REVIEW » Fireborne

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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 fleetBut everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface bent on reclaiming the cityWith war on the horizon and his relationshi. “And as with gods the world uaked to see them fireborne”Holy mother of dragons What a freaking rideAlright folks if you like me belong to the group of I will read anything with dragons readers then you are in for a treat Because Fireborne is your bookThis book has everything to keep you glued to it A complex fantasy world and political system layered characters that are a treat to delve into and all the dragon action Trust me this was an impressive fantasy debut and it deserves your time and attentionAs for the romance as you may be wondering that’s where my teeny tiny complaint lies You can’t pitch something as dragons romance and then have a very secondary romantic subplot Having said that the romance was still there; the pining the longing the almost impossibility of it all that at the same time gave off this meant to be vibe It was there and it was delicious in all its subtlety leaving me wanting MORESolid freaking A fantasy debutRating 455Copy gifted by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewPre release thoughtsFireborne romance AND dragonsMe

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FireborneP 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 needsFrom debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into uestion which matters most the family you were born into or the one you’ve chosen. This book has gotten a lot of advanced buzz and I have to say I can see whyThe telepathic dragoncompanion trope is pretty well worn by now and Munda doesn't do much to add to it But if you like that trope you're going to be okay with the eggs impression shared emotional states with dragons etc Munda does a great job with itWhere this book takes a left turn I thought was with the political situation The story sort of begins ten years after an especially bloody revolution overthrowing the dragon lords who were this world's nobles They kept the dragons to themselves and of course they had everything Including the leisure time for poetry The rest of the world scrabbled to support themUntil the revolution that overthrew them and nearly stamped them out by killing all the dragon lords down the the smallest kid But total annihilation is difficult than it looks when it's hand to hand slaughter and a few got away or were spared including one of our protagonists Lee who was born Leo his father an important dragon lordI said Sort of above because we get snippets of the revolution and Lee's story along with Annie's She is our secondary protagonist once a serf As a serf she would never have been permitted near a dragon but now she and Lee are dragon riders for the revolution made it possible for commoners to test for dragon ridingEarly on we get a glimpse of a past event an execution Lee and Annie tight friends both misunderstood the other's reaction and when the reader realizes it the game alters Nothing is predictable any Moral dilemmas with huge emotional freight attached lie like landmines everywhere There are no easy choices in this worldI suspect Munda is a visual writer as she paints in the complexities of character emotions through subtle observation of body language That was a real pleasure to read she avoids the easy but overused LED lights in eyes for emotional conveyance his eyes gleamedsmolderedflashedshot flames fire ice and daggers blah de blah That and the difficult choices plus the twists in the backstory that you think you know add up to a real page turnerTne climax is breathtaking excruciating exhilarating by turns There is an exuisite balance between resolution and hints of what is to come to really make me eager to see what's nextWowCopy provided by NetGalley

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REVIEW » Fireborne ↠ ❴Read❵ ➪ Fireborne Author Rosaria Munda – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry romance and dragonsAnnie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world giving everyone Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut yGame of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry romance and dragonsAnnie 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 dragonridersNow they are both rising stars in the new regime despite backgrounds that couldn’t be different Annie’s lowborn. I think someone cursed me because lately I'm facing too many disappointing books I do not like this So at first I was really curious about this book I have to say that I was a bit nervous about the number of other books this book was compared to Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry romance and dragonsInspired by Plato’s Republicthe story is pitched as Aegon Targaryen and Hermione Granger with dragons set in the aftermath of a bloody revolutionBecause once a book is so heavily compared to other popular books it better to really deliver And for me it did not It's simple as that In the beginning I really struggled with the characters I was unsure if I really enjoyed Lee's POV because just in his first POV I was annoyed by Annie before we even really meet her She was just so heavily mentioned that I could not stand her But in the end I prefered Lee's POV to Annie's His character was calmer reasonable and less sensitive in a sense I felt like Annie was always annoyed by something or someone Here I need to share my favourite uote from this book which really made me giggle at the moment Maybe you could be my maidservant or somethingI don't know how to be a maidservantI think they just wash things You're really good at that Want to plan the trip with meHowever I have to say that the first chapter was one of the lowest points of the book It gets slightly better after that but it still dragged In all honesty the book had few interesting moments when you thought something would happen and you turned the page and nothing Something really started to happen around the 84% mark And then it all got super rushed Not sure if it really made any kind of sense I guess it was supposed to hype the reader for the rest of the series which did not work at least for me because I have no plans on continuing with this series As I mentioned above I turned the page and nothing happened that's because so much happened off page When Lee was somewhere doing something interesting we got Annie's POV instead And then we would get some sort of recap of what the other experienced And even sometimes when the things were happening on page I felt like they were not really happening like we were told and it was described to us what was going on As for the books to which it was compared to I do not get those I see the comparison and mention of Plato's Republic and the French Revolution even Blitz and I personally saw some similarity with the Russian Revolution And this aspect was really good probably the strongest point of the book But the rest Hermione Granger I suppose that was Annie but I don't really see it Game of Thrones No nowhere near The story may have been good The idea is good but I did not enjoy the execution And the writing is nowhere near the books mentioned above Those name dropping popular books may have done a huge disservice to the author and the book Beyond this it might be slightly spoiler ish But spoiler will be still under the spoiler tagThe whole book felt just like background noise to LeeAnnie drama And I cannot stand them as a couple I like them standing up for each other but they do not work together as a couple Annie spends the majority of the book being offendedannoyedworried or whatever by something Lee did did not do how he moved his muscle or whatever view spoiler I think that the Lee and Crissa relationship makes way sense As for Annie I don't really get her with Duck but even that's better than Lee hide spoiler