Review – Fireborne by Rosaria Munda


Book Title: Fireborne

Book Description: Game of Thrones meets Red Rising in a debut young adult fantasy that's full of rivalry, romance... and dragons. 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. From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.

Book Author: Rosaria Munda

Book Format: Hardcover

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Date published: 2019-10-15

Number Of Pages: 448

  • Writing - 9/10
  • Development - 8.5/10
  • Overall - 8.75/10
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Fireborne is the debut novel of Rosaria Munda, and is also the first novel in the Aurelian Cycle series. It’s a tale of dragons and politics, as well as friendship, obligations, and love.



Fireborne is the first novel in the Aurelian Cycle by Rosaria Munda. Described as Red Rising meets Game of Thrones, this is a series that has caught the attention of many fantasy fans. Oh, and did I mention that it’s full of dragons? Because it is.

Annie and Lee are two of the best Dragonriders in their class. They both came from the same orphanage, and yet the reasons they ended up there couldn’t have been more different. For you see, they grew up in a time of political revolution. And it seems like a revolution—or war—is once again on the horizon. This time around, they’re both in a position to actually do something about it. And, hopefully, they’ll prevent more victims from being made.

Rosaria Munda - Fireborne
Rosaria Munda – Fireborne

Fireborne is a novel perfect for any dragon lover out there. But it’s also ideal for people who enjoy reading something infused with politics and debate on ethics. Combined with the characters within the series, this novel is shockingly deep.


Fireborne introduced us to a fantastical world of dragons and Dragonriders. And yet—the world is also still alarmingly dark. This was a world full of details and complexities. Everything, from the main characters to the political backgrounds of all the secondary characters, was thought out and included, and then some.

There’s no doubt that Rosaria Munda was making some intentional points in the world she brought to us. But the political complications honestly added a whole new level to the story, as did many other elements, but I’ll get to them later.

The Dragonrider system was a fascinating one. In many ways, it felt natural. The sort of dragon system any fan of the mythical beast has seen dozens of times over. But in other ways, it’s clear that Munda added her own flair. The changes she made were effective and interesting.

Annie and Lee were the two protagonists and perspectives for this novel. Don’t let their mild names fool you, though, as their backstories and trials are anything but. Providing us with two characters that were so similar and yet so wildly different gave us the best opportunity possible to see the world and everything it had to offer, including all of the complications, trials, and temptations.


Fireborne was a relatively fast-paced novel, though it was never rushed. As the novel itself progressed, the world and plot got darker and more complicated. It is clear that while this is a world of dragons, not everything is perfect and full of magical fixes. Annie and Lee’s tale unfolded in an almost natural manner. Munda somehow managed to make us care for both characters individually, while leaving us feeling torn about the complicated relations of the two of them as a whole. It was brilliantly written.

There were so many subplots woven into this tale, it’s no wonder it was compared to Game of Thrones. And yet that comparison doesn’t feel quite right, because Fireborne is its own creature, through and through.


Fireborne was an intense and enthralling read. It was shockingly emotional and deep. It made the readers think, thanks to the intricate nature of the leading characters and their decisions. But that’s also one of the reasons why it will be so memorable.

All things said and done, this is going to be one of those series that leaves fans eager for the next installment the second they finish. I know that I’m already looking forward to the next book in the series, and it doesn’t even have a title yet! But it’ll be worth the wait.

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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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