Staff Pick: Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Traditional fantasy takes on a brutal edge in Rebecca Yarros’ new novel, the immensely popular Fourth Wing.  Violet Sorrengail, the youngest of the General’s three children, enters the Rider’s Quadrant with every eye on her – and not much hope of surviving the next few weeks.  After all, a quarter of Rider Candidates never make it to even get the chance to meet the dragons, and some make it no further than that.  To add to the fear of being killed in training and by dragons, Violet has the pressure of her mother’s brutal history of squashing rebellions throughout the country.  It isn’t unusual for candidates to be killed by their classmates, and Violet’s classmates can hold her responsible for tragedy and brutality in the country and in their families.  Plus, she’s about the tiniest person in her class.  Near misses abound in this action packed, dragon infused traditional fantasy with a spicy side, as Violet breaks through it all and becomes her own person along the way, out of her family’s shadows and into situations she believed unthinkable.  Expect to lose sleep to this one – and put yourself on the hold list for the second installment, Iron Flame, before you start the first!

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