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Exclusive: Sneak Peek into The Serpent's Heir

The Serpent's Heir, the graphic novel written by Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton with art by Doug Wheatley, is set for publication on February 25. Although that's still over 40 days away, Dark Horse was kind enough to give us a sneak peek into the process of the final product!

The graphic novel follows Hiccup and the others as they travel to a new island to investigate the source of its frequent earthquakes. From scheming enemies to crazy cosplayers, with beach parties, epic battles, unexplored villages, shirtless Vikings, and new dragon species, The Serpent's Heir is a wild ride! The story also gives Hiccup his first major challenges (and lessons learned) as a new chief of Berk.

Above is a before-and-after look showing how a single page of the 75-page graphic novel evolves in terms of ink, color, and text. Included in the page is a mysterious new character named Calder.

Also check out our interviews with Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton for more about The Serpent's Heir, including some "dragon eggs" — hidden elements of the graphic novels for fans to find related to the events of How to Train Your Dragon 3!

What are you predicting will happen in The Serpent's Heir?

Secret Odin Gift Exchange!

It's exchange day! If you are participating in Secret Odin this year and want to share your gift on Berk's Grapevine, post it in the comments for this page. But this page isn't just for Secret Odin participants: if you have kind words or gifts you want to share with another dragon fan who you've met on this site site, you're welcome to share them on this page as well!

We look forward to seeing your gifts! See you next year!

When Will Dragon 3 Be Released? Here's Our Prediction.

DreamWorks has been delaying How to Train Your Dragon 3 even before we knew there was a How to Train Your Dragon 3 to be delayed. Yesterday, another delay was announced, pushing the film's release back to March 1, 2019. Along with the delay, a new teaser description was announced:

As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.

But given the history of delay, can we really expect a release date of 2019?

We're calling it now: How to Train Your Dragon 3 will be released on July 12, 2023.

Our prediction uses a state-of-the-art statistical technique (linear regression), historical insights on movie release dates (probably a Friday) and the combined analyses of a large (n = 1) panel of experts.

DreamWorks, we invite you to prove us wrong. As long as it's not in the later direction.

Secret Odin: It's Time for a Dragon-Themed Gift Exchange!

Secret Odin is an online secret Santa for fans of How to Train Your Dragon! Hundreds of dragon fans have signed up to exchange gifts in Secret Odins over the last five years. Whether you're the Secretest of Odins or this is your first time participating, we'd love it if you joined us. Here's how it works:

Until December 10: Sign Up Here

You can sign up for Secret Odin using this form. Here, you can enter in your name, usernames, and preferences for giving and receiving gifts. Your preferences and the communities you belong to will be used to pair you with other fans who share your interests in gifts and characters.

December 11-12: Receive Your Pairing

On the weekend of December 11, you will receive an assignment to another dragon fan using the email address you signed up with. Now you have until December 30 to make a gift for them!

December 30: Gift Exchange!

On December 30, everyone sends their gifts through Tumblr, Twitter, Berk's Grapevine, or whichever online community you have in common with the person you are matched with, and you will finally find out who your Secret Odin is and what gift they have made for you!

Questions? Check the Secret Odin FAQ page, follow the Secret Odin blog, or leave a comment!

Happy gift-giving!

Lacking Dragon Gear? Check Out WeLoveFine's Sale!

If you don't have any of WeLoveFine's shirts, leggings, or dragon mugs, this is the time to check them out! During Nov. 25 – Nov. 28 (Black Friday to Cyber Monday), WeLoveFine is having a 15% sale on all dragon (and non-dragon) gear and a 25% sale for purchases above $100. Now that's a lot of dragon — but if anyone is up to it, it'll be you!

Here are some of our favorites (clickable!):

New School of Dragons Books Released This Week

Until yesterday, School of Dragons was just a game (though "just" is an understatement given how massive and well-developed the game world has become since its release). But just recently, School of Dragons has released two new books called Volcano Escape! and Greatest Inventions!

Like School of Dragons the game, the books mix dragons and science by combining the lives of the dragon trainers and their dragons with concepts in science, engineering, and technology. The books are available worldwide on Amazon [Volcano Escape] [Storm Approaching] as of September 6.

Volcano Escape!, written by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, covers concepts geology, seismology, lava, plate tectonics, the structure of the Earth, and describes different types of volcanoes and eruptions.

But it's definitely not a typical science book. Throughout Volcano Escape!, Hiccup, Astrid, Stoick, and the other riders provide witty commentary and facts from Berk. (It turns out that Berk has a volcano of its own! But it's okay, Hiccup tells us that he's sure Stoick will know what to do when it erupts.)

Greatest Inventions by Nancy Castaldo, relates life on Berk to transportation, weapons, timekeeping, and astronomy! Some of these inventions exist in the world of the films, such as telescopes, body armor, boats, lighthouses, catapults, and crossbows. But the book also includes more modern inventions, such as odometers, railroads, cars, and planes.

It even has a whole section devoted to computing, though surprisingly the dragon riders had less to say about computers and video games than boats and body armor. I guess even Hiccup is limited in his ability to foresee inventions of the future.

Both books are available right now! A careful Amazon researcher might also notice that a third School of Dragons book about weather, called Storm Approaching! [Amazon] is available for pre-order and scheduled to be released on January 3.

And of course, if you're a School of Dragons player, all books contains digital codes that allow readers to collect a special dragon egg and a Viking armor set within the game!

Huge thanks to the wonderful School of Dragons team who shared advance copies of the books!

Two More Seasons of Race to the Edge!

It started with twenty episodes of Riders of Berk. Then DreamWorks gave us twenty more episodes in Defenders of Berk. We though it would end there, but then we were surprised by four more season in Race to the Edge. And now we're getting two more seasons of Race to the Edge!

In an interview with EverythingGeekCast, Race to the Edge writer Jack C. Thomas tell us about his experience writing for the show, his opinions on the Dragons universe, and how he got invited in animation. It's a great interview that you should definitely listen to.

And, at the seven minute mark, he lets slip that there are another 26 episodes of Race to the Edge in the works! According to the interview, Race to the Edge was one of the few shows Netflix has ordered more episodes of. This means we have 118 episodes in total, possibly more!