The Rage of Dragons

The Burning, Book One
Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
Series: The Burning, Book 1
Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (131 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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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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WOW

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

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I really loved this book

I am giving it 5 stars because I ended up loving the story and the main characters arc. it is a revenge story where the main character trains harder than anyone else and is ready to sacrifice himself to accomplish his task.

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mind blowingly, motivation sparklingly brilliant

absolutely incredible, possibly my favourite book ever, am about to start it for the 3rd time, if you have read David goggins cant hurt me and got motivated this book will give you 100x motivation

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Amazing

From start to finish, I loved the book. The only real issue I had was how the chapters were formatted. Each chapter could have been divided into like 12 smaller ones, and that would have made the reading smoother. Still, despite that, I loved it. The characters, world and conflicts were amazing.

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GoT meets gladiator meets David Goggins.

I had high expectations which it exceeded. The fact that it's Winter's debut novel is bloody unfair. I'm glad I waited until the sequel wasn't that far off.

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A gripping tale with fantastic narration.

I'm confident Evan Winter will be a major voice in fantasy in the upcoming years.

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I hate and love Tao Solaren

man this book is a wild ride, the narration is superb, and the author portains ptsd on a beliavable way, but the protagonist that suffers from it make some choices that screams stupid, i found my self cursing his stupidity a few times. But like i said it could be explained by his traumas. hoping that the next book comes soon, and that its gonna be this good.

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not perfect, but really fucking good

not bad at all, well pace, nice dialogue, interesting support characters, but for being a military fantasy, the the lack of creative weapon is disappointedly Short.

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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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  • Rob Hayes
  • 08-05-19

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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  • Cabbages
  • 02-29-20

A slow burner

I do like my fantasy books but am normally fairly vanilla with them in that I like the basic premises people associate with them. I bought this on the basis of others reviews and am really pleased I did. It's a slow burner and can take a while to understand some of the words used to describe classes and people, however it is well worth sticking with. The fallible hero and other characters are very well done and you care about their individual personalities. The set up for the next book is excellent and I am already chomping at the bit for it. As far as the person reading this, they are just....just..excellent. they have a soft voice that draws you in and help bring each of the different people to life. Well worth listening to and sticking with.

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  • SoulFireMage
  • 10-26-19

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-20

Superb

There are many ways in which this story excelled, but the greatest feat was in keeping every silent promise made. If there were any obstacles, goals or tasks to be accomplished, once introduced you could be sure the Author accomplished it, with style. Brilliant narration as well, it really brought the realm to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-26-20

Lives up to the hype

One of the best debuts I've ever read. Fantastic narration, too. I can't wait to see what else Evan Winters does in the future.

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  • mrs nam watts
  • 09-25-20

A rich engaging story!

I really enjoyed this action packed story rich in culture and fast passed plot. The narrators voice was deliciously smooth and engaging. cant wait for the second book

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  • Leaf
  • 09-17-20

Best price of fantasy in years

Brandon Sanderson snd patrick rothfuss need to take a step back to welcome this incredible author who has managed to create a master Peice Honestly so exite for when the next book is out in about a months and halfs time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-20

4/5. Very cool Mr. Winter

It was a very fun listen and a fantastic first novel by author Evan Winter. I felt that the book tried to do too much in the space it had, and as a result the character work was weaker than I had hoped. Without spoiling anything, much of the development for the protagonist feels forced and, especially at the end, inconsistent. The setting however makes up for it, both for the place and magic systems built up. It's wonderfully original and feels extremely dynamic, helping keep the pace, meaning I finished the book very very quickly. The audiobook however I felt was let down by the narration. I feel that the big emotional scenes of the book were poorly serviced by the narrator's emotional expressiveness (or lack thereof). Overall 4/5. An original setting carries the story hard, but it isn't like the characters are unlikable either. I'm looking forward to what Mr. Winter puts out next- I'll be very sad if things don't get better with a start this strong given the author's potential.

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  • Kirsikka Wirtanen
  • 09-06-20

chillsssss

my whole body got chills when the last words of the last chapter were spoken ... what an impactful story!!! a must read for all fantasy fans!!

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  • david stephenson
  • 08-17-20

A must read/listen for avid fantasy readers

An impressive debut from Evan winter , If your looking for a new type of fantasy then look no further

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-20

Wow

Rand Al Thor eat your heart out. Make way for the new tortured hero, Tau. Set in an African inspired world of bronze and dragons with magic infused “Enraged” warriors this has to be one of the most original yet familiar stories I’ve ever read. It pays off so many times and still manages to surprise you at how it does this. You have to listen to this book. The narrator is brilliant. Cannot wait for the next audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-20

Amazing

The narrator is amazing The story is amazing blood vengeance and the repercussions of it are all here what more could you want Can’t wait for the next book!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-20

Sensational

What an awesome story! I am so excited for the rest of the series. Such a great debut title.

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  • GIO
  • 09-17-20

best book I've read all year

So much fun. from the world detail and character growth are incredible not to mention the fight scenes

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  • Telmach
  • 09-17-20

Wow!

Really great work. It has a darkness to it, in such a well executed way. It took a few hours to really get into the good bits but was immensely captivating once you get there. I think at first the accents were a bit distracting even though they were very understandable because it's just not what I'm used to (I think even if they were my ethnicities accent I would have felt the same) but once I got into it, I couldn't imagine the story without them, and felt like they really added to the immersive experience. The orator has a really nice voice and switches between the accents and the non-accented 3rd person flawlessly and executed both perfectly.

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  • jamie strachan
  • 09-13-20

trust the reviews

amazing book trust all the other reviews that give it 5 stars can't wait for the next book in the series

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  • Michael
  • 04-24-20

Brutal in all the best ways.

Great plot and pacing, and the narration is fantastic. I love the world and culture being created and excited by the vast possibilities for the series.

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  • Mark B
  • 04-12-20

Outstanding! Couldn't stop listening

Absolutely loved it. Admittedly the beginning was a bit on the slow side but once Tau's mission was established it took off from there. Absolutely loved Tau and his development shaped by revenge, you can feel his anger and his pain. The development of Tau's swordbrothers throughout the story are fantastic. A lot of fantasy is influenced largely by english history and culture. Winter went a completely different path and took a lot of his inspiration from african/Zulu history and culture. You can see it in his description of Omehi and how they are built. It is a huge breath of fresh air in the genre and one that gripped me from start to finish. Cannot wait for Book 2 which looks set for release end of July 2020. 5/5

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  • Timothy Roberts
  • 03-31-20

great!

Great story, well compiled, great performance. Can't wait for more, such well rounded storytelling. humdinga!

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  • Alex
  • 10-07-19

Absolutely Enthralling

Couldn't stop listening! Perfectly narrated and a new author to watch! Looking forward to the next installation.