Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1)

Rebecca Yarros

Adult Fantasy

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.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

“Hope is a fickle, dangerous thing. It steals your focus and aims it toward the possibilities instead of keeping it where it belongs— on the probabilities.”

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5) Is this book taking over the world? Just the US? Maybe just Bookstagram? I was lucky enough to get it recommended to me right as it was coming out. So I didn’t have to wait the 2 months like some of the rest of you (haha). I sat down and read it in almost 2 days (with kids and life that is huge for me!). I hadn’t had a physical book grab me in a long time but this one was instant.

It has the competition of Hunger Games, the badassery of Divergent, the romance of Bridge Kingdom and the dragons of Fireborne. Does that explain it well enough? Every one of those series has a lot going for them, and if you haven’t read them, I just made your TBR larger cause you’ll thank me later.

It was so nice to get sucked it, to revel in this world and be truly excited for book 2. Red Tower Publishing, I will be stalking you!

General content summary: F words= 20+, parental death (previous, heart), sibling death (previous, dragon fighting), fall from a large height (death), a dragon burns someone to ash (multiple),  breaking a neck (death, 2x), intimacy (references), f/f relationship, fall from a large height, many die in training for multiple reasons, physical violence (weapons, blood, broken bones, injuries, choking, killing, multiple), m/f passionate kissing (multiple), smoking a drug, intimacy (very detailed, 2x), battle (flying creatures and humans attack and kill many, blood, intense life-threatening scenes), death and grief. 

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