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“Conscription Day is always the deadliest.

I will not die today.”

fourth wing

If you haven’t heard about the blockbuster hit, Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, one has to wonder which rock you’ve been under? It’s everywhere! Book stores, BookTok, Bookstagram, Etsy shops…literally everywhere. People are quoting this book in coffee shop conversations and, believe it or not, the frozen peas section at my local grocery store. The conversationalists in question were two adorable gray-haired ladies who have definitely leveled up many, many, many times. I guess you’re never too old.

Shortly after its release, someone asked if I’d read Fourth Wing yet. Pfft, no. Not my scene. Other than dragons, the blurb and buzz ticked off none of my usual boxes. YA-ish? Meh. Magical school? Exhausting. Enemies-to-lovers romance? Gag. But, when the questioner said she’d checked ALL the local bookstores in her city and couldn’t get it anywhere (what?!), my curiosity was piqued. And so, feeling superior, I fired up my trusty e-reader and bought it. No scouring bookstacks required (however enjoyable that is) and settled in to read, smug in my certainty that I would not like this book.

Let me tell you, eating crow is no fun.

Fourth Wing is super entertaining. The story does not drag or meander. It flies as true and as deadly as the blades wielded by the protagonist, Violet Sorrengail. At twenty, Violet is a bit more mature and grounded than many YA mains. She lives and battles with a chronic illness which attacks and weakens her joints. Because of this, she has spent her entire life planning to enroll in the Scribe Quadrant of Basgiath War College, like her father. However, he’s dead and her mother, who just happens to be the general of the Riders Quadrant decides Violet will be a Rider…a DRAGON Rider. All Violet has to do is not die in the process. And there are so many ways to die at Basgiath – other students, teachers, perilous obstacles, vicious training, magic, old grudges, new grudges, and of course, the dragons. No one wants to wind up on the daily Death Roll.

Nothing like punishing the kids to deter more parents from committing treason.

As a Sorrengail, Violet has more enemies than most of her classmates. Despite her physical fragility, and the familial target on her back, Violet is no wilting flower. She doesn’t complain or expect special accommodation. Within just a few pages, readers don’t care that she has the odds stacked against her. We admire her grit. She is strong, smart, resourceful, and determined. Everything we want our heroes to be.

‘It would be a shame for someone else to kill you before I get the chance. But I wouldn’t be surprised. Violets are such delicate…fragile things, you know.’

 Delicate, my ass.

I don’t write spoilery reviews and I’m not going to start now. But, Fourth Wing absolutely roasted and turned my disdain for spicy romantasy to absolute ash. I devoured this chonky book faster than a dragon can incinerate a weak cadet. For those of you who haven’t gotten around to reading this one, hold on to your ta-tas because it’s an exhilarating ride. The school is terrifying, the rivalries are complex, the friendships are deep, the betrayals are gut-punching, the sexy bits are chest-thumping hot, and the dragons are glorious. I say again, the dragons are GLORIOUS.

I repeat, I came for the dragons. I stayed for everything else. This book is a sumptuous banquet of delicious adventure and intrigue, seasoned with just the right amount of spice.

We will feast on their bones, Silver One.

 If you’re considering picking this one up, do it. Just, be prepared to not put it down until there are no more words. Fortunately for you, the sequel, Iron Flame, was released in November 2023. You don’t have to wait for the next installment like the rest of us did. The antici………………………………………………………………………..pation was terrible.

***Worth mentioning, Violet Sorrengail is a wonderful example of representation in fiction. See this quote from the author, “ My favorite aspect of Violet is that her strength isn’t physical. Because she lives with chronic illness (based on Ehlers-Danlos, which I have), she has to rely on her wits and find different ways and accommodations to succeed and survive in an exceptionally brutal environment designed to weed out the weakest. I really hope that others living with chronic illness can see elements of themselves represented in Violet and that readers come away feeling inspired by Violet’s tenacity.” – Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing

Fourth Wing

Fourth Wing

Fourth Wing

Fourth Wing

Fourth Wing

Fourth Wing

Fourth Wing

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