Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
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.
Fireborne, by author Rosaria Munda, is the first installment in the authors The Aurelian Cycle. Set about a decade after a bloody revolution, the story alternate's POV between Annie, the daughter of peasant farmers whose family was murdered by dragon fire, and Lee, a boy who was a member of the noble family who watched his family die in front of him at the hand of the leader of the rebellion. Despite their diverse backgrounds, Lee and Annie formed a bond of friendship while they were orphans together. They were nearly inseparable.
As orphans, they both tested into the role of Guardians (dragonriders) a role previously only reserved for the leading rulers, now open to anyone who is chosen by a dragon. The story begins with a competition to become a Firstrider, the person who will lead the Dragon army reporting to the leader of Callipolis, with both Lee and Annie rivaling each other, as well as other elite dragonriders. Lee is the odds on favorite to win the challenge, while Annie has struggled with expressing herself, and fighting back against those who want her to fail which includes fellow students and teachers.
Guardians are also supposed to be the chosen ones when it comes to picking the successor to Atreus, First Protector. Before the revolution, Dragons of Stormscourge House, were known for terrorizing the countryside. Dragons were, and still are the Island's best defense against aerial invasions from other nations who want to see Callipolis fail. Before the revolution, your family determined your class - Commoner, patrician, dragonborn. Now, there's a class system that may be even worse where people are separated into what Atreus believes is a fair system of determining what you should be doing for work.
During the competition, Lee is contacted by a surviving member of his family he thought long dead. She is part of a resistance on New Pythos determined to bring back the old regime back to its former glory. Lee has to fight his feelings about the truth about the things his father did, and decide which side he belongs with. When Lee's new poetry teacher recognizes him for who he really is, things become even more dicier. Especially since Lee speaks fluent highborn, and Annie makes a pretty good guess that Lee has been hiding his real identity.
Annie is loyal to the current regime, and begins to worry that Lee might betray Callipolis. War is coming. Will Lee turn on Annie and their friends? Will Annie, despite her love for Lee, alert the leader of Lee’s possible betrayal? Will Lee and Annie end up on opposite sides of this war that is threatening their way of life? And If Lee chooses to fight for his birth family, does Annie have what it takes to fight against her best friend?