Rage of Dragons (The Burning #1)

Evan Winter

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance. Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

{usr 4} The fact that this is a “military fantasy” piqued my interest. Before starting my blog, one of the genre’s I read most was military thrillers. There is something so exciting about reading about people fighting for themselves but fighting for others also. Throw in some dragons and I knew I’d love it!

There were definitely not enough dragons in this book. I really hope that is rectified in book 2. It is fast-paced, which I love and the character development is amazing. I could imagine this world and the magic easily so that attends to the great writing.

This was definitely a “bookstagram made me do it” purchase and I’m not sad about it. I’m curious to continue the series and see where the story goes!

Audio: I listened to this on Audible and the narrator has a very matter-of-fact tone of voice. This made the exciting scenes even more exciting, however, the intense moments between characters needed a bit more fluctuation in voice. Overall, his voice was fantastic for the genre.

Content Summary: Minimal language, lots of violence with details of blood and death. There is one sex scene with details.

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