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Iron Flame

By: Rebecca Yarros
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler,Teddy Hamilton
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“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.

The Empyrean series is best enjoyed in order.

Listening Order:

Book #1 Fourth Wing

Book #2 Iron Flame

©2024 Rebecca Yarros (P)2024 Recorded Books

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I wish I could throw this book off a cliff.

I really wanted to like this. But it felt like 70% of the book consisted of the main characters whining about trust and honesty and how they love each other but they can’t BE in love because they can’t communicate. The world building doesn’t make a whole lot of sense and some of the writing feels out of place. While the first book felt like a cheesy combination of Divergent, Hunger Games, and every other super popular YA novel involving young people starting/fighting in a war/rebellion, it was still interesting enough to get through. The characters felt much more solid in the first one. But everything fell apart in this one and the ending just made me want to buy the physical book just so I could throw it off a cliff. If you were on the fence for the first book, you probably won’t enjoy the 2nd.

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Loved the story hate the narrative

I loved this story…. The narrator made me want to pull my hair our. She made Vi sound like a guy and her voices were horrible. Probably one of the worse audiobooks I’ve listened too. Teddy Hamilton once again was great but Rebecca Soler wasn’t.

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Pick a different narrator!!

Rebecca Soler breathes into the mic, swallows, sniffs, she can't keep a steady pace, or volume. I enjoy her narration other than I genuinely had to slow down and speed up in the story so much that I had to be more active than if I had just picked up the book. This is incredibly inconvenient for those who are visually impaired and switching these would be more of a nuisance. I restarted chapters over and over trying to figure out what happened. My normal speed is 2x-2.5x, however, I had it down to 1.15x and that was too fast. Then she would slow down again and 2x then felt slow.

I can't even guarantee this is a good audio for a reread because of her bad narration. The audio for Fourth Wing had to be redone because Rebecca was sniffing up snot for 11 chapters. You can still tell she was sick, but this is telling about the quality we're expecting from her now.

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The person reading sucks.

It has the same problem that grossed me out the fourth wing did i can consistently hear this lady breathing heavily swallowing and sniffling she sounds sick it’s gross sorry. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE STORY THOUGH.

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Really enjoying this

Not sure what is so bad about the narrator. I like her style. She does a nice job acting as well. I like that she adds in little details like yawns, laughed, huffs, etc to draw the characterization beyond just the words of the author.

This story really had me hooked. The ending has me locked in for book 3. I can’t wait. Keep these coming. The story and characters are so good.

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Love the book hate the narration

Great book, but this narrator is just not good. Teddy Hamilton is fantastic as always, but Rebecca Soler is just not right for audio. I listened to the last book, and thought she was just sick, but no it’s just her voice. The swallowing and breathing are just so off-putting, it’s kind of gross to listen to, even at 1.5x speed. She also starts to do voices for different characters, but they all tend to blend into one voice and it’s hard to tell who is who. I liked this story more than the first one though. It felt more complete and the amount of depth in the story was great.

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Disappointing and Draining

I enjoyed the first book but this one just wasn’t it for me, it’s overly long and contrived and loses most of the entertainment factor of the first sadly.

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Great book, horrible narration

Soler uses different voices for each character but then fades them all into the same. Violet also is made to sound like a whispering male at parts that are not only distracting but off putting to point of clearing the app. Why Rhiannon (a poc) was ever given a cali-valley accent is beyond me. Soler’s choice to raspy breathe and audibly gasp was a detriment to the storytelling too but not nearly as gross as her hard swallowing at pointed intervals (many of which are NOT indicated in the book- yes, I checked prior to writing this review). Hamilton was great as always and professional. Half of me wanted more Xaden POVs just so Hamilton could take over for longer in the storytelling role.

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Amazing story, still don’t love the performance

This is very likely my favorite book of all time but the spots where the narrator is reading spoken character lines using the wrong character voices she’s established things start getting lost. It’s way better than the problems in Fourth Wing’s audio but had I not been reading along I would’ve been kinda lost. Def worth it but still kinda wish they did more edits

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Feels like a first draft

My only question is: Did anyone proofread and edit this book? Because it felt unnecessarily long and repetitive. The twists didn’t hit. The revelations were already predicted when people finished the first book. You will not catch me coming back for the rest of the series.

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