The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

The Fires of Vengeance (The Burning, #2)

by Evan Winter


Desperate to delay an impending attack by the indigenous people of Xidda, Tau and his queen 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 reunite her people, then the Omehi might have a chance to survive the coming onslaught.

Praise for The Rage of Dragons:

'Intense, inventive and action-packed from beginning to end - a relentlessly gripping, brilliant read' James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

'Stunning debut fantasy' Publishers Weekly

'Intense, vivid and brilliantly realized - a necessary read'Anna Smith Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives

'Fans of Anthony Ryan's Blood Song will love this' Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names

'A Xhosa-inspired world complete with magic, dragons, demons and curses, The Rage of Dragons takes classic fantasy and imbues it with a fresh and exciting twist' Anna Stephens, author of Godblind

Reviewed by readingwithbecs on

5 of 5 stars

OMG, this was bomb! To me this one was so much better than the first book the series. I was completely sucked into it, and I had a hard time putting it down to do other stuff.

We get to see Tau still being him, but also grow so much in this book. His character development in this book was chef kiss!
I also loved that we got more perspectives in the book, and we got to see that things maybe isn't always how they are presented to Tau. This made the story so much more realistic and fascinating.

We get a lot more history and world building, which I'm always a sucker for. We especially get to learn more about differences of the Noble and the Lesser class.

A lot of stuff happens in this book, and we are thrown into one action after another. But I didn't mind that at all in this book. This structure made a lot of sense, since our characters in the book is in the middle of a war. Actually, in the middle of two wars. We both have a civil war, as well as them being at war with the native people of the land.

We got to see a lot more of the queen in this book, and I loved every scene with her! She is a super interesting character. I loved that the was open to see people and things differently from what she has been taught and from what is tradition in their country. There's no doubt she's a really strong character, but we also got to see some vulnerable moments with her, which made her character even more enjoyable to read.
We get a super awkward scene between Tau and Queen Tsiora in the first part of the book, and was so cringy and so funny to read. It had me wondering if their awkwardness only had to do with them being from so different ranks, and therefore not sure how to act with each other, or if we were going to get some romantic feelings between them. After all there is a history of queens and her champion being a couple, so that wouldn't surprise me. But none the less it was a great scene to witness.

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