Fourth Wing is a new adult romantic fantasy novel written by Rebecca Yarros. The narrative features a love triangle, but it’s not the typical, agonizing kind often found in other books. The protagonist, Violet Sorrengail, is clear about her desires and feelings. She understands the difference between familiarity and genuine romantic feelings and lust. What’s refreshing about Fourth Wing is that, unlike most love triangles, readers aren’t left feeling torn between two characters. It’s quite straightforward who we root for from the start.
The protagonist, Violet Sorrengail, finds herself in a love triangle with Dain Aetos and Xaden Riorson. Violet and Dain have been best friends since they were five years old, having grown up together. Once at the Basgiath War College in the Riders Quadrant, they reunite, and Violet’s interest in Dain continues. The book mentions that Violet has long harboured a desire for more with Dain.
However, an undeniable attraction exists between Xaden and Violet from the get-go. Their relationship plays on the enemies-to-lovers trope, resulting in a slow-burn romance filled with tension and charge.
Yes, the book does contain spicy scenes, which are very well received. As a reader, you won’t feel remotely torn about who Violet should choose in the love triangle. It’s pretty obvious right from the start.