'A captivating epic fantasy from a major new talent' Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song
***ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 100 BEST FANTASY BOOKS OF ALL TIME***
IN A WORLD CONSUMED BY ENDLESS WAR ONE YOUNG MAN WILL BECOME HIS PEOPLE'S ONLY HOPE FOR SURVIVAL.
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for generations. The lucky ones are born gifted: some have the power to call down dragons, others can be magically transformed into bigger, stronger, faster killing machines.
Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Tau Tafari wants more than this, but his plans of escape are destroyed when those closest to him are brutally murdered.
With too few gifted left, the Omehi are facing genocide, but Tau cares only for revenge. Following an unthinkable path, he will strive to become the greatest swordsman to ever live, willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill three of his own people.
THE RAGE OF DRAGONS LAUNCHES AN UNMISSABLE EPIC FANTASY SERIES.
'Intense, inventive and action-packed from beginning to end - a relentlessly gripping, brilliant read' James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost
'Stunning debut fantasy' Publishers Weekly
'Intense, vivid and brilliantly realised - a necessary read' Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives
'Fans of Anthony Ryan's Blood Song will love this' Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names
'A Xhosa-inspired world complete with magic, dragons, demons and curses, The Rage of Dragons takes classic fantasy and imbues it with a fresh and exciting twist' Anna Stephens, author of Godblind
Winters's stunning debut fantasy epic is rich in complex characters and a well-wrought world with both European and African influences. Tau Tafari is a common boy of the Omehi people, whose society is strictly divided by class. When his father is murdered needlessly to assuage the ego of an offended noble, Tau vows to take advantage of the only opportunity his class is given and become an Ihashe in the Omehian military. Tau's determination wins him a spot as an initiate, though most of the other initiates have far greater skill. Desperate to improve himself, Tau breaches the underworld, Isihogo, with the help of his lover, Zuri, a young woman training to become an Enervator (those with the ability to siphon power from the underworld during battle). While his physical body remains untouched, Tau's soul is free to spar with the demons that stalk Isihogo, and this twisted training changes him far more than he expects. Winter's secondary characters support his hero's story and amplify its themes of brotherhood, but it is Tau himself, far more nuanced than a simple underdog, who will move readers to eagerly seek the next volume. This impressive series launch holds tremendous promise.
This book is the first one since Brandon Sanderson’s ‘the way of kings’ that I immediately re-read to experience it again. One review I saw for this book is that it was ‘game of thrones and gladiator mixed together’. I say that this is a discredit to the book. This is the story of a young man who will go to any means necessary to achieve his goal, a suitably awesome one I might add, and it is a page turner from start to finish something that can’t be said, in my opinion of parts of a song of ice and fire.
My highest praises to Mr Evan Winter, what a talent that has been unearthed. I can safely say that I’m waiting in suspense for the next book in what will, if the level of writing is maintained, be remembered as one of the great fantasy series of our time!!!