The Rage of Dragons (The Burning #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the The Burning series.

"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,

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!

— Erin Dewsbury-Ribeiro


Game of Thrones meets Gladiator in this blockbuster 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.

Winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for almost two hundred years. 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."

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About the Author

Born in England to South American parents, Evan Winter was raised in Africa near the historical territory of his Xhosa ancestors. Evan has always loved fantasy novels, but when his son was born, he realized that there weren't many epic fantasy novels featuring characters who looked like him. So, before he ran out of time, he started writing them.

Praise For…

"Expertly structured with a keen eye for action and character, The Rage of Dragons is a captivating epic heroic fantasy from a major new talent."Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song

"It may be cliche to say a book was impossible to put down, but well, dang it, this book was impossible to put down!... a rip-roaring good story."Rick Riordan

"People ask the last book I couldn't put down, and I tell them The Rage of Dragons. The tension rises with every page until you fear it will break you in two."Peter V. Brett, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Warded Man

"Winter's stunning debut fantasy epic is rich in complex characters and a well-wrought world with both European and African influences. ... This impressive series launch holds tremendous promise."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A unique military fantasy....The fast-paced action will have readers eager to follow Tau into the next book of this captivating epic."Booklist (starred review)

"A refreshingly brutal and imaginative tale of survival and revenge. Evan Winter's battles are visceral, bloody masterpieces, and Tau's climb from exiled Lesser to legendary warrior is earned in a way few writers could hope to match."David Dalglish, author of the Shadowdance Series

"The Rage of Dragons takes the best parts of epic fantasy and sets them in a refreshing and inventive new world, a gripping tale that makes clear the true cost of war and colonialism with one of the most enthralling hero's journeys I've read."S. A. Chakraborty, author of City of Brass

"Winter's debut will draw strong comparisons to George R.R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson, and the strong African influences and ties create a singular, exciting epic with intriguing characters and culture. Readers will be clamoring for the next installment."Library Journal (starred review)

"Compelling, expansive and rich. Winter has created an exciting and immersive world of magic, vengeance and wonder"Micah Yongo, author of Lost Gods

"A Xhosa-inspired world complete with magic, dragons, demons and curses, The Rage of Dragons takes classic fantasy and imbues it with a fresh and exciting twist."Anna Stephens, author of Godblind

"Wow. This book hits the ground with stunning action and danger, and it barely lets up as the pages fly by. I loved the African-influence culture, the unique use of dragons and demons, the complex martial and class hierarchy, and it has a magic system unlike anything I've seen before. What a terrific set up for a series!"David Anthony Durham, author of The Acacia Trilogy

"Intense, inventive and action-packed from beginning to end - a relentlessly gripping, brilliant read."James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost

"The Rage of Dragons is an uncompromisingly brutal fantasy in a unique, fascinating world I want to see a lot more of. Fans of Anthony Ryan's Blood Song will love this."Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names

"Canada's answer to George R. R. Martin... A vividly drawn, instantly gripping saga."Globe and Mail

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316489775
ISBN-10: 0316489778
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: March 10th, 2020
Pages: 576
Series: The Burning