Saturday, March 14, 2020

DNF Review - The Rage of Dragons (The Burning, #1) by Evan Winter

Title: The Rage of Dragons (The Burning, #1)
Author: Evan Winter
Pages: 544
Publisher: Orbit
Release Date: 18th July 2019

Blurb from Goodreads:

Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this debut epic fantasy about a world caught in an eternal war, and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.

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, destined to fight and die in the endless war.

Young, gift-less Tau knows all this, but he has a plan of escape. 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 launches a stunning and powerful debut epic fantasy series that readers are already calling “the best fantasy book in years”.

My Review:
*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Little, Brown Book Group UK and NetGalley*

- DNF @ 12% - 

The Ohemi have been at war for centuries. Some of them have powers, including being able to summon dragons.

Tau has no gift and wants a simple life with his own land and family.

However, when Tau's friends and family are killed, he turns to revenge. Tau is intent on becoming a master swordsman and tracking down those that wronged him and his loved ones.

I have to admit that when I started The Rage of Dragons I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy it, but it has dragons in so I was interested in what it would be like.

Unfortunately, it was obvious pretty much straight away that I wasn't going to enjoy it.

I would have liked a lot more description in certain places to make things easier to visualise.

There were a lot of terms introduced at once that I felt weren't really explained.

There were also a lot of characters introduced at a time and I found it hard to work out who was who more than once.

While I liked that there was action from the very beginning, I would have liked at least a few pages setting the scene or giving more of an insight into the village and Tau's life, because it felt a bit skimmed over and rushed.

I liked the concept, but I really struggled to connect with the writing and the story, and so decided to stop reading.

I may attempt to read a finished copy of this book at some point, in the hopes that some of my gripes have been worked on.

Unfortunately, this wasn't for me.

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