*Very mild spoilers ahead.
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.
Thank you to the moon and back to Caffeine Book Tours and Orbit Books for providing me with an ARC of The Fire of Vengeance in exchange for an honest review. Please check out the launch post for #TheBurningTour here! I also reviewed The Rage of Dragons and you can read that here as well!
I just don’t know how Evan Winter does what he does. He builds this fantastic world with such rich history and heartbreaking characters and this book completely bypassed the ‘second book slump’ that some series of books can have. Winter manages to continuously present new information to us and unveil even more of his brilliant world that he has shared with us. We find out more details about the history of the Omehi before they arrived to their new land as well as new information regarding the Cull, a group that we did not hear that much of in The Rage of Dragons.
Winter’s emphasis on female leads in this second book surpassed my expectation that his writing couldn’t possibly get any better. We are presented with many new female characters, whom I couldn’t help but fall in love with. They proved to be just as fierce and loyal as Tau and his brothers in arms and I loved every minute of it. The part that women played in this novel was significantly greater than that of the first book and I am so thankful for that change.
And let’s not forget the action in this book. Winter could write movies with the way his action scenes are set up and I would pay good money to see them. There are action filled books and then there are books written by Evan Winter. He is in a tier all on his own. I never really liked to read about action before reading Winter’s books, but I now realize that I have been missing out immensely.
Being able to pick up The Fires of Vengeance immediately upon finishing The Rage of Dragons was a truly a blessing for me. Evan Winter is one of the reasons that I picked up reading again. He gave me a group of people to root for who looked like me. The black representation is off the charts and I don’t get to read books like this too often. Thank you, Evan Winter, for this wonderful quartet of books and I cannot wait to read the rest.
“Rage reaches into the world when we can no longer contain the hurt of being treated as if our life and loves do not matter.”
“None of us are meant to go through this life alone.”
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)
Meet the Author
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 realized 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.