The Wings of Fire series is one that has been on the periphery of my TBR list for quite some time, and recently I had the chance to bring it on and give it a try. I expected a silly, enjoyable kids' book with little depth and probably some mildly interesting worldbuilding.
I was pleasantly surprised.
There were some minor pacing difficulties, only in that there were portions of the story that seemed to drag, or where the characters seemed to take a little too long to figure out something that seemed relatively obvious to me.
That was a very minor bump in the road, though, and I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The characters were charming, the setting was interesting, and it wasn't always clear where the plot was going next, making it fun to see what was coming next, rather than knowing what was going to happen and just waiting to see how they would execute it.
If there was one thing I could change about this book, it would be to add a little more clarity to the descriptions of dragon anatomy. The dragons' "hands" were consistently referred to as "talons," which took me a while to reconcile with the known definition of the word. (The concept of having claws on one's talons bothered me quite a bit, but I am a very language-oriented person, and may be too sensitive to such things.)
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book to young readers who enjoy stories about destiny (like the Warriors series by Erin Hunter) and talking animals (like Redwall, by Brian Jacques).