Author: Rosaria Munda
Genre: Fantasy (Young Adult)
About the book: It’s the first in a series following Lee and Anne, two teens rising in the ranks as dragonriders, despite different backgrounds. Fireborne explores ties to the family you were born into and the family you choose.
I received an advanced review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: I adore both the title and the cover. I was also super intrigued by the novel’s themes.
Characters: The two protagonists grew on me so much. I especially enjoyed seeing Anne’s development into a more confident young woman. Even the secondary characters are unique and likeable.
“It is difficult, knowing that your choices are ones whose consequences others suffer.”
Writing: The book alternates between Lee’s and Anne’s point of view with flashbacks to their childhood at the beginning of some chapters. Munda is descriptive, building the world in detail. Overall, I liked the platonic relationships as well as the romantic ones.
Final thoughts: The ending provides some closure while leaving questions to be answered in the second novel. I’m curious to know what happens next. My favourite fantasy novels balance fantastical elements with human issues; this book falls into that category.
I highly recommend Fireborne if you like stories about rivalries and romance.
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