Fourth Wing

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros is so gripping you'll tear through it in just days.

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.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.


Wow. Fourth Wing got my attention. A kingdom at war, dragons, griffins, and magic, it has every element of fantasy my inner geek could hope for.

To make comparisons to other novels, I'd say this is a cross between Ender's Game, Eragon, and one of those steamy novels you find in airport bookstores.

Young adults interested in defending the kingdom go to a highly deadly Dragon college that distinctly reminded me of the brutal Battle School from Ender's Game. Those who survive training pair with a dragon with a mental bond that lasts for life, similar to Eragon. Finally, the author takes the opportunity to develop sexual tension in a distinctly not PG manner. I thought it was tastefully done, and I felt the tension furthered character development.

At the time of this review, the book currently has a 4.65 / 5 with 550 thousand reviews on Goodreads. That is easily one of the highest scores I have ever seen. My usual Goodreads review metrics are:

  • < 4.0 - not good unless it is a classic

  • \> 4.1 - usually a good read but not guaranteed

  • \> 4.2 - okay this book will be really fun

  • \> 4.3 - you will tell your friends about these books

  • \> 4.4 - gripping and you will want to read in a day

  • \> 4.5 - incredible and making your top books of all time

All this is to say, you don't need to take my word for it! At well over a 4.6, this book breaks any Goodreads logic. Go enjoy this book!

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