Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros Book Summary


A #1 New York Times bestseller • Optioned for TV by Amazon Studios • Amazon Best Books of the Year, #4 • Apple Best Books of the Year 2023 • Barnes & Noble Best Fantasy Book of 2023 • NPR “Books We Love” 2023 • Audible Best Books of 2023 • Hudson Book of the Year • Google Play Best Books of 2023 • Indigo Best Books of 2023 • Waterstones Book of the Year finalist • Goodreads Choice Award, semi-finalist • Newsweek Staffers’ Favorite Books of 2023 • Paste Magazine's Best Books of 2023

"Suspenseful, sexy, and with incredibly entertaining storytelling, the first in Yarros' Empyrean series will delight fans of romantic, adventure-filled fantasy."Booklist, starred review

"Fourth Wing will have your heart pounding from beginning to end... A fantasy like you've never read before." ―#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Enter the brutal and elite world of a war college for dragon riders from New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Yarros

Twenty-year-old Violet Sorrengail was supposed to enter the Scribe Quadrant, living a quiet life among books and history. Now, the commanding general—also known as her tough-as-talons mother—has ordered Violet to join the hundreds of candidates striving to become the elite of Navarre: dragon riders.

But when you’re smaller than everyone else and your body is brittle, death is only a heartbeat away...because dragons don’t bond to “fragile” humans. They incinerate them.

With fewer dragons willing to bond than cadets, most would kill Violet to better their own chances of success. The rest would kill her just for being her mother’s daughter—like Xaden Riorson, the most powerful and ruthless wingleader in the Riders Quadrant.

She’ll need every edge her wits can give her just to see the next sunrise.

Yet, with every day that passes, the war outside grows more deadly, the kingdom's protective wards are failing, and the death toll continues to rise. Even worse, Violet begins to suspect leadership is hiding a terrible secret.

Friends, enemies, lovers. Everyone at Basgiath War College has an agenda—because once you enter, there are only two ways out: graduate or die.

The Empyrean series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Fourth Wing
Book #2 Iron Flame

Fourth Wing Book Details

Book Name Fourth Wing
Genre Fantasy
Author Rebecca Yarros
Published 02 May 2023, Tuesday
Price $14.99
E-Book Size 5.19 MB

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros Book Reviews

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Mak's Reviews

LOVED - must read. Aside from the ACOTAR series this was one of my first ”romantasy” series and really really enjoyed it. The authors writing is so clean and easy to understand while still doing a great job of world building. After the first couple chapters I was hooked and read this within a week or so. I would say it has a similar feel to a Hunger Games/Giver vibes but with more fantasy and more mature. Some good spicy scenes and a great ending, I highly recommend it!


Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros. Best fantasy novel I have read in a long time. The world building is incredible and her writing style teleports your mind into this world. The romance in the novel takes awhile to bubble up, but honestly, I was more encapsulated by the world rather than the FMCs romances. Once the romance aspect became mutual, it felt rushed and unnecessary at some parts of the novel. Made me cringe and get the ick a few times. Dialogues is sometimes childish which sucked me out of the novel.

Jim Yeats

Good story, but the romance was a little much.. This is an easy read and has a fun storyline. You have an overall good scenario, good characters. The romance aspect went a little over the top though. Kind of detracted from the story. Overall though if your looking for a simple easy read and like fantasy then this will entertain you.


Obsessed. I am not a big fantasy person but holy crap this book is amazing. I am also not a huge reader but I was engulfed in this book.


So good. Couldn’t put it down!!!!


Couldn’t put it down. I haven’t found a book that I couldn’t put down for a long time, this book had me reading morning noon and night until finished!!

Allison nolagirl

Amazing read. Amazing!!! Must read for anyone who loves magic and power of love! May need to read it again and again! Suggest for your friends.


Lost in a Fantasy!. I love it when a book completely captures your attention, drawing you into the story and you become so engrossed that you lose sense of time, of space & anything & everything that is going on around you ! A book so well written that you become a part of the story, seeing what the characters are seeing, feeling what the characters are feeling,….that is what this book does. On top of the list of best book I have ever read !


Fantastic!!!. Not usually my genre but this book captivated me immediately and it was hard to put down. Such a joy to read.

The robot named Alfonso

Great overall but a little too horny near the end.. I really enjoyed reading this book in terms of the story, setting, and characters but its major drawback was the fact the last 250 pages or so are so extremely sexual it’s almost a different book entirely. It wouldn’t that bad if it was maybe 2 or 3 chapters dedicated to the two main characters being horny but it’s almost the entirely of the last third of the book. Every page has something overtly sexual on it all of a sudden which gets old after the first 30 times. I really wanted to give the book 5 stars but the amount of what is basically smut at the end of the book drops it down to 4.


Amazing. Great book excited to read the next one


A Stellar First Book. I could re-read this book fifty times, I enjoyed it so much.


Helped Get Past Reading Slump. Since law school, I’ve been in a reading slump, and took me months to finish any book. This is the first one in years that I read in a single day, and could not put down. And that I wanted to reread immediately to catch references I missed. It’s been a long time since reading has brought me such contentment. It’s a fun, dark, entertaining read, and I can’t wait to start Iron Flame.

Sisnsosbaks aoaksnns

AHHH. Obsessed. I can’t wait to read the second!!

Xaden Riorson Fan

This is that book…. If you love dragons and romance, then, this is the book for you. It’s so captivating!


Great read. An imaginative well thought out universe. She utilizes her own experiences in medical care and life to weave a compelling tale. A good ride.

Who wants to know?!?!?

worst book i read in 2023. the main character is the horniest character i've ever read. if you enjoy reading about how ever inch of her tingles as she imagine getting pounded by the love interest maybe this is for you


I loved Fourth Wing!. This story was so good. The author kept me hanging onto every word! I will say the romance portions do get a little cheesy here and there but I do try to remind myself they are just in their twenties and angsty 😂


Loved it!. Bought this book on a whim, read it in one day because I couldn’t put it down. I love the world, the characters, and the storyline. Buying the next one immediately.

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Best YA Fantasy. This book belongs on the shelf next to Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Twilight. The suspense, world building, and romance keep you engaged and craving for the next page. You won’t be able to put this book down.


Absolutely Love!. Normally don’t read fantasy books, but oh my goodness, I love it so so so much!!

John Jose Cali

Amazing!!. Absolutely amazing series!!!! Stole my heart!


Fourth Wing. Thrilling read! I’m so glad I bought this book. Rebecca… man I’m glad you wrote this… I appreciate your brain. What a wonderful way to spend a couple afternoons. Already bought the next in line and will eagerly buy another if the second matches the thrill of the first. Wow!

MoneyHeist #TTFM

Absolutely Amazing.. This book is amazing. I’m a huge fan of SCI-Fi and was nervous to hop into the YA side category but man, as cheesy as the sex scenes are they are very well written along with the rest of this book. I’m excited for the series to grow and become a staple in literature.


In love!!!. Just finished this book and am absolutely in love with the characters and the story!!

Shhh im reading

Divergent with dragons and smut. Divergent with dragons and smut, fast enjoyable read.


LOVE. thats it 🫶💗

Fourth wing

Wow!!. The slow burn, the storyline and the character development. Just wow! I can’t wait to read book two


This was so good. Better than I expected. I was addicted the whole time. I even dreamed about it. Cried. Laughed a ton. Truly a great book. Highly recommend


Worth reading. LOVED IT


Great Book. Unstoppable Reading Finished in Two Days 🥰 can’t wait to start iron flame


Loved it!!. Suspense, love, courage and Dragons!!! Loved this book.


A must read. One of the best books I’ve ever read




Phenomenal. No book has ever caught me within the first chapter like this book has. This book quite literally has me in a CHOKEHOLD. If you need a push, this is your aggressive push. READ. THIS. BOOK.


Wow.. I understand the hype. It’s every bit and more. Y’all, read this.


Must read!. Loved this series! If you loved ACOTAR, you will love this series!

Ailishing Amal

Will continue series. Very enjoyable if predictable

M1che11e 814

Great story!. I’m a busy mom and work full time. When I say I devoured this book - I mean that I could not wait to get back to this land of dragons and all that comes with it. It’s well written and makes sense. It’s very descriptive without being word vomit. This is my new favorite series! I’m so glad I took the leap of faith and made this purchase!


AMAZING. One of the best books and concepts I’ve read in a long time.


😁. I am loving this series I can’t wait for the third book to come out, this is the very first book I have read since I was in high school 14 years ago


even the sex isn’t very exciting. I don’t blame young “riders” for having sex on the brain, but leave a little to our imagination!


Read it in a week!!. I needed something to desperately pull me back into reading and this did exactly what I needed it too! I love absolutely every character and everything about the book EXCEPT I wish there was more of a prequel to Violet, Mira, and their parents were like before War College. Even if it was just a chapter or two. I know it will all likely come in due time but the edge of my seat can’t take it! It’s a super easy read (I read the whole book in a week and I’ve not been reading for about a decade now) but a lot to miss if you don’t follow closely. Buy it. Onto iron flame..


Hype is worth it. I was hesitant to try this book, but all my friends kept encouraging me to give it a try. Oh boy, why didn’t I sooner! A story different than others and the dragons are the true stars for sure.


Fourth Wing. Amazing, hard to put down. When is the movie?


DRAGONS. love but like also like wattpad


Awesome Storytelling. Loved it! Kept me intrigued the whole time. What a ride!


Omg. This book is everything!!!!

Missing heart

Hooked. I get sucked into books pretty often. It’s nothing new to me. But like a dragon this one picked me up and would not let me go. I had to force myself to drop it just to get anything done. Bless my boyfriend for being patient with me while I was in my reading coma for 2 days. I’m crying that the third book isn’t out yet. But I promise I’ll be one of the first to have it when it gets here. And I’ll seriously enjoy reading the first books all over again.


This author is a Zionist. This book is nothing new, if you want some dragons, find a book from an author that doesn’t support genocide.

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Give me more. This is the best book I’ve read all year! The story just sucks you win right away, and I hope that the author is going to continue with the series because it is awesome.


Couldn’t stop reading. I love how it’s simple yet so magical. The cliffhanger at the end is so frustrating which makes me want to read the second book. This is a good read if you want to cozy up during rainy days.


Amazing!. I seriously enjoyed this book so much! One of my new favourites! I can’t wait for the next one!!


Love the book!. Loved the book! Can not wait for the second one.


Best fantasy since Hunger Games. If Hunger Games and Game of Thrones had a baby it would be this book. I could not put it down, I felt lost when it was done and I can’t wait for the sequel!

So bad, really

Addictive. Wow, one of the best book I ever read!


Absolutely amazing!!. The best fantasy I have ever read!


Wow!. The best book I have read in three years, and now in my top 3 favorite books! I absolutely love the world Rebecca created, one of the best fantasy universes I have ever known! I loved everything about this and can’t wait for the second one! I felt attached to all characters immediately and was so involved in the story it was simply a delight! I highly recommend this book if you love fantasy, YA and romance!


Sarah J Maas fans will also enjoy this. This author is right up there with Sarah J Maas for me. Love it.


10/10. Genuinely one of the best written fantasies I’ve read in a minute


One of the best fantasy book I have ever read.. I cannot wait for the next one!! Just an amazing story build with many twist and turn and I just want to read the next one right now.


Awesome. One of the best books I’ve read and so many plot twists that you didn’t see coming. Kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

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Excellent. Very good


Life changing.. I don’t know where to begin. Everything about this book was perfect. It was absolutely sensational. It was Incredibly EPIC. It was devastatingly beautiful. A magical masterpiece.

Kayla Simpkins

Can’t recommend enough!. I just did a second read through of Fourth Wing to refresh the story before Iron Flame comes out on Tuesday - I’ve had it on preorder for months. Xaden Riorson might be my new favorite book boyfriend, or at least second place to Rowan Whitethorn (iykyk). Read the book. Just read the da*n book.

Kings Of Old

Just WOW!!!. Such a phenomenal book!! Worth every second!!!


So very good. to finally see a sci-fi/fantasy book not only in the top 10 or 15 but this week the number 1 best seller. I know they’ve been others, but always nice to see. Sci-fi/fantasy fan. Also a great book. ps I always thought that fantasy and sci-fi, and mysteries and thrillers should have their own genre.


Could not put this book down!!!. Best book I have read in a long time. Definitely will keep you interested. I can’t wait for the second book ❤️


Good read. Good story. Likeable characters. Plot moves along at a good pace. Nice to have a heroine that isn’t physically perfect. I enjoyed it.


Amazing beyond amazing!. I’d read it from front to back in a heart beat again. Perfectly written! Gripping my emotion with every page.


Fourth wing. Loved it!


Worth it. Do yourself a favor and get this book! I’m so excited for the next one!


Fabulous; Must Read. Wonderful character, story, and world building. I devoured this book and will do the same with the next. It’s been ages since a writer drew me in so completely. Thank to Rebecca Yarros for gifting us this work.

Sabrina M. Adams

Fourth Wing. LOVE LOVE LOVE the hype about this book was well heard! it had everything i’ve been looking for. The fantasy, the romance, the plot! it was just beautiful. i screamed, i cried, i laughed! it was just the perfect book, and my new favorite. Can’t wait to keep reading this series and seeing where it goes.

Shaye bae bae

Amazing, romantic and awesome!!!. I am so sad the book just ended. I can’t express in words how much I loved it…it was such a great exiting tale but better than that, an amazing love story. Just breathtaking!!!


Best series. It is one of my top 3 favorite books!


Miraculous. One of the most draw dropping and awe inspiring books I have ever read. I could not put it down.


THE BEST NEW SERIES OF THE DECADE. It takes a little bit of time to pick up the new terminology but once you are in it - truly - one of the best books I have ever read. I am ready to re-read after literally just finishing it and I have never had that experience in my life with a book. Cannot praise this book enough!!!!


Wowww. What a way to start a series


Cheesy. This book started out interesting but once the romance started it got bad fast. It was so cheesy I had to quit reading even though I wanted to continue with main story.


Amazing. Super good read can’t wait for the next one soon

Ifeoluwa olokode



MUST READ!!!. I never read books in this genre but I decided to give this a try and am I happy I did!! This is one of the best books I have ever read! Must read!


Obsessed. This book was perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing about it!


Couldn’t put it down. This book was so good! I loved every thing about it. I haven’t read a book with dragons before and liked the bonds. Loved the banter, action, and romance. I have so many questions though.


Easy Fav. I’ve been craving a good fantasy, and this was beyond satisfying. It had a good amount of action, adventure, comedy and romance.


Great read. Thoroughly enjoyed meeting the characters through Violet’s eyes. Definite page turner. Fantastic vacation read when you don’t have to stop reading because you won’t want to stop. Enjoy!!


Best GD Book I’ve Ever Read. Look, I’m not an avid reader. To put it into perspective, the last book I read was because I was stuck in Europe without a phone and had no other option. This book has hands down changed my perspective on reading. Whether it’s the drama, the action, the love story or the sheer character development— I couldn’t put it down. I’ve never read an 800-page-something book in my life and I read it in a week & a half. MUST READ. I promise you won’t regret it. Take it from a now avid-reader, you’ll love it.

Sw ✨

BEST BOOK EVER. This book was everything!! I wish I can read it again and again and again for the first time!


Obsessed. This book is fantastic! Had me excited, anxious, happy, and sad. Why are you reading this review instead of reading this book? I promise it’s worth it. If you aren’t hooked by the first 2-3 chapters I would be surprised.

Emma Geyer

So good!. This book has a mix of every element I enjoy in books. I am a bit confused one how it will pan out in the next 4 books stemming from all the action from this one, but nonetheless excited. Well done Mrs. Yarros this was amazing and I can’t wait to keep reading!


One of my favorites. I loved everything about this book, 10/10 would recommend

Julian JP Norwich

Fourth Wing. It became utterly unreadable at about the halfway point. It went from being a potentially good story about a young woman honing herself into a warrior, to nothing but silly, self-centered nonsense you would find in the diary of an immature teenager with a big crush on someone far too old for them.

A queer hopeless romantic

Amazing. This book has everything and more, I had to read it again straight after to absorb everything. An absolute masterpiece!


SOOOO GOOD. I absolutely loved this book. I never thought any book would top the ACOTAR Series. But this is definitely my favorite book. Action & spice. But the spice was nicely paced and not all in your face & cringey and all at once. Definitely recommend. Can’t wait for November 7th for the second!!


Wow!!!!. Finished in three days!!! So good!!!


Stolen culture. This author stole from the Irish and Scottish people and their culture language of Gaelic, if you do purchase this book please take the time to search the Gaelic words and their meanings to bring awareness back to this amazing language that was nearly destroyed by the British empire.


Four Stars. I give four stars for leaving me on a cliff hanger I will change my review when the second comes out.


Obsessed!. This is the best book I’ve read in a long time! Gripping from start to finish and seductively addicting! I flew through it and now I’m sad that I’ve finished it, loved the cliff hanger at the end and sooo looking forward to starting the next one!


Wonderful!. So deliciously good! It’s been a long time since a book captured me so fully! I really enjoy the two-leg characters and the dragons are glorious!


New Favorite Book. I haven’t read a book that has truly made me laugh and cry along with the characters in a long time. This book is truly a masterpiece!


Amazing. Haven’t read a book like that since reading Harry Potter as a kid. Absolutely loved this book.


Page turner. Excellent, every page!

Adryan <3

ugh😩. there were some things that gave YA vibes about this book, which not a total fan of, but the story itself was very good. onto iron flame 🫣


A better Harry Potter and for adults. Could not stop reading. Stakes are high, story is magical and compelling.


Obsessed with it. The way characters appear in each chapter and the way author describes the story helps you fall in love with the plot and the relationship between characters, I can’t recommend this story enough but I can promise you can’t put it down once you start.


Captivating. This book hooked me in a way that hasn’t happened in a long time. I throughly enjoyed every minute!


Don’t scroll through other reviews!! Ending spoiled. Don’t scroll down through the other reviews on here!!!! Someone spoils the ending😡 Apple Books, please consider taking down the review. I still enjoyed the book even though I saw the spoiler here, but definitely was robbed from the full experience. Finished in 2 days, onto Iron Flame 😊

E. Boozer

Fourth wing. Great book, really draws you in!


Incredible!. One of the best fantaisy book ever written. Looking forward to reading the next volumes


Fantastic. Excitement never ends!


Chefs kiss. Omg so fricken good, I cried, I giggled, I got sucked in, and it didn’t let me out until the end. Loved it

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About Author "Rebecca Yarros"

Rebecca Yarros is an American author. She is best known for the Empyrean fantasy book series, which will be adapted into a television series with Amazon; Yarros will serve as a non-writing executive producer. Yarros graduated from Troy University, where she studied European history and English. Empyrean series The first book in the Empyrean series, Fourth Wing, was published in April 2023 by Red Tower Books. In May, it landed fourth on the bestseller list. By late June, it was a number one bestseller on Amazon. As of September 2023, the book had spent 18 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, including in the top position. It also landed on the bestseller list in the second spot in August and third spot in September. Additionally, it was a top-ten book club pick for September. In October and November 2023, Fourth Wing was on USA Today's list of the top ten bestselling books.The sequel, Iron Flame, was released in November 2023. In July 2023, Waterstones indi....

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