Rebecca Yarros Reveals ‘Onyx Storm’ Cover: EXCLUSIVE

The next installment in Rebecca Yarros’ bestselling romantic fantasy series “The Empyrean” is on the way and the author gives a first look at the newest book set in the world of “Fourth Wing.”

Yarros exclusively revealed the cover of “Onyx Storm” on on July 8.

The cover of Rebecca Yarros’ next book, “Onyx Storm”, designed by Bree Archer and Elizabeth Turner Stokes.Bree Archer, Elizabeth Turner Stokes / Entangled Publishing

“It’s great to be back with these characters. After three books, we’ve been on an incredible journey together, and I’ve loved expanding the world around them as they discover more about it,” Yarros told in a statement. “I can’t wait for readers to see what Violet, Xaden and the rest of the quadrant have in store for them in Onyx storm!”

“Onyx Storm” will hit stores on January 21, 2025. It comes just over a year after the “Fourth Wing” sequel, “Iron Flame,” released in November 2023.

The book is available for pre-order. Fans in the US and Canada can also purchase a deluxe edition with spray-painted edges, stenciled artwork, and more design features.

The cover of “Onyx Storm” heralds an ominous twist in the series, featuring an all-black design and the tagline: “Brave the dark.”

“Fourth Wing,” the first book in the series, came in a bright gold color with the banner: “Fly… or die.” The fiery red sequel, “Iron Flame,” read: “Burn. It. Down.”

Rebecca Yarros wrote “Fourth Wing” and its sequel “Iron Flame”. Thanks to Katie Marie Seniors

Yarros announced the third ‘Empyrean’ book on Instagram in March.

“There will be politics, new adventures, old enemies and of course dragons,” she teased at the time.

A firm recommendation on BookTok, The Empyrean series follows Violet Sorrengail, a dragon rider trying to survive in the harsh world of Basgiath War College, as war looms beyond the borders of her Navarrean territory.

Add to that a love triangle (it is a romance, after all) between Violet, her childhood best friend Dain, and the son of a rebel leader, and you have the novels’ exciting premise.

As of July 8, “Fourth Wing,” which was released in May 2023, has spent 60 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list. “Iron Flame” is close behind with an impressive 34 weeks.

While Yarros plans to publish a total of five books in the series, a TV adaptation of “Fourth Wing” is already in the works from Amazon MGM Studios and Michael B. Jordan’s production company Outlier Society, Deadline reported.

Yarros told in 2023 that “The Empyrean” series is “fully fleshed out” across the five books.

“I think it really comes down to the theme of history: Who gets to tell our history and what happens when only people with power record our history,” she said.

Part of the inspiration for the heroine Violet, who, according to the literature, suffers from a chronic condition that affects the body’s connective tissue, came from Yarros.

“Violet has a chronic illness — she has Ehlers-Danlos, which is a condition that I also have. It’s really amazing to see readers reaching out and saying how it touched them, especially those of us who have EDS, to be able to see a hero like us with a chronic illness,” she said.

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