Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, Vikings living on the Barbaric Archipelago when dragons lived. Hiccup is ordinary looking and unheroic; even his hunting dragon, Toothless, is a tiny common dragon. But Hiccup is thoughtful, loyal and brave. And he speaks Dragonese…
In How to Seize A Dragon's Jewel we meet Hiccup at a crucial time – as a result of his trying to 'do the right thing' in his previous nail-biting adventure, Dragon Furious has declared war on humans. Hiccup is an outcast from his tribe, most of whom are captured in Prison Darkheart by the would-be King of the Wilderwest, Alvin the Treacherous. Hiccup's arch enemy, Alvin, has slaves searching for the Dragon Jewel – the tenth of Grimbeard the Ghastly's Lost Things – things that belong to the true King. But the Lost Things have a knack of finding their way to Hiccup.
The genius of the How to Train Your Dragon series is not only the characters, but the rich humour, epitomised by names like the Bashem Oiks, and the Uglithugs. Multi-layered, incredibly imaginative, the series resonates long after each book is finished.
In How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel the plot twists and turns in the most unexpected ways, and the themes are keenly etched. Gloriously funny, heart wrenching, and a true tale of how the little guy can be great, How to Seize a Dragon's Jewel is compulsive reading.