Hello Gemmies! I have an exciting book review to share with you today. The Rage of Dragons is the debut adult science fiction high fantasy novel by Evan Winter. I was very excited to read this book, and holy hell did it deliver! I literally could NOT put it down. This sweeping African inspired epic fantasy is full of revenge, magic, tragedy, battles, and.... dragons! I cannot believe this is Evan's first novel. I already need book two immediately!
The Rage of Dragons pulls you in from the very first page where we are thrust into the middle of a vicious battle which sets the tone for the rest of the book. Let's start with the story. The plot was at its essence a coming of age tale and revenge story, but there is so much more to unpack. Evan Winter addresses some very serious themes like race and class inequality, abuse of power, privilege, and poverty that take this novel to the next level. I found myself fully immersed in this vivid and impressive world. Let us not forget about the magic. There is a well imagined magical belief system with a complex power structure. Individuals called the gifted are blessed with various abilities, including being able to enhance the strength and speed of warriors and control dragons. Evan Winter managed to blend them all seamlessly.
The Rage of Dragons is also an extremely well written character driven story with a diverse cast of characters that I found to be complex, dynamic, and relatable. I need more Tau in my life! He is a wonderful protagonist and I found myself immediately invested in his well being. Tau also had an amazing character arc. We see him in various stages of his life and you really just want to see him win and overcome the insurmountable odds stacked against him. Worth mentioning are some of the main supporting characters like Zuri. I loved her relationship with Tau. I also really enjoyed following Tau's sword brothers and trainer Jayyed, Uduak, and Hadith.
The Rage of Dragons is an absolute wonder. It is intense and high octane. Buckle up because you are in for a wild ride! If you are a fan of Black Panther, magic, epic battles, dragons, love and tragedy then go read this book! This gem published by Orbit is available for purchase from all major booksellers. I give The Rage of Dragons 5 out of 5 gems. I cannot wait to read the second installment in this epic series! Happy Reading!