Happy Tuesday Bookwyrms! I have been pretty absent on my blog because I’ve been having the weirdest review slump known to man. This book might be what turns the tide!
I’m so grateful to be one of today’s stops for The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter tour hosted by Caffeine Tours. Follow along this amazing tour here.
The Fires of Vengeance is the sequel to The Rage of Dragons, so this review may contain a few spoilers for the first book.
In order to reclaim her throne and save her people, an ousted queen must join forces with a young warrior in the second book of this”relentlessly gripping, brilliant” epic fantasy series from a breakout author (James Islington).
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.
- Graphic violence
- Depictions of death, loss, and grief
- Depictions of PTSD and other mental health issues
- Depictions of suicide/suicidal behavior
- Depictions of chronic pain/suffering
The Great: Okay where do I begin? First and foremost the writing style. Let me tell you, Evan Winter pulled no stops with this one. Before I sat down with it, I decided to read the last chapter of The Rage of Dragons, and … it might have been a waste of time since Winter was gracious enough to give a run-through of where we left off within the first section of the first chapter. From start to finish this story is action-packed and most definitely will keep you at the edge of your seat. May even have you falling off of it from time to time. Not only was it action-packed, but it was also engaging. Every step of the way, I felt like I was apart of the story and the world.
Next, the plot and sub-plots were amazing. As I mentioned with the first book, the over-arching plot is fairly obvious. However, a most of the sub-plots kept the story going for me. For example, I appreciated watching Tau’s (main character) journey reflected in another loveable yet questionable character (refuse to say who because of spoilers).
And finally, most of the main and side characters were equal parts well written as they were three-dimensional. Of course, I have a few personal favorites that trickled over from the first book. But in this story, we’re introduced to a few characters that successfully got under my skin. And by that I mean, I was questioning their motives and decisions all over the place. Desperate to learn more about them. All the works.
The Good: First and foremost, the world-building is still phenomenal. Although I’m familiar with the world, learning more about the history of the Omehi people added that extra layer. It was interesting to learn more about class politics and structure and its historical presence. It definitely made this aspect of the story feel more real and tangible.
Next, and this is very personal, but I was absolutely here for one of my ships sailing! Don’t worry this is as spoiler-free as possible but just know, it’s maybe the best romance to ever come from this story.
The not-so Good: Unfortunately the pace was a bit wonky for me. As aforementioned, the book is action-packed. There were breaks between the action, which made for sudden spurts of storyline that started and ended rather quickly. Those spurts took me out of the story and even had me tilting my head sideways and scrunching my eyes in confusion. Also, I would’ve loved to spend more time with a few key characters.
Overall, I highly enjoyed and highly recommend The Fires of Vengeance. It’s a rollercoaster ride in the best and possibly worst way.
And for the love of the heavens, someone tell Michael B. Jordan to option this already!
Special thanks to Shalea from Caffeine Book Tours for inviting me to be apart of the tour! And to Orbit books for sending an Advanced Reader’s Copy. Receiving this ARC did not affect my rating or review.
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Publishes Tuesday, November 10th
About Evan Winter
Born in England to South American parents, Evan Winter was raised in Africa near the historical territory of his Xhosa ancestors. Evan has always loved fantasy novels, but when his son was born, he realised that there weren’t many epic fantasy novels featuring characters who looked like him. So, before he ran out of time, he started writing them.
Prize: A set of finished copies of The Rage of Dragons and The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter
- One (1) winner gets both books
- Open worldwide
- Ends on 11 November 2020 (Philippine time)