Adult Fiction, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Review: The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. 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.

4 Stars

Adult Fiction | Fantasy | Science Fiction

Everyone constantly recommended The Rage of Dragons – read it Becky. If you loved Red Rising, which all humans know I do, then read it now! That is all I heard for weeks. So yeah, I bought into the hype and goryhell am I happy I did! Game of Thrones meets Gladiator is absolutely wonderous comparison and yet, does not do The Rage of Dragons justice. Absolutely blown away.

Intense, utterly masterful even within the first few pages. It was super hard to turn my eyes from every sentence. It completely consumed me the second I started. Ugh, that prologue. It really set a type of tempo or atmosphere for the novel; and yet, I did not give it the full 5 Stars, I know – baffled are you? Lets dive in!

First things first, loved the complexity of the world building. Even someone like me who sometimes takes a bit to really connect and sometimes comprehend the dynamics, it was quite intriguing. Some parts I did have to reread, but that honestly was the beauty of it in my opinion. Plus, I loved that Winter had a glossary, it made it easier for me to really piece together the ambience. Every detail, every phrase or word, the caste system – it was beyond beautifully developed.

And that action! Yes! This lived up to every aspect of my expectation. The fight scenes, oh my lanta, on the edge of my seat every time there was an argument, battle scene – oh those Gladiator moments? Yes yes yes! GIVE ME ALL THE VIOLENCE! It was absolutely the highlight of the novel, downright masterful. There was also a bit of other worldly activity that really added to this fantasy.

So with me loving the action, the world building, what else is there? Oh, the characters – they’re important. Definitely multi-layered character dynamics which was great! With that caste system, it made things so much more dire, gory and yet perfectly simple. What I think I really enjoyed was that within the caste system, there were types of I suppose right of passage that defines their status. It was interesting to say the least.

Even with that though, I had a pet peeve. I KNOW! You knew it was coming. Tau. Loved him, I did, but ugh at the beginning he took a bit for me to really enjoy his growth. He was whiney. At the beginning he was just such a timid character, it was hard for me to appreciate him to the fullest. Again though, there is a warning in the synopsis, I should have known he would have been this feeble turd, but the way he complained I honestly wanted to slap him. Oh woo is me was Tau for a good chunk. It wasn’t until the stabbing consumed him did I finally start enjoying his dynamic. He surprised me! Truly he did, the growth of his struggles was cripplingly delicious!

Overall, I really enjoyed The Rage of Dragons. The pacing was phenomenal, the action was intensely magnetic, and the romance, though could have done without, honestly was perfect blend. It was innocent, yet sweet and even challenging. It made the characters seem more believable. I will even admit, the romance even helped move along the novel in certain aspects, normally I loathe too much romance in a more high fantasy or action based novel, but this honestly blended, meshed with the novel. It was so much apart of the growth of the characters and the world building that it was a great additive. The creativity that is The Rage of Dragons was… damn, goryhell fantastic.

To be fair too, I am not someone who will honestly actively read Fantasy, SciFi me all day long, but Fantasy is not my go-to, this was a wondrously refreshing read for me during 2020! I am beyond excited to continue this series! I NEED MORE!

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