BOOK REVIEW: Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros


Title: Fourth Wing
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Publication: May 2, 2023
Publisher: Red Tower Books
Genre: Romance Fantasy
Pages: 528

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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

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.


We all know how popular this book is and how much people are obsessed with it.  A little bit ago Audible had the first book on sale for like 7.99 or something like that.  I jumped at the chance to get it since it was so popular.  Then my friend’s daughter let me borrow the books and I knew I wanted to read them sooner rather than later so I could return them to her in a reasonable amount of time.  I of course listened to them since I am in my car and driving so much.  

Violet doesn’t want to be a dragon rider.  She has been training her whole life to be a scribe.  Her father was a scribe and he trained her to do just that.  However, her mother says she is going to be a dragon rider and what her mother says goes since she is commander general of the Basgiath War College.  Violet has to do what she says.  She aims to be the best that she can be.  Will she succeed or will she fail miserably?  Holy guacamole, that book.  It was so good. Totally lived up to the hype in my mind.  I loved it so much that I paid full price for the next audiobook in the series.  The cliffhanger that it was left on was to much of a one for me to wait.  I am not usually a series reader beginning to end one after the other. 

This book is gripping and well written.  It kept me coming back for more. Found myself listening cleaning the house and mowing my lawn.  I fell in love with the characters.  Especially Violet.  She was scrappy and proved herself over and over.  I was so done with Dane.  I was pissed when they made a revelation at the end about him. I couldn’t believe he did that he was supposed to be her friend.  I loved Xaden for her.  He is her ying to her yang.  I hope that the author develops their relationship even more in the next book. I am so excited to see where this story goes that I have already started listening to the audiobook.  I hope it’s just as gripping and sweeping as the first one. 

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