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Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
Young adult


We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Rosaria Munda, on your first book!

by Rosaria Munda

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A Sofia Vassilieva recommendation for the Game of Thrones and Harry Potter fans who can't get enough adrenaline.

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Sofia Vassilieva is the star of the forthcoming TV series Looking for Alaska.

Why I love it

Sofia Vassilieva

Confession: I am an overly empathic reader who loudly vocalizes—without regard for appropriateness—what I feel while reading. By that same token, the time I spend with a book is precious. When I first began Fireborne, I was immediately captivated by a world of dragons—but I also hoped I might find something more, something closer to the world we live in and the questions you and I face in our own dragon-less lives. Spoiler alert: I did.

Fireborne tells the story of Lee and Annie, two dragon-riding orphans on a quest to become “Firstrider,” commander of their fleet. The book follows their friendship, a love story of sorts, as it clashes up against their need to survive post-revolutionary Callipolis. As I followed their story, I found myself embroiled in a fiery stream of questions: What is an ideal society? How much can we alter the course of our lives? And can the friends we find ever really matter more than the family to which we were born?

Fireborne reads so quickly that I devoured its 432 pages in two sittings. The novel is filled with characters that are complex, well-rounded, and far beyond simply “good” or “bad.” At times they made me angry—at other times, proud. I caught myself laughing, cheering, and feeling heartbroken by the contradictory paths of these friends—and how they nonetheless led them to the same place and the same battle. To me, a work of art challenges our thoughts without telling us how to think, but by enticing us to search deeper and wider. And that’s exactly what Fireborne did. P.S. My dad is now reading this book!

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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.

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419 ratings
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  • 32% Like
  • 6% Dislike
  • Spearfish, SD

    While the book is a little slow at the beginning, once it picked up the pace, I was hooked. The characters and dragons are amazing, and the worldbuilding was phenomenal. I didn't want to stop reading!

  • Ararat, VA

    So emotional. I love the story of two orphans on opposing sides of a war growing up together as best friends. They have a bond stronger than anything. And their connection to their dragons is amazing.

  • Clovis, CA

    I loved this book! It had a stunning plot with horrible backstories (that were totally fascinating/ depressing), and marvelous side characters that wonderfully supported Lee and Annie. Oh, & dragons!

  • Arnold, MD

    I loved this book that raises questions about what it means to be worthy. In the beginning, I felt like I started the story in the middle. I wanted more with Lee and Annie as children and dragons.

  • New Port Richey, FL

    It took me nine hours to read this 432 page book, counting meal breaks. It took everything I love about fantasy - YA and adult - smashed it all together, and went, "Here, do you want this?" I did.

  • Barrington , RI

    The book debuted really strong and diverse characters. Had an excellent blend of recognizable culture and class struggle, as well as family friction. Loved it and will definitely read the next one

  • Columbus, MS

    Before this book I had been on the search for a fantasy that would leave me begging for more.. let me say that this book ended my search! This story was breathtaking and had me soaring with them!

  • Tallahassee, FL

    Slow start but finished strong. Loved the dual perspectives, the strong heroine, and (of course) the dragons. The moral conflict makes this more than just a book of YA fantasy; it's legendary.

  • Hinesville, GA

    Fireborne was a little slow but the characters were well developed and so was the story line! I can't wait to read the next book in the series to see what happens to my favorite characters

  • Houston, TX

    I LOVED this book. It was familiar and great. Yet has enough that set it apart to not feel like "just another dragon book". I will for sure be following what Munda does in the future.

  • Pembroke, NH

    So good!! I love all types of fantasy but this one had intrigue and mystery and action and romance as well. Also, I’m a sucker for two viewpoints in a story. Wonderfully written.

  • Lodi, CA

    This book has everything that I want and more in a YA fantasy! It's filled with the perfect balance of adventure and romance, and I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

  • Oviedo, FL

    Wonderfully written fantasy that grapples with real issues when it comes to war and governing. I adored the characters. They were all flawed, multi-faceted, and relatable.

  • Monterey, CA

    Love the writing style. Im a sucker for dragons and this is a different take on a familiar fantasy story. Great characters. A little slow at times but still a great story.

  • Clarksville, TN

    “They watch us kneel, see the back of our heads, and they think we’ve given in. They don’t realize you can think from your knees just as well from your feet.”

  • Rochester, MN

    I am so obsessed with this book. It's got a very Harry Potter meets how to train your dragon ride. Which I know sounds kinda lame, but seriously I was obsessed.

  • Ewa Beach, HI

    I really enjoyed this story. The character development was awesome, the pacing on point, and overall a great story. Hoping there's more to come in this series

  • San Dimas, CA

    I really appreciated the dynamic between the two main characters and the split narrative. It was thought provoking when the setting idealized a fair society.

  • Mooresville, NC

    Never a dull moment, tons of twists and turns. Not an easily predictable book, you really have to just keep reading to see what happens, finished it in a day!

  • Cedarburg, WI

    This book was a wild ride that I was not expecting! The way they dealt with the dragons and dragon-riding was very reminiscent of How to Train Your Dragon

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