Thank you so much to Netgalley and G.P Putman’s Sons Book For Younger Readers for giving me the opportunity to read Fireborne early! I hadn’t really heard too much about it, but when I saw it was a read now book for 24 hours, I had to jump on it. It’s pitch as Game of Thrones meets Red Rising and I love both of those, so I was really excited to read it!
Fireborne 4/5 stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
This book was really interesting. The premise was great and I enjoyed most of the execution. I was not a fan of the flashbacks at the beginning of each chapter- they were just a little confusing to me, but I could see some people loving them. Annie and Lee were interesting characters and I loved the dynamic between the two of them. I feel like the actual dragon part wasn’t explained enough/didn’t get enough screen time (but that’s probably just because I really wanted all the dragons). I loved our supporting characters and the way that the world was built was amazing as well.
Overall, Fireborne was a very solid book and I think lots of people will enjoy it.