Source: Personal Library
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 cool thing about Fourth Wing was seeing a character with a medical disability being portrayed. Violet’s condition is similar to EDS, which is a disease that weakens connective tissues. It means a person has loose joint and thin skin that can easily bruise, along with weaken vessel and organs. In the book readers are told and shown this and the main heroine accepts this fact, that she’s different from her peers but she never once let it stop her from doing what everyone else was doing. Not only was she capable of doing the same tasks and activities, but she also excelled at all of them. I love a underdog.
Violet overall was a good heroine. I loved seeing her growth over the course of the book. It was more realistic as the story spanned the course of almost a year. Because of her differences she worked twice as hard as her peers. There briefly looked as if there was going to be a love triangle but thankfully her childhood best friend Dain wasn’t much of a contender. And gosh, how I loathed him. Have you ever met someone who tells you what to do under the guise of knowing what’s best or them trying to protect you? Or gives backhanded compliments? That’s Dain in a nutshell. Then there’s Xaden, an enemy of the family. Xaden is the certifiable bad boy in the entire school. He’s dangerous and deadly and yet he never mistreated or treated Violet differently. He treated her as his equal and went as far as making her stronger and better. He did a lot for Violet…things that would make any girl swoon lol. The rest of the cast were great. There was another character that I adored and was absolutely crushed that he didn’t make it in the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed Fourth Wing more than I expected to. The plot and pacing was action packed and kept me engaged at the edge of my seat till the very end…an ending I didn’t see coming! All the raves I’ve been hearing about this series starter were correct because this book was addicting. I love the world and characters and am so excited that we won’t have to wait too long for the next book which comes out at the end of the year!