BY: Aisling Fowler
GENRE: Childrens, Middle-Grade, Fantasy
PUBLICATION: September 30, 2021 by Harper Collins
NOTES: I received an e-copy from the publisher and blog tour host in exchange for promotion and honest review. It did not affect my review in any way.
This review should be posted yesterday but for some reason, the date in my journal is wrong. But anyway, a big thanks to Dave at The Write Reads and Harper Collins for inviting me to this massive tour. This is such a massive tour that I feel really honored to be part of it.
Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide.
Ember is full of monsters.
Twelve gave up her name and identity to train in the art of hunting them–so she says. The truth is much more deadly: she trains to take revenge on those who took her family from her.
But when Twelve’s new home is attacked, she’ll find herself on an unexpected journey, where her hidden past is inescapably intertwined with her destiny–and the very fate of her world.
The blurb pretty much summarized what this book is about and what to expect, but really, Fireborn gave me more adventure than I expected from the blurb. It follows a huntling, Twelve, who trains in Hunting Lodge to become a hunter, but she has a hidden agenda for being there. She doesn’t just want to learn how to fight monsters; she wants to avenge her family. But then things get complicated because everything in her new home is not what it seems. Twelve finds herself in an adventure that will change her life forever and expose her to truths about herself and her past.
I read Fireborn in one sitting. It was not a short book by size, but it was so easy to read. I couldn’t put it down and wanted to know what’s next. Reading this was such an adventure. It was filled with twists and turns that were unexpected. And every scene was exciting. There wasn’t a single scene in the story that bored me. The story moved at a very nice pacing.
That said, the plot was very well-constructed. I love that even though it’s in the childrens and middle-grade genre, the overall story gives a dark aura. You can only understand this when you read the book. I can’t give too many details because it is so easy to spoil any part of the story. But I guess, I can say that the setting is a big part of the vibe that the story is giving. That aspect is very well-done too. The world just kept giving me something interesting in it.
The characters are awesome. I love Twelve. First of all, I love her name. Second, she’s not perfect. But I saw her grow so much throughout the story. If you would compare the Twelve at the beginning of the book to the Twelve at the end, the growth is very clear. It’s like she sees her world and everything differently at the end. I also love the side characters. They weren’t shadowed by Twelve but they also didn’t outshine Twelve. Just perfect.
RATING: 4.5 blissful pages with lilies
Fireborn is another amazing read from middle-grade/childrens genre. I’ve never read any book from this genre that I didn’t enjoy and so it’s becoming one of my favorite genres.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aisling was born in 1985 and wishes that she had grown up in a magical, mountainous kingdom, but was actually raised in Surrey on a diet of books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her early ‘adventure’ stories involved surprisingly little action and her first novel (3 pages long) was politely declined by publishers at age 11. After earning a BSc in Biology and working as a support worker and then a nurse, the idea for her debut novel, Fireborn, came to her as she moved back and forth between London and the US. Now based in Hackney, when she is not reading or writing, Aisling loves cooking and plotting adventures (for herself as well as her fictional characters). Fireborn will be published by HarperCollins in 2021.
Fireborn by Aisling Fowler will be published by HarperCollins on 30th September 2021 and is available to preorder here.
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