Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Fireborne (Aurelian Cycle, #1)

by Rosaria Munda

"Fireborne is everything I want in fantasy." —Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina

Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry, romance . . . and dragons.

Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn't be more different. Annie's lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee's aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he's come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you've chosen.

Reviewed by otakubookworm on

5 of 5 stars

When I first picked up this book, I was excited. The cover of the dragon surrounded by red just stood out to me more than any other book I had picked up. I knew I would enjoy it. Having high expectations usually leads to let down however Fireborn lived up to them and even surpassed them.

The characters were my favorite thing about this book. Sure, the plot was amazing with its high action-packed tournament duels and its realistic drama however what really sold it to me was the fully-developed characters. Annie and Lee felt real. I struggled when Lee was dealing with the biggest decision he will ever have to make, and I related to Annie when she felt like she couldn't do anything.

All I can really say about this book is that it's amazing and by far one of the best books I've read this year. I'm so excited for the rest of this series and what is to come from this amazing author. I believe everyone should pick up a copy and dive into the world of Fireborne.

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