Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros

Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros Book Summary


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“The first year is when some of us lose our lives. The second year is when the rest of us lose our humanity.” —Xaden Riorson

Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Basgiath War College—Violet included. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak-willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky.

Now the real training begins, and Violet’s already wondering how she’ll get through. It’s not just that it’s grueling and maliciously brutal, or even that it’s designed to stretch the riders’ capacity for pain beyond endurance. It’s the new vice commandant, who’s made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is–unless she betrays the man she loves.

Although Violet’s body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else’s, she still has her wits—and a will of iron. And leadership is forgetting the most important lesson Basgiath has taught her: Dragon riders make their own rules.

But a determination to survive won’t be enough this year.

Because Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at Basgiath War College—and nothing, not even dragon fire, may be enough to save them in the end.

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

Iron Flame Book Details

Book Name Iron Flame
Genre Epic
Author Rebecca Yarros
Published 07 November 2023, Tuesday
Price $14.99
E-Book Size 4.6 MB

Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros Book Reviews

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Tara in samsara

Romance or Fantasy. Well mostly romance. She has the ability to tell a great story but the cheesy sex in the first book was amped up further. She has chosen her genre and it isn’t really fantasy. I like her dragons but her character development was less in this book. Xaden was a love sick fool. I read the reviews for Book 3 which seemed to be a romantic love fest so I am now done with this series.

Beetle Bug Reader

Fun read. A lot of suspenseful moments in this novel with some twists and turns. It was a fun read both Fourth Wing and Iron Flame.


OBSESSED. Loved this book just as much as I loved the 1st book of the series! And that cliff hanger??? I cannot wait for the next book. I had to buy the audiobook, ebook, AND a physical copy I loved it so much.


Fantastic. Can’t wait for the next book!


My GAWD. Deep internal screams!!!!! Amazing writing, amazing story, I can’t wait to read what happens next. But my GAWD!!! The heart racing anxiety. You only put this book down for the emotional breath. This is peak story telling!


Better than the first!. I couldn’t stop reading and so many twists and turns it was so fun

MoneyHeist #TTFM

Absolutely Captivating.. Overly grateful for this series emerging this year. It is thoroughly amazing and I just can’t get enough of it. Thank you, Rebecca for creating this for us.

Queen Christines Green Machine

Absolutely singe-ful.. This is so amazing. I cannot even begin to describe the secrets you’ll learn. Shocking. Omg.


Loved. This is my new favorite book ever. I am immediately starting the next one.


Hooked for the Empyrean Ride!!!. 4 stars on my first read, 5 stars on my second read thru. There’s so much more to the Empyrean world than I thought after Fourth Wing. I cannot wait to see how it all unfolds. I have full faith Rebecca has this crazy ride all mapped out beautifully, even though parts of this book made me so angry!!! But that’s the fun in story telling. She took us on a roller coaster and I’m here for all the character tension, adventure, theories, world building, magic, emotion, and spice. So much fun!!!

Jamie w03

Speachless. I don’t know what to say besides ……my whole heart is in anguish I need the next book!!!!


Loveddd. I read this book in a couple days. Although it wasn’t as good as the first book, I believe this book was packed with foreshadowing and once I finished reading I was mind blown.


So good!. These books are great! I can’t wait to see what happens to Xaden & Violet next!! I’m anxiously awaiting the next book.


I’ll never got over how good these books are. Thank you for the best books EVER


Amazing Story!. I just couldn’t put it down!! I can’t wait for the next book to come out and continue the story of Violet and Xaden!

Slimmer 12

Iron Flame - OUTSTANDING. The non-stop, heart pounding, action and the overwhelming passion made this book nearly impossible to put down! Loved it!


This e-version is incomplete. There are several places where sentences are cut off, especially at the end of chapters. Very frustrating.


SO GOOD but…. I liked this book a lot, not as much as Fourth Wing though. I think a majority of my issues with Iron Flame are surrounding the ending and not necessarily the book as a whole, so that’s why four stars instead of five.


I need the next book ASAP. I loved fourth wing and was looking forward to iron flame and oh boy it did not disappoint! I looooved it!


Iron flame. Hated the end

Not too bad of an app

Best YA Book of 2023. This book really has it all romance, dragons, and a revolution. I had a lot of expectations coming into this series and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend this series to anyone however I especially recommend it to those who love Harry Potter, game of thrones, and twilight. The mix of romance and suspense,is one for the generation.

Gracie's reads

10/10 emotional roller coaster. Grab a box of tissues. Maybe two.


I can’t wait until the next one. Such a good second book in this series


Was just OK. I liked book 1, it had it’s cheesy moments but overall I was locked in. Book 2 I had a difficult time getting through the dialogue and the romance aspect. Their relationship was the worst part of the book ( which consumed about 80% of the book) How many times do they say “we’ll fight later” so cringy Constantly had to remind myself this is YA book.


Love R.Y.. This series is one I wish I could re-read and feel all the feelings all over again. Her skill and love she pours in to her books show. It captivates her readers immediately—to where you can’t stop! 🫶🏻


Horrible. Awful


SO GOOd. I inhaled this book at record speeds


Wonderful story. This is an amazing story. The backstory, history, and culture of the world expand further than ever before. The plot sends the reader on a continuous ride of emotions for the beginning to the very end. My heart is so sore after reading this book. The characters expand in new and interesting ways. They learn things about each other and themselves that had my jaw dropping. I love the relationships that are created, changed, and grown through this book. That has to be my favorite part. Well that and the snappy banter. The next book cannot come soon enough.

Shalee S.

Good, but disappointing.. You could read the last 300 pages and feel satisfied. The first 80% of the book is nothing but arguments between Violet and Xadan, Andarna being a brat, and Tairn being his usual grumpy self. You honestly don’t learn ANYTHING. The idea was there, but the execution of this book felt disappointing in comparison to Fourth Wing. I think this book was rushed and should’ve been spread out more evenly than cramming all of the action into the last 6 chapters.


GAME CHANGER. Not a lot of sequels can beat the first and this one did it! Absolutely love this series. You have a dedicated fan for life! A peer to Harry Potter, if not better, for adults!


Sex sex fighting. Couldn’t wait for this to read but was disappointed with all the graphic sex. Kind of annoying how sappy the 2 leads have become and truly disgusted with the ultra predictable ending. It’s upsetting that YA can’t be better. The dragons were great, the fighting was great and then it just deteriorated into yet another garbage YA series. Sad.


Amazing Read. I could not put this book down. So many unexpected twists and turns. You can’t help but root for the riders. The action kept going until the very end. Great book!

Xaden Riorson Fan

Heart-wrenching. Bring a box of tissues for the ending… I binge read this book and the 1st book (Fourth wing) within a week and a half. And The hangover is maddening… I have so many questions! Prepare to laugh, smile, fight for fictional characters, fall-in-love, and cry all in the span of few days.


In less than a minute.. It’s hard to put into words exactly what I want to say because as much as I did love this book. The other part of me wishes I never read it now that I know I have 12 months before I can find out what happens. This book was more political than the last, so, while I still read it in three days, it felt harder to get through than the first book in the series. But I am truly devastated at the ending Rebecca did it incredible job as a writer, I’d still do it all over again. In less than a minute.


Love. Can’t wait for the next book.


Wow. I’m beyond happy I got into this whole series, the pace is incredible and it got me reignited into reading again!


I love the magic but…. And I like the story a lot, but had a hard time understanding all the in’s,, and outs of the way the wards work. It was confusing to me, I wouldn’t be able to explain it to anyone.


Fun but sloppy.. A fun and gripping read but sloppy in a lot of places. I think its plot could have benefitted from more simplicity. Fails to hold a candle to the first book in the series.


Excellent!. I always want more of this fabulous series. So creative and well written.


Live on the Edge. This book is definitely slower in pace from the first. However, it’s filled with so much details about the history and the revolution. I am hoping sneak peaks into the history of Basgiath and Tyrrendor ties all the pieces together in book 3. In true Rebecca Yarros style of writing there is a little dramatic irony which keeps the readers asking questions and going through the journey alongside the characters. I am hoping by the end of the Empyrean series that Xaden and Violet fate is in fact intermingled and leads to a pleasant ending. They deserve a chance not having to run, hide or fight to the death. Takeaways from the book: You never know what will happen in your next moment, so say I love you and live in the current!


Love!. Best book ever!! The twists! The action! All of it is a perfect sequel to Fourth Wing

Jeff's sigi

Iron flame. Mesmerizing. Thank you for this spell binding book. Look forward to you next in this series.


Iron Flame. It’s been many years since a series made me pull an all nighter. This one did it. A thousand kudos Rebecca. Well done! Cannot wait for the next one.

Rickey Eileen

Amazing read it twice! Can't wait for the next one!. Can't wait for the next one!


This is how you write a second book!!!. Rebecca Yarros absolutely killed it with this book. I was worried that given the events at the end of the first book, that would be the end of our time at Basgiath and the rest of the series would be a totally different vibe. But the characters were given a believable return and I’m grateful because it was so engaging, so much fun learning more about the Rider education and everything that goes into it. The entire climax of the book is chef’s kiss. The feelings I felt for characters I thought I hated. The GASP I gasped at the twist at the end. AND props to the author, she narrowly avoided the trap that I feel a lot of other YA authors fall into (the one where once the two MCs acknowledge that they’re in love, the author no longer knows how to write them and it gets boring and cringey). Absolutely loved this book, can’t wait for the next one.


Loved the series. Great book!


10/10 Rebecca has done it again 👏🏼. OMG THE ENDING IS SUCH A SHOCK I NEED TO KNOW MORE.


Couldn’t put it down. I loved this book so much, I couldn’t put it down. The world building is amazing, and the storyline keeps evolving in the most interesting way. I can’t wait to read the next one!


Love the story line without the sex. I would give it 5 stars but the very descriptive love scenes are not for me. A little more romance and less Penthouse please!


Not sure about the hype. I loved the fourth wing book a lot so I was hoping the second would be just as good but it’s really not. It drags on for long chunks of time and is just a bit dead in spirit. It seems like rather than expanding on things from the first book a lot is just repeated and you’re staying in the same settings as the first book. To be fair I am also now trying to go back to shorter books but this just wasn’t it. I think it was pushed out too quickly.

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Beyond Excellent. This is one of the best series ever. It will keep you all night, just to continue to the next chapter.


Worse than the first. A lot of predictable twists. Annoying repetitive drama between Xaden and Violet that seems to just randomly end. Wish there was more world building instead of their dumb drama.


All stars to story, negative stars for editors. The editing/ organization ruined this book. The story being told is so good! There was no need to rush out this publication, and with a bit more thoughtful care this would have been a incredible book.


Iron flame. I think I actually enjoyed this one more than the first book. Heart pounding action the amazing twists and turns throughout the book make this an a outstanding read! Can’t wait for the 3rd book in this unforgettable series!


Love it!. Love love love!!

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Good book. I enjoyed the book. I feel like they spend a lot of time arguing about useless things, but other than that it was a pretty good read.




Sex and Dragons. Couldn’t stop reading. Impatiently waiting for the third… and a movie of the first.


Wow in the best way. This book had me so caught in it I didn’t want it to end . So many feels . Action love all of it in one the full trifecta


heartbreaking. broke my heart in more ways than one. amazing.


Exciting. Dives way deeper into the story. Lots of unexpected happenings. Makes you feel every emotion possible. Absolutely phenomenal book!


need more 😭. i can’t wait for the next book, this cliffhanger has me disoriented. loved the vast layers of this story. absolute magic!




Iron Flame. A wonderful, next-level to Fourth Wing. Xander, Violet and crew grow and evolve taking us on a wild ride with dragons and gryphons. You will not be disappointed except that it ends.


Incredible sequel!!. This book was not a let down!! Lives up to all the hype. So excited for book three!!!!


Best book I have read in a while. This has drove me crazy so many twists and turns making me laugh and cry so many times. Love it


Love the story BUT…... Violet is annoying as a character at times!!!! Ughhhh


Haven’t felt this into a book since harry potter. I’ve read a lot of books but haven’t been this invested in a character and excited where the story is going since the Deathly Hallows came out when I was 14. Such amazing characters and I don’t know where it’s going but NEED to. Finished this book, cried a bit and starting fourth wing over again because I don’t want to leave this world yet while waiting for book 3.


Iron flame. Engrossing!

Jaylin Lindsey

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Great story- So-so writing. I loved the story (until the very end), but the author has got to get out a thesaurus for the next book. Spearing fingers through hair and jaw ticking-along with several other phrases or descriptions, can only be used so many times before it gets annoying and distracting. Other than that, I really enjoyed the story and all of the little clues throughout the books. I look forward to book 3.


So Good!. I probably enjoyed this more than Fourth Wing. It does have some slow moving parts…but then it gets really good toward the end! Such a powerful ending/cliffhanger!!


My heart. I loved the first book so much and I flew threw it, I took more time with this one. It’s brings the characters into view and makes you fall in love with them. I knew the end would tear me apart and it did, but I can’t wait for the next book now.


Great with troubles which i got through. .. Great action. Great story movements. Dulling detail not necessary. The sex scenes a bit, dare I say, long and boring. I love their passion yet it got tiresome. Still five stars. Hate the ending and cliff hanger.


OMG. The best book! The largest cliffhanger I’ve ever read! Where is book three?!?


Meh. Just disappointed…..

Adryan <3

REBECCA PLEASE. THE ENDING?! HELLO?????? this one was better than fourth wing imo, i cannot wait for book 3


Loved it!. Fell asleep multiple nights reading this book because I could not bring myself to find a stopping place for bedtime. Anxiously awaiting Book 3.


Must read!. Incredible story from start to finish. Wraps you into a wonderful, thrilling world. Highly recommend

Manny Wendt

Did not get better…. The writing did not get better from the first book, but I pressed on reading because of the Dragons (same reason I stuck with the first book). If you were a fan of the first one, you will love this one. But I do not see myself continuing this series. I think Amazon is supposed to make this into a series or something so if that’s the case, I’ll just wait for that to drop. I cannot suffer reading this kind of writing anymore.

I ain't got a set of wheels

I am devastated.. I can’t believe Rebecca just put me through that.


The mystery continues. Just when you think you can’t love a book more….the twists, the turns, the suspense. I look forward to more of the mystery unraveling and the story evolving.


Just wonderful. Great writing, wonderful story. Worst part is the third book isn’t out for forever 😒

Sabrina M. Adams

Iron Flame. just like fourth wing i could not put this book down! more of a emotional roller coaster than the first cause the attachment you now have with the characters. but it is honestly so beautifully written and continues to make me wanna jump into the book and live this life.


Can not wait until the next book. I so should have waited to start this book as it ends in the biggest cliffhanger! An amazing storyline that pulls you in

This game is blank. stars

Iron. Loooved it, I can’t wait until the next book!


A little disappointed. I loved Fourth Wing and couldn’t wait to read my preordered edition of Iron Flame. However, I was a little disappointed. Iron Flame was a bit of a stressful read and the ending was disappointing after going through the journey with all the characters in the book. It was a sadly predictable ending.


Love, Hate The Ending. Not the direction I wanted, but that’s not going to make me stop loving the series


I was overtaken by the magic this book transpires!. Every page you want more. Like the magic that courses through it. You are so tied to each being in the story it becomes your own. Through turmoil and triumph this flame is still burning.


Iron Flame. Well darn. I should have seen this coming. Love this story and characters, but I thought this book would wrap it up. Of course not! Here’s to waiting for number three 🍻


Poorly rewritten. this book seems rushed and is poorly written


Took a day of PTO. Need the next!!

Lady Fannie of Omaha

Loved the story…Hated the ending!!!!!!!. It was a “Couldn’t put it down” read. But the ending was horrible! It really let me down on Ms. Yarrow


My favorite after Hunger Games. A tough society for young adults. Fighting for their lives. But also so different and good. Loved it. The ending leaves you confused and with a cliffhanger. But Yarros is a master. I cannot wait for the next book.


Excellent. I didn't realize this had a romantic element to it until I was too engrossed to put it down - which really says something, and though this has been a little too horny a ride for my personal taste you can see I've chosen to put the review on book TWO. Waiting patiently for more.


Cliff hanger. This book is great, but the last 100 pages turns into a cluster of chaos. It’s not super easy to follow, and the revelations that are reveled feel like a let down. It completely ends in Cliff hanger.

Mak's Reviews

Some good nuggets FOR SURE. I really enjoyed this book, it had some great twists and exposed secrets which is great. A few good scenes of spice which we love. My only gripe with the book is it just lost me a bit in the middle, I’d say about 80% in it starts to pick up again with some exciting parts and a great ending. Overall all 4.5/5, fourth wing being 5/5!

Fourth wing was awesome

Astonishing. I wish I had 24 hours in a room with just this book and no interruptions so I could read it front to back all at once. I have no words to really express how I feel after finishing it…’s astonishing just as Xaden would say to Violet.


My escape from reality!. I LOVE THIS BOOK ! Just as much as the first one! So much so I am about to read it again. If dragons were real, I would want to be a rider! I just love this series!


Disappointed. I don’t know what I expected considering Fourth Wing wasn’t that great, but this book was absolutely terrible. It was way too long. The characters barely had any depth. The relationship was childish and boring. The ending was predictable. The dialogue was insufferable… NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT. More likely than not, I was cringing when anyone spoke, especially during spicy scenes. Will not be reading book 3.


Iron Flame. First book in series was fun, this second book is horrid. Boring. Was not worth the money.


OBSESSED. Just finished reading this book after starting it 4 days ago. I couldn’t put it down. I didn’t want to. This series is dangerously good and will make you want to neglect all responsibilities. I’m in love with the characters, the setting, the storyline, all of it! Rebecca Yarros has created a true Masterpiece. I cannot wait for the rest of the series to be published!!!


Not as good as Fourth Wing. I really loved fourth wing and iron flame was almost as good! I really enjoy Rebecca’s writing style, it’s so easy to get lost in the pages.


The trigger warnings at the beginning is not a lie. Rebecca Yarros kept the momentum going with this book and I am dying for more! This book is just as good as the first book and I've been waiting for it for months! It did not disappoint. It has been years since I have had a book, no a series, pull me in so deeply with so many varying emotions. Iron Flame is a seamless continuation of the story we have all so lovingly embraced. This is a wild ride of a book that takes us soaring through the eyes and emotions of not only Violet but her dragons and Xaden. "It has been my honor"


So excited for more. This series is great! There were twists and turns. Some expected and some unexpected. The character development is perfect. I have so many questions because of the ending. Highly anticipating the next book.

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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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