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“The first year is when some of us lose our lives. The second year is when the rest of us lose our humanity.” —Xaden Riorson
Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Basgiath War College—Violet included. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak-willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky.
Now the real training begins, and Violet’s already wondering how she’ll get through. It’s not just that it’s grueling and maliciously brutal, or even that it’s designed to stretch the riders’ capacity for pain beyond endurance. It’s the new vice commandant, who’s made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is–unless she betrays the man she loves.
Although Violet’s body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else’s, she still has her wits—and a will of iron. And leadership is forgetting the most important lesson Basgiath has taught her: Dragon riders make their own rules.
But a determination to survive won’t be enough this year.
Because Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at Basgiath War College—and nothing, not even dragon fire, may be enough to save them in the end.
The Empyrean series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 Fourth Wing
Book #2 Iron Flame
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Learning to ride a dragon is tough—especially when your fellow students are trying to kill you. In this fantasy adventure, Violet is training at the brutal Basgiath War College with her cantankerous dragon, Tairn (and their feisty exchanges are priceless). Her mother is a general at the school, but fatalities are frequent and Violet could easily become one of them. Plus, she has the hots for the son of a rebel leader executed by her mom, which is…awkward. If you read the first book in Rebecca Yarros’ Empyrean series, you’ll notice a lot has changed. For one thing, the monsters Violet thought were mythical are actually real. Yarros is a world-building master, infusing the story with dragon lore and details about the war raging in the kingdom of Navarre. Magic, dragons, and romantic tension abound in this fantasy listen for grown-ups.
I loved this book! Very well written. The characters are lovable and I can’t help but cheer them all on. I can’t wait for the third book.
The trigger warnings at the beginning is not a lie
Rebecca Yarros kept the momentum going with this book and I am dying for more! This book is just as good as the first book and I've been waiting for it for months! It did not disappoint. It has been years since I have had a book, no a series, pull me in so deeply with so many varying emotions. Iron Flame is a seamless continuation of the story we have all so lovingly embraced. This is a wild ride of a book that takes us soaring through the eyes and emotions of not only Violet but her dragons and Xaden.
"It has been my honor"
Good, but disappointing.
You could read the last 300 pages and feel satisfied. The first 80% of the book is nothing but arguments between Violet and Xadan, Andarna being a brat, and Tairn being his usual grumpy self. You honestly don’t learn ANYTHING. The idea was there, but the execution of this book felt disappointing in comparison to Fourth Wing. I think this book was rushed and should’ve been spread out more evenly than cramming all of the action into the last 6 chapters.