Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Fireborn by Aisling Fowler

Book Title: Fireborn
Author: Aisling Fowler
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Source: Blog Tour (Harper Collins)

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Plot: Twelve has spoken the Pledge and now she is a Huntling. She has given up her name to train in the art of fighting monsters and keeping the peace, and she won’t get to choose a new one until she has earned it.
But when the Lodge’s walls are breached for the first time, and a little girl is taken, Twelve is the only one interested in going after the child.
Teaming up with Dog, the Stone Guardian of the Lodge, Twelve ends up on an epic adventure that will change her life, her name – and her entire world.

What did I think?

First of all, thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy of this wonderful middle-grade fantasy. I don’t often read middle-grade fiction and am not the intended audience, but I absolutely adored this book.

Fireborn is filled with twists and turns, some of them expected but some of them surprised me.

Amazing world building and descriptive writing make this fantasy adventure unforgettable. The characters are incredibly well developed and while I found Twelve’s actions and thoughts frustrating at times, she is a believable protagonist.

I especially enjoyed the relationships between the characters. The author takes great care in developing them alongside important themes like forgiveness, and treating people with kindness. In this world, kindness is such an important thing to teach our children. There is one scene in particular where Twelve fights with her younger sister and realises how easy it is to hurt someone that I thought was incredibly well written.

The pacing is on point and I flew through the book. Overall this is an incredible fantasy adventure and I recommend it to all fans of middle-grade fantasy.

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