In this "relentlessly gripping, brilliant" epic fantasy (James Islington), an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in order to reclaim her throne and save her people.
Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the Queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the 'true' Queen of the Omehi.
If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne, and if she can reunite her people then the Omehi have a chance to survive the onslaught.
"This gritty series set in a South African–inspired fantasy world is an intense reading experience, and the second book is just as phenomenal as the first."—BuzzFeed News
"The Fires of Vengeance is epic fantasy at its finest."—Winter Is Coming
The Books of The Burning Series
The Rage of Dragons
The Fires of Vengeance
The Lord of Demons
Winter returns with a second action-packed installment to the Burning series (following The Rage of Dragons). Tau Tafari now Solarin is not the same person he was at the start of the series after losing loved ones in and out of battle, confronting entitled Nobles who wish to see him fail, dealing with a surprise attack on the capital, and becoming Queen Esi's Champion. What hasn't changed? Tau's palpable rage at the classist system that oppressed his family and his ever-present desire to avenge the deaths of those he cared about. As Queen Esi's sister, Tsiora, and her army move to reclaim Palm City, Tau and his blood brothers seek advantages against those who write off their caste as Lessers. All the while, Tau navigates an increasingly complicated relationship with the queen. With energizing battle scenes and well-handled romance, Winters capably earns readers' attention again as he unfurls the politics of a nation in-flux. This forceful second epic will delight fans and newcomers alike and leave readers holding their breath for the next in the series.
Incredible series !
Such a great read & really good writing!
Hollow Plot and Characters
This book felt like it needed more world building. The series centers around Tau but doesn’t develop him at all besides being a great fighter. He’s like a caveman when it comes to anything more than fighting and it gets annoying after awhile. There’s also little things that take you out of the immersion. The characters never sleep in this book. It just kind of skips over parts where they should have slept. Battles, to marches, to fights, to sieges, all done with two scenes of actual sleeping.
Altogether a decent story and cool moments but felt like it could have been executed a lot better
Good book overall. Some sloppy writing in places, but overall enjoyable and able to get you to feel for the characters :)