Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide.
Fireborn is an epic quest, perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials and The School for Good and Evil series, that will spin readers into a magical world like no other–and introduce them to an unforgettable new heroine named Twelve.
Ember is full of monsters.
Twelve gave up her name and identity to train in the art of hunting them–so she says. The truth is much more deadly: she trains to take revenge on those who took her family from her.
But when Twelve’s new home is attacked, she’ll find herself on an unexpected journey, where her hidden past is inescapably intertwined with her destiny–and the very fate of her world.
My Review: After giving up her name and blood ties twelve is trained at lodge for a future protecting the clans from magical beasts. Following the kidnapping of a fellow student Twelve and her fellow huntlings begin an epic quest to return the girl to the lodge. We follow the group on an incredible adventure across treacherous landscapes, facing terrifying foes.
I absolutely adore this book, the flow of the story was amazing and absolutely perfect for the middle grade audience, twists and turns kept me turning the pages for more. I really enjoyed the incorporation of the magical bestiary which reminded me of the Spiderwick chronicles with references to magical creatures and their abilities, a very handy guide indeed!
The characters were all dimensional with wants and motivations of their own which fuelled their personalities and decisions, and I loved how they grew from the challenges they faced. My only small gripe was an LGBTQ character being outed, I think we’ve seen it so many times and it’s a trope I don’t feel adds value to a story.
Overall I think this an excellent middle grade offering and I highly recommend this to Fantasy/Adventure readers! Massive thank you to The Write Reads and Harper Collins!
P.S I would die for Widge
About the Author:
Aisling was born in 1985 and wishes that she had grown up in a magical, mountainous kingdom, but was actually raised in Surrey on a diet of books and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Her early ‘adventure’ stories involved surprisingly little action and her first novel (3 pages long) was politely declined by publishers at age 11.
After earning a BSc in Biology and working as a support worker and then a nurse, the idea for her debut novel, Fireborn, came to her as she moved back and forth between London and the US.
Now based in Hackney, when she is not reading or writing, Aisling loves cooking and plotting adventures (for herself as well as her fictional characters). Fireborn will be published by HarperCollins in 2021.