The Aurelian Cycle #1| 448 Pages | Oct 15, 2019
Fireborne at a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★★
- Heroine: I feel the social anxiety
- Dude: Pick a side!
- Steaminess: Smoke but no fire
- Brutality: Roasted alive
I’m so happy to be on the blog tour for Fireborne! What a fun and exciting book. I flew through this in just two days. So many stories are about the revolution, while this story delves into what happens after the bad guys are overthrown. Is the new regime really better than the old or will history repeat itself?
Right from the star we get action. No waiting for dragons to hatch, our main characters, Lee and Annie are in a tournament to determine who will become First Rider of the dragon guard and a possible successor to the First Protector.
Lee is the only surviving child of the old regime and has been raised in an orphanage only to go on to become a protector of the people who killed his family. Annie watched her family burn at Lee’s father’s command as a young child. Somehow these two have become unlikely friends although their relationship is extremely strained at times. They never speak of their pasts.
It’s pretty clear that these two have some romantic feelings for each other, but neither is head over heels in love. Becoming guardians, Lee and Annie have sworn to forgo money, possessions, marriage, and a family of their own. While I enjoy a good old fashioned star-crossed lover situation, this did not turn into that. It’s more of star-crossed friends as their possible feelings don’t drive them near as much as their friendship and history.
Lee’s family returns and tries to persuade him to take down the new government from the inside. Lee becomes torn between his family and what he believes is right.
Annie deals with rising to the top of the guard, but still being treated as a serf by many in her classes and level. My heart went out to her so much because she is constantly bullied and has some serious social anxiety. She is so strong, taking help from whoever she needs to improve on her riding skills as well as her public speaking. I know that so many of us feel this social pressure and see others who are so on top of things while we can’t just answer a spontaneous question. Annie’s struggles with her anxiety were my favorite development in this book.
Munda did a great job of keeping me engaged. At no point did I feel like more action or more background was needed. I did have to take a second to get used to the first person points-of-view. We get both Lee’s and Annie’s, which are clearly labeled and have separate voices. I never found myself looking back to see who was talking.
The one thing I would have liked more of is diversity. Now, not every character was described physically, nor were their preferences mentioned, so there is potential for book 2. But I would be remiss not to say that I was disappointed that these were not integrated into the main crew of characters.
If you are looking for an action-packed book with lots of dragons then this is the book for you! It comes out tomorrow and you can Pre-Order Here.
Have you read Fireborne? Let me know what you thought in the comments!