Genre: Fantasy, Adult
Publication Date: July 16th 2019
Series: The Burning
My Rating: 4/5
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.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
This book was every were since it came out. Some of my favourite booktubers raved about it and I was so looking forward to the release of the paperback so I can get my hand on this book. And the before the paperback released NetGalley had it available for request. I obviously requested immediately and I was so lucky to get approved. And this books was indeed worth the hype!
Things I liked:
- The story is well written in every aspect. It has the right amount of depiction without info-dumping. The dialogue felt natural, and all characters are fleshed and have their own unique personalities, and the fight and battles are well crafted.
- Tau is our main character, and yet he is not perfect. He makes mistakes and stupid decision but in a way that felt natural for a young grieving boy blinded by revenge.
- I highly enjoy the fact that Tau wasn’t the MC that is always best at everything. Throughout the book, we follow him as he works harder than anyone to improve. And every time we think that he is finally the best warrior someone comes and shows him that he needed more work.
- The love story was well done. It doesn’t overtake the story, it adds some challenges and breaks your heart but it’s never about the love story.
- This one is an odd one to mention but I loved the sex scene. It was made in a tastefully way and avoided some of the movie’s cliches that make me roll my eyes.
- I really liked Kellan. To Tau’s eyes, he was the enemy but we got from early on to see that this wasn’t the case. And seeing them going from arch-enemy (again in Tau’s eyes) to teaming up and almost friends was amazing.
- I like how the Omehi people and the Xiddeen people are not the good and the bad people. It all depends on which side you are looking at.
Things I didn’t like:
To be honest there are only two reasons why this book is not a 5 stars.
- This book is extremely heavy in fights and battles. 95% of this book is about Tau training, fighting or battles. Yes, every fight and every battle teaches Tau something and move nicely the plot forward but I did feel that I needed maybe a couple more breaks.
- There were a lot of words to describe the Omehi people titles, I’m not sure if those words and from another language or made up, but if you combine the amount of them with my dyslexia I struggle first to pronounce them and two to tell them apart. I don’t know if in the printed book there is one but I really wanted to have some kind of “dictionary” at the end just so I can have a clear image of what people are saying and what’s their respective title.
In conclusion, I really like The Rage of Dragons. I will definitely keep an eye on the rest of the series and I’ll order the physical copy ASAP!