Kestrel was a female SkyWing and one of the Guardians of the Dragonets. She taught and "cared" for the Dragonets of Destiny while there they were in the hidden cave, having been a member of the Talons of Peace before being killed by Princess Blister in the epilogue of The Dragonet Prophecy. She seemed to be the strongest and harshest of the guardians, though she was quick to come and help when she was told that the dragonets were in danger by Blister and Morrowseer, proving that she might have cared about them, or at least their role in the prophecy. Her mate was Chameleon (in the form of the SkyWing Soar), though according to Chameleon she didn't know who he was and thought he was just the dragon assigned to her, and she was the mother of Peril and her dead brother. She appears to carry the recessive firescales gene.
Kestrel had jewel-hard rust-colored scales (also described as red-gold or orange-red), as well as red wings and red talons. She has been described with yellow, orange, and orange-yellow eyes and was said to be large. She also was said to have a forked tongue. She had burn scars on her palms from an attempt to save her daughter, Peril, from Queen Scarlet. In the graphic novel, she also had a burn scar on the side of her face.
Years before the series began, Kestrel was one of Queen Scarlet's most loyal soldiers. Under Queen Scarlet's orders, she entered the SkyWing breeding program and produced one large egg containing twins, a rare occurrence. One of the dragonets, the female, hatched with twice the amount of fire she should have had while her brother had almost none, causing guaranteed death.
Since such dragonets were always killed, Kestrel attempted to escape to save them, but was caught at the Diamond Spray River. Scarlet told her that if Kestrel killed one, she would not be held responsible for her disobedience. In addition, Scarlet said she'd let the other dragonet live. Kestrel killed the dragonet without any fire with her own claws,
Scarlet went back on her word. She ordered her guards to attack, forcing Kestrel to flee for her life. Kestrel attempted to save her daughter but burned her palms on the dragonet's scales. She was forced to leave her surviving dragonet behind, and could not return to her, as she knew she would be killed by Scarlet.
In the prologue, Kestrel was the dragon who found Hvitur's dead body and the shattered SkyWing egg at the base of a mountain after he had been murdered by Burn's poisonous tail, and had a short, snappy conversation with Webs before the prologue ended. It also included the news of Asha's death.
She acted as a guardian and fighting instructor for the five dragonets of destiny, a task she loathed because it reminded her of her lost dragonets. She was one of the reasons the dragonets were so desperate to escape, although Sunny wasn't bothered by her constant temper.
Later captured and imprisoned again by Queen Scarlet, she was set free by Peril, Clay, Tsunami, and Sunny when the dragonets escaped with the aid of Peril. She later parted ways with them and her daughter, but Peril believed she'd have time to talk to her mother after making sure that Queen Scarlet was dead.
In the epilogue, Blister and Morrowseer betrayed her. First they told her that the dragonets were in danger, to get her to come. Then Morrowseer had said that neither the dragonets, Blister, or himself needed the Skywing; Blister then slashed Kestrel's throat and stabbed her in the chest with her venomous tail barb. Morrowseer proceeded to fling her off the cliff and into the ocean.
A SeaWing guard, possibly Urchin, found Kestrel's body upon a boulder at the base of a cliff near the Summer palace. She was murdered violently before the arrival of the dragonets of destiny at the Summer Palace, having her throat slit and her heart stabbed by a SandWing's tail - earlier found to be killed by Blister in the epilogue of The Dragonet Prophecy. At first, only Tsunami and Coral's court knew about the murder, although the other dragonets eventually found out. Sunny was very upset over Kestrel's death, even though Tsunami assured her that Kestrel, with her foul temper, did not deserve Sunny's grief.
Kestrel appears in Starflight's flashback. She barges into the study room and destroys the scroll Starflight and Sunny are reading, yelling at Webs for "filling their heads with questions and ideas."
Kestrel is mentioned several times in Escaping Peril. She is mentioned when Peril and Turtle talk to Cirrus and the Talons of Peace and several other times after that.
When Sunny tells Qibli to go to history class, Qibli says that the class is "torture". Sunny responds by saying that he was lucky that he didn't have battle training with Kestrel.
Because she had lost both of her dragonets and was exiled from the Sky Kingdom, Kestrel was usually bad-tempered, grumpy, and hot-headed, though only a little more than normal SkyWings. She was assumed to be just cruel and mean naturally, but it was later revealed that this was because she was bitter about being lied to and subsequently losing her dragonets. She often bullied and abused Glory, as Glory wasn't a SkyWing, and a SkyWing dragonet was required in the Dragonet Prophecy. She was supposed to be the one to kill Glory on Morrowseer's orders, saying that she would snap Glory's neck while she was sleeping, but she failed because Glory was hidden by her camouflage, and everyone managed to escape.
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Clay always was the one to be picked out of all the dragonets to learn how to fight due to him because of his ability to breathe fire and size. She knew that MudWings can only breathe fire when they are warm enough. Unknowingly, he was developing his special fireproof scales, which causes his scales to heal from any burn within a few seconds.
Tsunami appears to dislike Kestrel, and Kestrel feels the same way due to the ancient SkyWing grudge at the SeaWings due to the Royal SeaWing Massacre. She even bit off a scale from her to prevent Kestrel from forcing Clay to fight. Kestrel severely punishes Tsunami to the point of chaining her up when she disobeyed her order in The Dragonet Prophecy.
Kestrel hates Glory due to the fact that she is a RainWing and not a SkyWing, like the prophecy called for. She often refers to her as lazy and weak. Kestrel was supposed to murder Glory for the prophecy in the first book, but thanks to the aid of the rest of the dragonets, Glory managed to escape.
Kestrel would often burn Starflight just like all the other dragonets, especially because he could not fight.
Kestrel seems to dislike Sunny the least. The optimistic dragonet was most likely treated better by the guardians, including Kestrel. Sunny noted that she had stopped to grieve for Dune and Kestrel at night sometimes.
Helped Kestrel and Webs raise the dragonets. Kestrel seemed to be neutral with him.
It is likely that she cared about her daughter, as she tried to flee with her. When she found out Peril was alive, she told her, "I thought you were dead." In addition to that, after Glory "kills" Queen Scarlet, she invites Peril to come with her -- however, Peril declines, ending their relationship is Kestrel is killed shortly afterwards.
"WHICH LEFT WAS THAT, USELESS? Are all MudWings this stupid? OR ARE YOU JUST DEAF?" -To Clay, during battle training.
"WHAT is going on here?"
"This doesn't look like studying."
"You mean play-acting. You are too old for games."
"Well, there's no surprises with you. Webs stole your egg from the SeaWing queen's own hatchery."
"I am the way life has made me. Take it or leave it."
"We await the wings of fire." - To Webs
"I-I thought you were dead." -To Peril
"I'm your teacher. Nothing I do is cheating." To Clay, after he yells at her for stomping on his tail
"Where's the violent little dragon I saw in you when you hatched? That's the dragon we need for the prophecy." - To Clay while they were fighting in The Dragonet Prophecy
- Kestrel is the third named dragon to appear in the series, as well as the first SkyWing.
- She is also the fourth guardian of the Dragonets of Destiny to die in the series.
- A kestrel is a species of small falcon that hovers with rapidly beating wings while searching for prey on the ground.
- In The Dragonet Prophecy, she reveals that she was part of the breeding program in order to supply the SkyWing army with soldiers.
- Kestrel is the second known dragon to have survived being burned by Peril, with the others being Clay and Prince Winter.
- Kestrel treated the Dragonets of Destiny cruelly due to her bitterness about losing both her dragonets. It is unknown if she would have warmed up sooner if she hadn't died.
- In the graphic novel some of her quotes in chapter one are different from the book. I.e, She asks Clay out loud if "all MudWings are stupid or are you just deaf?" while in the graphic she yells "are all MudWings this useless, or just you?"
- Even though Kestrel says she "wouldn't come running" if the dragonets needed her, she proved herself wrong and was killed by Blister.
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 3
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, prologue
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 4
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 247
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 1
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 The Dragonet Prophecy, page 245
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 255
- ↑ The Dragonet Prophecy, page 303