Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this blockbuster debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.
Winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.
Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war.
Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. He's going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn't get the chance.
Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He'll become the greatest swordsman to ever live, a man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.
The Rage of Dragons launches a stunning and powerful debut epic fantasy series that readers are already calling "the best fantasy book in years."
The BurningThe Rage of Dragons
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Rage of Dragons is one of the most engrossing kickoffs to a fantasy series we’ve read in ages. The Omehi people—a caste system led by the near-invincible, dragon-summoning Gifted—are fighting a never-ending war against enemies who want their homeland. Lowly young warrior Tau just wants to escape the battlefield, but a shocking betrayal leaves him hungry for vengeance. Author Evan Winter was raised in southern Africa and draws upon the mythology of the Xhosa people to build a complex, richly detailed, and nuanced world. Throw in intense, thrilling action sequences, and we’re raring to read the next book in the series!
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.
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Read another review which said they got tired of the angry world view, I actually enjoyed it. Lot of novels nowadays just gloss over the problems after a few pages of “struggle” and I was glad this novel was not like the majority.
Super entertaining read
This book was fantastic. I enjoyed the world building, the characters, and the pace. Definitely would recommend to anyone who likes well written action-fantasy.
Refreshing and Enthralling
Couldn’t put it down after I started... one hell of a book