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Fire and Fantasy: ‘Fourth Wing’ Hype Debunked?


If you’ve been around Book Tok anytime since April of 2023, then you’ve probably heard of Fourth Wing. This fiery new fantasy series by Rebecca Yarros has taken the world by storm since its release, with over two million copies sold globally. Is the book really worth the hype?

Admittedly, picking up this nearly 500-page book led me to expect a big, heart-racing finale where the main character finally overcomes all their challenges. However, it seems that the author has something bigger in store for readers. The book, first of a total of five, almost feels like an exposition in and of itself. Readers who prefer series where the next book adds on to the first book, instead of continuing it, may find this book hard to commit to. Additionally, if you are someone who prefers a cleaner read, then this book may not be for you, as there is quite a bit of language sprinkled throughout that is unavoidable.

As someone who has not read a fantasy book in a while, this was the perfect book to pull me back into the genre. Yarros does a fantastic job of building a world of magic while keeping things simple at the same time. With dragons, elemental powers, hand-to-hand combat, unlikely friendships, a strong female main character, and a love interest to die for, this book does a great job keeping things action-packed while incorporating elements of finding connections with others. The main character is also no weakling; she perseveres through her challenges and remains steadfast in the face of danger.

The book follows Violet Sorrengail, daughter of a famous dragon-rider-general mother and scribe father. In a world torn by war, skilled military personnel are needed now more than ever. Those who turn 20 can apply to be trained for battle at Basgiath War College in one of the four quadrants: Riders, Infantry, Healers, and Scribes. Violet had been happily raised by her father to join the Scribes and live out a quiet, fulfilling life among books. 

But six months before she turns 20, her mother tells her to either join the Dragon Riders quadrant, or be dragged there against her will. Violet is anything but thrilled. However, despite her weak body, Violet chooses to fight her way to survival. Using her wits at every turn, this book will have you at the edge of your seat as you root for a strong female character who will do whatever it takes to make it out alive—and come out on top.

Is the book worth the hype it’s gotten on social media? Absolutely, yes! If you’re someone who’s not a fan of cliffhangers—and the ending of Fourth Wing is certainly a cliffhanger—then fear not: The sequel, called Iron Flame, is already out. The author disclosed that she plans to make this a five-book series, so stay tuned for the third book! In the meantime, head on over to the Elliot Library to check out this amazing read.


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