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Williams, Jen - The Ninth Rain

Williams, Jen - The Ninth Rain

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In a world dominated by dragons, where humans are often enslaved or treated as livestock, Kestrel, a young woman with an extraordinary understanding of dragons, emerges as a beacon of hope for her people. As a master dragon trainer, she earns the respect of both dragons and humans alike, bridging the divide between these two vastly different species.

Amidst a backdrop of constant power struggles and conflicts among the dragons, a series of devastating storms known as the Ninth Rain threatens to engulf the land. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Kestrel is called upon to lead a perilous mission to find a legendary artifact that could hold the key to averting the catastrophe.

Joined by a diverse and enigmatic group of companions, including a disgraced dragonrider, a cunning mercenary, and a mysterious shapeshifter with a hidden identity, Kestrel embarks on an epic journey fraught with adventure, danger, and the ever-present threat of betrayal. Along the way, she confronts not only external threats but also the complexities of her own identity and sexuality.

LGBT Themes:

The Ninth Rain explores themes of same-sex attraction and gender identity in a world where these concepts are not always accepted or understood. Kestrel, one of the book's central characters, grapples with her feelings for another woman in a society that often views such relationships as taboo. Her journey of self-discovery and acceptance mirrors the struggles of many LGBTQ+ individuals in our own world.


Venture into a captivating realm where dragons reign supreme and humans fight for survival in The Ninth Rain, the captivating first installment of the Winnowing Flame Trilogy.

In this intricately crafted world, Kestrel, a gifted dragon trainer, defies societal norms and bridges the gap between humans and dragons. As the Ninth Rain looms, threatening to unleash destruction upon the land, Kestrel finds herself at the forefront of a perilous quest to save her world.

Accompany Kestrel and her companions as they navigate treacherous landscapes, face formidable foes, and unravel the secrets of the past. Along the way, witness the complexities of loyalty, betrayal, and the true meaning of heroism, all while exploring themes of self-discovery and acceptance.

Relevant Tags:

Fantasy, Epic, Adventure, Dragons, Magic, LGBT

Awards & Recognition:

  • British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel (2018)
  • Locus Award finalist for Best Fantasy Novel (2018)
  • The Ninth Rain book by Jen Williams
  • Immerse yourself in a captivating world where dragons dominate and humans struggle for survival
  • The first installment of the thrilling Winnowing Flame Trilogy
  • A must-read for fans of epic fantasy, dragons, and adventure, with a focus on LGBT themes

Additional Notes:

  • The Ninth Rain is available in paperback, hardcover, and audiobook.
  • The book has been praised for its worldbuilding, its characters, and its exploration of themes of power, survival, and self-discovery.

Title: The Ninth Rain (The Winnowing Flame Trilogy 1)

Author: Jen Williams

Genre: Fantasy, Epic

Pages: 544

Publisher: Headline Publishing Group

Release Date: July 2017


  • Weight: 0.376 kg
  • Size: 199 x 131 x 35 mm
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