“The first year is when some of us lose our lives. The second year is when the rest of us lose our humanity.” ―Xaden Riorson
Everyone expected Violet Sorrengail to die during her first year at Basgiath War College―Violet included. But Threshing was only the first impossible test meant to weed out the weak-willed, the unworthy, and the unlucky.
Now the real training begins, and Violet’s already wondering how she’ll get through. It’s not just that it’s grueling and maliciously brutal, or even that it’s designed to stretch the riders’ capacity for pain beyond endurance. It’s the new vice commandant, who’s made it his personal mission to teach Violet exactly how powerless she is–unless she betrays the man she loves.
Although Violet’s body might be weaker and frailer than everyone else’s, she still has her wits―and a will of iron. And leadership is forgetting the most important lesson Basgiath has taught her: Dragon riders make their own rules.
But a determination to survive won’t be enough this year.
Because Violet knows the real secret hidden for centuries at Basgiath War College―and nothing, not even dragon fire, may be enough to save them in the end.
Rebecca Yarros is an accomplished author, recognized as both a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling writer with a repertoire of more than fifteen novels, each expertly designed to evoke deep emotions. Notably, she has earned the prestigious Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence for her work in the Flight and Glory series, specifically for "Eyes Turned Skyward."
Beyond her literary pursuits, Rebecca is a devoted admirer of military heroes, having enjoyed an enduring marriage with her own hero for a remarkable eighteen years. She juggles the roles of a mother to six children, spanning the educational spectrum from kindergarten to law school, and is currently navigating the tumultuous teenage years alongside two of her four sons who are avid hockey players. When her pen is momentarily at rest, you can often spot her at the hockey rink or indulging in some quality guitar time.
Enter the brutal and elite world of a war college for dragon riders.
Rebecca Yarros has confirmed that there will be a total of five books in the Empyrean series.
The Empyrean consists of two works, and the series is set to expand with the upcoming release of three more books. The current recommended reading order for the series is provided below.