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The Rage of Dragons

The Burning, Book One
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Omehi people have been fighting an unwinnable war for generations. The lucky ones are born gifted: some have the power to call down dragons, others can be magically transformed into bigger, stronger, faster killing machines.   

Everyone else is fodder, destined to fight and die in the endless war. Tau Tafari wants more than this, but his plans of escape are destroyed when those closest to him are brutally murdered.  

With too few gifted left the Omehi are facing genocide, but Tau cares only for revenge. Following an unthinkable path, he will strive to become the greatest swordsman to ever live, willing to die a hundred thousand times for the chance to kill three of his own people.  

The Rage of Dragons launches an unmissable epic fantasy series about a world caught in an endless war and the young man who will become his people's only hope for survival.

©2019 Evan Winter (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"A captivating epic fantasy from a major new talent." (Anthony Ryan, author of Blood Song)

"Intense, inventive and action-packed from beginning to end - a relentlessly gripping, brilliant read." (James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost)

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Absolutely Enthralling

Couldn't stop listening! Perfectly narrated and a new author to watch!

Looking forward to the next installation.

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Wow i'm loving this

I got lost so hard at the beginning of the book then this pulled me in so deep, I'm both loving it and dreading the end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2019

WOW

A wonderful book, so much so that 60 odd books later on Audible this is my first written review.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2019

Five Stars It Is

My friends usually tell me, I am too harsh with criticism and I'm a naysayer. They say I should suspend my disbelief if I am to enjoy a book. Sometimes I think they maybe right. But not right now. Not after finishing this book. This is a debut novel from a first time author and now it's also how I tell my friends to fuck themselves.

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  • Geoffrey de Kock
  • 19-10-2019

Best book of 2019!

Just brilliant what Evan Winter has been able to pull off here considering that this is his first book. Amazing performance by Mr Onayemi!

Cant wait for book two!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-10-2019

Must Read!!!!

I rarely write review but for the this book I had to. Stop what you doing and get this book now

Too good, very good. The narrator just amazing.



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  • Rob Hayes
  • 05-08-2019

A fantastic start to a fresh new epic fantasy

What a fantastic start to a fresh new epic fantasy tale.

So let’s start with this. The blurb says Rage of Dragons is Game of Thrones meets Gladiator. Well it’s very like Gladiator in many ways, but to say it’s anything like Game of Thrones is doing a disservice to both parties. This book is nothing like GoT. Nothing.

I think this is my first African-inspired epic fantasy book. I certainly can’t remember reading another one. It has a distinct flavour to it from the beginning through to the end, and it really helps to focus the immersion. In a market still largely populated by euro-centric settings, this made the book very fresh to me and I loved it. It felt new, different, and unique.

The narrator, Prentice Onayemi, was fantastic. He really helped bring the characters to life and put a lot of heart into the performance. A narrator can make or break a book when it comes to audio and Prentice certainly helped make this one. It’s fair to say I’ll be continuing the series in audio when future installments release.

So RoD is the story of a civilisation at war with its neighbours. The Omehi people are refuges/invaders and have been fighting against the native population for two hundred years. The war is unwinnable. They’re also a people who have built their society around not only war, but a rigid caste system designed to benefit those of strong blood (basically people who are taller and stronger in this case). Oh, and 1 in every 1000 (I think) women are born gifted which gives them magical powers that can tear a person’s soul out of their body into the underworld, enrage a person to make them giant killing machines, or even call down dragons. Thrown into this world we follow Tau, a commoner with no gifts or special power, or any prospects other than being just another expendable soldier. But Tau has something no one else has… a singular purpose, a drive that makes him push himself beyond his abilities and beyond his station.

There’s a lot of fighting in this book. The world Winter has created revolves around war and we follow a young man training to be a warrior. The fighting is well done with a good balance between description and narrative flow. It works well.

We only really have the one character arc. Tau is our only Point of View (mostly) and he develops naturally. At times he is frustrating as the hells, but then you don’t want your character to be perfect. Still… I wanted to crawl inside the book and slap some sense into him once or twice.

There’s quite a few twists and turns throughout and though a couple are obvious, others are not so much. It also does a fantastic job of setting up the conflict and world for the next in the series. This one is epic fantasy and makes no apologies for it. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.

I have a couple of gripes. There’s some single chapter point of view swaps that make no sense to me. The rest of the book is told through Tau’s perspective and swapping heads just twice was odd and jarring. There’s also a few turns of phrase that were so awkward they pulled me out of the story to scratch my head and in one case laugh… in the middle of a gruesome battle scene. Oh and a sexy-time shaving scene. Ok, that last one is a personal niggle because shaving scenes aren’t sexy, they’re weird and awkward.

I enjoyed the hell out of RoD and can’t wait to continue with the story. I’ve no idea when book 2 will be coming out, but I’ll be picking it up as soon as it does.

I’m going with 4.5 stars for this one so I can round it up to 5. 😀

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  • SoulFireMage
  • 26-10-2019

Fantastic, rich, unforgettable

I finished this 5 weeks ago and intended to review it then. It still leaves an impression now. Why oh why isn't the next one ready?

Tau (I may have misspelled it) is brilliantly drawn. If you like to see a character grow and change because of what is happened, because of his choices, and because of the situations he is propelled through, then this swordsman will grab you.

He grinds through hell and blood to gain any scrap of skill he grows into, and you feel his hurt, his experience, everything.

The start is a slow burn, it will take you a little time to feel why the first chapter is at it is but give that rich warm narration the patience it deserves and you'll be rewarded.

This isn't a shallow piece of brain candy, it's an involving detailed brain feast.

The central characters are not dragons themselves, but the people and their fight. It doesn't have simple good and evil, but you will feel a sense of right and wrong, through every slash and blow.

Swordplay is a major part of Tau and of the story but don't let that fool you. If a well developed character battling his way through the problems of his world in a manner that is far from simple has any appeal, then read this.

I loved it.

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  • thesaint
  • 21-10-2019

Epic!

Awesome story.. great narration (even at 1.5 speed). Wish it was longer and cannot wait for the next one! You won’t be disappointed!

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  • John B.
  • 20-09-2019

Incredible

What a fantastic story, narration performance. I’ve just finished and have only one word - Unmissable.

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  • Gareth B.
  • 07-09-2019

Really good, maybe better than the book itself

Loved the book when it first came out on Kindle and the audio book holds up just as well. The narrator is excellent.

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  • Jon
  • 04-09-2019

Fantastic!

A brilliant book from start to finish, excellently narrated and very hard to put down!
Cannot wait for more!

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  • Alex T
  • 26-08-2019

Amazing debut, fantastic performance

Hands down one of the best books I’ve listened to this year. Not your average high fantasy book. Very fresh and unique take

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  • Udara gamalath
  • 19-08-2019

Absolutely Epic

Could not stop listening to it! Tau's journey is truly gripping, can't wait for book 2

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-08-2019

what a great story

a slow start and I was not sure it was for me and then it gripped me as the characters grew and I can't wait to listen to the next