The Fires of Vengeance

Orbit. (Burning, Bk. 2). Nov. 2020. 544p. ISBN 9780316489805. $28. FANTASY
Tau Solarin has become the Queen’s Champion, but Queen Tsiora’s people are split in two since the failed coup by the Royals named her sister Esi as Queen of the Omehi. Now facing an upcoming attack by the native Xiddeen, Tau and his queen come up with a bold and dangerous plan that would allow Tsiora to retake her capital city and reconcile her people. However, the ingrained caste system of the Omehi and Tau’s own burning desire for revenge for his father’s death could derail any cohesive measures and lead Tau and the Omehi themselves to unavoidable, horrifying truths of their pasts. Tau’s violent rage and willingness to put his own pain before almost anything else cause him to be a protagonist that readers love to dislike, but still support. The expansive worldbuilding and Xhosa influences create a hard, immersive landscape.
VERDICT Winter takes all the intense emotion and action of The Rage of Dragons—and exceeds it. The book will be impossible to put down and readers will wait anxiously for the final volume.

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