Fireborne (THE AURELIAN CYCLE #1) (Paperback)
Finally! Another book featuring dragon riders with a world-building scope that rivals Eragon. Alongside recreational competitions and mid-air battles, a rebellion is brewing and alliances are shifting. Also, a dash of romance may be in the mix! I can't wait for the sequel.— From Leah's Picks
Game of Thrones 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.
★ ★ ★ ★ Four Starred Reviews!
A 2019 Cybils Award Winner
An Illinois Reads 2020 Selection
A 2020-2021 Maine Student Book Award Selection
An AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner
★ “Breathless action.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "This series opener thrills with dragon action, from aerial tournaments to wartime battles . . . a near-perfect work of high fantasy with wide appeal." —Booklist, starred review
★ "From the beginning, this book pulls readers in . . . full of drama, emotional turmoil, and high stakes." —Kirkus, starred review
★ "Thought-provoking and full of social and political intrigue.” —School Library Journal, starred review
"From action fans to romance fans, political junkies to fantasy lovers, many different audiences will find something rewarding here." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
"Fireborne is everything I want in fantasy." —Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of Seraphina
“It’s been a long time since a book made me this happy. Fireborne is my new favorite dragon book.” —Kristen Ciccarelli, internationally bestselling author of The Last Namsara