Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Enter the brutal and elite world of a war college for dragon riders from USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general—also known as her tough-as-talons mother—has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away...because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter—like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom's protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die

Hardcover, 500 pages
Published May 2, 2023
by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Red Tower Books)
5/5 stars

Yes, I caved to peer pressure, that FOBO took centerstage, and I grabbed a copy of  Fourth Wing. Sadly, I had to wait for the second printing and did not get the sprayed edges, but it was inside that counts, right?

I wasn’t hooked from the first chapter or the second chapter but after about a quarter of the way through I had trouble putting it down. So yes, it does live up to the hype.

What can I say or add to all the other reviews that are out there? This is truly a book that needs to be experienced, it is my first time reading a Rebecca Yarros and I look forward to reading more.

Fourth Wing had so much going for it, an unlikely heroine, angry cadets, secret galore, some spice and dragons (just to  name a few). Can I confess that this is my first read with dragons, any recommendations for other dragon reads would be appreciated.

The storyline and world building was intricately put together and not hard to follow. There was a mixed bag of characters from likeable to downright evil and there were those unreliable ones that adds that extra spark to the story.

As for the ending well, wow, didn't see that coming. I am glad the sequel comes out in a couple of months, which I have already pre-ordered.

This book was part of my 2023 Reading Off My Shelf Challenge

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