Fourth Wing (The Empyrean #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the The Empyrean series.

Staff Reviews

Wow! It's not often I get intensely sucked into a book, but I could not put this book down! Violet, daughter of a highly acclaimed military general, has trained to become a scribe for her country since she was little. But her mom has other ideas and forces her to enter the Riders Quadrant, a training school for dragon riders. Where she is most likely going to die. Her body is weak after spending years in the library, which doesn't exactly help in hand-to-hand combat or scaling a dragon's back. Can you stay alive with only pure determination? Violet has no choice but to find out. I can't wait for the sequel.

— Kalli K.

This book has a little bit of something for everyone. The premise is one I haven't seen before: Of a college where young people are sent to prepare to fight in a war that has been going on for 600 years (if they can make it out of the school alive, or bond with a dragon who will aid them in the fight). The characters are well-fleshed out, complex and overall likable. The enemies to lovers romance is tense, spicy, and not rushed or forced. The action is extremely well-written, and the world-building is easy to understand for those potentially new to reading fantasy. The plot is fast-paced without being too rushed, and makes 500 pages seem to go by quickly. The writing leaves a little to be desired, sometimes feeling juvenile or unrealistic, but these moments are sparse overall. It makes sense why this book has received so much praise, it is a really well-done fantasy with an interesting premise and dragons above all else!

— Chloe S.

Fourth Wing was a lot of fun to read. Once the dragon's were introduced I couldn't put the book down. There are so many questions yet to be answered and I feel that we are just getting started with the real peril of this war. I look forward to seeing how the story unfolds in the sequel.

— Jacey

Brace yourself for dragons, romance, daring escapes and dangerous journeys! The devious characters and twisty plot drive this story and leave you ready for the next book in the series! (Content: this is a SPICY read!)

— Amy P.


An Instant New York Times Bestseller
A Goodreads Most Anticipated Book

"Suspenseful, sexy, and with incredibly entertaining storytelling, the first in Yarros' Empyrean series will delight fans of romantic, adventure-filled fantasy."Booklist, starred review

"Fourth Wing will have your heart pounding from beginning to end... A fantasy like you've never read before." ―#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

Enter the brutal and elite world of a war college for dragon riders from New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Yarros

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 Empyrean series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 Fourth Wing
Book #2 Iron Flame

About the Author

Rebecca Yarros is the New York Times bestselling author of more than fifteen novels, with multiple starred Publishers Weekly reviews and a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. A second-generation army brat, Rebecca loves military heroes and has been blissfully married to hers for more than twenty years. She’s the mother of six children, and she and her family live in Colorado with their stubborn English bulldogs, two feisty chinchillas, and a cat named Artemis, who rules them all.

Having fostered, then adopted their youngest daughter, Rebecca is passionate about helping children in the foster system through her nonprofit, One October, which she cofounded with her husband in 2019. To learn more about their mission, visit

To catch up on Rebecca’s latest releases and upcoming novels, visit

Praise For…

“A fantasy like you've never read before.” —Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Smart-ass. Bad-ass. Kick-ass. One helluva ride!” —Tracy Wolff, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Utterly addictive and completely unputdownable. I devoured every page and fell hopelessly, desperately in love with these characters and the incredible world Rebecca Yarros has so carefully, lovingly crafted. Hands down the best book hangover I’ve ever experienced. I can’t wait for more!” —Helena Hunting, New York Times bestselling author

“An exhilarating dragon ride of a fantasy! Brutal, fast-paced, compelling, and simmering with romantic tension that left me on the edge of my seat. Fourth Wing is everything I want in a book and more. Phenomenal! Move this one to the top of your TBR.” —Samantha Young, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“Buckle up because with nonstop action, sizzling romance, and the BEST DRAGONS EVER, you will not be able to put down Fourth Wing until the last page is turned. It's a wild, sexy, roller coaster of a ride.” —Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author

“Dragons and war, passion and power…Fourth Wing is dazzling. Rebecca Yarros has created a world as compelling as it is deadly, and I can't wait to see where she takes it next.” —Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

“This book should come with a warning label, because once you start it, you won’t stop until you reach the final page. Forbidden romance that simmers off the page; relentless, heart-stopping action; and a delicious, morally gray hero—this is the book I’ve been waiting for!” —Geneva Lee, New York Times bestselling author

Fourth Wing is an unforgettable adventure from cover to cover. I cheered, laughed, grinned, and refused to put it down. This expertly crafted romantic fantasy is sure to launch the beginning of a brand-new insatiable fandom!” —Lexi Ryan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Kapow, what a story! In Fourth Wing, Rebecca Yarros gives you gutsy young heroines and sexy bad boys living in a world where no one—not even the mightiest dragon—is safe. This is some sharp, bold, and delicious storytelling!” —Rachel Howzell Hall, New York Times bestselling author

House of the Dragon meets Divergent in this utterly thrilling, unputdownable new fantasy! Fourth Wing is full of scintillating adventure, soaring dragon flight, and slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers romance. Climb on and enjoy the ride!” —Amalie Howard, USA Today bestselling author

“As smoldering as it is spellbinding, Fourth Wing is a thrilling, dragon-filled delight!” —Cindi Madsen, USA Today bestselling author

“Rebecca Yarros's Fourth Wing kept me up at night whispering "one more chapter" until suddenly the sun was rising—and even then I still couldn't bring myself to stop. Utterly immersive, fiercely romantic, and unforgivably addictive, this book is a spectacular masterpiece and my new fantasy obsession.” —Lynette Noni, Australia's #1 young adult fiction author

“An expertly woven tale in a riveting world of dragons, life-or-death competition, and betrayal, Rebecca Yarros hits all the high notes and delivers a thrilling new romantic fantasy that readers will devour.” —K.A. Tucker, international bestselling author

Product Details
ISBN: 9781649374042
ISBN-10: 1649374046
Publisher: Entangled: Red Tower Books
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2023
Pages: 528
Language: English
Series: The Empyrean