Fourth Wing Author Rebecca Yarros Reveals Release Date of 3rd Book in Her Series

Rebecca Yarros, the author behind Fourth Wing and Iron Flame, has confirmed when the third installment of her beloved fantasy series will be released—plus the book's title.

By Hayley Santaflorentina Mar 28, 2024 7:48 PMTags
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A dragon without its rider is a tragedy—as is a hit fantasy series without a third book.

Thankfully, Rebecca Yarros assuaged readers' fears by announcing the third installment of The Empyrean series—home to the beloved Fourth Wing and its sequel Iron Flame—will be released sooner rather than later.

"I'm excited to finally announce," the author said on Good Morning America March 28, "that the third book in the Empyrean series will be released January 21, 2025. I can't tell you much yet, but I can tell you the title: Onyx Storm. And there will be politics, new adventures, old enemies and, of course, dragons."

She added, "The book is available for pre-order now, and I can't wait to share more details with you later."

And since Iron Flame ended on a massive cliffhanger, fans were understandably thrilled by the news they'll get answers within a year.

"NEVER BEEN SO EXCITED FOR A BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT," one user wrote under Rebecca's Instagram announcement, while another added, "All plans are going to be cancelled. Can't wait."

Best Book to TV Show Adaptations

And this isn't the only exciting dragon-related news Fourth Wing fans have been awarded recently—the fantasy series is also headed to TV

Though a timeline has not been confirmed yet, it was announced in October that Amazon MGM Studios will partner with Michael B. Jordan's production company Outlier Society to bring the BookTok phenomenon to life. And not only are they signed on for both Fourth Wing and Iron Flame, but the partnership also acquired the rights for the remaining three books planned for the five-part series. 

But in case you're needing to fill a literary void until next year's Onyx Storm, keep reading for more book recommendations with some of BookTok's biggest obsessions.

1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Ten years, three brooks and one hit Netflix series later, the first release in Bardugo's fantasy trilogy that blends magic and romance is still BookTok's most beloved subject with more than 15 billion hashtag views. 

2. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Released in 2016, Hoover's love-story-gone-wrong has dominated TikTok for years. And with Blake Lively set to star in the movie adaptation, it's safe to say It Ends With Us is sitting pretty on this list for the foreseeable future. 

3. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The first book in a series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue, Black's 2018 release is still ruling the BookTok chart.

4. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Hoover puts her unique spin on the popular friends-with-benefits trope in this 2014 novel about the messy relationship between an airline pilot and an E.R. nurse.

5. Verity by Colleen Hoover

Hoover's third and final novel to make the BookTok list is arguably her biggest creative swing, delivering a twist-filled thriller with an ending people are still debating more than five years after its release. 

6. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

PSA: Clear your schedule for an entire week if you choose to pick up the first book in Maas' beloved ACOTR series because the YA fantasy series that puts a fairy twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale will take over your life. Plus, it's being adapted for Hulu by the team that brought Outlander to the small screen, so you'll want to read ASAP. 

7. The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

One of the buzziest books of summer 2021, readers had all the feels for this rom-com about two scientists faking a relationship, only to have their chemistry cause chaos in the lab.

8. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Even before the film adaptation of the best-selling 2019 novel of the same name premieres on Amazon on Aug. 11, TikTok has long been swooning over the unexpected love story between Alex, the son of the president of the United States, and the fictional Prince Henry. International relations have never been so steamy.

9. Twisted Love by Ana Huang

"He has a heart of ice. But for her, he'd burn the world." And readers are definitely still burning for Huang's adult novel that spawned three sizzling followups. 

10. Haunting Adeline by H.D. Carlton

As dark as it is spicy, readers are hooked and spooked by Carlton's paranormal romance that involves a stalker, a secret society and a whole lot of suspense. 

11. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Six years after its release, TikTokers are still swooning over the love stories of a fictional reclusive Hollywood legend. And, after the success of Amazon Prime Video's take on Reid's Daisy Jones and the Six, Netflix is set to introduce audiences to Evelyn Hugo by adapting the bestseller into a movie. 

12. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The oldest book on the list, this 1992 release from the Pulitzer Prize winner centers on a group of clever, eccentric misfits at a New England college who find themselves transfixed by their classics professor, leading to deadly consequences. 

13. The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas

Armas's debut novel was independently published in February 2021 and became such a TikTok sensation that the publishing world couldn't help but take notice. And readers couldn't help but swoon over the rom-com about a Spanish writer who agrees to fake-date a colleague and brings him to her sister's wedding.

14. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Quick, find the nearest Gen-Z reader near you and chances are they're obsessed with Yarros' sexy and sizzling story about a college for dragon riders. The first in a new series with the followup, Iron Flame, set to drop this fall, prepare to be fully spellbound by this epic fantasy. 

15. Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

This art-filled retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War from the author of Circe is still enchanting readers more than a decade after its 2011 release. 

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