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In the fifth adventure in the How to Train Your Dragon series, someone has stolen the Fire-Stone. Now the volcano on Volcano Island has become active and the tremors are hatching the eggs of the Exterminator dragons! Can Hiccup return the Fire-Stone to the Volcano, stop the Volcano from erupting, and save the Tribes from being wiped out by the terrible sword-claws of the EIn the fifth adventure in the How to Train Your Dragon series, someone has stolen the Fire-Stone. Now the volcano on Volcano Island has become active and the tremors are hatching the eggs of the Exterminator dragons! Can Hiccup return the Fire-Stone to the Volcano, stop the Volcano from erupting, and save the Tribes from being wiped out by the terrible sword-claws of the Exterminators?...

Title : How to Twist a Dragon's Tale
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ISBN : 9780316085311
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 246 Pages
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How to Twist a Dragon's Tale Reviews

  • Sara Saif
    2018-12-02 18:02

    I would like to say a few words:…………………“HA-HA-HA-HA!”Despite the predictable and uncomplicated plot and the familiar pattern in which these books are written, they absolutely NEVER fail to entertain. How To Twist A Dragon’s Tale introduced a new dragon species, a new Viking tribe, a new character (Humungously Hotshot, the famous hero), and a new threat just like its predecessors with no shortage of hysterically funny bits.Surprisingly, I felt a little something akin to sadness at the end. We discover that Hiccup’s mother used to love Humungus but the two lovers were separated by fate and the piece of shit that is Alvin the Treacherous. What saddened me is the fact that in the epilogue, Hiccup admitted that Valhallarama still loved him till she died!The Vikings are a loveable bunch. Two things I particularly enjoy every time are:1. The way they describe their women. “Her lovely fat, white, muscly legs! Her thunderous thighs! Her soft little beard! Her excellent sword-arm!”And2. The swearing.“BY WODEN AND THE LOVELY FLOWING ARMPITS OF FREYA!”“THIGHSLAPS OF THOR!”“BY THOR’S THIGHSTRINGS!”“SWEET CHEST HAIR OF THOR!” “The Hero cares not for a wild winter’s storm. For it carries him swift on the back of the wave. All may be lost and our hearts may be worn. But a hero fights forever!”

  • Gaele
    2018-12-05 19:01

    AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5It has been such a treat to dive into this series, I love discovering all about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, and his early life as he navigates the learning curve on his way to becoming the foremost authority on all things Dragon. Hiccup is so unlike other ‘heroes’ that are common in children’s stories: he is a very ordinary boy with an extraordinary thirst for knowledge, a near-encyclopaedic recall of naturist and dragon facts and information, and a decided lack of athletic skills. With his best friend Fishlegs and his asthmatic, exzema and allergin prone skin, knock-knees and glasses, a more uncharacteristic Viking could only be Hiccup’s best buddy. In this story, the young trainees (still in their training with Gobber the Belch) are learning how to herd reindeer from the back of riding dragons. Again, Toothless is predominant in this story – his constant nattering and complaining are perfectly inset into the story to provide comic relief at the worst time possible: always. When the trainees are set upon by some Exterminator dragons, and a huge fire is the result, the boys must run from the flames, sure to take their lives. Fortunately they are saved at the last minute by a ‘hero’ who just may not be all he seems. Again it is up to Hiccup, Fishlegs, his best ‘girl’ friend Camicazi to save the day. There is a comfortable balance in these stories: you know the characters, you understand just what motivates Hiccup, and you find something new in the character of Horrendously Hotshot and Hiccup’s mother Valhallarama. A series sure to bring giggles, it is fast becoming a favorite listen because of the stellar narration performance provided by David Tennant. You can’t go wrong with an actor who has voiced the characters with distinct tones and delivery, a stuttering slightly lisping Toothless, the sing-song from Wales in Camicazi, the simpering north-of-England tone of the villains, the brash heavy brogue from Gobber the Belch, Snotlout, and others. Tennant never ceases to provide that little ‘extra’ that hold a reader’s attention. This story is the turning point, we know that these books are Hiccup’s memoirs written when he is older, as he recounts his life: this book is the one that starts to mark the line between childhood adventures and growing into the man he becomes (a tiny spoiler as I’ve already heard the next few books in the series!). I received an audio CD download from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

  • SuperHeroQwimm
    2018-12-07 20:13

    My favorite one so far

  • Sophia
    2018-12-08 21:10

    I know I say this in a lot of my reviews but I have no idea why it took me so long to finish this!How To Twist a Dragon's Tale is a story about a very hot summer, a 'few' blood thirty dragons and one tiny Fire Stone! It is also about a lost love and a bracelet that has one ruby eye (I feel like the title for this book is actually based on that bracelet). We met a new character in this book, one that is on a mission, a mission to destroy Hiccup, although he was a Great Hero and two sides of himself are warring against each other. You also get to see some old characters ('old' meaning characters from the past books, not specifically their age). Hiccup's mum has a rare appearance and you a little something about her as well! Of course, Alvin is in it and he is up to his usual tricks and villainy. Something BIG happens while Hiccup is on a Quest and to me things fall into place just a little too easily at the end, like everything was falling apart and things looked really bad for him then all of a sudden everything changed into Hiccup's favor. I don't know if I liked that or if I'm just being nit-picky. Overall, another great tale of one of Hiccup's adventures. And these Epilogues, man, they are getting better and better! I can't help but read the last lines over again as I write this review, it is so good!!

  • Zaz
    2018-12-08 19:12

    After the previous volume, reading this one was like being thrown in a pit of boredom. I found the plot quite lame and impossible to believe with all the nonsense about stopping a volcanic eruption. The outcome was also very convenient (very). The various events were so uninteresting that in the deep of the action, my brain made me take a nap (and I had a nightmare!). Overall, I'm not sure this time Hiccup was the hero because he didn't really do something, except the usual wanting to save the day, and Toothless participated only a little. The new dragons were on the too much side to make them really interesting, so they didn't save the day for me. I hope the next one will be entertaining.

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2018-12-14 02:11

    More heroic antics with Hiccup, Fishlegs, Toothless and Camicazi. Quite entertaining.

  • Sophia
    2018-11-13 18:51

    the dragon has two 💖💖 and you get to hear them sing. Allan is back and everything is funny XD not the lol funny, but still funny.

  • Erin
    2018-12-04 19:57

    So, my mind's not really in optimal review state right now, because:a. Someone took out all the sticky tab markers I had put in to remind myself what parts I wanted to touch on, which has filled me with RAEG.b. I had oral (heh) surgery this morning and am in a bit of pain, andc. The pain med I took has some extreme drowsy-making side effects. My eyes keep closing...But I will try my bestest.First, a disclaimer. I'm well aware that I'm the only person in the world who reads the Hiccup books and is both older than 14 and not a parent. But oh well.It's been a while since I'd checked out this series. I only read the first one because my little brother owned it, it was lying around, and I was bored. I enjoyed it a lot, and therefore read the next 3, which he also owned. But, sad of sads, those were the only ones I had access to.Now I've made the effort to get caught up in the series, and I'm just slightly disappointed. Maybe I'm judging this harshly because book four was seriously the epitome of all things awesome, but... nope, I'm being completely fair. This one was a cut below the others.I hate Camicazi. She's such a dumb, worthless character. I have the vague notion that she exists out of some misguided feminist ideas running around the author's head? News flash: decent fighting skills and an obnoxious personality does not a strong female character make. I really, really need a break from Camicazi. Must she be in every book? She's starting to get more page time than Fishlegs! Fishlegs, whom I love!(Toothless has also become too annoying. I liked him better in the early books, when he was endearingly selfish. Now he's just unendearingly stupid.)Maybe I've put too much faith in Hiccup's ability to hatch up a Fiendishly Clever Plan. Maybe I will never-love-again after the sheer amazingness of the end of Book 4. But whatever the case may be, I felt let down by the ending. I didn't feel like pieces were being put together, I felt like the author came up with a random twist and then tried to convince me it was clever.Yeah, I've only said negative things. Three stars should warrant a nicer review. I think I've let nostalgia (and the fact that I keep comparing it to its AWESOME predecessor) get in the way of just enjoying the story. This was by no means an awful Hiccup book, it just wasn't particularly good. Pretty standard fare.Totes reading the next one, though.

  • Kristen
    2018-12-11 00:14

    Another fantastic installment of Hiccup, Toothless, and their adventures. And another top-notch reading by David Tennant. I am SO SAD that my library doesn't have any more of the series in audio books. Tennant was truly brilliant in these, and I don't know that the voices in my head can even come close to his...but I'm going to try, because I just enjoy this series so much! I even have two of my library helpers at school reading it now!Hiccup, Fishlegs, and Camicazi grow up a little bit with each book, and so each book is a little more dangerous, a little more emotional, a little bit deeper. This one dives a little deeper into the character and backstory of Hiccup's mother (who has been mostly just a name in previous books), and we get a really emotional piece about her in the epilogue. Still TONS of humor, though, and lots of adventure.

  • Yvonne
    2018-11-26 02:12

    Hiccup Horrendus Haddock the Third has to face another adventure in this book - if he wants to or not. It depends on him to save not only his tribe but all the other tribes from a horrible threat.Another great book in this series that not only children enjoy, I'm certainly looking forward to the next one.Of course it helps that I'm listening to the audio books and they are read by David Tennant - who has one of those voices, he could read the phone book to me and I'd listen. He does a great job at bringing the characters to life, with different voices and even accents for them, it's a pleasure to listen to it.

  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    2018-11-26 01:06

    Whoaaa this one was intense. Also surprisingly depressing at the end ... ??? But anyway, I really liked it and I will write a real review at some point. (I have like 40 reviews that I haven't written yet. I'm the worst.)

  • Nilsson
    2018-11-13 01:02

    Sometimes I wonder what would've happened if they'd never opened that coffin with Alvin in it in the first place. I certainly hope an end is put to him; he's really irksome to the poor vikings, isn't he?

  • Anna
    2018-12-08 01:52

    "Never surrender!"Cressida Cowell, How to Twist a Dragon's Tale** read by David Tennant app. 3.75 hrsI honestly don't know how I would feel about this series if I was reading the books - I am actually listening to the audio versions read / acted by David Tennant. He's just remarkable!In this episode, Hiccup has to save the Vikings from an existential threat, a long-lost hero returns, and an arch-enemy reappears. The comedy is balanced by some very poignant moments, esp. Hiccup's questing mom.

  • Veronica Tomasiello
    2018-11-26 21:05

    Actual rating: 3.5/5

  • Anna
    2018-12-07 18:14

    I love this series! Even though things seem to be exaggerated quite a bit in some ways, that makes it more fun to read!

  • Victoria
    2018-11-16 02:17

    I like kamikaze! plus a background on his mother is nice

  • Denae Christine
    2018-12-05 19:16

    Reader thoughts: Volcanoes!I love the tidbits about dragons between chapters. I like that the narrator tries to sing for the Vikings and for Humongously Hotshot. I like that we get to hear more about Kamikaze in nearly every book.I just wish Toothless was more . . . regal? I love Toothless in the movies. I want to read about playful, powerful, graceful dragons. The book Toothless is whiny, clumsy, and kind of dumb. Yes, he gets to be the hero, sort of, but I would rather revere the dragon than roll my eyes at him.Writer thoughts: Cowell knows how to put her characters in extreme situations. Only Rachel Aaron can do this so well.Hiccup doesn't just have to go to the erupting volcano, he has to sneak away from his father to do it. Hiccup doesn't just have to face lava, but also exterminator dragons and an evil Viking determined to kill him. Not only is this so, but Hiccup's own allies make his job harder (between trying to murder Hiccup and losing the firestone). The dragon Hiccup rides to escape is crippled. The evil Viking manages to steal the firestone. THEN the volcano erupts with Hiccup still on it.This, my friends, is how an author puts the character into the worst possible situation. No holds barred, here.

  • Drew
    2018-12-09 18:09

    Here at book 5 in this series a certain sameness sets in; but it's a comfortable sameness. You pick up the book, having read the previous books in the series, and you know what to expect. That's not always bad. And in the case of this goofy series of books, it's likely a good thing. (Particularly for kids who just want a fun read and appreciate having ANOTHER just like the previous ones they enjoyed so much. I guess this works for dads who read to their kids, too.) I probably shouldn't give this a whole 4 stars. It's pretty light on story, and far too much of the book is taken up by lengthy ACTION sequences. (Which are written pretty well this time, actually.) I agree with another reviewer who suggested that Camicazi didn't really need to be in this one because it gave Fishlegs less to do. One could also argue that Fishlegs didn't need to be in this one either since all he does is carry around a suitcase. I get the sense that the author is trying to create a Harry/Ron/Hermione triad of her own. (Or Kirk/Spock/Bones if you prefer.) But no use overthinking it -- if you've enjoyed the previous books, you'll like this one, too. Humongously Hotshot is a great character, and I find myself curious now to learn more about Hiccup's mother, Valhallarama (a name I just like saying).

  • Haley Mathiot
    2018-12-03 21:57

    I am a huge fan of Cressida Cowell. She's on my Author Watch list! I think she's brilliant. This is the fifth book in the How To Train Your Dragon series, and it was just as clever and hilarious as the other ones. The writing is an interesting combination of poetic and satirical, with just a twinge of sarcasm. The characters are so full of life that I feel like they're my friends. The funny parts are hilarious, and the dramatic parts literally sent shivers down my spine. Only Cressida Cowell can make a fart joke and then make you want to cry two seconds later. Also. The audiobooks are narrated by David Tennant. So there's that. If you haven't listened or read them yet, do so immediately. I guarantee you'll want to be a viking within the first chapter. Appropriate for all ages - See more at:

  • **✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
    2018-12-03 23:59

    The story focuses more on Humongously Hotshot and his back story than it does on Hiccup, which was weird, considering Hiccup has to find a way to stop an exploding volcano. There's a lot of explanation about Valhallarama (Hiccup's mom), which seemed like an odd choice, seeing as how she's usually off questing, and hasn't really been important to the series before now.But, in retrospect (having read the next few books), I can see that this book marked a sort of turning point in the series. The stories start to focus a bit more on how Hiccup becomes the man writing the memoirs, rather than just recounting past adventures.I love how everyone *still* seems to develop amnesia about Hiccup's past accomplishments. No matter how much this poor kid does, no matter how many times he saves everybody's lives, he's still the laughingstock of Berk (well, him and Fishlegs). Will the poor kid ever get a break?

  • Fraffee
    2018-12-05 18:19

    4.5I can't deny it. This book was really, and I mean really, good. I like deep, thought-stirring, mind-bending books but surprisingly, I was satisfied by this one. Truly worth reading. The writing is just plain hilarious, the characters are undeniably lovable and the story will pull a bit at your heartstrings. A nice lesson too and that is no matter how the good and bad are intertwined in this world, good and beauty can still be made even in the darkest of times. So yeah, never lose hope because the world...IS a GOOD EGG.* Haha.

  • Maricarmen Estrada M
    2018-11-18 22:00

    Another hilarious and wonderful adventure of the brave Hiccup and his friends. This time, his spoiled little dragon, Toothless, is a true hero. Great story and characters. I chose these two lines from the many I loved throughout the book:"Human hearts are not made out of stone. (...) They can break, and heal, and beat again""The dragon bracelet that Humungous created, out of misplaced love and gratitude (...) is a constant reminder to me of the human ability to create something beautiful even when things are at their darkest. I have worn that bracelet every day of my life"

  • Deval
    2018-11-13 19:56

    I don't know what more I can say about this series that I haven't said before. As usual this installment was entertaining, funny and a wonderful way to pass the otherwise painful time commuting to and from work. The only suggestion I will make is listen to the books vs reading. David Tennant is a fantastic narrator and he brings the books to life. Don't think I would have had as much fun just reading these vs how much fun they have been to listen to.

  • Robin Kempf
    2018-11-30 22:05

    Cute, but honestly the reason I keep sticking with this series is the narration by David Tennant. He is truly fabulous. As for the story, I couldn't believe it, but Hiccup's mother turns up. I guess I had assumed she was dead since the women are nearly non-existent in this story. She kind of plays a role, but not really. Oh well. Still, yay David!

  • Alexa Ayana
    2018-12-14 00:14

    Reread IISo far paling suka buku yang ini. Siap-siap lanjut ke buku selanjutnya.sudah pasti di rekomendasikan buat anak-anak cowok tapi tetap baca dalam bimbingan orang tua karena banyak kata-kata yang lumayan rusuh ha ha ha

  • StorySnoops
    2018-11-17 01:21

    The fifth installment of this wildly popular series is just as entertaining as its predecessors, with lots of action, adventure, and humor to grab the attention of... (click for full review

  • Kerri Anne
    2018-11-28 23:55

    Humungously Hotshot reminded me of a more palatable Gilderoy Lockheart and the last page made me laugh big laughs and I herein want to forever say "bardigaurd" instead of "bodyguard." [Four stars for being nearly every bit as fun as Book Four.]

  • D.C.
    2018-11-21 22:53

    I have no idea why I like this series so much. This one still has the gothic-fantasy adventure that I was hooked to in the first 4, while getting a bit more serious in tone.

  • Samantha
    2018-11-22 21:21

    These books are silly and I enjoy reading them, but I fear the author may be continuing writing when she should stop. This one was kind of a let down, and there's at least one more to be written.

  • Beatrice
    2018-11-12 19:51

    3.5 stars