Fireborne(The Aurelian Cycle #1) byRosaria Munda
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Booksfor Young Readers
Release Date: October 15th 2019Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dragons
I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review
Seraphina 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.
Fireborne is the first book in the Aurelian Cycle trilogy.
The book is told in dual POV between Lee and Annie.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book since I haven’t read either Game of Thrones or the Red Rising series, so I was going into this blind. The thing that did grab my interest was the background of both Lee and Annie and the fact that there are dragons in the book.
Told in the aftermath of a revolution that has changed how the country lives instead of under the rule of the Dragon Lord, in a new possible freedom and ranking among the citizens.
Lee hides that he is the surviving son of the Dragon Lord, raised as an orphan alongside Annie who was orphaned due to an order given by the Dragon Lord.
Lee and Annie are both vying for the role of First Rider, but they are in each other’s way. Both have worked their way up the ranks during the trials, which seems to put a bit of a strain on their friendship since they both have their own reasons for wanting this spot.
The peace that people have slowly comes to an end when it is found out that a neighboring country also has dragon riders and that they were against the revolution and want to bring back the rule that the Dragon Lord instilled. During this time Lee is confronted with the decision to stand by his family or fight against them.
The fact that Lee must keep his secret from Annie and his friends while having this internal conflict as to which side to choose shows that not everything is black and white. Lee makes a choice which may or may not be what’s best for the people.
I was hoping that there was going to be more with the dragons, but I understood that they were not the main focus of this book, but I do hope that there will be more in the next book since there is a war that is brewing.
Book 2 is slated to be out sometime in 2020.
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.For book recs and updates, follow her on instagram:@rosariamunda
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