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The Rage of Dragons

(The Burning #1)

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4.38  ·  Rating details ·  14,058 ratings  ·  2,335 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
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Hardcover, 544 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Orbit
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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,
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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
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Petrik
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 wouldnt 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 wasnt 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
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Daniel Greene
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I COULD NOT STOP READING THIS! Holy Crap, bar raised for first-time authors.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjLC8...
Regan
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: fantasy, five-stars, adult
Here's my spoiler free video review https://youtu.be/f68cU3_mPqg
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 10/14/20

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 didnt feel there was too much world building in this book. I felt it was more character driven which is just fine with me. You dont want to step away from the characters for one freaking minute! And I love Tau! Hes my
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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 its 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
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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
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R.F. Kuang
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
couldn't stop listening
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
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Hamad
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Hamad by: FanFiAddict
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David's pick for my 10 readers, 10 recommendations challenge!!

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 story about
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ChopinFC
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 is so fucking good I dont even know where to start! Ive heard the buzz about Rage from some online youtube reviews, and strong GR reviewers (shout out Petrik...as usual) and went full steam into it! I sampled the audiobook version, and as soon as I heard the
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Will.J.R. 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
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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 wont want to miss.

Lets 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
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Sara
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!
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 Winters 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 ...more
Zitong Ren
me frantically panting after finishing this book be like

OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD.

Yeah

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, Im very happy to have read this, and all
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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
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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
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Nick
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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, Id 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 Browns series (as I am) would almost
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Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: default
Is 5/5 stars enough?

No.

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.

UGH HE DID THAT
Dannii Elle
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 bigger, taller, and stronger. However, most of their people are doomed to the life of an average lower-class being - spending their days ...more
Lucia
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
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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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Brenda Waworga
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am so glad I ended up loving this book, this military African inspired Adult Fantasy book is a debut book from Evan Winter and got a lot of praises from fellow authors and booktubers and so glad I agree with them however I DO NOT think this book is for everyone if you are looking for plot driven fantasy story this book is probably 80% fighting and action scenes and for someone who love battle and fight scenes.. I love this book

This book reminds me a lot of Red Rising, the main character Tau
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kartik narayanan
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure who recommended The Rage of Dragons to me. Whoever it was, THANK YOU!

The first 20% of the book is a snore fest. At times, I was tempted to chuck the book away. But then, the Zaknafein moment happened, and the book went full Hulk on me.

BOOK SMASH PUNY READER!

The remaining 80% is as action packed as it is possible for the written word to be. There is plenty of humour, drama, character development, world building and every other thing you can think of.

The only problem with finishing
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The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

Some books start quite slowly, setting the scene, others, they start with a bang. The Rage of Dragons is one such book, starting with a bloody sword thrust through the chest cavity, one that explodes out the back in a profusion of action.

After fleeing their previous home, the land of Osonte and a catastrophe known as The Cull the Omehi are newly arrived on the shores of Xidda
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Lena K.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
The series is called The Burning and Im pretty sure it refers to me burning through the pages at high speed!

Rage of Dragons is military oriented fantasy, so there are a lot of sparring, battles, skirmishes and thank the Goddess for that! I do love battle scenes and the ones in this book are well written and highly engaging.

That prologue is amazing, it gives you a taste of the world with explosive action scenes and gets you immediately hooked.

The book is told from Taus perspective, one of the
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