Author: Rosaria Munda
Series: The Aurelian Cycle #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: G.P. Putman’s Sons Books
Publication date: October 15th, 2019
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.
“In a few years I will say: May the most virtuous Guardian rule. But today, I say: Maye the best riders win.”
Ever since I heard this had an Hermione Granger-esque character with dragons, I knew I had to read it ASAP. Turns out, I was not disappointed, and ended up loving it more than I thought, so I was so happy.
I don’t know why but lately I’ve been let down by so many dragon stories, so I went into it with pretty much no expectations, because I feared I was going to be disappointed as well, but I was pretty pleased to see how the dragons were a very main focused on the story. I loved learning more about their relationships with their riders, and the especial bond they shared and the part that played throughout the story. I think it was such an interesting touch to add to the story, and probably one that I’d love to see more in the sequels, because it was so unique and cool.
My main issue with the story was that the world was a bit confusing to me. It took me a bit longer to get into the story, and there were certain moments where I didn’t really know what was going on, and I’m not sure if that was because my brain didn’t catch all the information thrown at us at the beginning or if it was because everything regarding that backstory was a bit lacking and unexplained. But yeah, even though I was enjoying the plot and the characters, there was something pulling me back from loving it like I hoped to.
The overall plot, even though it wasn’t quite unique or innovative, was interesting to follow. I found that the first half was pretty slow and not much was happening, and there were certain times where I was a bit bored and wanted to see a bit more action, but that was mainly because when it comes to races and competitions, I either love and cannot put down the book or just feel a bit meh about them, and in this case it leaned more towards the second one. But it’s true that there came a point during the story where I was so engaged and didn’t want to put it down.
“The tournaments aren’t over; the bracket is narrowing; she and I are, after today’s results, set in an increasingly like collision course.”
When it comes to the characters, I have to say I totally fell in love with them. I loved the two different POVs, and how different not only their personalities were, but also what we learnt from them throughout the novel, and I think they both complimented each other in such a great way. Annie was such a soft and adorable character that was so easy to connect with, and she was so witty and intelligent that I was rooting for her the entire time. I also really enjoyed her dynamics with Leo and how slow burn and angsty that romance and relationship was written.
Now, I love me a good slow burning romance, and I think this was done amazingly. I want to read more about these characters and their relationship, because oh my, wasn’t it slow burn! No, but really, I really enjoyed the characters’ interactions and growth, and am interested to know what happened after the ending to them.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with Fireborne, because even though I went with pretty low expectations in certain parts, I ended up really enjoying the dragons and the characters. It’s true that it was quite a slow paced book, and there weren’t a lot of revelations until the last quarter, but the characters were so complex and layered and so flashed out that it was so worth it for me.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
“The truth is that however it ends, I want you to taste it. My kin, my first friend — I want you to know what it’s like to feel the might of the world at your feet. Not in pretend: in earnest.”
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