If you are like me, and read Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, you will want to be prepared to read the entire Fourth Wing series in order.
Fourth Wing is the first book in the Empyrean Series which will have 5 books. As a huge fantasy reader, I was not sure if this book would live up to all the hype or fall flat. You will not be shocked when I tell you this book was everything I could have hoped for and more.
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Fourth Wing Book Summary
Violet Sorrengail has spent her life preparing to go into the scribe quadrant and spend her life studying books and history like her father. When he dies, her mother, the commanding general of Navarre, rips Violet from the life she knew and prepares her to become part of Navarre’s elite as a dragon rider.
Candidates have been training their whole lives for the opportunity in which 15% die on the parapet before they can even become a cadet and Violet is not only small but has Elos-Danier syndrome (this is implied and never explicitly stated). Once they become cadets, they have to survive obstacles, training, and the other cadets to become dragon riders who will defend the front lines of Navarre from attacks.
If the cadets survive long enough, they will go to the Threshing, the chance for the dragons to pick their riders. Everyone knows that a dragon will not pick a weak rider. Dain Aetos whose father works under Violet’s Mother, has been helping Violet in any way that he can and is a potential love interest.
But, to make things more complicated, Xaden Riorson is a Wingleader who has every reason to want Violet dead. Her mother killed his father because he was the leader of the rebellion.
The world-building in this epic fantasy is amazing but not complicated for anyone who may be hesitant to read a fantasy book like this. This first book in the Fourth Wing Series gives me some Hunger Games vibes as all the cadets fight to the finish. The romance in this series is reminiscent of A Court of Thorns and Roses Series (book two to be specific). And Besgaith War College definitely gives some Dark Academia feels. And I have not even mentioned the dragons.
This is a brief Fourth Wing summary because I did not want to spoil any part of this book. If you have read any books in these genres, Fourth Wing should be your next read. If you have never read fantasy, The Empyrean series is the perfect place to start.
NOTE: If you are looking for the limited edition Fourth Wing with Sprayed edges, they are currently very difficult to find. The edges of the first edition, first-run print of the book from May 2, 2023, have black edges with gold dragons painted on. They are selling for upwards of $200. While there are rumors that plenty will be available in used bookstores in a few months, it is impossible to tell. And if you happen to run into one in the wild and want to pick me up a copy, I would not object!
Fourth Wing Series Books in Order
- Fourth Wing (May 2, 2023)
- Iron Flame (November 7, 2023)
- To Be Announced
- To Be Announced
- To Be Announced
Book #1 of 5 (Fourth Wing Series in Order)
If you have not heard of this book and love fantasy, this is the book for you. Don’t be intimidated by the length of this dragon book for adults, I started and finished this 528-page bad boy in a day and a half. I cannot remember the last time I did that!
Violet Sorrengail had spent her life studying to be a scribe until her father died and her mother, the commanding general, ordered her to join the dragon riders. Violet will become one of the hundreds of candidates who fight to the death to be a part of this elite group.
Unlike the other candidates who have worked towards this their whole lives, Violet is small and brittle and never meant for this to be her path. And other candidates do not have the children of rebel leaders waiting to take revenge.
This adult fantasy book has everything and I loved every second. It lives up to the hype and then some. There are some very spicy parts of this grumpy sunshine romance toward the end so I would definitely agree with the adult rating on this book! If you read and loved this book, we have a list of books just like it!
Book #2 of 5 (Fourth Wing Series in Order)
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance
Plot: Rebecca Yarros has finally released some of the details about Fourth Wing book 2, Iron Flame which will be published on November 7, 2023.
Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Besgaith War College. Not only did she survive the threshing but she exceeded everyone’s expectations, including her own.
Now, in her second year, the real training begins. There is a new vice commandant who has made it his mission to show Violet that she is powerless and he will manipulate her to betray Xaden. But, if there is one thing Violet has learned, it is that Dragon Riders make their own rules.
Violet has discovered a secret about Basgaith War College that was hidden for centuries and now, she has to trust her iron will to save everyone.
Have you pre-ordered your copy of the second book in the Empyrean Series yet? I will be receiving a hard copy and a Kindle version so I can read it easier and not mess up the physical version. I actually may need two physical copies so I can add book tabs too…..
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Frequently Asked Questions About Fourth Wing Series Order
How Many Books Are in the Fourth Wing Series?
There will be five books in the Empyrean series by Rebecca Yarros. The First book in the series is called Fourth Wing and was published on May 2, 2023. The second book in the Fourth Wing series is called Iron Flame and will be published on November 7, 2023. There are currently no details about when the last three books in the Fourth Wing Series will be published or the names of the books.
Who is the Author of Fourth Wing?
Rebecca Yarros is the author of the Empyrean Series. Rebecca is a mother to 6 children, the youngest of whom she adopted from the sister system. She has written books before her smash sensation, Fourth Wing.
What is Fourth Wing Series About?
Fourth Wing is an adult fantasy romance book that is centered around Violet Sorrengial who has six months to become part of Navarre’s elite as a dragon rider.
Is Fourth Wing a Series?
YES! And thank goodness for that. Fourth Wing is the first book in the Empyrean series which will have 5 books. The First book in the Empyrean series is called Fourth Wing and was published on May 2, 2023. Fourth Wing book 2 is called Iron Flame and will be published on November 7, 2023. There are currently no details about when the last three books in the Fourth Wing Series will be published or the names of the books.
Is Fourth Wing an Adult Fantasy?
Yes. Fourth Wing has some very spicy scenes that are appropriate for ages 18+. The scenes
Is there a Fourth Wing Book 2?
YES! There is a Fourth Wing Book 2. The second book in the Fourth Wing Series is called Iron Flame and will be released on November 7, 2023. We cannot wait to read all five books in the Fourth Wing Series. The Empyrean series is already EPIC and Rebecca Yarros has only published the first book.