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 r ...more
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Later, working in Paris, I wandered streets whose legacy from the French Revolution was written in defaced tombs and unmarked sites of guillotines, and I knew I wanted to write about revolution. Not about the beginnings of one--the bloody aftermath. So many beautiful YA novels have been about kids starting a revolution, but I wanted to explore the other side of it. I wanted to write about kids who had to pick up the pieces afterwards. And I wanted to inverse a closely related trope. Deposed and orphaned aristocrats seeking vengeance we have seen before--and love. But I wanted to push that further. I wanted to imagine an orphaned aristocrat who has every reason to seek revenge, until he realizes that maybe, his family did wrong, too.
And then what pulled it all together was Plato's Republic, which I studied a bit in college. I was captivated by its dystopian/utopian approach to propaganda and meritocracy. What would a society look like that granted political power unequally according to intelligence, rather than unequally according to birthright? And--even more intriguingly--what would that look like in a society where rulers ride dragons? What if a revolution transformed hereditary dragonriding into a test-based selection process?
That's where Lee and Annie's stories start. An aristocrat in hiding and a former serf who meet in the orphanage, test side by side into their new regime's dragonriding program, and have to decide if they really can leave the past behind them--and if the new regime really is better than what came before.(less)
I think FI…moreHi Staci! Congrats on getting an arc! Here's what I said about FIREBORNE on Reader Voracious and I think it would answer your question well:
I think FIREBORNE would be perfect for people who liked the high-stakes military training of Ender’s Game, the dragons of How to Train Your Dragon, and the romance of Ember in the Ashes. Also, if you’ve ever rooted for an orphaned aristocrat rising from the bottom on sheer charisma—or, alternatively, struggled to compete with someone who had that kind of charisma, while you doubted yourself—you might find something to like in my two main characters, Lee and Annie. Lee’s the boy I grew up reading about; Annie’s the student I tended to be.
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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 dragons."
"Inspired by Plato’s Republic"
"the story is pitched as Aegon Targaryen and Hermione Granger with dragons, set in the aftermath of a bl ...more
In addition to the amazing world building, Fireborne is centered around friendship, integrity and loyalty. I am very excited to see Annie and Lee grow in future adventures!
Possible violence warning for y ...more
A tale of friendship, understanding, suffering, atonement, dragons, and revolution.
A brutal revolution changed the lives of all its citizens. Gone were the dragonlords of past, and in their place a new system. A self-proclaimed better system was put into place. But nothing is ever as black and white as it seems.
Lee & Annie
Only children when they were orph ...more
There's a cover! I love the red, and that dragon can slay me :)) #CoverLove
Also, can I just say that the comparison to Seraphina and Red Rising just undid me? I mean, when Rachel Hartman praises a book, I'm in—that woman has always impressed with the philosophy in her books...
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Inspired by Plato’s Republic...
Wow. That should be interesting for sure!
...the story is pitched as Aegon Targaryen and Hermione Granger with dragons, set in the aftermath of a b ...more
Holy mother of dragons. What a freaking ride.
Alright 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* book.
This 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 deserv ...more
The telepathic dragon/companion 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 it.
Where 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, overth ...more
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Many book bloggers know that I am a dragon lover!! If it has a dragon I will pretty much move heaven and earth to read the book... and its hard to hate a book with a dragon in it. I met my match in Fireborne.
The cover is okay. I wish that it gave a little more of a hint to its ancient classic underpinnings. And less feature to the dragons. I also think the original title was a little more on target... The Dragonlord's Son. It's just thi ...more
Annie and Lee are both orphans that were born into a world in the middle of a brutal revolution. Annie and Lee came from very different backgrounds in their world, Annie had been a lowborn while Lee had been an aristocrat b ...more
Rosaria Munda shapes a compelling story around the fraught nature of building a new regime on the ashes of the old, one that may be objectively better but is always in danger of failing its own ideals. Minor spoilers below; mostly plot- and theme-related, without giving too much away.
The story starts nine years after a bloody uprising against the tr ...more
FIREBORNE by Rosaria Munda is a captivating read, as two young people from divergent backgrounds, their families killed, bonded in the orphanage th ...more
This is so brilliant, and I cannot believe I'm not seeing enough people hype this title up because I had so much trouble putting Fireborne down. This beautifully written fantasy debut is Game of Thrones meets Plato's Republic, and y'all aren't ready for the feels.
Buddy read this with Vinny from Artsy Draft. Full review to follow! ...more
Things smelled fishy when they started marketing it by comparing it to other popular books. Though the author claims that she was inspired by the classics (something that would have been more intriguing for me to lead me to pick up this book), them suggesting that is a combination of this and that just doesn't sound original. Still it does have that big dragon on the cover.
So, what ...more
DEAD. I'm writing to you from the grave about how good this book is.
It's a book about a group of smart, well-intentioned kids trying to deal with a world of inequality and violence. (With dragons. Can't forget the dragons).
This makes the book incredibly engaging at both an intellectual and an emotional level.
You know those far-ranging late-night conversations you had in college? Where you and your friends had the world at your fingertips, and the nigh ...more
also my coworker graciously gave me her physical ARC copy of this so now I have a cover to pet and stare at lovingly ...more
So here’s an idea of what this book entails:
• A dragon-riding boarding school setting
• A dragon-riding tournament
• A pretty slow and character-driven story until the end, but still reads quickly. Though the character work was chef’s kiss sO good
• A ton of class conflict and politicking . I’m not one to compare books to ...more
What is the definition of a good book?
Is it the one that makes you devour the words and flip the pages like your life depends on it? Is it the one whose characters you feel a connection with? Or is it the plot that leaves you speechless in the end?
For me, this book wasn’t one of those. And yet, I got through it and I truly cared about what happens next.
It started well. The world- ...more
Anyway, the rating for this lovely debut is 4.25 - 4.5 🌟 I mean there's dragons !!! Need I say more? I do? How about dragonriders 🐉
So obviously I loved this book. It was one of the books I was really excited about coming out this year and it lived up to my expectations! Yay! 🙌
I just love de ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
Thanks to G.P. Putnam’s Sons Book for Young Readers / Penguin Young Readers Group for giving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.
“In a few years I will say: May the most virtuous Guardian rule. But today, I say: Maye the best riders win.”
Ever since I heard this had an Hermione Granger-esque character with dragons, I knew I had to read it ASAP. Turns out, I was not disappointed, and ended up loving it more than I thought, so I was so happy.
I don’t know why but lately I’ve been let down by so many dragon stories, so I went into it with pretty much no expectatio ...more
I don't know, the story was alright, I would have liked to have learned more about why they came to be the way they were. It was a bit of ...more
Annie and Lee are ch ...more
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