Fourth Wing & The Empyrean Series by Rebecca Yarros

Last Updated on March 28, 2024 by Taylor

If you haven’t heard of Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, you might be living under a rock. 😉 This romance fantasy novel has taken the reading world by storm as one of the hottest breakout bestselling books of 2023. And great news: it’s just the start of a planned series by Rebecca Yarros, called The Empyrean! There are currently two books released, with a third book coming in early 2025.

Fourth Wing The Empyrean series by Rebecca Yarros

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Who is Rebecca Yarros?

Rebecca Yarros is the author of the breakout bestselling fantasy novel Fourth Wing, about a young woman who is trained as a dragon rider at a brutal war college. Yarros has also written many romance novels, and has written over twenty novels in total.

She has been awarded the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence, and one of her novels was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year.

The Empyrian Series: Fourth Wing & More

Fourth Wing is a fantasy romance novel with dragons that’s been likened to a combination of The Hunger Games, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Game of Thrones, and Eragon. It’s one of the buzziest books of 2023, and is all over Bookstagram.

And don’t worry: there’s a sequel! In fact, Rebecca Yarros has stated that there will be a total of five books in the Empyrean Series.

Here are more books like Fourth Wing to read, to help get you through the wait until the next Empyrean series book comes out!

And now, here’s a breakdown of The Empyrean series:

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros (Book 1)

Fourth Wing book cover

Genre: Fantasy/Romance/New Adult

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Synopsis: This breakout bestselling romantasy novel is about a young woman with a chronic illness who is forced (by her mother, a high-ranking general) to join a war college for dragon riders.

Cadets are subjected to deadly trials designed to train them for war – and to prepare them for the power-wielding bond they will forge with a dragon.

It’s like a cross between The Hunger Games, ACOTAR, Game of Thrones, and Eragon!

Release date: May 2nd, 2023 (U.S.)

Iron Flame by Rebecca Yarros (Book 2)

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Synopsis: The sequel to Fourth Wing. (*Beware possible spoilers from the first book ahead*).

Violet Sorrengail survived the threshing at Basgiath War College, but that was just the first step in the brutal training regimen for dragon riders.

On top of Violet’s chronic illness, the vice commandant has it in for her – and he’s determined to drive a wedge between Violet and she man she loves.

Can her wits and willpower get her through the impossible? Even surviving the training may not be enough, when Violet knows there’s a greater threat lurking.

Release date: November 7th, 2023

Onyx Storm by Rebecca Yarros (Book 3)

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The third book in the Empyrean series has been announced! While there is no official synopsis yet, Rebecca Yarros teased on Instagram that it will have “politics, new adventures, old enemies, and, of course, dragons”.

This newest book is set to release on January 21st, 2025! If you pre-order it early enough, you’ll get a deluxe edition with sprayed edges and more unique design features. I can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series!

Will there be a TV show or movie adaptation of Fourth Wing?

Yes! Rebecca Yarros has confirmed that Amazon MGM Studios has optioned the screen rights, and is adapting Fourth Wing into a TV show.

The show is currently in production (produced by Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society, with Yarros as an executive producer), but there are no casting or release date details yet.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until the third Fourth Wing book comes out in January! I hope you get a chance to check out this fun & addicting series, if you haven’t already.

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