Fourth Wing

Entangled: Red Tower. (The Empyrean, Bk. 1). May 2023. 512p. ISBN 9781649374042. $29.99. FANTASY
Violet Sorrengail wanted to be a scribe rather than join her siblings as dragon riders defending Navarre’s borders, but her mother, a decorated general, had other ideas. She’s forced Violet to enlist as a rider cadet in the Basgiath War College, even though Violet’s hypermobility—a disorder that destabilizes her joints and leaves her easily injured—puts her at a disadvantage. To make matters worse, Violet has been assigned to the Fourth Wing, led by Xaden Riorson, the son of a rebel leader whom her mother executed. Surrounded by dangers in a school designed to weed out the weak, Violet must use her wits and skill to overcome brutal challenges and vicious opponents. The bonds Violet forms with her fellow cadets offset the college’s constant violence, and her slowly developing enemies-to-lovers relationship with Xaden will appeal to fans of the trope. Violet’s hypermobility gives her a unique way of moving through the world, and Yarros (The Things We Leave Unfinished) uses characters’ reactions to thoughtfully explore the ways in which others respond to the lived realities of people with disabilities.
VERDICT A good selection for fans of Naomi Novik’s “Scholomance” series; will fly off the shelves.
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