Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that.
In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet... It's time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.
"Told as a Viking Hero memoir, this is a fun book for both reluctant readers and the speedy alike.
Hiccup, a small, skinny, thoroughly forgettable Viking boy, his (only) friend Fishlegs, and eight other boys are ready to be initiated into their Viking Tribe. To do so, they need to pass three important tests, including catching their own dragon, training their dragon, and the most important test of all, showing the Tribe you have trained your dragon properly.
Failure at any point means being exiled to the land of the cannibals and certain death!
As if he needed any more pressure to succeed, Hiccup is the only son of the Viking chief!
As his name might imply, Hiccup is not the daunting, violent, smelly man-child most Vikings yearn for. He is smart, caring, pleasant and, importantly, observant.
With all the action one could possibly hope for: icy seawater,ear hair, snot, blood and fire abound. Well written and laugh out loud funny at times, HTTYD even has a bit of a moral and a sweet spot or two, though any decent Viking would deny it hotly.
Satisfying read, and makes me want to read the whole series (7 books, at least)"