Perfect Mix of House of the Dragon And Harry Potter: Fourth Wing to Be Adapted By Amazon
This is going to be a new fantasy hit, but only if done right.
- Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros is a new hit among young adult fantasy books.
- The book tells the story of Violet, who attends the War College to become a Dragon Rider.
- Amazon's previous fantasy adaptations weren't too successful, but Fourth Wing has all the makings of a hit.
Fourth Wing is an absolute bestseller in young adult fiction, ranking in the top ten bestselling books on Amazon in all categories. Rebecca Yarros' novel was released in May 2023 and exploded onto the book charts, garnering more than 140,000 reviews on GoodReads in its first month of release and millions of fans.
As in most cases in recent years, we have TikTok to thank for this popularity surge. Millions of videos with the popular hashtag #TheFourthWing could not help but interest readers. Today, Fourth Wing is a must-read if you consider yourself a fan of young adult genre.
Books about dragons? There were a million of them. From George R. R. Martin’s Fire & Blood to Christopher Paolini's Eragon. Books bout wizarding schools? There were many from Harry Potter to Naomi Novik's A Deadly Education. And yet, somehow, Fourth Wing had readers so hooked that they turned a blind eye to the fact that they had read it all before, and more than once.
What Is Fourth Wing About?
At the center of the story is the Basgiath War College of the Kingdom of Navarre and the main character named Violet, the daughter of a war general. The girl did not want to follow in her mother's footsteps, but the mother would not have been a general if she had not forced her daughter to act in her own way.
Violet attends the College, where the elite of Navarre, the Dragon Riders, are trained. You can leave the ranks of the academy's cadets either by graduating or by meeting your death. Working with dragons is not for the weak, they either respect you or burn you.
Of course, Violet meets a dark but very attractive young man Xaden, the son of a rebel who once led a brutally suppressed revolution. And everything would have been fine, except that it was Violet's mother who killed Xaden's father. Sounds exciting, doesn't it?
The Rights to Fourth Wing Were Purchased By Amazon
The rights to the book were bought by Amazon Studios before the WGA strike, and the fight for the rights was hot. If the Fourth Wing adaptation is successful, all of the following books will get their own adaptations. So far, however, Yarros has only written two books in the series – Fourth Wing and Iron Flame. The latter is scheduled for release on November 7, 2023.
Fourth Wing Could Be Amazon's Fantasy Breakthrough
Although Amazon has given us such gems as Fleabag with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the fantasy potential of the studio has yet to be fully revealed – The Rings of Power, the most expensive show in history, proved to be visually stunning, but was panned by viewers and critics for its chaotic plot; the same thing happened with The Wheel of Time, which gathered its loyal audience but failed to become a hit.
Fourth Wing has a great chance of becoming that fantasy breakthrough for Amazon – the book already has a huge army of fans.In fact, under the cover of Fourth Wing is a dark academy with dragons, a special main character and hot scenes. Sounds like the perfect formula for a successful and exciting fantasy TV show.