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Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
Narrator: Rebecca Soler, Teddy Hamilton
Series: The Empyrean #1
Published by Recorded Books on May 2, 2023
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Length: 20 hours, 43 minutes
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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.
I’m here to tell you Fourth Wing is worth the hype. I highly recommend it! Who doesn’t love dragons?
There is great world-building with young adults trying for different colleges of a sort. Violet, our heroine, is the daughter of a dragon rider and a scribe. Because her physical strength is limited and she loves books, she has been preparing to be a scribe. But then her mother insists she will become a rider. Her rider mother is a general and very distant and unsupportive. She was close to her scribe father who died about 5 years ago, not long after her rider brother died. Violet is emotionally strong and caring, although immature enough to have room to grow. Her sister, Mira, who is fierce rider, helps her since she knows their mother won’t change her mind.
The riders are put through training and obstacles which result in a daily death role. It is grim and trust is not easy. Violet has to work very hard to stay alive. She has two main romantic interests. There is Dane who is a childhood friend she’s always liked and he is a group leader. Then there is Xaden who is head of the Fourth Wing and should be an enemy.
The world is intense with the life and death situations on a daily basis. There’s much to learn about the dragons and the magic they share with their bonded riders. The riders study 3 years before becoming full fledged riders. Mira is out of the academy. Xaden is 3rd year. Dane is 2nd year. Violet is a first year. The book encompasses her entire first year. It’s unclear exactly who they are fighting in the war and how it is going. They get battle briefs but not all the information.
The ending is spectacular and also makes me want the next book now. Luckily, Iron Flame is already lined up for November 2023 to continue The Empyrean series. It looks to be about 3/4 of the length but Fourth Wing was a book that was very easy to keep listening.
I have listened to Teddy Hamilton but probably would not recognize his voice. This is my first time with Rebecca Soler. I was very happy with the narration and enjoyed their performances. The voices all were appropriate and comfortable for listening. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
Listen to a clip: HERE
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