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The Rage of Dragons

(The Burning #1)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  18,040 ratings  ·  2,959 reviews
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. The lucky ones are born gifted. One in every two thousand women has the power to call down dragons. One in every hundred men is able to magically transform himself into a bigger, stronger, faster killing machine.

Everyone else is fodder
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Orbit (first published September 10th 2017)
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Clay Wayant Depends on what you deem "suitable" The book has sex but only one scene as well as discussions about characters being sexually assaulted but it never …moreDepends on what you deem "suitable" The book has sex but only one scene as well as discussions about characters being sexually assaulted but it never gets explicit. It is very violent however. Nothing new to teens most likely but if it's their first "adult" book it might bring up some discussion(less)

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Rick Riordan
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It may be cliche to say a book was impossible to put down, but well, dang it, this book was impossible to put down!

I was intrigued by the lovely cover art, which seemed to promise a Zulu-inspired fantasy world with dragons. That's exactly what I got, but there is so much much to the story. We meet our hero Tau Solarin as a young man, just training for his warrior trials, which in the society of the Omehi is a requirement for all commoner men. If he passes, Tau can join the ranks of the Ihashe,
Evan Winter
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I think it's great, but then I wrote it, and my mother always said I should be proud of myself and the things I accomplish. I'm very proud of this. Maybe too proud. You be the judge. Though, you're most likely to have a good time if you enjoy Robert Jordan's expansive worlds, Brandon Sanderson's detailed magic systems, Joe Abercrombie's gritty combat, and Pierce Brown's page-burning pace of action.

My goal was to write something that I would, as a reader, love. The joke is that, since I'm the on
4.5/5 stars

The Rage of Dragons is a blazing African-inspired epic fantasy debut that was so possessive of my attention, it simply wouldn’t allow me to read anything else until I finished it.

This book was originally self-published and released in September 2017. Honestly speaking, I have seen and known about this book since then but the book wasn’t able to move up the monstrosity that is my TBR tower for some reason. However, its acquisition by Orbit, which resulted in a brand new gorgeous cover
Daniel B.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I COULD NOT STOP READING THIS! Holy Crap, bar raised for first-time authors.
Aug 21, 2020 rated it liked it
A very confused 3 stars (3.5?)...
Merphy Napier
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fantasy, five-stars
Here's my spoiler free video review ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
4.5 Stars ⭐️

Omg!!! Why did I wait so long to read this book!! I love me some revenge books!!! Eff them up Tau!!

The freaking action in this book is right out of the gates people. The battles! I was on the edge in my mind screaming, KILL THEM ALL!!

I didn’t feel there was too much world building in this book. I felt it was more character driven which is just fine with me. You don’t want to step away from the characters for one freaking minute! And I love Tau! He’s my hero..uh...warrior. I loved
Sean Barrs
The Rage of Dragons is an African inspired revenge fantasy novel. This is worthy of attention in and of itself, simply because fantasy is dominated by white male authors who write about white male characters. Admittedly I enjoy reading such books, though it’s refreshing to see more diverse books appearing in the fantasy genre in recent years. There are other voices out there, and they really are worth listening to.

The story begins in the middle of a battle, which sets the tone for the martial f
James Tivendale
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freecopy, fantasy
Re-read 2020 before starting The Fires of Vengeance and I've upgraded it to 5-stars.

*Minor spoilers may follow.*

The inhabitants of Omehi who are known as the Chosen have been warring with the savage hedeni tribes for hundreds of years. The hedeni may have superior numbers but the Chosen have the Gifted. These are powerful female mages who can source power from the underworld Isihogo. The Gifted are a huge asset in battles. They can turn a warrior into an Ingonyama which is a giant, amazingly po
R.F. Kuang
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
couldn't stop listening ...more
Nicholas Eames
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Damn, this book was good.

ASIDE from the fact that its setting is so refreshingly unique, the pacing is extraordinary. And by 'extraordinary' I mean that once it gets rolling--and it gets rolling almost right off the bat--it never lets up. Seriously, though: NEVER. Important scenes are followed by equally important scenes, which are followed by sudden revelations, which are followed by shocking loss, and then the whole thing repeats again. The chapters--short but not too short--are the perfect s
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Actual Rating: 4.25 stars

“And, like that, there was no going back. A Dragon had been called and someone would have to die.”

The Rage of Dragons was one of the most hyped fantasy releases of 2019 and I believe there are great reasons for that. The story was originally self-published before Orbit decided to traditionally publish it with a new cover and some edits. I mean it is a sto
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Re-read even more incredible than the first go round! The audiobook for Rage of Dragons is near perfection, and the voice-over actor gives a stunning interpretation with 'African' accent, that brings the realism to a crisp! My original thoughts below...

5 Stars (Masterpiece)

I was so blown away by the intensity, the action, the plot and characterization, the magic system and the GENIUS, behind The Rage of Dragons, that it has shot up as one of my favorite books of ALL TIMES!!!

God, this book
William Gwynne
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Make sure to pop over and look at the AMAZING cover for The Fires of Vengeance, book to in The Burning series. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS

My expanded review on BookNest... The Rage of Dragons BookNest review

I have just finished reading The Rage of Dragons, and the fact that I read this in two days is testimony to how much I loved it!

The Rage of Dragons is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is a heart-wrenching, mind-blowing tale of love and hatred, of sacrifice and inspiration. But mo
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

A heart-stoppingly ferocious fantasy achievement, The Rage of Dragons is exhilarating in its execution and an enthralling debut you won’t want to miss.

Let’s not deny it. We have all bought a book based on its cover alone. Most of the times we get lucky and the story is great, but now and then we feel like fools for making such impulsive purchases without checking reviews. The Rage of Dragons lured me in with just such a cover in a moment of weakness, but I can happily say the contents m
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HOLY COW i wish i'd read this sooner, i literally stayed up until the early hours of the morning reading this because i couldn't put it down!

The setting is unique and fascinating and the world development is remarkably well done, i really felt like i was in this story with Tau and really enjoyed his character development too.

Chef's kiss!
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Anthony Ryan
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The stultifying and dehumanising effects of a caste-based society and the seductive but ultimately destructive nature of vengeance lie at the heart of Evan Winter’s tale. A feudal people known as the Omehi fight a never-ending war against encroaching tribes to maintain their hold on a peninsular they invaded two hundred years before. 'Lesser Common' Tau Solarin drives himself to the point of madness as he gains the warrior skills needed to avenge himself on the noble caste. Expertly structured w ...more
Zitong Ren
me frantically panting after finishing this book be like



I know

The truth is, I really have not been reading a lot of books that I have been loving recently for whatever reason, in fact, this is my first 5 star in a month, and my first five star for a fantasy book since I read {book: Warbreaker] by Brando Sando since the start of February. Needless to say, I’m very happy to have read this, and all
Spencer Orey
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Revenge and battle! Tau has everything ripped away from him and will go to any length to become a warrior capable of taking his revenge. There's scary magic, a demon world, and nonstop fighting. There was actually too much fighting for me, but at least the battles were well written.

I love the middle section of this book, in which all of the battles gain urgency as a subjugated battle school group rises up against super-sized and magical nobles to prove that they're equals. We even get a fantasti
Sebastien Castell
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter is the best fantasy debut I've read this year. This surprised me, because I've been generally trying to get away from books about great wars and warriors, lofty magic and military organizations being the centre of the story. Yet Winter's debut kept me captivated precisely because he managed to do what many of those books seem to avoid: he kept the story incredibly contained within the life of its main character.

Tau is a Lesser – a low-caste commoner in this Afr
James Islington
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome - intense, inventive and action-packed from beginning to end. It included a ton of things that I like in a story, and then executed that story really, really well.

Where the blurb mentions Game of Thrones, I’d liken it more to something like Red Rising, with its protagonist driven by revenge, class system to overcome, and story that moves forward with a kind of forceful, gripping, action-oriented pace. In fact, I think that fans of Pierce Brown’s series (as I am) would almo
Dannii Elle
First Read: July 2020, Rating: 5/5 stars
Second Read: January 2021, Rating: 5/5 stars

This is the first instalment in The Burning series.

The synopsis describes this book as "Game of Thrones meets Gladiator" and there could be no more apt comparison. The Omehi people have been involved in generations of conflict. A few of their women are born with with the power to take energy from the afterlife and send those in their paths to the demons who dwell there. More of their men are born physically bigge
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
Is 5/5 stars enough?


I am RUINED by this. I can't trust a single thing I've read so far, and I absolutely love that feeling. I'm so hyped for the next book, it's UNBELIEVABLE.

Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
[3.5/5 stars] Rage of Dragons was a promising start to a new series.

The dueling/battle scenes were fantastic! Among the best I’ve read. They offered a lot of variation in execution and tactics and the focus was always more on the motives of the characters within them than just and endless stream of sword bashing. I generally find battle scenes boring, even in books I’m loving otherwise. It’s rare to find some this engaging. This is a good thing, because it felt like the book was about 75% fighti
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy

Tau is such a great character, and that was such an epic read.
Deborah Obida
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, fantasy

“The days without difficulty are the days you do not improve.”

That was exceptional, this book is unique and somewhat similar to other fantasy books. The caste system is a system I've read about before but I love the way the author portrayed his. This book is a revenge fantasy with a touch of politics and war. I love the characters so much, they were all unique in their own way.

The world building is so well depicted, I really liked the way the author depicted the world. The magic system is so
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Justice for the hedeni
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
AHHH, WHAT A RIDE! I have only one regret about this book and it's the fact that I haven't read it sooner because The Rage of Dragons is one hell of a debut. Was it perfect? Nope. Did I have fun reading it? Huge yes. I have a lot to say about this novel, so bear with me.

Now I get all those comparisons to Red Rising. You are right to think this comparison being weird, they are nothing alike when it comes to setting. The Rage of Dragon is African-ispired fantasy with dragons and magic while Red Ri
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: High-fantasy lovers, lovers of Red Rising and The Poppy War
For a full, detailed review, check out my blog Mashlovesbooks

~ 4.5 stars ~

“Tau’s limits were not decided by his birth or nature but by the bounds of his determination and the extent of his efforts. That was what Tau believed, and he was going to prove it. He was going to show them all.”

This book was amazing!


The world-building of this book was fantastic. There are a lot of aspects to this world but its revealed slowly and not just thrown into our faces, which I appreciate. The w
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Evan Winter, winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel (2019), is a Barnes & Nobles, Amazon, and Locus best selling author of speculative fiction. His debut novel, THE RAGE OF DRAGONS, is the opening to an epic fantasy quartet that began life as a self-published novel before being acquired by Hachette's Orbit Books. Most recently, TIME magazine named it one THE 100 BEST FANTA ...more

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