Book Review | July 2021

"Where we fight.....the world burns!"

If you haven’t read The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winters yet, do yourself a favor and go read that immediately! You won’t regret it and it will get you one step closer to being able to start The Fires of Vengeance.

I have been working on a goal to diversify my reading, ensure I am reading plenty of works by BIPOC authors, and to make sure to incorporate books that have diverse characters because representation definitely matters.

What struck me and made me so excited about Evan Winter and The Burning series before I even started the books was an interview with him where he stated:
“But the reason my thinking actually turned to writing, when it so often doesn’t, was because of my son. I wanted him to have this story because, when I was growing up, it didn’t exist. I wanted him to have an epic that regarded the world from a vantage point closer to his identity and his humanity.”

All this to say this is a series that I recommend to everyone who will listen and will re-read them throughout the years. I cannot wait for the third installment of this 4 book series.

Dear Evan,
I just finished The Rage of Dragons and am devastated it’s over. I am a fan of fantasy and have read a lot over the years. My favorite fantasy authors are Neil Gaiman, N. K. Jemisin and Nnedi Okorafor. You are now easily my favorite. Your world building is outstanding, the representation for those underrepresented for far too long in the fantasy genre is amazing and so appreciated, your demons in isihogo are nightmare inducing and fresh, and Tau is a phenomenally complex main character. Representation matters and you brought your A game showing diversity of characters. I need more than 5 ⭐️ for this one.
Thank you,
Erin

The Burning Series follows lead character Tau, part of the Omehi people who are divided into two Chosen Castes, the Nobles and the Lessers. Tau, a member of the Lesser Caste, dreams of more for his life, encounters blow after blow that drives anger, rage and eventually vengeance.

With the racial and social unrest in the United States, the dynamic between the Lessers and the Nobles was really fascinating to read through the current lens. I couldn't help but draw comparisons to the racial injustices in America today.

"Where did Lessers stand in a world of dragon callers, colossal warriors, and illusion-wielding tribespeople went to war again immortals?" Where do they stand? In a place of strength, power, and inspiration. I would rather stand shoulder to shoulder with the Lessers than the Nobles any day of the week!  

With everything happening in the US now, these books really made an impact for me and were thought provoking far beyond a traditional fantasy series. If you are a fan of fantasy books, looking to get started in the genre, or are looking for diverse characters in an epic fantasy series, I urge you to go with Tau on his journey of pain, loss, war, friendship and ultimately finding the "family" that has his back through it all!

Review by: 
Erin Dewsbury-Ribeiro