We can all agree that we need Book 3 in the Empyrean Series to be out like…right now! But we also know that we need to wait a little while before it will be published. Initially, the release date was for the end of 2024, but sadly, the date was removed from Goodreads so we now have nothing official to go by.
That shouldn’t stop us from reading the books over and over, creating theories about the books, and figuring out in advance what the books will bring. We already know that it’s going to be a wonderful third instalment full of adventure, dragons, and looooove!
I’ve now read the books like 20 times and I’m not even joking. I believe I can discuss what’s going to happen next in Book 3. Given that we have 3 more books coming, there is a chance that some of the things I assume will be discussed might be touched upon in book 4, or even book 5.
If you are searching for the best of clues, my recommendation is to check the Fourth Wing and Iron Flame epigraphs. They are not just relevant for the upcoming chapter, but are full of Easter Eggs as well.
Alright, so what are my predictions for Book 3 in the Empyrean Series?
Violet’s second signet
So, do I know what it is? Somewhat. I discussed with all the fans in great detail in my previous theory and we can all agree that it is something similar to amplification, shields, or a type of intrinsic.
If you are to believe my theory that Violet and Xaden are gods (more on this below), then her second signet could be similar to Aegis. Zeus’ shield, the Aegis, was another symbol of his power. It was said to be indestructible and capable of instilling terror into the hearts of his enemies. Could it be related to this? Sure! I mean, Zeus was also a shapeshifter, but I just don’t think we’ll see this in the Empyrean Series.
Violet’s time gift
I honestly think that we were told on many occasions in Iron Flame: Violet can slow down time. I don’t know if she can stop it entirely like how it was when Andarna had the gift, but she can definitely slow it down enough to assess everything she needs.
She’s done it on the battlefield. She’s done it for Sawyer.
Brennan x Naolin
My theory is still that Tairn severed his bond with Naolin because Naolin somehow turned venin. I honestly thought we would explore this in Iron Flame, so I was surprised to see that we barely discussed it. Not to worry, I think Rebecca Yarros wanted to keep us on the edge of our seats. So chances are, we will reveal more in Book 3.
Iron Flame was the book for Sloane, so I think Book 3 will be for Aaric. We will learn his super signet, which, let’s face it, we all think will be distance wielder. We will learn more about his relationship with the Royal Family and get some more insights about how it all works.
I reckon we will also learn a bit more about Halden. Maybe a little romance between Cat and Halden? She is hungry for a crown, is she not?
We will learn so much about runes. I think Book 3 will even have a rune-related title. Runes seem to be everything in this series. Basgiath was built on runes. Brennan has a rune on his palm. The rebellion relics are actually the result of a protective rune. Everything has something to do with runes, and even wyverns have runes in them. Creepy, right?
Book 3 will explain how to use runes for a lot of protection. And maybe Sloane will get some information about her mother, Colonel Mairi thanks to Liam’s letters. I believe there has to be more to it. And since Cat is best at runes, she will play a very important role here.
Our dearest, annoying Catriona. Is she a good person? I don’t think so. She appears to be a very narcissistic woman who cannot accept that someone is better than her. She’s not a villain, but she can be.
Did she help Violet? Yes, which was surprising. Is Catriona becoming good, or is she playing a game to win Xaden? Will she stop caring for Xaden now that he’s venin and go for others (Aaric, Halden?).
I think Cat is here to stay, and as much as I wish she’d disappear from the narrative, I think we will have more of her in Book 3. She is talented with runes and her mind work, and chances are, we do need her as she is a good fighter. In fact, riders and fliers will become closer and closer.
There is so much to unpack here. But you know what? I don’t think we will. I think Xaden will continue to be a bit of a mystery in book 3 as well. Which is not ideal. Will he join venin? Maybe. It’s possible he will do it to protect Violet.
I do think the romantic interest will continue in Book 3, as after all, we do have a romantasy here. But, I also think there will be a looot of drama. And I think maybe Sgaeyl will not be so happy about it all.
Book 3 will probably follow the fall of Xaden Riorson in a weird way. I’m not saying he will become the villain, but I do think he will make some more questionable decisions.
We will learn some more about Xaden’s mother but not enough, I don’t think. I know many fans here speculate that she is somehow General Venin, but I don’t think so either.
While I did speculate that Dad Sorrengail was General Venin, I now know for a fact that this theory was and will be disproven. Hey, I can’t be right about everything, now (although I wish).
I do think that the best theory so far about Xaden and Violet is that they are Gods, or at least children of Gods. That would mean that Xaden’s mum is also a Goddess. My guess? She is Dunne. But either way, I don’t think Book 3 will fully reveal the gods thing, so I reckon this will be more like Book 4.
Which is why I think we will learn more clues about her but not enough in Book 3. But then again, Rebecca Yarros might surprise us all!
Old Books and Journals
Lilith is gone, Dad Sorrengail is gone, Violet only has her siblings…and many, many journals, books and correspondence to rely on.
Now that General Lilith is gone, Violet will need to remove all her belongings from her old room. And I think she will discover plenty of clues about her parents. I think we will get this info as books, letters, and more.
I think we will get clues about who Dad Sorrengail really was and his books on feathertails. I mean, I honestly thought we would discuss this in Iron Flame, yet again, Rebecca Yarros cleverly put it on the backburner.
Dain and Cath
Cath vouched for Dain. But Cath is not without his faults. He smells bad, doesn’t he? And you know that I already have a theory about smells. I reckon there’s something dodgy going on with Dain and Cath.
We’ve opened up the map to Poromiel, and now it’s time to extend it once again. I reckon we’ll visit the Isles, and if not, we’ll at least learn a lot about them. Why did they turn from allies to enemies?
Could it be that there are dragons on the isles? I think so. And let’s not forget, there are plenty of theories about Andarna’s breed being on the isles somehow. Yet, Andarna was left behind with a purpose.
Moving forward, I think we’ll need the 7th breed of dragons to raise up wards everywhere – in Poromiel, other parts of Navarre, etc. But this might be a thing for Book 5, showing how the whole continent and isles will unite (if we’re talking happy ending).
Sadly, the wards are already failing. Eventually, they’ll become nothing, right? That’s what Lilith said. Without the fire of the 7th breed of dragons, Aretia has no protection.
I assume some big battles will happen in Aretia, and riders/fliers will need to protect it somehow. The wards can only be extended so much. So, how will they overcome this issue? I tell you, with another 7th breed of dragon – from the isles…
Beautiful Andarna! We’ll learn so much more about this wonderful dragon. She’s smart, awesome, kind, and different, just like Violet. She’s special through and through, and we’ll learn her story and her special gifts.
I really hope we’ll delve into her ability to foresee the future. Rebecca Yarros did say we’d learn a lot more about her in Book 3, so that’s what I’m hoping for.
We have two black hatchlings. My theory? Tairn and Sgaeyl have had hatchlings. I think we’ll learn more about that.
This will be a huge problem for Tairn, given that the mother of his hatchlings is bonded to a venin. I reckon there will be lots of drama, not just between Violet and Xaden, but between Tairn and Sgaeyl.
Finally, I think Book 3 will highlight how nature likes balance. Andarna will be our shining new dragon, while Sgaeyl will succumb to the shadows. She’ll have to deal with a lot, and we’ll follow her struggles. I think there will be much suffering on her part, and Sgaeyl will start to smell bad, making Tairn increasingly upset and frustrated with the whole situation.
These are my predictions for Book 3 of the Empyrean Series by Rebecca Yarros. I’m sure there’s much more to the book. We’ll have Jesinia and Sawyer – will Sawyer be okay? Can he still be a rider? Rhiannon will play a more important role in Book 3, now that she knows the truth.
I’m also intrigued about Imogen. Is she good or bad? I’m concerned because she’s bonded to an orange, and so far, every single orange has been bonded only with villains.
I think we’ll discover that Varrish was venin in the end, and Violet remains pure at heart, having only killed (or attempted to kill) venin (Jack and Varrish). Finally, we’ll get some info on Jack and Nolon.
I don’t know what to think about them, but something tells me that Jack will escape. Or Xaden will let him go for a price. Who knows?
Will we introduce new characters? Absolutely, I think we’ll meet new characters from the isles. We’ll also introduce Halden and Drake Cordella and, as always, a host of supporting characters to move the story forward.
Overall, I’m obviously really excited and just cannot wait to see what Book 3 has in store for us. But one thing is for certain: there will be a lot of adventure, struggles, discoveries, and agony. And I am here for it all!”
Want to immerse yourself more in the Empyrean Series universe? Check out all the theories below!
- Iron Flame Theory: Thoughts about Violet’s box
- Iron Flame Theory: Parallel between Iron Flame characters and the Pantheon
- Iron Flame Theory: How come that Violet and Xaden share dreams?
- Iron Flame Theory: Bodhi is Xaden’s brother
- Predictions for Book 3 Empyrean Series
- Iron Flame Theory: Violet and Xaden are Gods
- Empyrean Series Theory: Xaden Riorson is a morally grey character.
- Iron Flame Theory: The physics of Violet’s signet (and why gravity is not her second signet)
- Iron Flame Theory: General Daramor is more important than we think
- Iron Flame Theory: Venin live forever
- Iron Flame Theory: The Isle Kingdoms’ Rift and the Unseen Alliances
- Iron Flame Theory: Are the Gods among us?
- Empyrean Series Theory: Did Liam master more signets than we initially thought?
- Iron Flame Theory: There is something off with the Sorrengail family dynamic
- Iron Flame Theory: The elixir developed by the leadership is not new
- Iron Flame Theory: We will have a new General in Book 3
- Iron Flame Theory: Smells are crucial clues (eyes too!)
- Iron Flame Theory: Tairn and Sgaeyl might have had hatchlings
- Iron Flame Theory: Why are dragons so afraid of hatchlings being discovered by humans?
- Iron Flame Theory: Varrish was venin
- Iron Flame Theory: The Barrens will be restored with Sloane’s help
- Iron Flame Theory: We will unite the continent and have a modern language
- Iron Flame Theory: Did Naolin really die saving Brennan?
- Iron Flame Questions and Answers – What do we know so far?
- Iron Flame Theory: Aaric’s blue clubtail to become Andarna’s mate
- Iron Flame Theory: Violet’s second signet
- Iron Flame Theory: Mr Sorrengail is General Venin
- Iron Flame Theories – A complete collection
- Iron Flame Theory: Andarna knows how to kill venin