Iron Flame: Book 2 by Rebecca Yarros in the Empyrean Series

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About Iron Flame

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.

Book 1: Fourth Wing
Book 2: Iron Flame

Special Edition

Iron Flame, the second book in the Empyrean Series by Rebecca Yarros, has generated quite a buzz. So much so, that special editions of the novel are selling out in some locations, like Waterstones in England. The first set of printed books will have the black sprayed edges. The next set published will have normal page-colored edges.

Pre-Order It Has Arrived

For those eager to dive into the next chapter of Violet Sorrengail’s adventures, pre-orders are available online for Iron Flame. Bookstores will be doing parties and selling the books a little before midnight on the 6th if you can make it.

Some big box stores like Walmart and Target have put the sequel to Fourth Wing on the shelves. Booktok fans have been scouring shelves hoping to snag a copy early. The majority of us are still just anxiously chewing our nails and waiting.

Release Date

Iron Flame hit the shelves on November 7, 2023. The 640-page novel continues Violet’s story as she survives her first year at Basgiath War College and faces increasingly demanding challenges. Despite physical limitations, Violet’s sharp mind and unwavering determination keep her pushing forward. She eventually discovers a well-kept secret at the college, unveiling a complex world that even dragon fire may not be able to save.

Iron Flame is a gripping sequel that brings together fantasy, romance, and adventure elements. This new addition to the Empyrean Series showcases Rebecca Yarros’ narrative and world-building talents, which have drawn fans and contributed to the book’s pre-launch success.


Rebecca Yarros Iron Flame Synopsis

Rebecca Yarros’ book, “Iron Flame,” follows the story of Violet Sorrengail, a student at the Basgiath War College. Violet, along with everyone else, thought she wouldn’t survive her first year at the college. However, she managed to pass the Threshing, an initial test designed to eliminate those who are weak-willed, unworthy, or just plain unlucky.

The real challenges begin for Violet in the second year. The training proves to be intensely grueling and taxing, testing the limits of her pain endurance. On top of the regular curriculum, Violet faces a new vice commandant who intends to demonstrate her powerlessness, as long as she doesn’t betray the man she loves.

Though Violet’s body is frail compared to her fellow students, her wits and iron will push her forward. Violet also understands the essential lesson that Basgiath teaches: dragon riders create their own rules.

However, this won’t be enough for Violet to succeed in her second year. Unbeknownst to others, Violet holds the knowledge of a long-hidden secret at the Basgiath War College. In the end, she might discover that not even dragon fire can save them.

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First Previews of Iron Flame

The initial glimpse of Iron Flame is now accessible through an Apple Books audiobook sample. Additionally, fans have transcribed some pages for those who prefer reading.


Iron Flame Theories

Iron Flame, the highly anticipated sequel to Rebecca Yarros’ Fourth Wing, has sparked many interesting fan theories. Here are some of the most popular theories. I will say that at least one of these theories is debunked in the first chapter of the book.

  • Violet and Brennan’s lineage (maybe they don’t have the same father and Violet is a rebellion child who is being protected and one of the scars on Xaden’s back is for her).
  • General Sorrengail’s loyalty: Many fans are speculating about whether General Sorrengail could be a rebellion insider. Family dynamics make this particularly intriguing to fans, as it raises questions about the possibility of conflicting allegiances between family members.
  • Mira and a gryphon: Some fans think that Mira, despite already having a dragon, might bond with a gryphon in Iron Flame. This idea provides a lot of room for speculation on the potential impact of such a bond on the story.
  • Solas and his ruthlessness: Solas, a fiercely powerful dragon, was revealed to have a ferocious nature in the Iron Flame excerpt. Fans are eager to see how his character will develop in the story and affect the overall plot.
  • Violet and Imogen returning to Basgiath War College: Since the initial description of Iron Flame mentioned that Violet would go back to the college, readers are interested in seeing how this will shape the story and impact her relationships with other characters.
  • Xaden’s loyalty: There are theories suggesting that Xaden needed to be tested by the leadership, which may have involved a choice between protecting an enemy village or proving his allegiance to his comrades. This has fans wondering about Xaden’s personal journey and growth throughout the novel.

Xaden’s Charcoal Latte:

“The black-haired rider snaps his gaze to mine, turning fully toward me, and my heart thunders for all the wrong reasons. A rebellion relic, curving in dips and swirls, starts at his bare left wrist, then disappears under his black uniform to appear again at his collar, where it stretches and swirls up his neck, stopping at his jawline.


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