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The Fires of Vengeance (The Burning, 2) Paperback – June 22, 2021
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Tau and his Queen, desperate to delay the impending attack on the capital by the indigenous people of Xidda, 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 if she can reunite her people then the Omehi have a chance to survive the onslaught.
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"Expertly structured with a keen eye for action and character, The Rage of Dragons is a captivating epic heroic fantasy from a major new talent."―Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song on The Rage of Dragons
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"Compelling, expansive and rich. Winter has created an exciting and immersive world of magic, vengeance and wonder"―Micah Yongo, author of Lost Gods on The Rage of Dragons
"A refreshingly brutal and imaginative tale of survival and revenge. Evan Winter's battles are visceral, bloody masterpieces, and Tau's climb from exiled Lesser to legendary warrior is earned in a way few writers could hope to match."―David Dalglish, author of the Shadowdance Series on The Rage of Dragons
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"Wow. This book hits the ground with stunning action and danger, and it barely lets up as the pages fly by. I loved the African-influence culture, the unique use of dragons and demons, the complex martial and class hierarchy, and it has a magic system unlike anything I've seen before. What a terrific set up for a series!"―David Anthony Durham, author of The Acacia Trilogy on The Rage of Dragons
"Winter's debut will draw strong comparisons to George R.R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson, and the strong African influences and ties create a singular, exciting epic with intriguing characters and culture. Readers will be clamoring for the next installment."―Library Journal (starred review) on The Rage of Dragons
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About the Author
- Publisher : Orbit (June 22, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316489794
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316489799
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.75 x 9.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #38,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Characters are the same but the writing feels rushed, there are blatant mistakes so editing must have not been done properly (we learn that Daaso Headtaker was actually a woman?!?! I mean, I would sooner believe the second book was written by the author's evil twin, than that...) and it ends without a proper ending - third installment is required.
I would say this - the first book was a jewel, written honestly and with all his heart by a gifted author.
The second is proof of what this industry has forced upon authors and readers - rushed, multiple installments with the only purpose of making money. Job not well enough done.
If I recall correctly, I paid $1.99 on Rage of Dragons - and I feel it's worth more than $100 for me.
I paid full price for the second and I wish only that the author had taken considerably more time to review, polish and refine it, then release it when it was really well baked, without constraints.
Frankly it felt like a (good) rough draft, that needed a lot of polishing before being published. If it had gotten that, the story itself is great! The characters, world, magic system, etc. are all really interesting and engaging. But unlike the first book, which was exceptional, the writing used to employ those components was just way below the quality of the elements themselves. They published a rough draft rather than giving the book the time it needed, which is so disappointing. I really hope that Winter and his publisher can take a step back, look at where things went wrong, and return to the quality of the first novel.
The story proceeds with breathless pace with nary a break as battles, reveals and violence, ever more violence unfold. Beyond the excellent Africa-based world building, and the well woven tale, this story also serves as a constant reminder of the cycle of violence and revenge which never stops. Even when our protagonists Tsiora and Tau get wiser, it doesn't matter because all the choices that they've made, whether knowingly or having been forced to do so, will catch up to them. Because in this brutal and sad world that Winters has forged, there is no escape from the consequences of one's actions, especially for Tsiora and Tau.
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Book one was a tribute to Rage, Anger and suffering, Book two brings to life pain. Through both books, there is an underlying theme of love. It's said that great artists best work is only achieved when in touch with their emotions, fueling their best work. If so then something in Evan winters life powers his narrative, the books are a symphony to his knowledge of emotional turmoil.
The power throughout the books is rooted in their emotion. The books are not exceptional, the raw emotion is. The Rage, the anger, filled the plot and gave the book life. Passion came from its emotion, from the author's life experience and bleeds through in every page.
At the start of The Fires of Vengeance, it soon becomes clear that pain becomes a motivator for Tau and his friends. Rage and love take a backseat to the new driving emotion. Tau, Jabaris and the others struggle through the story. Displaying at times, different core emotions as the story powers on. The script is eloquent and almost hypnotic at times. Indeed I certainly lost track of time regularly as I grew entranced by the worldbuilding once again.
It's hard to describe the book. The story covers only a short period. With a weaker Author, I would highlight how nothing major happens, a few chase's and fights, a small battle, a few others later and yet nothing really happens. At the same time, everything changes.
This book changes, in part from the story of the individual's hero's journey, to the development of a group's hero's journey. Luckily it continues to focus on the protagonist, Tau. There is no editorial interference such as Anthony Ryan suffered after Blood song. Anthony Ryan's editor forced other characters points of views and plots into his story in subsequent books, ruining a great series. Evan Winters has avoided editorial interference, this remains the story of Tau.
It's hard to explain the book without spoilers, so I won't. The emotion, it's still as raw and brutal and painful as in book one. It's the reason people will love this.
Like the first book it mainly follows Tau , born of the caste known as the lesser, his relentless quest for Vengeance has made him his people’s best Warrior and the Queens champion. Following on directly from the end of the first book Tau is still on his mission to kill the man responsible for his fathers death, and put down a rebellion against his Queen while preparing against a retaliation by the Xideen for a massacre organised by the rebels. All the while in the background forces from ancient legends stir.
Like the first book it’s the supporting cast that’s the real strength also opening up the POV occasionally from Tau adds a much needed depth and change of perspective from tau. Also while Tau is a man of relentless, near inhuman, will and a warrior without peer the Author doesn’t fall into the trap of making him the jack of all trades that most Protagonists of Epic fantasy become, he is smart but not a genius , isn’t suddenly a master strategist or a fantastic leader of men this allows the Author to employ a strong secondary cast to good affect. Along with some careful world building and character development this means that Fires avoids the dreaded sophomore slump and mean I can’t wait for Book three.