Fourth Wing – published 2023
“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.
Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.” – Goodreads
I will never recover.
This book took me through the entire scope of emotions. I gasped, I grabbed at my hair, slapped a hand over my mouth…and bawled my eyes out.
Fantasy is not typically my genre of choice, so if you’re holding off because you feel the same, know that this is very approachable fantasy. It reads more like a Hunger Games, and it’s just as addictive.
This book is certainly bingeable, but I made myself savor it because I could tell I would be sad when it was over.
The tension between the two main characters will keep you on the edge of your seat, but it’s the found family that’ll really get a hold of you.
Also, there are dragons.