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Is Fourth Wing spicy? Here, we’ll uncover the spicy chapters, the spice level, and more from the first book in the Empyrean series by Rebecca Yarros. You’ll be fully informed, whether a parent or a reader yourself, yet details won’t be spoiled either. Let’s “fire” it up!

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Is Fourth Wing Spicy? The Quick Answer Revealed

Yes. Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros is a somewhat spicy fantasy romance book. There is a steamy kiss in chapter 20 and there are explicit consensual sex scenes in chapters 30 and 32.

That being said, there are 39 chapters total, so spicy romance plays a relatively small role overall. It’s more about dragons and war as a whole.

Fourth Wing’s Spice Level: Uncovered

fourth wing spice level infographic with spicy romance details.

Spice Level Rating

I rated the spice level of Fourth Wing as a 3 out of 5.

So, what does this mean? Here’s a more detailed explanation:

  • 1: kissing and very mild romantic interactions
  • 2: closed-door romance, in which sexual encounters happen, but the reader doesn’t hear details about them (it fades to black, so to speak)
  • 3: a few open-door romance scenes with some details of sexual encounters
  • 4: more than a few open-door romance scenes and/or more explicit details of sexual encounters
  • 5: Call it “smut” or whatever else suits your fancy. There is a lot of sex and a lot of details about it. You may need to fan yourself off while reading!

For the sake of comparison:

I’ll also note that I personally prefer books with a spice level around a 1 or a 2 (and nearly never finish a 5), and I thought that the spice level of Fourth Wing was just right! There’s a bit of it for those who like it, yet not too much for those who don’t.

Age Rating (For Adults)

Fourth Wing’s age rating is for New Adults and Adults aged 18 and over.

This is, in part, due to the two explicit sex scenes in it. However, also note that there are many adult themes of war throughout, such as violence, and death, as well as a lot of cursing and adult language.

Would I allow a teen to read this? Personally, I probably would not. But each parent can make that choice on their own based on the information provided here.

If you want a more mild fantasy romance series for your teen, I recommend the bestselling Divine Rivals series.


For romance books, it’s also important to talk about the “tropes” at play to determine whether a book is right for you or your teen. Fourth Wing is a book with these types of romance:

  • slow burn
  • enemies-to-lovers
  • forced proximity

The “spice” doesn’t appear until later in Fourth Wing.

Read More: Fourth Wing Synopsis and Review

Fourth Wing’s Spicy Chapters, Pages, and Scenes (With Quotes)

  • chapter 22 (passionate kiss)
  • chapter 30 (sex scene)
  • chapter 32 (sex scene)

Chapter 22

“One second, he’s out of reach, and the next his mouth is on mine, hot and insistent.”

Read More: Fourth Wing’s Top Quotes

Tension builds until there is a passionate kiss on pages 354-356 (of the Kindle version).

Chapter 30

“‘It’s exactly what I want,’ I counter. I want to replace the anger with the lust, […] and I know he’s capable of delivering all that and more.”

Chapter 30 starts with a bang, if you know what I mean. The sex scene unfolds primarily between pages 473-482 (of the Kindle version). Lightning strikes — literally!

Chapter 32

“Daggers, both his and mine, hit the ground as he unstraps the sheaths at my thighs and undoes his own. It’s a glorious cacophony of metal until we’re both naked and he’s kissing me breathless.”

Lightning strikes twice! Here, tension slowly builds until another sex scene unfolds between pages 526-531 (of the Kindle version). The “L” word is also dropped.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Fourth Wing have a lot of spice?

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros has some spice. There are two explicit romance scenes in a long book that is mostly about dragons and war at Basgiath War College.

What chapter of Fourth Wing is spicy?

Fourth Wing has a kiss in chapter 22. There are explicit “spicy” romance scenes in chapters 30 and 32.

Does Fourth Wing have romance?

Yes. Fourth Wing is a slowly burning fantasy romance novel. The characters are forced to be in close proximity and shift from enemies to lovers, particularly in two explicit romance scenes.

Is Fourth Wing appropriate for 13-year-olds?

No. Fourth Wing is a new adult fantasy romance book for adults aged 18 and over. Two chapters contain explicit romance and the entire book contains war content, including violence and death.

Is Iron Flame as spicy as Fourth Wing?

Yes. The sequel to Fourth Wing, Iron Flame, likewise contains explicit romance scenes, while also primarily advancing the plot of war.


Is Fourth Wing spicy? Rebecca Yarros’s bestseller is a somewhat spicy fantasy romance book that’s best for adults aged 18 and over.

There is a steamy kiss in chapter 20 and there are explicit consensual sex scenes in chapters 30 and 32. They shift from enemies to lovers as they live in forced proximity, and the results are as “hot” as dragon fire!

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