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Iron Flame (Fourth Wing, #2)

[A Quick Note: This series has taken the world by storm. Fourth Wing released earlier in 2023 and the reading community went WILD. Even better? The second book dropped less than a year later. Hello! You want dragons? Check. You want a war college? Check. You want new adult with some spice but not too much? Also check. Thereโ€™s a reason this series is so popular. I kept my review free of spoilers, but if you would rather read my Fourth Wing review instead, you can find it HERE.]

โ€œ๐‘ฉ๐’†๐’„๐’‚๐’–๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’๐’—๐’†, ๐’‚๐’• ๐’Š๐’•๐’” ๐’“๐’๐’๐’•, ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‰๐’๐’‘๐’†. ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’‘๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’•๐’๐’Ž๐’๐’“๐’“๐’๐’˜. ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’‘๐’† ๐’‡๐’๐’“ ๐’˜๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’๐’… ๐’ƒ๐’†. ๐‘ฏ๐’๐’‘๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’•๐’‰๐’† ๐’”๐’๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’๐’† ๐’š๐’๐’–โ€™๐’—๐’† ๐’†๐’๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’š๐’๐’–๐’“ ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’•๐’ ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’„๐’“๐’‚๐’…๐’๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’•๐’†๐’„๐’• ๐’Š๐’•. ๐‘จ๐’๐’… ๐’‰๐’๐’‘๐’†? ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’‚๐’• ๐’”๐’‰๐’Š๐’• ๐’Š๐’” ๐’‰๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’†๐’“ ๐’•๐’ ๐’Œ๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’•๐’‰๐’‚๐’ ๐’‚ ๐’…๐’“๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’๐’.โ€ โ€”Rebecca Yarros

After reading Fourth Wing, I was desperate for the sequel. Iron Flame was one of my most anticipated reads this year and it DID NOT disappoint. There was so much to love, from the intense battle scenes to the spicy moments between Violet and Xaden. The found family. The world building. The character development. Andโ€ฆ.Andarna!!!!! I gobbled it up. All of it. Every morsel.

When I picked this up, I was nervous we wouldnโ€™t get more of Basgaith. Well, good news, folks, we do!! The war college is what made the first book so memorable. I was relieved that we got more of that. Getting to see the first years do parapet, plus more sparring matches?? I was HERE FOR IT.

As for the tension? It was top notch. I was on the edge of my seat, having near panic attacks every time something happened. Which was basically all the time. Because there was very little chill in this book. But, there were some soft moments between Violet and Rhi and the rest of their squad that meant a lot to me. I LIVE for the soft quiet moments.

Also, can we talk about the chair scene? Because WOW. That might have been my favorite scene in the whole book. If you know, you know. While I loved all the spice, that scene blew me away. HOT! HOT! HOT!

As for the dragons? Hell yes! I especially adore Andarna. Her personality was as bright as the sun, and her snarky comments were the best. Every time she was told to repeat โ€œWe donโ€™t eat our allies,โ€ I giggled. Talk about a total adolescent! I loved her so much. Especially her brave personality. She was the real MVP at the end of the book, and I am so glad she got her time in the spotlight.

That being said, this one didnโ€™t hit as hard as the first?? Not quite sure why. While I loved it, it was just shy of a five star read for me. Iโ€™m struggling to put my finger on it. Was it Violetโ€™s stubbornness throughout the whole first half of the book? When I wanted to throttle her? Because that hard core annoyed the hell out of me. Was it my struggle to pick it up each time I put it down? This one was so tense compared to the last one, that it took away from some of my enjoyment and made me afraid every time I picked it up. Whatever it was, it was still an AMAZING read.

This entire series has me in a chokehold. Seriously. I donโ€™t know how Iโ€™m going to survive the wait for the third book.

๐‘ด๐’€ ๐‘น๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ: ๐Ÿ’.๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ


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