Last year, Rebecca Yarros announced the special edition Fourth Wing with two bonus chapters from Xaden’s point of view. The bonus chapters are chapters 9 and 16.
Why chapters 9 and 16? Because the author herself said that she needed to be careful with which chapters she picks, not to give away any spoilers from Iron Flame. Imagine picking a chapter where it becomes obvious that Xaden is indeed an inntinnsic. I’m not going to lie, I did wish to see Xaden’s POV during their first kiss. There was something so disarming and beautiful about the first time they kissed, how he touched her skin, the snow, and her first lightning show.
What are the bonus chapters about then?
Fourth Wing Bonus Chapter 9
In Chapter 9, Violet is being called to the mat by Xaden Riorson. We all know the chapter, it’s the first time he talks to her intimately while sparring. And gosh, you can cut that tension with a knife!
It’s also the first time Xaden calls her “Violence”.
“Going for blood today, are we, Violence?”
“My name is Violet,” I seethe.
“I think my version fits you better.”
In Chapter 9, we get to FEEL Violet’s attraction to Xaden. In the bonus chapter, we get to really feel and understand his. And yeah, it’s pretty glorious. I mean, why didn’t he hurt her? Was he purposely careful with her? You sort of already know the answers, but it’s nice to see them written down and confirm all that awesome feeling.
One of the big questions from the chapter, for me…when she kicked the back of his knees, did he fall deliberately? Luckily, the bonus chapter explains that too.
“[…]Sgaeyl pushes through my shields.”
Xaden is the most powerful rider, and he is also a third year, his shields perfected, yet Sgaeyl managed to push through without an issue. Do you remember how at the end of Iron Flame Violet managed to keep Tairn (yes Tairn!!!!) out? That underlines her second signet so so well.
“Beautiful. Fucking. Asshole.”
“You are not attracted to toxic men”.
And then we have that time when we know he tells her about poisons. That he’s known better poison masters. I love where the author went with it, to ensure we’re not “reading” her at that point.
Overall, Chapter 9 showed us that there is attraction. Sure, there isn’t love there yet, but Xaden is just as attracted to Violet as she is attracted to him. And it’s dangerous. But beautiful. It’s amazing to get to see his POV and how he’s slowly falling for her too.
Fourth Wing Bonus Chapter 16
In Chapter 16 in Fourth Wing we learn that Violet is tethered to Xaden Riorson. That Tairn and Sgaeyl are a mated pair. Xaden’s POV starts a little later in the chapter, when Dain starts to scream at Violet accusing Xaden that he manipulated threshing.
In all fairness, Chapter 16 was about what Xaden thinks of Violet, which by now we already know he is attracted to her very very much… It’s also really fun to see him jealous. Can you imagine Xaden, the super confident guy, jealous? Well, now you will see him as such. Which makes him more human and I respect that so much.
For me, the perfect part of this chapter was learning more about his conversations with Sgaeyl. It’s so exciting to get a glimpse of how their relationship functions. It’s perfect. Sgaeyl is such a mystery and I really want more of her.
Something else that really stood out to me. You know how Violet already refers to Xaden as something to do with Dunne? The wrath of Dunne in his eyes etc? Well in his POV we get to learn that “if Amari herself ever designer a woman with my downfall in mind…”
You know my stance on the fact that both Violet and Xaden are gods…so it might just about be true. Amari might have designed Violet with the downfall of Dunne’s child in mind. 🙂 Uncharted territory, I know, but hey, theories are so much fun!
The crème de la crème? The pièce de résistance? Well, in the original Fourth Wing Chapter 16, Dain kisses Violet. Are you curious to know what Xaden thinks about that? Ugh! In his special edition bonus POV we do get to find out.
“Dain-fucking-Aetos has his mouth on my Violence.”
I literally screamed at this. Argh!!!!! Xaden Riorson getting all jealous!
Where to read Xaden POV bonus chapters
Luckily, there are three options for getting the Xaden POV bonus chapters.
1. Fourth Wing Special Edition (Paid)
These bonus chapters were created and introduced in the special edition Fourth Wing book. The book looks glorious with the dark red covers and black splayed edges. You can still order it online to add it to your collection.
2. Book Funnel (Free)
If you cannot afford or cannot find the new special edition Fourth Wing, don’t worry.
3. Rebecca Yarros official (Free)
Happy reading! What did you think? Let me know in the comments section below!