Fourth Wing By Rebecca Yarros Book Review

Fourth Wing By Rebecca Yarros Book Review

Fourth Wing is a TikTok sensation about grumpy dragons and unusual heroines. I’m a sucker for dragons, so I was happy to give this a go, especially with the promise of an enemies-to-lovers romance.

My theory is that this book is so addictive because it’s a romance novel pretending to be a YA, fantasy novel. The fantasy is of course fun and interesting, but the sexual tension is a big driver.

The Plot

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general—also known as her tough-as-talons mother—has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders. Violet is weaker than every other recruit, which means she’ll have to be smarter than everyone else. The danger is compounded by Xaden Riorsen, an enemy of her mothers, and one of her leaders.

The Review

Violet Sorrengail is an interesting character choice for a survival of the fittest conscription story. She’s frail from a childhood disease but makes up for this with intelligence and cunning. It’s her ability to think outside the box that enables her to continue to survive to become a dragon rider. My only quibble is I kind of expected her to try more to improve. She kind of coasts by for ages using her intelligence. I was expecting more of a desperate struggle to survive, but I had just read The Rage Of Dragons, so it was hard for Violet to live up to the manic drive of Tau.

I read this book quickly. It’s got a good pace and a nice mix of romance and action. The stakes are high for Violet. It helps that Rebecca Yarros is writing about what she knows, eg romance and the military.

The enemies-to-lovers plot line is obviously a big factor in the book as Ross is a romance novelist (this is technically not a romance). This is not a bad thing, as it’s sexy and gripping and she writes it well. It is one of those enemies to lovers where the dangerous love interest does an abrupt u-turn and turns a bit clingy and besotted, which is a bit of a letdown after all the angry smoldering. My favourite enemies-to-lovers of all time is Dark Fever by Karen Marie Moning, now that keeps the spice even when they stop being enemies.

The Dragons are definitely a highlight of Fourth Wing. They’re grumpy, opinionated, and highly dangerous. I also love the drama of Violet’s dragon bonding; that is an exciting part of the plot.

For a romance novelist, the action is usually very good. It’s based in a military college, so there’s quite a bit of it. The only time it flops is when it becomes all action, instead of just being some action driving the plot. The ending becomes a bit chaotic and could have done with some smoothing out in the editing process.

Speaking of the ending. There’s a major twist, which I just didn’t buy into. One: no country will ever destroy itself to try and save another, and two: I don’t believe in worldwide secret conspiracies. I’m going to stick around and read the follow-up novels, as this didn’t break it for me. But it made me want to roll my eyes a few times.


Fourth Wing is an exciting book with sexy characters and grumpy dragons. It’s fun, there’s drama and action, and I’m here for the enemies to lovers sizzle.

— Bliss
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