Blog Tour: The Fires of Vengeance by Evan Winter

Hello, reader!

Back in July of 2019, my family and I had just moved cross-country to Massachusetts. We had moved into our apartment, but none of our stuff was there. We were sleeping on air mattresses and sitting in those cloth folding chairs that you can never get back into their flimsy, little holders. It was a stressful time, but I had something with me that first month that helped me relax. I had an ARC of Evan Winter’s The Rage of Dragons. I had won it in a giveaway hosted by Orbit on their Instagram, not knowing much about it beyond the fact that it was written by a Black man and it had dragons. So, when I picked up during that stressful first month in our new home, I don’t think I was fully prepared for the incredible story contained within those pages. I flew through that ARC and knew before I was even halfway through that I was going to give it five stars. I also knew that I would fight the demons of Ishihogo to get my hands on the sequel!

Fast forward to this past summer, when Shealea @ Caffeine Book Tours put a call out to the bookish community for people would like to be part of #TheBurningTour for The Fires of Vengeance, the sequel I was so desperate to read. I don’t think I’ve ever filled out a form so fast! And you could have knocked me over with a feather when I was selected to be a part of the tour! So, before we get into the meat of this post, I wanted to take a moment to thank Shealea @ Caffeine Book Tours and the publisher, Orbit, for this opportunity. There are also a lot of other incredible bookish content creators on this tour, as well, so click here to take a look at the schedule. Also, we might as well get some disclaimers out of the way.

First, as you’ve probably figured out, I did receive an ARC of The Fires of Vengeance from Caffeine Book Tours and Orbit in exchange for my participation in this promotional tour. Second, as this is a review for the second book in a series, there might be some slight spoilers for the content of the first book within my review. If you haven’t read The Rage of Dragons (um, why haven’t you?) and wish to, perhaps skip this post until you have. This review, however, will be spoiler free for The Fires of Vengeance. And, last, stick with me until after my review for information about an amazing giveaway 🎉🎉🎉

Alright, with all that said, let’s get to it!


“Desperate to delay an impending attack by the indigenous people of Xidda, Tau and his queen craft a dangerous plan. If Tau succeeds, the queen will have the time she needs to assemble her forces and launch an all-out assault on her own capital city, where her sister is being propped up as the ‘true’ Queen of the Omehi.

If the city can be taken, if Tsiora can reclaim her throne and reunite her people, then the Omehi might have a chance to survive the coming onslaught.”

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#5OnMyTBR – Death

#5OnMyTBR is a bookish meme hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook where you chose five books from your to-be-read pile that fit that week’s theme. If you’d like more info, head over to the announcement post!

Hello, reader!

We have finished with the spookiest month of the year and find ourselves in November. You wouldn’t know that by the topic of today’s 5 On My TBR, though! Today, we will be talking about books that deal with death. Now, I kind of did a loose interpretation of this theme (as you’ll see), but the five books I picked are ones that I’m incredibly excited to read. They are all at least death-adjacent, so I think they work, lol.

Anyways, let’s get to my picks, shall we?

#1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I feel like I’m one of the only souls that hasn’t read this book, lol. It’s an obvious choice for this list as the narrator of the story is Death. I know I’ll probably love this story… there’s a bookish element which is one of my favorite things! I also know that this book will probably devastate me. I mean, the narrator is Death! This can’t have a happy ending…

#2. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

This is a non-fiction book that I’ve been wanting to read for what feels like ages! I work in the medical field and, while I was in training, I got to witness an autopsy. It was both sad and incredibly fascinating. So when this book appeared on my radar, I was excited to pick it up. My TBR, however, is where books go to be forgotten, apparently 😅 I’m still excited to read this book, but it’ll probably be awhile til I get to it.

#3. Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I couldn’t compile this list and not put this book on it. The whole plot revolves around a corporation of grim reapers, after all. I love the concept of this story, with the world in a state of seeming utopia where no one dies, so there are people trained to cull the population. It sounds so twisted and intriguing! I’ve heard great things about this series and I can’t wait to pick it up.

#4. The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The book with two very slightly different titles. I cannot tell you how confused I was when I initially went to add this to my TBR 😂 But this is a mystery novel that had really piqued my interest. It has a bit of the fantastical mixed into a murder plot and it sounds incredible! And it’s clearly centered around a death, so is perfect for this list. Will I love it? Will it leave me completely confused? Who knows, but I’m more than willing to find out!

#5. Dead Voices by Katherine Arden

I bought this book almost immediately after finishing the first one in the series, Small Spaces. I absolutely love that spooky little book! I’m waiting until we’re more into winter to read it, but I cannot wait! There are ghosts, my three favs are back, and it just looks like it’s going to be just as creepy as the first one. Give me all the horror, no matter what age group! Also, look at that cover. Just… 😍👻

What are some books centering around death that you want to read? Have you read any of my choices? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!