Moon Rising is the sixth book in the New York Times bestselling series Wings of Fire, as well as the beginning of the second arc. The main character is Moonwatcher, the first telepathic and prophetic NightWing in centuries.
The title most likely refers to Moon metaphorically rising above her fears.
There is a new prophecy for the second arc, called the Jade Mountain Prophecy. It has come from Moonwatcher herself and is the first true NightWing to possess prophetic powers in generations.
Peace has come to Pyrrhia. . . for now.
The war between the tribes is finally over, and now the dragonets of the prophecy have a plan for lasting peace: Jade Mountain Academy, a school that will gather dragonets from all the tribes and teach them to live together, perhaps even as friends.
Moonwatcher isn't sure how she feels about school, however. Hidden in the rainforest for most of her life, the young NightWing has an awful secret. She can read minds, and even see the future. Living in a cave with dozens of other dragons is noisy, exhausting — and dangerous.
In just a few days, Moon finds herself overwhelmed by her secret powers and bombarded by strange thoughts, including those of a mysterious dragon who might be a terrible enemy. And when someone starts attacking dragons within the academy, Moon has a choice to make: Stay hidden and safe? Or risk everything to save her new friends?
Quote on the back cover of the Hardcover Edit
Moon's head snapped up. This voice — it was unlike anything she'd ever heard before. It sounded crisp and clear like it was talking to her.
I am talking to you.
Another telepath — how was that possible? Moon tried to push back. She imagined reaching out with her talons, trying to grab on to the voice and open up what was happening in the mind behind it.
"Who are you?" Moon demanded. "How are you doing that?"
You really have no idea, the voice mused. Hmm. Let me think about that.
Moon listened, but the voice didn't come back.
Did I imagine it? Maybe I imagined it. But if it was a real mind reader, maybe they could teach me how to use my powers.
Or expose me to everyone.
For all the FanWings and everyone who reads these books - I hope you love the new dragonets as much as I love you guys!
A Guide to the Dragons of Pyrrhia Edit
The book first started off with a description of the new school and the "winglets." The winglets were groups of dragons attending the school. The winglets were Jade Winglet, Gold Winglet, Silver Winglet, Copper Winglet, and Quartz Winglet. Each winglet had seven dragonets in it, one from each tribe. Starflight had updated and edited the Dragon Guide of Pyrrhia.
The book began four years before the events of Moon Rising with Moon's mother, Secretkeeper, who was hiding Moon's egg in the jungle to keep her safe. She thought about her mate, who was confirmed to be Morrowseer. Moonwatcher hatched from a silver egg under two full moons and got her name when she reached up to the moons. Secretkeeper had to go almost immediately because Preyhunter was calling her, but Moonwatcher had to stay hidden. She was quite scared of the images of the volcano and danger that her mother left in her mind when she left.
Part 1: Welcome to Jade Mountain Edit
Moonwatcher was very nervous about going to school. She thought everyone would do something bad to her and hate her if she revealed her powers. Secretkeeper, who was there, spotted (and Moon identifies) Queen Coral with Anemone and Auklet. Tsunami, greeting them, boomed in delight when seeing Anemone and another SeaWing named Turtle, who was one of Tsunami's thirty-two brothers. Tsunami appeared to be shocked at the fact she had thirty-two brothers. Anemone was put in the Silver Winglet and Turtle was put in the Jade Winglet with Moonwatcher. Then Queen Coral left with Auklet, followed by Secretkeeper. Moon went into Jade Mountain Academy, where Fatespeaker greeted her excitedly, commenting on Moon's teardrop eyes scales and how shiny and big they were compared to her's. She asked Moonwatcher her name and kept on repeating the NightWing's nickname, looking for her cave. She found it exclaiming, "You're going to love your clawmates." As Moon went to find her cave, she read several minds and wondered how she would cope with other dragon's thoughts constantly bombarding her. She then noticed a scroll rack on the wall and one by the door. The sign above the one above the door said Free reading! Hope you like them. While in her cave, she heard a voice in her mind, later revealed to be Darkstalker, who visited her in her mind during the day, while she was asleep, and even when she was in the middle of her visions. Moon shared a cave with Carnelian, a grumpy SkyWing; and a RainWing named Kinkajou who she quickly became friends with. They were both in her winglet, the Jade Winglet, along with Turtle, his clawmate Umber, a SandWing named Qibli, and an IceWing named Winter.
Part 2: Stay Hidden Edit
The bracelet that had Darkstalker in a deep sleep so that he could not wake up broke when the comet came by, six months before the story. He asked Moonwatcher to help him escape and told her that he could see all the possible futures. Moon heard someone yelling "The SkyWing! She's here to kill us all!" and Starflight immediately told her and Kinkajou to hide, because he thought it was Queen Scarlet. Instead, Moon went to the source of the commotion and saw a SkyWing that wasn't Queen Scarlet. Clay came up from behind her and saw that it was Peril.
Moon learned that the comet in book five, The Brightest Night, apparently woke Darkstalker from the enchanted slumber and that he had enchanted himself to be immortal, which was how he had stayed alive for 2,000 years. Moon then went to Mightyclaws (another NightWing at the school) in the art cave to try to learn more about NightWing powers. Darkstalker then learned that legends about him had been extremely over-exaggerated, and Moon learned that NightWing powers come from the three moons. Darkstalker asked for Moon to set him free from being trapped underground; he claimed he couldn't use his animus powers to free himself because he didn't want to lose his soul. Due to this fear, he had put all of his power in an object (later revealed to be a scroll) Darkstalker called the 'Talisman'. Moon then was struck by a vision of dragons dying in a mysterious fire, which caused her to try to stop Winter, Qibli, Kinkajou, and almost anybody else from going into the history room, but unfortunately, Carnelian was too stubborn to listen and got killed by the explosion, the NightWing named Bigtail also died from the blast, and Tamarin and Moon were injured. Winter became suspicious of Moon, wondering how she knew about the explosion, and gave her until the end of the next day to give him an explanation on how she knew. Turtle guessed about her powers and Moon admitted that this was true to Turtle, Qibli, and Kinkajou (Winter had stormed off and so wasn't around to hear about her powers). Moon learned that the explosion was caused by a cactus called the 'dragonflame cactus' that explodes when it comes in contact with fire, something Turtle recognized because it was used for bombing the SeaWings’ Summer Palace. Moon heard the dreamvisitor conversation again, a weird, ominous voice saying that someone must be killed in Jade Mountain Academy, or there would be consequences.
Part 3: The Darkness of Dragons Edit
Moon decided to use her mind-reading powers to help find the killer, aided by Qibli. Moon discovered that Onyx wore a stone that could block mind reading. The stone was called skyfire. Both Onyx and Turtle had them, so she was unable to read their minds. When she and Qibli went back to the prey center, someone attempted to kill Icicle by causing a sharp stalactite to fall on her (which missed) and the malicious IceWing realized that she was the target and that it was Sora, a MudWing assigned to be her clawmate, who tried to kill her and who was the one who caused the explosion. Qibli and Moon rushed to tell Sora that Icicle was aware and she wanted to kill her. As a result, Sora and her brother Umber fled the academy.
Moon realized that Icicle was the one who talked with the strange, evil voice (who happened to be Ex-Queen Scarlet) and that she was going to kill one of the dragonets of destiny. Realizing that Starflight would be her first target because he was the most vulnerable, she and Qibli dashed to the library before Icicle could kill Starflight. Qibli rushed to stop Icicle before she could manage to get away with killing the blinded NightWing, attempting to stab her with his barbed tail, but he got knocked out by the large IceWing. Then Icicle charged at Moon, choked her, and threatened to kill her. Winter suddenly arrived and attempted to get her to release Moon. When Icicle told him he should be helping her, because she was trying to save their brother, Winter faltered. However, he smashed his tail across Icicle's head to save Moonwatcher from his older sister, despite his and his tribe's hatred of NightWings. He questioned how Icicle could work with Queen Scarlet when she was the one holding their brother captive in the first place. This caused Icicle to flee to the rainforest in another attempt to kill a dragonet of destiny, Glory. Hailstorm was Winter's older brother, and because of an incident with the SkyWings when they were both looking for scavenger dens, Hailstorm was captured, leaving Winter to hate himself more than anybody else. Winter had suspicions that Hailstorm was killed by the NightWings when they raided the SkyWing arena in an attempt to save Starflight. Later that day, Moon gave the skyfire to her friends through Turtle with his bracelet, which contained the skyfire stones. Qibli noticed that Winter had left to find his brother, Hailstorm, who Icicle said was alive. The Jade Winglet followed him. Winter said that he was going back to the Ice Kingdom for Icicle. Qibli deduced that Icicle probably went to the rainforest to kill Glory, and they (except Turtle) decided to go with Winter to stop Icicle (despite his protests). After Moonwatcher gave the Jade Mountain Prophecy, it ended with Moonwatcher ready to tell Winter about herself and her powers.
Scarlet was seen with a dreamvisitor and another dragon, who was tapping something against his talons. Scarlet asked why she was unable to get to 'her' (probably referring to Icicle). The mysterious dragon replied she must not be asleep, so Scarlet went into Peril's dream. She asked Peril who died today, and Peril said nobody was killed, but several dragons had left Jade Mountain. Scarlet left the dream out of frustration and asked the dragon with her what he was carrying. In response, he held up an ancient scroll in the moonlight that later turned out to be Darkstalker's talisman.
- Moon Rising's cover is one of the only three covers that have the logo above the focus character, the others being book one of the first arc, The Dragonet Prophecy, and book one of the third arc, The Lost Continent.
- The cover is one of the only three books where the main protagonist has their mouth closed. The others are Darkstalker (Legends), and The Hive Queen.
- On the corner of the cover, there is a SeaWing in the water, most likely Turtle.
- Moon Rising is also the first out of four books to have more than one recognizable character in the foreground of the full jacket, the other three being: Escaping Peril (Peril and Scarlet), then Talons of Power (Prince Turtle and Princess Anemone) and The Lost Continent (Blue and Cricket).
- Moon Rising is the first book to come out on a day other than the first of the month it is released.
- Instead of "The ___ _____" title pattern for the book titles, Moon Rising, Winter Turning, and Escaping Peril appear to follow a pattern of the main character's name and a gerund.
- The cover illustration shows Moon and Turtle at the underground lake at Jade Mountain with a view of the sky.
- The book states that two moons were half-full when Moon was at the underground lake. However, on the cover, they were shown to be crescent moons.
- Moonwatcher is missing her wing membranes on the cover of Moon Rising just as Queen Glory does on the cover of The Hidden Kingdom (Book), as Starflight does on the cover of The Dark Secret and just as Sundew does on the cover of The Poison Jungle (Book)
- It is the second book of six to have a NightWing point of view.
- In Moon's final vision of the book, she sees Starflight's daughter (most likely with Fatespeaker), a purple dragonet (Firefly) who is most likely Glory and Deathbringer's daughter, a blue dragonet who is Riptide and Tsunami's dragonet, and the deep orange-brown dragonet is most likely Clay and Peril's dragonet.
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