McMann, Lisa. The Unwanted Quests: Dragon Captives. Simon & Schuster/Aladdin 2017 432p $17.99 ISBN 978-1-4814-5681-4 ms Fantasy VG-BN
Protected from magic and banned from learning it, the next generation of Unwanteds sets off on a quest. The young dragons have outgrown their magic wings and need new ones. One representative is sent to Alex for help. Alex practically refuses to help due to his own issues of responsibility and feelings of failure. His two young sisters take it upon themselves to complete this quest. They are woefully underprepared. They trust the wrong people, misfire magic, and land in prison. Alex sends a rescue mission. This volume ends with one twin returning home, and one being taken prisoner by an old rival. The ending sets the reader up for the next installment.
These novels exhibit exciting action by headstrong girls who are tragically undereducated in how to use the magic they possess. Fantastical lands and beasts abound. More might be understood if the reader were not entering this series in the middle. There are hints to happenings from the prior novels but more background would be helpful. This purchase would be best for schools already possessing the prior series. The astute reader will overlook the lack of background and enjoy the adventure as presented. Middle school.
Summary: Following the Unwanteds series, this is the first book in a new series of quests. The next generation of Unwanteds tries to save the dragons from slavery, and there is much bumbling in the action. Future titles are assured. Middle school.
Magic-Fiction, Dragons-Fiction —Joan Theal