The Rage of Dragons (Partial Review)
Updated: Jul 16, 2021
Rating - DNF
"The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable fight for almost two hundred years. Their society has been built around war and only war. 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 is the first installment in the adult fantasy series The Burning by Evan Winters.
So, I ended up DNFing this book early on, so this will not be a complete in-depth review, but I wanted to talk about why I decided not to finish this book.
Let's start at the beginning. You are thrown right into the story after something big has happened and are provided no information. Right away I felt like I was missing something even though the book literally just started.
The second issue that arises for me was the fact that there were a lot of terms. I am someone who liked a good info-dump, because then I can understand everything that is going on. There was no info-dump in this as you had a glossary of terms instead. The issue with that for me, is that I read ebooks, and it is extremely tedious having to go back and forth just to figure out what something means. Needless to say, I spent the entirety of my time reading this rather confused about the world and the magic system.
Another thing I didn't like was the direction the character set-ups went it. We first start 150 years in the past with a queen who is trying to protect her people...but then proceeds to sacrifice a bunch of them because her lover dies. In the present (?) time, we follow Tau who vows to get his revenge after his father is killed because of an unfair class system. I thought the set-ups were a bit ridiculous and I didn't know if I wanted to continue their story knowing how it started.
I just was confused about this world and didn't like the direction the story was going in, so I thought it would be best if I put this down even if it got better as I went on.