The Lost Continent is the eleventh book in the New York Times bestselling series Wings of Fire and the first book in the third arc. The main protagonist is Blue. It was officially released on June 26, 2018.
Everything is about to change.
Blue the SilkWing is content. Life in his Hive is safe; he loves his family; he has enough to eat. And Pantala has been at peace for as long as he can remember — SilkWings and HiveWings live and work together in harmony, and because they stay vigilant, no one has seen a dangerous LeafWing in years.
Now that Blue's sister, Luna, is undergoing her Metamorphosis, Blue knows things are going to change. Luna will have her wings and her silk, be assigned a partner and a work order, and move to another Hive. A few days later, Blue's own wings and silk will come in.
But nothing could prepare Blue for what happens when Luna's wings start to grow. Suddenly, his world is turned upside down, throwing him into dangers he never knew existed. Pantala isn't as peaceful as it seems, and Blue isn't safe. Whether he's ready or not, it's time to adapt — and fight for his life.
"For Mum and Dad — I love you, and thank you for being nothing like any of these dragon parents!"
Quote on Back of Hardcover
Blue dug in his claws as Io tried to throw him out the door. "Wait, wait! Run where?"
"Anywhere!" she said. "Listen, Blue. Stop trusting the HiveWings right now. They've let you go about your ordinary life so far, but now you look dangerous to them, and they're not going to let you have that life back. It's gone."
"But if I'm good, if I do what I'm told — I'm not dangerous. I could never be dangerous."
"I know," Io said. "But they don't care. Please promise me you'll hide. And don't let them catch you."
The prologue begins with Clearsight flying through a hurricane. She has two possible visions in her head, one of where she waited out the storm on an island, and another where she made it to the Lost Continent. She deems the second one more important and heads on to the continent. Upon her arrival, two dragons emerge from the trees. One was a brown-and-green LeafWing, the other a primarily gold BeetleWing, Sunstreak. Sunstreak knew a bit of Dragon, so Clearsight was able to communicate that they needed to evacuate quickly before the hurricane struck, and after the dragons discussed it in their language, they agreed to evacuate further into territory. They bring her to their home, where they announced to their two tribes her arrival. Once there, she witnessed many new futures unfolding. As they flew to escape the storm, Clearsight tells Sunstreak that she comes from a land called Pyrrhia, and he in return, tells her that this is Pantala.
Part One: In The Cocoon
Part One begins with Blue thinking about his society and how perfect it is. He also thinks about Luna, his sister, who was about to start her Metamorphosis. The next day, he was already awake when Luna bounded across the silk web that they lived on and started shaking him. Luna kept annoying Blue about her Metamorphosis, which was that day. In response to her excitement, Blue reminded her that some SilkWings (most likely referring to himself) wouldn't get their wings until later and that today was only the day that Luna would begin Metamorphosis. Luna then promptly upends his hammock, dumping him onto the webs, and says to Blue that she could outsmart him when it came to silk studies. They say goodbye to Silverspot, Luna's mother, who said she would try to be there for Luna's Metamorphosis, but her mistress might not let her out of spite. Before they leave, Blue notices a strange expression cross her face as she hugs Luna, and he reckons that Silverspot suspects that she would never see Luna again.
The siblings make their way to the entrance of the hive. On the wall in the entry, Blue sees a mural of HiveWings and SilkWings coexisting, as well as posters warning about vigilance, the woes of disobedience (for SilkWings), and the threat of LeafWings. Luna then begins to talk brashly about the Leafwings, which Blue warns her of her recklessness. Later, they make it to the security entrance where a HiveWing named Hawker asks for their names. Blue shows him his right palm (carved with a "B" for him, a big "B" for his mother, Burnet, and an "A" for his father, Admiral) as well as the bronze cuff on his left arm, an accessory inscribed with his school's name, Silkworm Hall. When Hawker gets to Luna, he remarks that it was Luna's Metamorphosis today. He commented that Luna would get a new wrist cuff after her metamorphosis, which made Blue slightly melancholic. Hawker then lets them enter the hive, even speaking a couple of words of luck to them, which both of them find terribly amusing after being out of earshot.
They walk to the open market of the Cicada Hive, and Luna insists on going to the Sugar Dream, the shop with the best honey drops. Blue protests and said they should go to Droplets since SilkWings weren't usually welcome in the Sugar Dream. In the end, they agreed to go to the Sugar Dream, as it was Luna's Metamorphosis day and she wanted to do everything she loved while she was still a dragonet. Once inside the store, Luna asks for two honey drops. The shopkeeper, Chafer, tells them quite rudely he needed to serve his other customer, a bespectacled elderly dragon who was the only other customer in the shop. Later, two HiveWings enter the shop. Weevil, one of the HiveWings, asks to touch Luna's wingbuds. She jumps away, irritated at his actions, to which Blue jumped in and offered to let Weevil touch his wingbuds instead. The older customer who is known as Scarab distracted Weevil by calling him over to help her with some nectar vials. After Weevil's companion makes and gets her order, he and his friend leave. Luna asks again for their honey drops, but Chafer still said he needed to serve Lady Scarab. The other dragon then interrupts, saying she would like Chafer to serve Luna and Blue first, to which the salesdragon refused. In response, she lets out a horrible scent. Chafer begs Lady Scarab not to stink up his shop, but she refuses to stop until he finally agrees to serve Luna and Blue, even letting them go without paying. After they leave, Lady Scarab advises them to choose an establishment more friendly to Silkwings next time.
Once having left, Luna discusses with Blue about the HiveWings, saying that it seemed unfair that Silkwings didn't have a say. They notice that her wrists were glowing a little too brightly than normal. From what they'd seen from their friend Swordtail and his sister, Io, as neither of them had glowing wrists during their metamorphosis. Blue suggests taking her to a doctor, but Luna refuses, saying she didn't want to spend her last day as a dragonet being poked around by a Hivewing doctor. They then walk to the Mosiac Garden and spend their afternoon there. At the end of their outing, Luna tells Blue she needed to go down to the Cocoon, signaling the beginning of her metamorphosis.
Afterward, they go to the Cocoon near the bottom of the hive, where all SilkWings went for their Metamorphosis. The Structure itself bore many weavings, a feature resulting from newly emerged SilkWings making one as thanks. Blue tries to distract Luna from her nervousness by asking what weaving she was going to make. She replied that she wasn't sure yet. An unusual number of HiveWing guards arrive, which Blue jokes to Luna about, calling her popular as a result of the large gathering. Swordtail, Io, and Burnet then come, seeming worried about something.
When Luna begins to spin silk for her cocoon, fiery bright strings come out instead of regular silk. Several HiveWing guards then mobilize to take care of it, insisting that such an occurrence was the result of an illness. Io warns Blue about how the HiveWings would capture him next and told him to run. Blue doesn't want to, but Io carried him away. They try not to be noticed, but the guards saw them anyways. Queen Wasp then mind controls all the HiveWings and commands them to capture Blue. They were cornered, but Io uses her silk to help Blue escape. Blue lost sight of Io as he ran from the HiveWings. A dragon whom Blue believed to be a SilkWing helped him hide. The dragon's name was Cricket, and Blue soon realized that she was a HiveWing, and they ended up discussing the mind-controlled HiveWings and flamesilk.
Blue suddenly feels woozy and collapses. Cricket said his wristband probably injected him with a toxin to make him feel dizzy and faint, and therefore easier for the HiveWing guards to catch. Then Cricket unscrewed a lamp that had flamesilk in it and used the flamesilk to burn off the wristband. Blue soon passed out from the toxins already in his bloodstream, waking up to Cricket urgently shaking his shoulder. Blue and Cricket hid in the tunnels they came from to avoid the soldiers coming into the library. After they left, Blue made sure that the soldiers were all gone from the area using his antennae. While doing so, he slowly came to the realization that he had fallen in love with Cricket. They continued to converse about flamesilks, and Cricket eventually decided to help Blue escape, rescue Luna, and free Swordtail.
Cricket and Blue got ready to free Swordtail, and Cricket first took Blue to the chemistry lab. She steals six vials and tucking them into her pouch. Blue said stealing was wrong, but Cricket argued helping other dragons was more essential. Next, Cricket took Blue to an art room to paint his scales into shades of brown and dark blue to rescue Swordtail and Luna without getting caught. They went to Misbehaver's Way, and Cricket was shocked to see how the prisoners had been kept there. She thought the toxin knocked them out, like a temporary coma. Blue found Swordtail and Cricket does an experiment by dropping a thread of flamesilk into a chemical that had been used on saving plants that had been poisoned and poured it on Swordtail. It worked, although Swordtail acted strangely, and his eyes and silk turned into the same shade of green as the liquid in the bottle.
Once Swordtail was freed, he smashed the wall with some boulders, making a door for them to escape. Afterward, they made their way to Wasp Hive, and more specifically, to Luna.
Part Two: Out of the Hive
Cricket and Swordtail flew the rest of the night, with Swordtail carrying Blue. They flew low when the moon showed, just to make sure they were hidden from the HiveWings. Later on, the trio flew within sight of the Wasp Hive and decided to find somewhere to hide. After a brief search, they found a hole that seemed to have no bottom. When they flew down and started to explore, they came across an underground lake with a rope attached to an object in the center. Blue wondered who was in this place before them, and why they would need a rope if they had an octopus. After walking a bit farther, Blue saw a cavern with supposed firelight, which he was afraid contains flamesilk. It turned out to be made by a scavenger-like creature, who resided in the caves. It ended up being scared off by the dragons, and afterward, they took a break while Swordtail slept.
After a rest, the three woke up and continued their journey. Swordtail was now himself again, and the trio had an argument about the true nature of HiveWings. Unfortunately, since the stimulant had worn off, Swordtail was unable to carry Blue anymore. Swordtail suggested that Blue should climb up the wall, making Blue nervous. As Cricket tried to come up with a plan, Swordtail warned Blue about falling in love with Cricket, but he replied that he believed it was too late already. Cricket consulted the two for her plan, which was to lift Blue up into a crevice so he could wait the day out there. They reacted with apprehension about another day being wasted, but they eventually agreed. After Blue reached the hole, Cricket curled up with him and they discussed the Distant Kingdoms (Pyrrhia) as a possible place to flee to, even though Blue thought that it wasn't really real. Suddenly, they heard two HiveWings fly by on a patrol, but they flew away after a short stop. When night fell, the group started off towards the Wasp Hive.
Swordtail went ahead to scout out the Hive, and Cricket landed next to Blue so they could walk together. Blue noticed that most of the paint that Cricket disguised him with had fallen off, showing some of his true scales. The two hurried as fast as they could to Wasp Hive, and on the way, Cricket mentioned a bright moon-like comet that passed by half a year ago. As they neared the Hive, Blue noticed many greenhouses surrounding the base of the Hive. Swordtail came back from scouting out the Hive and reported that the main door was closed, with guards possibly inside watching the door. They tried to come up with solutions, and Blue suggested hiding in one of the greenhouses. They found one with a sign saying it was the property of the queen and not to enter and a silk barrier covering the doorway. After they destroyed the barrier Swordtail began to recreate it using his silk. When Cricket attempted to explore further into the greenhouse, Blue heard a sudden shriek, who he thought was Queen Wasp. Blue rushed forward to turn himself in but was caught by another dragon who tied him up with vines and propped him against a tree. Cricket was in a similar condition, and Blue noticed that their captors were neither HiveWings nor SilkWings, but instead a trio of LeafWings.
Swordtail came to see what the commotion was, but the three LeafWings soon tied him up as well. A male LeafWing wandered off to check for more intruders and soon came back to report that no one else entered. A tall, female LeafWing with a system of pouches expressed surprise at a HiveWing working with two SilkWings, but a younger female with the same pouches scoffed at this, saying that HiveWings didn't make friends with SilkWings. Blue told them his name and Cricket's name, but Swordtail refused to reveal his. The female LeafWing told Blue their names, hers being Belladonna, the young female's being Sundew, and the male being Hemlock. Blue told them that he was looking for Luna, but that he didn't know where the flamesilks were being kept. Belladonna, Hemlock, and Sundew were surprised at this, and Belladonna told Blue that she knew where the flamesilks were, but that in exchange for their help, Blue had to steal the Book of Clearsight from the temple.
After telling Belladonna that he wanted to discuss it with his friends, Blue told Cricket that he was sorry he dragged her into this situation. She replied, saying that she was excited about all the things she was discovering. They discussed how the LeafWings might kill them, and Blue said that they had to either help the LeafWings or escape from them. Swordtail said that he thought the LeafWings were eavesdropping on their conversation, to which Belladonna admitted. Cricket wrote in some dirt that they should pretend to agree and then escape later so that the LeafWings wouldn't know about it. Finally, all three of them agreed to steal the Book of Clearsight for the LeafWings.
However, their plan fell apart quickly, as Sundew insisted on going into the Temple of Clearsight with them, and she was disguised as a SilkWing using her pouches, vines, two leaves, and some flower dye. Cricket used the dye to repair some of Blue's disguise as well, and they exited the greenhouse with Sundew. The three went through an opening in the wall made by lifting a glass pane out and set off for Wasp Hive. Cricket knocked out the two guards in front of the door using a flower from one of Sundew's pouches. After they entered, Sundew immediately clawed a wood carving of Queen Wasp, ruining the statue. They made their way towards the temple while Blue tried to make Sundew act more like a SilkWing in fear of her arrogance leading to them being caught.
Sundew took out the two guards outside the temple entrance using a blowgun to shoot darts. She did the same with the other guards stationed inside the temple, and they finally entered the last room in the temple, where the book rested inside a case placed on a pedestal. When Sundew tried furiously to remove the book from the pedestal, the Librarian revealed herself and tried to stop her. The Librarian looked at Sundew for a moment, then turned to Cricket. She then ripped off her veil, revealing white eyes that showed the queen was controlling her. The queen raged at the fact that she couldn't get into Cricket's mind, and Blue tried to protect Cricket by turning himself in. Sundew barreled into the Librarian and managed to subdue her. Blue spotted a key on the ground, which the Librarian dropped in the battle. He used it to unlock the case and retrieved the Book of Clearsight. Cricket dropped two bullet ants on the Librarian on Sundew's request, which caused the queen to lose control because of the pain inflicted by the ants, but not before telling them that there were HiveWings surrounding the temple.
The Librarian thanked them while Sundew gave her a pain reliever, and she said that she could help them and that someone else should be able to read the book after all this time. She leads them through a secret panel to the balcony, where they saw that every single HiveWing in the Hive had been mind-controlled and surrounded them. Sundew tried to take them out using things in her pouches, but there were too many. Blue pointed out that they could escape through the skylight, and the Librarian, Sundew, and Cricket fly outside, and they hold a silk rope for Blue to climb out with. However, the queen took control of the Librarian again and cut the rope. Blue tossed the Book up at Cricket and told her to escape just as he fell among the HiveWings.
Part Three: Metamorphosis
Blue was dragged through the Hive tunnels by five dragons dispatched by Queen Wasp. Blue guessed that the other brainwashed subjects were off searching for Cricket and Sundew. Blue wondered if they got away and if they were alright. They put him in with all of the other flamesilk SilkWings and he met his father, Admiral. Admiral told Blue about his letters to Queen Wasp. It is also discovered that all of the flamesilks had divided up into different factions that all hated each other.
Admiral introduced Blue to all of the different dragons in the flamesilk cavern, with each dragon he met telling him to hate the other dragons there. After a day, Luna awakened from her cocoon and they had a heartfelt conversation. She was then introduced to Admiral. She then tried out her flamesilk, which resulted in one of Admiral's stack of letters to the Queen Wasp to catch on fire. After Admiral handled the flame silk with his bare claws, it was revealed that SilkWings after their metamorphosis could handle flamesilk without being burned. Blue then tried to think like Cricket and formulate an escape plan. After walking around the cave, he discovered a hole in the wall.
The next morning, Blue went back to the hole and stuck his arm through it. He then felt something grasp his arm, which then turned out to be Cricket, accompanied by Sundew and Swordtail. They smashed the hole open, thus creating an escape route. Luna and Blue then told Admiral that they could escape, however, he was too afraid to risk the wrath of Queen Wasp, so he started to call for the guards, but Danaid insulted Admiral and started an argument with the other flamesilks to create a distraction.
They then went to a cave that led to the ocean where they all read the Book of Clearsight and discovered a letter written to her descendants. They found out that her predictions only lasted about two hundred years, the last one being nine hundred years in the future. It said to protect the trees. The last prediction of Clearsight had dated over a thousand years ago. They realized that Wasp lied about all the knowledge she had and that the Book said that Clearsight wanted Queen Wasp to rule the tribes.
After the discovery, Luna and Swordtail went out to test out Luna's new wings. They were soon spotted by a HiveWing patrol and started fighting. Luna tried to use her flamesilk, but it wrapped around her and the wind blew her into the sea. Blue tried to help, but he began his Metamorphosis. Cricket led him into a cave where he weaved his cocoon. As he entered Metamorphosis, he confronted the fact that he was in love with Cricket.
Luna woke up on wet sand, and when she tried to stand up, she found out that her back ankle was twisted, and her wing was bruised. She looked around, not knowing how far away she was from Pantala, and when Jerboa III approached her, Luna fiercely demanded who she was. Jerboa responded that she was glad that she spoke Dragon. Luna asked where she was, and Jerboa introduced herself, and Luna discovered that she traveled over to another continent. Jerboa took Luna to her hut to heal her wounds, and Luna explained she needed to get back to Pantala.
Later, Moonwatcher and Qibli entered the hut. She described Moon as the "Clearsight looking dragon," and Luna explained to them that they needed to stop Wasp. She learned that Moon could see the future, but not as well as Clearsight could. She told them that they needed to figure out how to get her home, especially Moon, whom Luna called "vision dragon." She feels triumphant when she realized that Moon could be the "secret weapon" the LeafWings and SilkWings needed to stop Queen Wasp from controlling dragons.
- There is a Barnes & Noble exclusive edition with the dust jacket printed on both sides. The over side is the traditional cover with embossed logos and quick excerpt on the back, and the underside is a poster with the Wings of Fire logo printed on the upper left corner and Cricket added to the picture.
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- Russian: Драконья сага. Затерянные земли (October 2019)
- French: Les Royaumes de Feu. Le Continent perdu (January 2020)
- German: Wings of Fire. Der verlorene Kontinent (July 2021)