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Becoming the Dragon
More filters. Sort order. 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 on 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.
The joke is that, since I'm the one who wrote the book, I've lost the distance needed to know if I'd actually like it. But, I am proud of it.
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I think it's good. More important, what do you think? Evan Winter View all 32 comments. Denise Alcaraz You had me at Pierce Brown my favorite series. Off to buy your audiobook for my commute in LA. Sep 06, PM. I'm hoping to pick up a copy soon but I thought you might find that interesting. Mar 05, Petrik rated it really liked it Shelves: owned-physical-books. This book was originally self-published and released in September However, its acquisition by Orbit, which resulted in a brand new gorgeous cover 4.
However, its acquisition by Orbit, which resulted in a brand new gorgeous cover art done by the ingenious Karla Ortiz, is a total cover seller—look at the Zulu shield and the intricately apt mural in the cover! Even with that information in mind, knowing that the ebook was already available to purchase physical copies will be out in July I bought it to give my support to the author. I was only going to read a few chapters but I ended up being completely hooked and read through it like Sonic the Hedgehog being lured by infinite golden coins; it was too addictive to stop.
Let me just say this again before I begin my review. Life is nothing more than moments in time. To achieve greatness, you have to give up those moments. You have to give your life to your goal. The people of Omehi have been caught in an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years, and the story revolves around our main character, the young and gift-less Tau.
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Tau is determined to just settle down, get married, and live in peace. However, an unfortunate event causes his entire motivation to shift towards the path of vengeance. I really suggest going into this book without knowing about the story, but if you want to know more, the blurb on Goodreads and Amazon is there for you to check out.
At its core, the main theme of the novel is revenge. I have felt the mercy of armed men and they will never find me helpless again. Although the storyline was a bit predictable, I found the execution and pacing to be absolutely brilliant. There was always something going on; it was fast-paced, incredibly engaging, and brimming with tension. If I have to choose the most outstanding aspect of the book, it would definitely be the battle scenes. Every battle was easy to follow, gripping, and vivid. The heart-pounding actions never stop escalating until the climax sequences. Winter combines cinematic scenes and economical characterizations wonderfully.
There was never any moment where the characters were just fighting emotionlessly like robots. When Tau sparred, it was just him and his opponent. All that mattered was experience, skill, determination, and will. The rest of the world slipped away, leaving only the next move, the next counter, the next attack, the next victory.
The magic system and the demonic aspect of the book were both clever and felt refreshing. Admittedly, I had two minor issues with the book that prevented me from giving it a full 5 stars rating.
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The first was that it took some time for me to get used to the in-world terminologies. There were only two noteworthy female characters throughout the whole book and one of them appeared only near the end. In the grander scheme of things, my rating speaks for itself and these minor cons only slightly diminish my overall enjoyment of the book. Evan Winter is another new fantasy voice to watch out for; his voice deserves to be heard and his book deserves to be read. The Rage of Dragons is a breathtaking fantasy debut that triggered tons of adrenaline rush in me. The second book is now on my priority list of anticipated books.
I highly recommend The Rage of Dragons to anyone who loves reading a fast-paced revenge story with great characterizations for the main character. More importantly, if you love reading fantasy with well-written battle scenes, there's a huge chance that this book is for you.
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Holy Crap, bar raised for first-time authors. View all 11 comments. Apr 24, Sean Barrs the Bookdragon rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , reviewed-for-fantasy-book-review , review-copies , 4-star-reads. 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. 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 f The Rage of Dragons is an African inspired revenge fantasy novel. The story begins in the middle of a battle, which sets the tone for the martial focus for the book. There is so much action and so much struggle for victory across these pages. Dragons are the absolute last resort, a weapon that should only be used when there is no other choice because it is such a terribly powerful one.
The prologue captures this very quickly, and as the book progresses the significance of that first scene is later expanded upon with a great amount of detail which really helped to strengthen the world building. And this is a world that is slightly different to the Eurocentric medieval fantasy that many of us are used to.
All these simple things, along with the names of characters and places, help to give the book a distinct feel. Tau is a solid protagonist and his reactions to his circumstances are entirely normal and human. And judging by his determination, he will clearly get what he wants. He lives to train, and eventually becomes skilful enough to best opponents twice his size.
The action was also constant, never relenting until the final chapters. The two work together to ensure victory. It reminded me somewhat of Kursed in Thor: Dark World and it gave the fighting especially the large-scale battles an added element, making them more complex and interesting to read about. Overall, this is a strong first novel in the series. Orbit were totally right to snap this up it was previously only a self-published title. More please. View all 9 comments. Jun 26, James Tivendale rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. 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 powerful protective being. The pinnacle of their powers, and the aspect that the hedeni fear the most is that when Gifted work together they can call a Dragon Guardian to aid them on the battlefield to bloody and devastating effect. After an incredible prologue which is set cycles prior, we spend The Rage of Dragons mostly following Tau's third person perspective.
Castes and birthright are hugely important in this novel and Tau is a higher common. He lives in a relatively small town and spends the majority of his days helping his father in his duties or training with the sword. His father was an Ihashe warrior and now helps keep the settlement secure and safe. Tau wants to follow in his father's footsteps and become an Ihashe soldier too. These are the elite fighters from the lesser castes. He spends his days practicing with the second son of a petty noble house called Jabari.
As a noble Jabari is bigger, stronger, faster, fitter and beats Tau the majority of the time. Jabari wishes to join the Indlovu which is the group for the most powerful noble caste warriors. Although best friends they are aware that their blood will lead them to walk different roads in the future even though the nobles, commoners, and the drudge are all on the same side. All seems content and life doesn't seem too harsh.
Tau even has a love interest in his village called Zuri. Things change dramatically but mostly for Tau the day that Jabari attends his warrior trials and that is where the story really begins.