‘The Rage of Dragons’ is the October B2Weird Book Club pick. We follow Tau, a man out for vengeance!
‘The Rage of Dragons’ Book Information
‘The Rage of Dragons’ by Evan Winter
Length: 544 pages
Publisher: Orbit Books
Book 1 of ‘The Burning’ Series
Release Date: July 16, 2019
The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society is 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, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, yet carries an escape plan. He’s going to get himself injured, get out early, and settle down to marriage, children, and land. Only, he doesn’t get the chance. Those closest to him are brutally murdered, and his grief swiftly turns to anger. Fixated on revenge, Tau dedicates himself to an unthinkable path. He’ll become the greatest swordsman to ever live. A man willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill the three who betrayed him.
‘The Rage of Dragons’: My Review
If you’re looking for an action-packed fantasy, ‘The Rage of Dragons’ is your best bet! This story has both an intricate magical system and a feminine power structure. Our main character Tau fights for vengeance. His father is murdered due to a misunderstanding. As a result, Tau’s journey takes him to train as a Ihashe sword fighter.
Tau trains around the clock as he works toward his goal. Along the way he learns about the inner workings of Isihogo, the underworld. Tau uses this knowledge to his advantage as he perfects his sword fighting skill. Thus, Tau becomes highly respected, and feared.
Tau begins with a single goal: kill the people who murdered his father. Throughout the novel, this remains a constant. However, Tau learns to trust in his military brothers as they advance in the competition. It takes time for Tau to learn that one cannot reach a feat alone.
I do wish that we learned more about the female characters in the book. While The Rage of Dragons has a matriarchal magic system, its women are rarely seen. I hope that we view more female perspectives in Book 2!
Worldbuilding & Plot
The Rage of Dragons sets the scene for a stunning world. Indeed, you’re drawn in from the beginning! Everything about Tau’s world (Magic system, Class system, laws) is very unique. Evan Winter truly creates a active world! Moreover, we’re clear about Tau’s goal from the start. Although he has his bumps during his training period, we dive deep into the nature of both Isihogo and the walking world.
Engagement & Logic
Was I interested in The Rage of Dragons? Of course! While certain parts slowed momentum (there are one too many training montages for my taste), this book drew me in from beginning to end. Also, the twists in this book are indeed shocking!
‘The Rage of Dragons’: Final Thoughts
In conclusion, ‘The Rage of Dragons’ is a captivating epic fantasy story! I recommend this novel for people searching for a vengeance tale in a diverse world. Additionally, there are three more books to follow! Plenty of room for women to take prominence!