How to Cheat a Dragon’s Curse by Cressida Cowell


Poor Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, the undersized Viking and only son of the chief, can never catch a break. Each book some awful adventure seems to come his way that requires him to just manage to scrape by. Book 4 is no different, but still the series does not lose any of its charm. It’s just one of those things you read and can’t help but love. It’s just so…honest.

In this book, Hiccup must set out to the Hysterics (a tribe normally separated from the rest of the Vikings) in order to retrieve the antidote to Fishlegs’s illness. Against his father’s strict orders of course, since Stoick the Vast seems to think that Fishlegs is not an appropriate companion for the future chief. As Fishlegs is ill, he is joined by Hiccup’s newest friend Kamacazi, which is fine by me because it changed things up a bit. And because for some reason I like her (though I won’t lie, I still miss Astrid of the movie).

One thing I like about this book is it manages to provide us with a surprising twist without getting too complicated. I can’t say that for many books.

There isn’t much more to say about this book other than that every detail is excellent–even the little drawings and scrawls in the margins. I can only imagine what else will happen to Hiccup before he becomes the Hero the books tell us he will become, but I’m sure each adventure will be enjoyable.

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