How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword
Book 9 of the How to Train Your Dragon Series
By Cressida Cowell
Published by Hachette Children’s Books
Read by David Tennant
The story of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III continues. This time the Viking tribes of the Archipelago have gathered to choose a king by way of a sword fighting tournament. Ah, if only it were that simple.
This is where the events of previous stories begin to stack up against Hiccup. The Dragon Furious is back as promised and raising a dragon rebellion. Also, our old “friend” Alvin the Treacherous and his mother the witch are back, trying not only to steal the crown but to pay back Hiccup and his friends for past insults. Also, as implied at the end of the last book, the slave mark that Hiccup acquired sometime back and has kept carefully secret is about to be revealed. So… what could possibly go wrong?
This is a darker story than previous one and many people actually die in the battle between the dragons and the Vikings, although as far as I can tell, no one we actually know by name.
The story starts out normally enough even when several leaders go missing (including Hiccup’s Dad, Stoic the Vast) and Alvin’s mother forces Hiccup, Fishlegs and Kamikaze to find and retrieve the ancient crown of the last Viking king. And then we have the tournament itself, in which Hiccup actually does fairly well and finds himself facing his father in the finals. However, something goes very, very wrong and… well, I have already given too much of the story away.
However, keep in mind this is the first part of a story arc and the story ends on a bit of the cliff-hanger with a big bold “To Be Continued next time!”
In spite of the darkness, this is yet another fun book in a very fun series, but I definitely recommend reading it in order.
I will not go so far as to say that only David Tennant could read this book. I think Tom Baker, Tony Robinson, Stephen Briggs and Stephen Fry could all have had a good time reading these books, but it’s David Tennant who got the job and a great job he makes of it. Mister Tennant is fun to listen to and I think he really enjoyed reading these stories as well because when an actor is just putting in a performance, it shows and there’s none of that here.
So, we have the enjo0yable continuation and a great children’s series and it is read excellently by one of the few actors I would trust to do it.