My Rating: DNF
I stopped reading The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter at 30%. I want to be clear, though – I put this book down because of personal taste.
Tau’s revenge plot just isn’t my kind of thing. I quite like the writing style – the author certainly knows how to write a battle scene!
Any scene with fighting in The Rage of Dragons is so well crafted! But if the whole first third of the book is just one small fight after the other, with very little else to make the story interesting – I’m not sure I want to keep reading the book.
I loved the prologue to The Rage of Dragons. It was incredible! I was more invested in the story of the prologue that I was in what I’ve seen of Tau’s storyline.
A character was killed – I didn’t know them enough to care. Tau killed someone and then went to kill some more people for their involvement in the death of the said character – I just never got close enough to the dead character or Tau to care about the revenge plot!
I’ve read good revenge stories, ones where we are introduced to the world and the characters and we fall in love with the relationships we see. I don’t empathise with Tau or any of the other characters in The Rage of Dragons because I haven’t seen enough of them. The most fully developed character – 30% in – was Jabari, and we stopped seeing him quite quickly.
I wanted to love this book. I really did! The premise and reviews for The Rage of Dragons all sounded amazing – every reviewer I normally share reading tastes with said that this is one of the best debut fantasy novels ever written. I didn’t like the bit of this book that I read, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good.
I am certainly a minority voice when it comes to negative reviews for this book, so if you want to try it out, please do! I hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else!
I wish the author good luck with the other three books in the quartet – maybe I might come back to The Rage of Dragons in the future – but for now I’m going to focus on the rest of by to-be-read list!!