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Fourth Wing (Special Edition) (vuoden 2023 painos)

Tekijä: Rebecca Yarros (Tekijä)

Sarjat: The Empyrean (1)

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Welcome to the brutal and elite world of Basgiath War College, where everyone has an agenda, and every night could be your last . . . Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general - also known as her tough-as-talons mother - has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders. But when you're smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away . . . because dragons don't bond to 'fragile' humans. They incinerate them. With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother's daughter - like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant. She'll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise. Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom's protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret. Alliances will be forged. Lives will be lost. Traitors will become allies . . . or even lovers. But sleep with one eye open because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.… (lisätietoja)
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If you are like me and delayed reading FOURTH WING by Rebecca Yarros because it was THE It book last year, do yourself a favor and read it. Now. Not only does it live up to the hype, it exceeds it. I finished the book in twenty-four hours, and it has been years since I've done that. I regret only that it took me so long to read this masterpiece.

Since finishing FOURTH WING a week ago, I've been trying to determine one area of weakness because no book is perfect. Except, FOURTH WING may be perfect because I can't find fault in anything. Violet and the other characters are great, with strong development where necessary. The story itself is unique and fascinating. Ms. Yarros builds the world of Empyrean and its war college so well that it requires no effort to picture them.

The slow-burn romance in FOURTH WING is one of the slowest of slow burns, and the tension is nigh unbearable. But once those sparks finally meet, watch out. The romance is everything you could ever want in an enemies-to-lovers story and everything you never knew you wanted. Somehow, Ms. Yarros manages to keep up the "will they or won't they" tension until the very end, and everything about that tension is magic. Your head will explode, you will get the best butterflies in your belly, and you will never look at your significant other in the same way again.

And the dragons! The dragons! The story would not be the same without the dragons. They are the heart of Violet's story after all. But the dragons in FOURTH WING are unlike dragons in other stories I've read. They have personality while still being terrifying, and deadly while also providing comfort. Plus, you have to appreciate any entity so willing to put puny humans in their place. They are at the top of the food chain, and they make sure everyone remembers it. They take the drama out of human interactions and distill them down to their basic elements. I don't know how she does it, but the FOURTH WING dragons are so real and so worth everything Violet endures to become a rider.

After finally discovering the magic of FOURTH WING, my biggest dilemma now is whether to read the second book in the series or wait a little longer. It appears The Empyrean series will consist of five books when Ms. Yarros finishes, and we don't even have a publication date for book three yet. On the one hand, I want more of Violet, Xaden, and the dragons more than I've wanted anything in a long time. But the wait for book three might kill me. In the meantime, I'll just urge everyone and anyone to read this fabulous book if you haven't already. It just might be bookish perfection. ( )
  jmchshannon | Feb 20, 2024 |
Sorry Lisette ( )
  hfgd | Feb 15, 2024 |
This novel is not everyone's cup of tea, but I loved it. Divergent meets Ember in the Ashes plus dragons.

Violet Sorrengail believes she will study to be a scribe--the historian/librarian of the people until her mother insists she become a rider. Riders train to ride dragons and fight, but Violet is delicate. Well, her body is delicate; her body breaks easily. Angry, Violet's sister, Mira, packs her bag for her and gives her hints for the first challenge, which is to cross the parapet: don't fall. They usually lose 60 - 70 cadets on the first day. Violet lacks the ruthless quality that her mother has and has the brain of her father. Seeing another girl who will fall because of her shoe selection, Violet gives her one shoe. They can make it across with at least one shoe to grab on. Upon crossing, Violet sees her oldest and dearest friend who ensures the two girls are put in his quadrant. Because she is the general's daughter, Violet becomes the target for many people. The most ruthless and powerful Wing Leader, Xaden Riorson, sees her. He and other who are children of the rebellion leaders from years ago must become Riders, and they are all marked so that everyone knows who descends from the traitors. Violet is in their sights. There's also another cadet that is determined to kill her. Between the various cadets and the challenges themselves, Violet doesn't stand a chance. If she makes it to threshing, she must bond with a dragon. Dragons eat the weak. And that's all I will say.

I had a lot of fun listening to this novel and eagerly started listening to the second novel. I must say I was excited and dismayed that the author plans on five books because I HATE to wait! I love that there's more, but I wish I could get them all at once. I should have waited...... ( )
  acargile | Feb 12, 2024 |
{First of 3? in Empyrean series; dragons, military school, erotic} (2023)

I listened to the audiobook (so please forgive any spelling errors especially with regards to names). It is narrated in first person from Violet's point of view, except the last chapter which is from Zayden's point of view. I'm not sure what to classify this as; not a romance because there isn't any - though there's enough sex and tension - and, yes there are dragons and it's set on a world with some magic, but I don't know that it's fantasy. All Yarros's other series (none of them are fantasy) look like they've been tagged as adult or steamy.

Violet Soringale is the youngest child of the famous General Soringale and her scribe husband. Her brother and sister became dragon riders, like their mother, (though her brother died in the war) and Violet has trained all her life to be a scribe like her dad and is the scribe master's star pupil. But, just before the day when everyone her age chooses their vocation, her mother decrees that she will also become a dragon rider - or train to become one though her sister Mira tries to convince their mother that the training will kill Violet; Violet has a condition which causes her joints to slip so she will have to hide this weakness from the other candidates. Candidates die just trying to cross a narrow bridge to get to the college and then they are allowed to try and eliminate each other, since there are always more cadets than dragons willing to bond. However their mother is adamant so Mira prepares Violet as best she can and warns her to stay away from Zayden Riderson who will hate her on principle - he is the son of the rebellion leader that their mother executed about six years ago and, as a third year, could easily kill her during training with no repercussions.

So Violet enters training and does her best to survive until Threshing, when any dragons who choose to bond will choose a rider. And then (I'm pretty sure it's not a spoiler that, of course, she bonds) she has to survive training with her dragon.

The narration (by Rebecca Soler) was alright. I was occasionally thrown out of the story to wonder if I would have read something the same way if I had read a print book. I was continually confused, especially at the beginning, as to whether she said 'rider' or 'writer' (ie dragon rider or scribe) and I was also not always sure whether characters were speaking to other characters or if the protagonist was holding an internal conversation.

I have to say, listening to the narrator(s) reading all that swearing got really annoying, especially towards the end.

This book would work better if you could read it straight through without stopping to think, but even the audiobooks is 21 hours long so it took me a few days. I stopped overnight almost at the end with about three chapters still to go so I was mulling it over and the plot holes (you know, the ones you're too intent on reading to stop and examine and subconsciously trust will be resolved as you read on) got larger and threatened the fabric of the story as I thought about it. Having finished the book now, the threads of it are only just hanging together. This is more of a steamy affair dressed up as a fantasy; there are two explicit sex scenes plus others that build the tension in this enemies-to-lovers trope (not a spoiler; it's pretty much announced with a foghorn when their eyes first meet) (and also in the blurb/ on the back of the book). Zayden's point of view (if you listen between the expletives) is possibly a touch more romantic but otherwise I don't see any emotional attraction between them.

It did start off quite well - until the two love interests hooked up at which point the plot sort of changed direction; once they did, it was all about how they could barely keep their hands off each other every time their glances crossed. The bad qualities of the anti-heroes are a bit over exaggerated to contrast with the good guys. Violet is, of course, good at everything and even learns how not to be beaten up (in spite of her handicap) in hand-to-hand combat. I found the behaviour of her best friend in particular not quite believable. I don't think I was given enough to be invested in any of the characters.

The dragons (which seem clones of those in the Harry Potter books) were inconsistent: when we first meet them they incinerate candidates on a whim (culling the weak, apparently) and they seem inhuman and alien with a different agenda to humans but, after we go through Threshing (at around the part of the book where the plot seemed to change direction) once they telepathically bond they turn into Pernese dragons (including the idea that if one partner in the bond dies, the other will succumb also - though in this case, it's the human who'd die) and will do anything to keep their riders alive. But on the other hand if the riders fall off during training, the dragons will let them though they can demonstrably catch them - as Violet's (but no-one else's) does. I did like Ten's (Violet's dragon) grumpiness though Adina was possibly a bit too cute.

It did seem weird that, though dragon riders are desperately needed to defend the borders (one dragon rider a-dragonback is the military equivalent of one cohort (or something) of infantry), the training is set up to be so dangerous that cadets die or that they are allowed to kill each other during training with no repercussions. As it is, we're told, they don't have enough and fewer dragons choose to be bonded each year. That's just shooting yourself in the foot, logistically speaking. I never worked out what the war was about or why Navarre's borders have to be defended so energetically. There was also the centuries-old secret, linked to the reason for the rebellion, that was partly revealed at the end. As far as it went, there didn't seem to be a reason to keep the secret or go to war - or brutally and bloodily suppress the rebellion - over it. But maybe that will be explained in the second book?

Good points? I didn't throw the book across the room (I would never) or DNFed it but probably because I was listening to the audiobook as I was updating my LT catalogue so I didn't give it all my focus. Upto where they hooked up it was decent enough and then it veered between okay and annoying. It had a promising start but headed downhill around about Threshing. The off-on-off-on-off ... affair was annoying; Violet kept inventing things that weren't there - such as being offended that Zayden didn't tell her a secret that obviously wasn't his to tell - even though there's precedent because she's been keeping a secret that wasn't hers to tell so I didn't think her reaction was justified and it felt like she was wallowing in self-pity for no reason. And that ending? Grow up, Violet.

This has a similar premise to Rosario Munda's Fireborne but that was better done and without the casual swearing and steaminess or insta-lust (but with a sweet and believable romance). While I ended up buying the whole Aurelian Cycle trilogy for my shelves, I borrowed this from the library too but, if I get around to the sequel, I will borrow it rather than buy my own copy. I notice that there is a different audiobook of Fourth Wing narrated by a whole cast; as there are only audiobooks of this series in my Overdrive libraries, I'll wait until they bring out the whole cast version of the next book and see if it works better for me.

(February 2024)
3-3.5 stars ( )
  humouress | Feb 12, 2024 |
Oh my holy shit! Are you serious?! The dragons, the bonds, the emotions, and that fucking ending!!!!!!
At first I'm like, oh Starship Troopers meets Harry Potter adult style, but then you just get consumed. I'm hoping the next novel gives more of the bonds now that the classes are irrelevant and there's much bigger shit to deal with. ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
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Welcome to the brutal and elite world of Basgiath War College, where everyone has an agenda, and every night could be your last . . . Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general - also known as her tough-as-talons mother - has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders. But when you're smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away . . . because dragons don't bond to 'fragile' humans. They incinerate them. With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother's daughter - like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant. She'll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise. Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom's protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret. Alliances will be forged. Lives will be lost. Traitors will become allies . . . or even lovers. But sleep with one eye open because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

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