Fourth Wing: Rebecca Yarros *Review*

Hardcover of Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros is held up in the left hand of a Caucasian female, in front of a white bookshelf filled with polymer clay creatures.

Genres: New Adult, NA Fantasy, Romantic Fantasy | Release Date: 2 May 2023 | Series: The Empyrean | Series Book: #1 | Pages: 646 | Publisher: Piatkus | Review

“Hope is a fickle, dangerous thing.”

Rebecca Yarros


I’d been putting off reading Fourth Wing by the amazing Rebecca Yarros for what feels like forever… But finally, I listened to my bestie and dived in. And all I can say is, why did I wait so long?! I clearly owe my bestie an apology, because this romantasy hit me with all the emotions (and yes, that’s a good thing). But let’s give you an overview, shall we?

Violet never intended to become a dragon rider. In fact, she was dreaming of working as a scribe, just as her father did. But when she’s forced onto the training ground, Violet knows she can’t show any weakness. Because if her fellow trainees don’t kill her? The dragons will. Amongst those overseeing the new cadets, is Xaden Riorson. Violet’s always been warned to steer clear of him, as he’s the greatest enemy her family have. But what happens when their paths continue to cross? Can Violet survive everything that will be thrown at her? And if by some miracle she does survive, will a dragon even choose her?

Hardcover of Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros is on a white bookshelf, in front of books by Miranda Lyn, Nicola Tyche, M. A. Frick and J. V. Hilliard. A polymer clay Viking dragon by Dirty Paws Australia is to the right of Fourth Wing.
I shouldn’t have taken this long to read Fourth Wing!
My Viking companion by Dirty Paws Australia loves it just as much as I do.

Happiness Boost:

Fourth Wing gives us incredibly relatable characters, and I see why Violet is a favourite for so many readers! In actual fact, she’s mine too. This young woman has an easily breakable body, and has had to learn how to navigate the world with that in mind. I’m really, really grateful Rebecca gives us an FMC with a chronic illness. Because honestly? I wish we had more characters like her. For those of us who need to rework what we can and can’t do based on our illnesses, Violet’s a lifeline. She may be physically more fragile than the others, but never doubt that this woman is a powerhouse. And can we just mention how resourceful and stupidly brave she is? I could talk about her for days!

I think I stunned a few friends with just how vindictive and bloodthirsty I could get when it comes to the enemies in Fourth Wing. What can I say, I protect my people! This romantasy is so emotionally intense, and it’s only ever heightened the further we go. By the end? My heart was a mess. I was ready to take down anyone who even thought about looking at Violet (and her found family) the wrong way. And the *betrayal* Rebecca sneaks in?! WHAT?! No, I’m not okay. Thank goodness I have Iron Flame right here.

Glitterbugs, it’s taken me so long to write a review for this beautiful book, because how can I sum up everything I’ve loved about this romantasy? There’s so much intrigue, deadly secrets and heart-breaking moments in this tale, and with the brutal war waging in the background? It’s a wonder anyone could breathe while reading this. I raged, I cried, I felt *everything*. And these dragons? Their snarky, sassy selves are an absolute gift. I love them and I love this fantasy.


No downside for me!

Final Thoughts:

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros is a romantic fantasy full of peril, dragons and the greatest tests to loyalty you’ll ever find. Pretty much everyone who loves this genre has already read this gorgeous book, but if you haven’t? Do it right now! Just click any of the links below to grab yourselves a copy of Fourth Wing, and happy reading, glitterbugs!

You can order Fourth Wing via these links:

Amazon | Blackwell’s | Booktopia | Fishpond

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