues, this time focusing on Starflight and the NightWings. Starflight has been kidnapped and taken to the island of the NightWings where he discovers all kinds of secrets: the NightWings motive in the dragon war, why the NightWings are determined to destroy the RainWings, and even that there are other dragonets that threaten the lives of Starflight and his friends. Starflight has never been the bravest dragon, but it might just be up to him to save the day.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is a pretty good rendition of the fourth Wings of Fire novel. Naturally, some things are left out. There’s some choppy transitions between when Starflight is awake and when he’s having dreams. Sometimes it takes a bit to realize that’s what’s happening. They left out the good part at the end about what happens to Morrowseer and left it to our thoughts about Starflight’s incident. I love the facial expressions.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ellon

    Just like with the novel version of Wings of Fire, the 4th installment are when things really start to pick up and I got more invested in the story. The illustrations are decent. It's hard for me to tell some of the dragons apart (especially the nightwings in this one since everything is so dark) but luckily their personalities are so different that it's easy to tell who is who by what they are saying/thinking. I'm excited to read more of the graphic novel installments of this series. Just like with the novel version of Wings of Fire, the 4th installment are when things really start to pick up and I got more invested in the story. The illustrations are decent. It's hard for me to tell some of the dragons apart (especially the nightwings in this one since everything is so dark) but luckily their personalities are so different that it's easy to tell who is who by what they are saying/thinking. I'm excited to read more of the graphic novel installments of this series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Keiran Lee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I read the original book in elementary school and I just love it so much. I love the artwork in these graphic novels, and reading this made me stop hating Fatespeaker, who I hated after reading the original book. I guess I didn't understand that she wasn't making the futures up, and actually saw the future. I read the original book in elementary school and I just love it so much. I love the artwork in these graphic novels, and reading this made me stop hating Fatespeaker, who I hated after reading the original book. I guess I didn't understand that she wasn't making the futures up, and actually saw the future.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Covington

    3.5, rounded up. The plot moved slowly and some characters barely got any time at all in this book, but I still enjoy this series and am excited for more. The setting for this one was dark and depressing and I had more trouble than usual confusing dragons of the same color, but I was still impressed with the overall graphic effort. It really makes this series so engaging and exciting!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Max

    (view spoiler)[ It began with another imprisonment. Starflight was imprisoned in the NightWing Kingdom because the queen wanted to replace him in the prophecy. The NightWing Queen wants to take the Rainforest from the RainWings because the volcano they live in is about to explode and they need a new place to live. The NightWing have been kidnapping RainWings to experiment on their venom, so the Rainforest Kingdom invade the NightWing Kingdom before they have the chance to strike first. While the d (view spoiler)[ It began with another imprisonment. Starflight was imprisoned in the NightWing Kingdom because the queen wanted to replace him in the prophecy. The NightWing Queen wants to take the Rainforest from the RainWings because the volcano they live in is about to explode and they need a new place to live. The NightWing have been kidnapping RainWings to experiment on their venom, so the Rainforest Kingdom invade the NightWing Kingdom before they have the chance to strike first. While the dragonets are rescuing the kidnapped RainWings, they learn that the prophecy is fake when a villainous NightWing named Morrowseer confessed that he invented the prophecy. In the end, the queen of the RainWings, Glory, agrees with Starflight that the NightWings can live with them as long as they are loyal to her and peaceful. In return, the NightWings agree to prove their worth and stop experimenting on the poor RainWings. At last NightWings and the RainWings are at peace. (hide spoiler)]

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lemon

    Book 4 is just not my favorite in the series. Lacks action and other exciting stuff that other WoF books have. The art is good though and the lava is very artistic and bubbling(what other word would you use besides bubbling). Starflight is one of the “boring” characters I think. He just doesn’t have as much personality as the others. However, Fatespeaker is kind of funny because of the way she stands up to Morrowseer and doesn’t care about getting in trouble with him (in a good way) and I think Book 4 is just not my favorite in the series. Lacks action and other exciting stuff that other WoF books have. The art is good though and the lava is very artistic and bubbling(what other word would you use besides bubbling). Starflight is one of the “boring” characters I think. He just doesn’t have as much personality as the others. However, Fatespeaker is kind of funny because of the way she stands up to Morrowseer and doesn’t care about getting in trouble with him (in a good way) and I think I like her better in the graphic than in the actual books. Overall pretty good, not my favorite but since there are only 4 graphics can’t be too judgmental. Though I doubt anyone will look at my review, just know that I put more effort than my latest.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I stumbled onto this series and have absolutely loved it. I am slowly (and by slowly, I mean spaced out with reading other books in between rather than inhaling the entire series in one go) working my way through the series and I think this has been my favorite so far. While I certainly enjoyed the previous books, to see Starflight have his own adventure and begin to grow into himself was really cool. He has long struggled with his own identity as a Nightwing, especially since he isn't psychic, I stumbled onto this series and have absolutely loved it. I am slowly (and by slowly, I mean spaced out with reading other books in between rather than inhaling the entire series in one go) working my way through the series and I think this has been my favorite so far. While I certainly enjoyed the previous books, to see Starflight have his own adventure and begin to grow into himself was really cool. He has long struggled with his own identity as a Nightwing, especially since he isn't psychic, but here he is finally able to use his strengths - and recognize his strengths - to help his friends. I will definitely keep reading this series, especially because I want to see what will happen after that big reveal at the end. Ugh, the feels!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Julia Laczay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked The Dark Secret because it mentions stuff about family and I love family. Also, I liked it because Starflight is in love with Sunny and that is SUPER CUTE!!! Another way I liked it is because Mastermind is sort of in love with SCROLLS of all things and that is super cute too. -Julia L.

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