BOOK REVIEW | THE RAGE OF DRAGONS BY EVAN WINTER & NARRATED BY PRENTICE ONAYEMI

Good Afternoon Bookish Folk!

I will today be posting my review of the much loved ‘ The Rage of Dragons’. It is a book that has been on my radar for quite some time. I actually added this to my Goodreads page in August 2019 and then when Twitter blew up over the book, it totally renewed my interest. It is too often that we add a book to our TBR and then completely forget about it so I am thankful to the many amazing bloggers and book lovers who brought this book back to my attention.

A few facts about The Rage of Dragons:

  • Title: The Rage of Dragons
  • Author: Evan Winter
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Series: The Burning (Book One)
  • Published by Orbit
  • Narration Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Pages: 544

Synopsis:

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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. 

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**Pssst…It is only £0.99 on Kindle at the minute, just saying**

Review:

Here are a few things you can expect from The Rage of Dragons:

  • A fast paced military fantasy;
  • Utterly compelling characters;
  • A revenge story;
  • Incredible battles;
  • heart-wrenching writing; and
  • It will be one of the best books you will read.

On to the full review…

I listened to this via the audiobook, so as usual when I listen to the audiobook I will start this review with a few thoughts on the audiobook!

First and foremost, I cannot praise Prentice Onayemi enough! He brought this book to life in a way you can’t even begin to imagine. To the point that I am now reading ‘The Fires of Vengeance’ and it is his voice I hear in my head, not mine but his base narration voice and his interpretations of Tau and the other characters. I could have listened to this book again immediately after finishing it, it was that good.

My only struggle when listening to the audiobook, and it is a truly minor one, was interpreting certain words. If you are not reading the book it can be a little confusing distinguishing what is a name, a location, an honorific or a rank for example. However, this is easily fixed. I simply read the first few pages of the book, with the audio narration, and you immediately see what is what. Then back to the narration alone. This may not be an issue for regular audio listeners but this is only my third or so audiobook so I am still getting the hang of being read to, if that makes any sense!

So, that’s I on the audio aspect I don’t really know what to say in resect of audios other than whether I enjoyed it or not.

Now for the story…

I have seen dotted around that this book is a mix of Gladiator and Game of Thrones. I don’t see it, and I am glad I don’t. I really don’t like it when books get described as another book. Especially a book which needs no reference to fan favourites. What exactly makes this like Game of Thrones?

This book is a mind-blowing African inspired fantasy novel about injustice, love, revenge and so much more. It is one which has you completely absorbed immediately. It needs no comparison because this book will be one of the best books you read.

The Rage of Dragons is told from Tau’s POV, though there are certain times when we get another characters POV, this doesn’t happen often and it is wholly appropriate when it does. I actually really liked those moments.

Tau. What to say about Tau? He is one of the MOST compelling characters I have read, there is something so authentic and raw about him. He is compelling, relatable and authentic. At no point does Tau do something out of character, even when he does something stupid, and your left staring at the book like stop being so dumb and think for a minute man!

Evan Winter is a superb writer and I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style, it felt like every word that was written was something more, you almost felt the words. Evan is such a thought-provoking writer but not in a way that you feel you are being force fed the issues the book tackles. They are instead weaved throughout the character interactions, in how they deal with the constant barrage of injustices they face. It is in how they still form relationships when it seems nothing in their favour can possibly last.

This book is a fast paced and action packed read, the battles and fight scenes in this book are incredible. The story is constantly moving forward, something is always happening and remarkably it is not detrimental in any way to the characters development or world worldbuilding.The finale of this book is an absolute rollercoaster, your heart is in your mouth the whole time.

Another thing I loved about this book is that it shocks you, it is ruthless at times and at several point renders you speechless and stood mouth open catching flies. This happened to me at work, I pop in to get some clothes and BOOM something happens and I am just stood there mouth agape in a cleaning cupboard and even then my walk to the front office was just me in a state of sheer shock. I had to pause the audio for a moment to just stop and take in what was happening!

This was my first African-inspired fantasy, and I can happily tell you it will not be my last! I could honestly go on and on and on about this book but i’m conscious this review is already getting to be quite long, so let us leave it at that and if you have read it let’s fangirl over Twitter!!


As you are now aware I rate on a buy the hardback, buy the paperback, buy eBook or library rental/wait for a sale scale. If you couldn’t tell from the above review this is a BUY THE HARDBACK rated book for me!

ANNNNNDD…

I managed to find a not too expensive hardback copy in perfect condition! Sooooo, to celebrate this book being…AMAZING I am going to give away my paperback copy of this book. As I listened to this via audio the book is unread and the spine is unbroken. See my twitter post (the one sharing this review) for details.


AGAIN Thank you for reading AND SEE YOU SOON!


SUNDAYS SEVEN | 7 AUDIOBOOKS FOR PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH AUDIOBOOKS…

Happy Sunday Bookish Folk!

**Please note the titles with links attached to them are simply the Goodreads Page. I thought id make it easier for you all…in case you want to check them out.**

Today’s post is, as the title suggest one about audiobooks…

I personally find it really hard to listen to audiobooks, and its not for a lack of concentration or anything like that, I have just struggled to find narrators that work for me. They can be too robotic, have a vastly different interpretation to the book than me or are just irritating.

But then, I saw a tiny slither of light in the perpetually dark tunnel of audiobooks! I found a narrator the works for me…

I was recently accepted through NetGalley for the audiobook book of ‘The Doors of Eden‘ written by Adrian Tchaikovsky and narrated by Sophie Aldred. I thought ‘ahh, it’s free through NetGalley if I don’t like it I’ve made no loss‘ because lets be honest some audiobooks are expensive.

I downloaded the audiobook and was super happy to find I quite liked the narrator. I have since listened to around 85% of the audiobook with no issues and I hope to finish it really soon.

Since then I have mooched around Audible looking for others I can enjoy but I still struggled…until I didn’t.

For one, Andy Serkis narrated The Hobbit so that was an instant buy fo me! Then, I searched Audible for all of the books on My Immediate TBR and I have found some absolute GEMS!

So, here are 7 audiobooks I have found that I think I can thoroughly enjoy, and I hope if you struggle to, you might like some of these…

**I have linked the Amazon links to these so you can go have a quick listen to the Samples and see if they tickle your fancy, they aren’t affiliate links***

ANDY SERKIS NARRATING THE HOBBIT BY J. R. R. TOLKIEN

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PRENTICE ONAYEMI NARRATING THE RAGE OF DRAGONS BY Evan Winter

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ADAM GOLD NARRATING VOICE OF WAR BY ZACK ARGYLE

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HELEN DUFF NARRATING THE GIRLS AND THE STARS BY MARK LAWRENCE

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**Helen Duff also narrated Lawrence’s Red Sister**

MOIRA QUIRK NARRATING GIDEON THE NINTH BY TAMSYN MUIR

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Moira has also narrated The Bone House and Pierce Brown’s Dark Age though that is not a solo narration but a group cast.

STEVEN PACEY NARRATING THE BLADE ITSELF BY JOE ABERCROMBIE

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SOPHIE ALDRED NARRATING SKYWARD BY Brandon Sanderson

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There you have it, seven books that I have found with great narrators! If you struggler as I do then I hope just one of these might take you fancy! Thanks for reading.