October 29, 2019

#BookReview: Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle #1) by Rosaria Munda


Title: Fireborne (The Aurelian Cycle #1)
Author: Rosaria Munda

Published: October 15th 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover448 pages
Synopsis: 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.
 


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About the Author: Rosaria grew up in rural North Carolina, where she climbed trees, read Harry Potter fanfiction, and taught herself Latin. She studied political theory at Princeton and lives in Chicago with her husband and cat.

Rating: 🌟🌟
My Review: I really loved the troupe of sharing minds with other beings.  This dragon and reminded me of Eragon but in a less fantastical way.  It felt very middle grade to me vs. young adult and the story just seemed to drag.  The dual POVs really didn't have distinct voices and the whole thing just felt like something I had read before.  Munda didn't bring anything new to the table other than very vivid storytelling.  




Go Into This One Knowing: Dual POV







★ “Breathless action.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ "This series opener thrills with dragon action, from aerial tournaments to wartime battles . . . a near-perfect work of high fantasy with wide appeal." --Bookliststarred review ★ "From the beginning, this book pulls readers in . . . full of drama, emotional turmoil, and high stakes." --Kirkusstarred review★ "Thought-provoking and full of social and political intrigue.” --School Library Journal, starred review"From action fans to romance fans, political junkies to fantasy lovers, many different audiences will find something rewarding here." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"Fireborne is everything I want in fantasy." --Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina
“It’s been a long time since a book made me this happy. Fireborne is my new favorite dragon book.” --Kristen Ciccarelli, internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara 









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