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  • Fireborne, an outstanding YA dragon fantasy

    Fireborne is a fantasy novel set nine years after a bloody uprising against a brutal regime in which the poor were treated abominably by their "Dragonlords". The main characters are Lee, the son of a Dragonlord killed in the uprising, and Annie, whose family was slaughtered by Lee's father. They are training to ride dragons to be able to defend their country. I read an ARC of Fireborne and loved it. It was plot and character driven, fast paced and had great world building. The characters inspire empathy and the reader very quickly cares what is going to happen to them. The Dragons add an exciting dimension to the story. Attitudes and values from the old and new regimes cause tension between the characters. Lee is faced with a difficult choice when his loyalty to the new regime is questioned by the appearance of a family member from the old one. Inspired by the Aenid and the Republic, Fireborne is thought provoking and raises a lot of ethical questions about how to structure a society.

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  • Here be Dragons

    In Fireborne, you are introduced to a variety of complex, solid characters. As I read through the story, I was struck by how solid the protagonists’ relationship was throughout the story, even through the conflict. In a story filled with dragons, politics, and a revolution, Rosaria Munda captures the depth of a true friendship, while still expounding upon the concept of the corrupt politics and rebel groups. The dragons, I found, were incredibly memorable in their characterization and how they were portrayed, I only wish there was a bit more description of them. While it may be a bit hard to begin, this book is overall a wonderful read and is sure to reward you well by the last page. My review copy was provided by Bookishfirst.

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  • Rich and Complex

    If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "complicated." Complicated, and with sooooo many dragons. Both of these elements drew me into a beautifully written story with complex characters and a tense political/dramatic environment where nothing was easy and there was no right choice. The shifting allegiances and the inner turmoil between Annie and Lee constantly drew me in. Even fore readers who don't like political drama, this is absolutely one they should give a chance. It wonderfully forced the characters into situations where they struggled to maintain their morals in difficult situations. And to break up the politics, the book was filled with dragons. This is a detailed world with excellent backstories and history. And the characters? They are phenomenal. Annie and Lee are layered and so close to one another, and I adore their interactions. The romantic tension between them drove me a bit crazy at times, but it was only because they have both endured so much and I wanted them to have a few moments of peace. I knew I would like this book but the more I think about it the more I find myself loving it. Highly recommended for lovers of fantasy, dragons, and complex plots!

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  • Amazing!

    What a wild ride! Fireborne is everything a fantasy novel should be: a complex grey world with a rich history, dragons, wonderful characters struggling with choices, dragon tournaments, found family, cute teenage dragons that have trouble finding their fire. Cute baby dragons the size of a dog. Dragons that are very animalistic and think very differently yet you can share thoughts. And a squadron of dragonriders! I think it’s safe to say I just loved the dragons. There were tournaments on who becomes the first dragonrider (and future leader), and it was so exciting! And also, the premise was quite unique! We have Lee, the son of a very high placed leader in the old regime. His family was slaughtered before his eyes when there was a coup and a new leader and a more democratic reign began. Normally you would expect that Lee would be out for revenge. And while this is a constant struggle, actually he tries to see the world as it is and decided for himself that in fact this new regime is better and that he loves his fellow squadron members. Well, most of htem anyway. But a lost family member approaches him and that brings up a lot of feelings... Annie is the victim of the old regime, her family slaughtered by dragon fire. Yet in the new regime she rises along with Lee, whom she’s known since the orphanage. They have a beautiful, though very complicated friendship and I’m here for it. They believe in each other and have each others backs and I loved that. But with a war looming, when the old regime wants to take back what was once theirs, some things might shift and stakes are higher than ever. Annie used to be from the lowest place in society, as a former serf, and she has trouble to muster self confidence, she feels like she’s not good enough, when really she’s amazing and can beat everyone in the air. Her character growth was amazing, and there were so many feels as trauma resurfaced... The world is a very intricate one with many sides, and it read more like an adult fantasy novel, a bit dense and the complexity was there. I sometimes wished it would be a little less complicated (or better explained), but I did manage to understand it all after a while. The moral implications of this world made you think a lot, especially what you would do in these situations. The novel is character driven, but there’s enough action to keep it interesting. For me, there were some pacing problems, I sometimes didn’t notice the POV had shifted, and once I missed an entire tournament which was a huge deal, I thought they were just training. But those are all minor and I might have needed to pay better attention but I just had to read on because I was SO invested in this story! The characters and the dragons made this book wonderful, the world and feels and unique plot made it epic.

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