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Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide. 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 u Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide. 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.


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Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide. 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 u Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide. 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.

30 review for Fireborn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Check out my 'reading middle grade for a magical week off' reading vlog where I talk about Fireborn: https://youtu.be/qDV2nQ5me58 A very promising start of a series that is filled with excitement, adventure and darkness. There is so much to love: a protagonist who is strong and determined, side characters who are along for the ride are also awesome, and a constantly-moving plot. The world opens up and expands more as the book goes on. I genuinely think it's hard to get bored while reading this bo Check out my 'reading middle grade for a magical week off' reading vlog where I talk about Fireborn: https://youtu.be/qDV2nQ5me58 A very promising start of a series that is filled with excitement, adventure and darkness. There is so much to love: a protagonist who is strong and determined, side characters who are along for the ride are also awesome, and a constantly-moving plot. The world opens up and expands more as the book goes on. I genuinely think it's hard to get bored while reading this book, it was just non-stop. I do love darkness in a middle grade, though I do think the book is probably a little too bleak. I would have loved some more lightness thrown in there to make it a more magical world, and it was easy to also feel disconnected from it because of that. I felt mainly that I was on the outside looking in rather than being immersed in it, but having said that, I'm excited to see where the story goes in the future and what the rest of the world has to offer.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Actual rating 3.5/5 stars. This is the first instalment in the Fireborn series. Twelve was once a little girl belonging to another name. Now she is just a number in a sea of children training to hunt the monsters of Embers. What differs her from the others around her is her reason for being there. Heroic visions fill the thoughts of others but ones of revenge dominate hers. This was such a fun and adventurous MG story with a great moral ending. Darkness seemed determined to dog our protagonist thr Actual rating 3.5/5 stars. This is the first instalment in the Fireborn series. Twelve was once a little girl belonging to another name. Now she is just a number in a sea of children training to hunt the monsters of Embers. What differs her from the others around her is her reason for being there. Heroic visions fill the thoughts of others but ones of revenge dominate hers. This was such a fun and adventurous MG story with a great moral ending. Darkness seemed determined to dog our protagonist throughout these pages but she proved she had a plucky personality and a brave heart by overcoming all, even, eventually, her own demons. I loved the trials she overcame, both physical and emotional, and the supporting cast around her, whose personalities were slowly revealed as Twelve just as steadily opened herself to them. I'm very eager to discover what the second series instalment has in store for her. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Aisling Fowler, and the publisher, Harper Collins Children's Books, for this opportunity.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🔥 When Twelve arrived at the hunting lodge she gave up her name and her past to become a Hunter. Sworn to forsake all rivalries in order to protect. But Twelve has a dark past, one which has left her brimming with thoughts of revenge. But when her new home is attacked, and her only friend taken, she must put her own thoughts aside in order to save her. With only a stone guardian dog and her rival huntlings for company, can Twelve find Seven before it' ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🔥 When Twelve arrived at the hunting lodge she gave up her name and her past to become a Hunter. Sworn to forsake all rivalries in order to protect. But Twelve has a dark past, one which has left her brimming with thoughts of revenge. But when her new home is attacked, and her only friend taken, she must put her own thoughts aside in order to save her. With only a stone guardian dog and her rival huntlings for company, can Twelve find Seven before it's too late? This was really dark for a children's book, and covers some intense topics including grief, murder and loss. Twelve is a complicated character. At the start of the book she's experienced the worst moments anyone could ever imagine, and it's made her hard and full of rage. She has no friends at the lodge, she feels as though she has no need for them as her mind is too full of hurt and violence to accept anyone else into her life. It makes her sharp, and sometimes even cruel to her fellow huntlings. The only one who seems to get through this barrier is Seven. A girl who seems just as isolated, and bullied by her companions. She has a certain affinity with Twelve. When Seven is taken, Twelve feels it is her duty to find her in order to help make up for what she perceives are her past mistakes. Joining Twelve is the stone guardian of the lodge. A resolute and surly dog who often despairs are being lumbered with children who hinder his progress, he's also the voice of reason and calm. There's also Five and Six, Twelve's fellow huntlings and her rivals. Five on the face of it is a bully, taunting Twelve and making her feel worse for every mistake she makes. However, looking deeper he's a deeply vulnerable boy who's just looking for love and affection. It just so happens that he tends to speak before he thinks. Six is more an enigma, the quiet and kind one. The brave one. But his past is just as murky as Twelve's. They're all richly developed and interesting characters, and I thought they all worked together well. The same could be said for all the smaller secondary characters we meet too. I found all of them interesting and multi faceted and integra to the plot. Speaking of plot, I found this fast paced and highly engaging. It's got an intense adventure quest feel to it, as we travel with this small band of characters through various dangerous locations. These are locations that again are well described and detailed to the point where I could richly imagine the mountains and atmospheric forest with all its dangers. If anything I would have liked a bit more information regarding the politics of the world and the influence of the witches that are spoken about, as this played into the plot later on, however overall I thought the world building was really well done. I also did not expect that character plot twist, and visibly gasped as I found myself so deeply involved in these characters and this world. Epic fantasy adventure, brimming with magic, friendship and a richly imagined world. The themes do swing to the darker side of middle grade, with some intense scenes, but I cannot wait to see where this goes.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Fireborn is a middle-grade book set in a fictional prehistorical world where different clans are protected by the Hunting Lodge a place where hunters live and train. New recruit Twelve (not her real name) has been at the lodge since her clan, including her family, were murdered. After an argument with another student, Five, the pair are disciplined and taken to the dungeons to spend the night. Whilst there the Hunting Lodge walls are breached for the firs Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Fireborn is a middle-grade book set in a fictional prehistorical world where different clans are protected by the Hunting Lodge a place where hunters live and train. New recruit Twelve (not her real name) has been at the lodge since her clan, including her family, were murdered. After an argument with another student, Five, the pair are disciplined and taken to the dungeons to spend the night. Whilst there the Hunting Lodge walls are breached for the first time and one of the students is taken. After hearing a conversation that sounds like no one is going to go looking for the student, Twelve leave the confines of the Lodge and sets out to save her new friend Seven. She is not as alone as she would think though. The Guardian of the Lodge (a large dog-like creature) has been ordered to find the young girl, plus classmates Five and Six unexpectedly join her on her mission. Can they save Seven and what do the Goblins who took her want with a young girl? Fireborn wouldn’t be the kind of book I’d select if I was in a bookshop, (I’m not a big fantasy nor a prehistorical fan), however, I was asked to read it as part of a blog tour and I am very happy I agreed. Twelve is a fierce warrior even if she is often brave on the outside when her inner self is in complete turmoil. She has seen so much in her young life and suffers from nightmares because of it. She is quite the loner and yet Seven is so kind and nice to her. When Seven is taken by Goblins Twelve feels it is her responsibility to save her. The world-building is truly amazing. It’s so perfectly created that it was easy to visualise. The banter between the characters had me smirking, even if they talk like people from the modern era, it is a fantasy world after all! The book is action-packed and had me turning the pages at warp speed trying to keep up with the fast-paced scenes. I was sad to reach the end but was happy that I had been taken on a road of mayhem, tension, bravery, and friendship. This is a must-read for middle-graders who love books they can fully absorb and become invested in.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    This is a fast-paced fantastical adventure that follows Twelve, who has given up her life to the Hunting Lodge, where people train to become hunters. The hunters’ main job is to rid the world of the myriad of monsters that inhabit and threaten it. When the Hunting Lodge is attacked, and one of Twelve’s friends is taken, Twelve goes on an epic quest to find her. With the help of some surprising friends, can Twelve rescue her friend from the monsters before it’s too late? And what is the real moti This is a fast-paced fantastical adventure that follows Twelve, who has given up her life to the Hunting Lodge, where people train to become hunters. The hunters’ main job is to rid the world of the myriad of monsters that inhabit and threaten it. When the Hunting Lodge is attacked, and one of Twelve’s friends is taken, Twelve goes on an epic quest to find her. With the help of some surprising friends, can Twelve rescue her friend from the monsters before it’s too late? And what is the real motive of the monsters? Twelve is such a great protagonist! Brave and determined, Twelve gives up her name, her family, basically her whole life to become a hunter. She is fierce and strong, though she is also sometimes a bit impulsive, which gets her into trouble. When she decides to find her friend who was taken during an attack on their training facilities, Twelve shows a lot of loyalty and perseverance. I like how she handles adversity and that she never gives up, and I enjoyed her journey throughout the story. The side characters are great too, and Twelve’s travel companions add so much to the plot. They are an unusual group, which makes for some interesting situations. Dog is one of my favorites, though I also love Twelve’s squirrel friend Widge. Widge is such a cute and intuitive little friend, and both characters show that allies and friends are everywhere. Five and Six, Twelve’s other travel companions, aren’t exactly Twelve’s friends. However, they all have the same goal – to rescue Seven before it’s too late. They have to put their differences aside and work together, which is not always easy. There are some great messages here about teamwork, forgiveness, the ability to change, and helping others. Themes of friendship, found families, prejudice, bullying, overcoming obstacles, dealing with grief, and more are woven into the story and also add to the character and plot development. I think many of the themes will resonate well with middle-grade readers. Even though Fowler created a fantastical world that is so unlike our own, the themes prove universal. Speaking of world-building, the world-building in this book is as strong as the character development. It’s so dark and mysterious and dangerous and vividly depicted. The monsters and supernatural creatures are scary and dangerous and so well described. I also love how the story includes descriptions of each monster from A Magical Bestiary, a textbook used by Twelve. The book provides pertinent information about each creature and ranks them based on aggression, difficulty to disable, and the danger posed. It’s such a great way to provide information about unique creatures without burdening the reader with too much information at once. It also adds to the suspense because when you read that a monster has a high ranking, you automatically prepare for a lot of danger and excitement. An exciting and adventurous quest, Fireborn is a thrilling middle-grade fantasy. The ending hints at the possibility of future books, and I’m excited to see where Twelve’s adventures take her next! Thanks so much to the author and The Write Reads for the copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    TheEuphoricZat

    Before I gush about how much I loved this book let me give you a little teaser. Children from different clans decide to join the Hunter's lodge for different reasons. Some because they are not wanted by their families or their clans or they are seeking the power that the Lodge offers, but every child in the Lodge is there for a reason. In this book, we follow four of those children. Children who have given up their names, and clan identities to serve as a single body at the Lodge. Now named, Fiv Before I gush about how much I loved this book let me give you a little teaser. Children from different clans decide to join the Hunter's lodge for different reasons. Some because they are not wanted by their families or their clans or they are seeking the power that the Lodge offers, but every child in the Lodge is there for a reason. In this book, we follow four of those children. Children who have given up their names, and clan identities to serve as a single body at the Lodge. Now named, Five, Six, Seven and Twelve. After a fight in the yard, Five and Twelve are sent to the dungeons as punishment but they got more than a sleepless night. The Hunter's Lodge train fighter and people who honour their sacred pledge to serving all seven clans equally, to protect the people of said clans from the darkness and tyranny of the wild (mostly magical creatures that are rising again after the dark war - as always humans are the most terrifying of the creatures). The clans are known to fight each other but the hunters ensure that everyone remains at peace. So at night when the enemy breaks through the impenetrable walls of the Lodge and kidnaps a student (Seven), everyone is at their wits end. Twelve who seems to have finally found a 'friend' in Seven decides to go after the Goblins and get her friend back. This takes her on an adventure of friendship, family, self-realization, danger and most importantly self-love! Twelve learns that no man is an island and she cannot do everything by herself. I mean I could go on and on but I think the most important part of this book is both self-forgiveness and friendship. Twelve has always in some way hated herself for the death of her sister and her whole village. The poor girl had to dig holes to bury the bodies, you can understand that she is broken and that it would shape itself into anger and vengeance. But when she finds out that the clan she has hated for so long as produced people she now calls her friends, she is immediately disgusted and angry. I am happy that she realized that it was not their fault. Five was such a fascinating character. I wished he was explored a bit more. One thing we do know is that he is queer, he likes Six and he is a very witty person. The Oakhammer really did them dirty with letting him spill his feelings for Six. I thought it was sad but it was cute to see how they related to each other later. I was happy that Six did not have any internalized homophobia or anything like that. I just wished they had a conversation about it. Hopefully in the next book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lousbookstuff

    You can find my full review for this as well as other books on my blog here First of all as usual I would like to thank Dave @The_WriteReads for organising the tour as well as the author and publisher for my stunning ARC copy of the book. It is always a pleasure to take part and help to promote such a brilliant book! I absolutely loved this book, it has everything that I love in a MG fantasy book and more! Set in the world of Ember children from various clans end up living at the hunting lodge and You can find my full review for this as well as other books on my blog here First of all as usual I would like to thank Dave @The_WriteReads for organising the tour as well as the author and publisher for my stunning ARC copy of the book. It is always a pleasure to take part and help to promote such a brilliant book! I absolutely loved this book, it has everything that I love in a MG fantasy book and more! Set in the world of Ember children from various clans end up living at the hunting lodge and training to become hunters to protect every clan from the monsters that threaten the world. These children go to the lodge for various reasons, a lot because they are unwanted/abandoned by their families and some because their families are sadly dead and they feel they have nowhere else to go. When they arrive at the lodge they give up their names, pasts and everything about them. They train in weapons and learn to defend themselves and fight monsters of all kinds. Until they become fully fledged hunters the children are known as huntlings and go by a number instead of a name. In this book we follow the story of four of these huntlings. Twelve, Five, Six and Seven as well as the lodge guardian Dog and Twelve’s adorable squirrel companion Widge. The hunters and huntlings of the lodge are like family and honour their pledge to protect each other as well as every person of the varying clans of Ember from the dark creatures that lurk out in the wild. As I mentioned previously there are a tonne of different magical creatures, many of which are referred to from a “Magical Bestiary” which gives lots of information about them including how dangerous they are and how to fight them. I really liked this and loved learning about the different creatures, some of which I have never read of anything similar to before so it was all very imaginative and fun! Some of the creatures sounded ridiculously scary to me, like the Deathspinner! I definitely would not want to meet one of those! Since the Dark War, Ember has been mostly at peace but one night after a fight breaks out between Twelve and Five which results in the two of them spending the night in the dungeons, all hell breaks loose and one of the huntlings is kidnapped by Goblins. Twelve, Five, Six and Dog team up to rescue her and from then on the book is all adventure, scary monsters, fighting and danger! Twelve goes on a real journey here and though she starts off incredibly cold, arrogant, self serving and very morally grey the way that her character grows and develops throughout the book is amazing and I really enjoyed it. She is a broken girl when we first meet her and it really is no wonder with what she has been through. I really liked the way the author slowly explored her past through dreams and memories throughout the book. It helped a lot to understand what had happened to her and why she acts the way that she does. Five and Six were both intriguing characters but I feel like Five was not fully explored the way the others were and it would have been nice to learn more about him and what led him to the lodge. The last thing I’ll cover off in my review is that HUGE twist/revelation toward the end. I will not go into the details of what it was obviously but I will say that I think it was very, very well done. It honestly left my jaw on the floor and my heart a little bit broken by the way the truth was forced to come out. You also do not find out or even suspect who the real villain is in the story until the end and I never even suspected it so that was a brilliant surprise! Overall I really enjoyed this, it is easily the best Middle Grade I have read all year and I do hope there will be a sequel as the way it ended is definitely open to one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    Headlines: Fast-paced Danger and death Quest and bravery This middle grade fantasy was a fun and fast-paced read, I read it quickly. It did have some heavy topics such as famiy loss/grief but it was handled well in the story. For some younger readers, this might be tough or potentially triggering. The world of Fireborn was fantastical, full of creatures to fear, smell bad and also those who absolutely captured my imagination with their good sides (looking at dog here). If you're partial to an animal Headlines: Fast-paced Danger and death Quest and bravery This middle grade fantasy was a fun and fast-paced read, I read it quickly. It did have some heavy topics such as famiy loss/grief but it was handled well in the story. For some younger readers, this might be tough or potentially triggering. The world of Fireborn was fantastical, full of creatures to fear, smell bad and also those who absolutely captured my imagination with their good sides (looking at dog here). If you're partial to an animal companion in books, Widge has got your back in this story. The protagonist, Twelve was a prickly character and a loner. This book saw some of those things changed and it made for good reading. There was plenty of peril, a bit of angst and a great quest. I did feel too old for this read and so that's why my rating is as it is. Some middle grades straddle that line of young and older alike, this one felt like the age it's intended for and there's nothing wrong with that. This promises to be the start of a good series. Thank you to Harper Collins for the review copy.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    First of all I want to let it known that I actually was dreaming about this book last night. I can't say exactly what I was dreaming about as it's a spoiler and yes my reviews tend to have some spoilers in them I'm not going to give away the major events. So let's just say that I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the next book, I'm assuming there is going to be a book two. Twelve is at the Hunters Lodge, her family, her village have been all murdered and destroyed. So having no where else to go First of all I want to let it known that I actually was dreaming about this book last night. I can't say exactly what I was dreaming about as it's a spoiler and yes my reviews tend to have some spoilers in them I'm not going to give away the major events. So let's just say that I will be keeping my eyes peeled for the next book, I'm assuming there is going to be a book two. Twelve is at the Hunters Lodge, her family, her village have been all murdered and destroyed. So having no where else to go she ends up there. At the Hunters Lodge you are trained form young huntlings to full on hunters, who help all the clans in fighting monsters and other creatures. The catch with the this group is that you are to leave your past behind, who you were, your family, your feuds, your name. And after you finally have your blooding you become a full hunter and chose your own name. Twelve doesn't want to make any friends, even when timid Seven tries so very hard to be kind to her. She doesn't want to connect with anyone. Hope is something she wants nothing of. She's not there to be a hunter, she wants the skills to get revenge on the cave clan who murdered her family. After getting in to a fight with Five, her enemy in the lodge both are to spend a night in the dungeons and that is when it all starts to happens. She wakes to commotion and goblins coming up through the tunnels. Lucky for her she has her best friend, Widge, a tiny squirrel to help get her the keys to get out. This was a fanatic book, a tad slow in the start but once we got into the tick of it, it nonstop action. A kid has been taken from the lodge during the attack, the hunters don't seem to be doing anything Twelve takes it upon herself to go out and find them. Two other huntlings have the same idea, and together they disgruntling work together facing monsters, and each other, to find the student who has been kidnapped. Fireborn is well written and exciting. Middle graders will enjoy this and well so will adults (I'm one). There was one twist that I did not see coming, involving a character that I was liking and boy was I wrong. I was so happy to see talking trees, but then I wasn't can't tell you why because it's a spoiler. There is one overall main lesson in this story and that's, it's never too late to be the person you want to become. Fully grown adults like myself can learn from that too. So if you like animal companions, rivals having to work together, monsters, talking trees, characters that grow and find themselves then be sure to pick up your own copy of Fireborn. Thank you The Write Reads and Harper Collins for the chance to read and review this book. Originally published on I Can Has Books

  10. 4 out of 5

    rina dunn

    Fireborn was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it lived up to every single expectation I had and more! Full of adventure and magic this beautiful middle grade is such a captivating story. I can't wait for my kids to read it and they have patiently been waiting for me to finish 🤣 Twelve is training to be a hunter. A warrior that fights alongside her comrades for the good of Ember but she has ulterior motives and is desperate to seek revenge for her family killed by the Cave Clan. Whe Fireborn was one of my most anticipated reads of the year and it lived up to every single expectation I had and more! Full of adventure and magic this beautiful middle grade is such a captivating story. I can't wait for my kids to read it and they have patiently been waiting for me to finish 🤣 Twelve is training to be a hunter. A warrior that fights alongside her comrades for the good of Ember but she has ulterior motives and is desperate to seek revenge for her family killed by the Cave Clan. When Seven another of the Huntlings go missing during a training session the race is on to find her. She's been kidnapped by goblins and for what reason nobody knows. An enchanting quest, filled with mystical creatures, talking trees and goblins galore, this is such a fast paced read. I love the found family trope and In Fireborn is done beautifully. A children's fantasy filled with everything you could possibly want in a middle grade I honestly can't tell you how excited I am that this is a series. I know it sounds controversial but I can't remember middle grade being this amazing when I was growing up. Read this book because its just so joyful and magical.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Muzmuz

    This book doesn’t even give you a chance to breathe, lands a punch right from the start and throws you in an epic adventure a few pages in. every time you think the pace will slow down, it picks up again, with a new mystery, a new clue and a new truth. By the time you reach the ending, you will close the book, open it again and check if you have missed any pages while racing to the finish line….. you might end up chucking it across the room few times out of anger but it will pass by quickly ^^ But This book doesn’t even give you a chance to breathe, lands a punch right from the start and throws you in an epic adventure a few pages in. every time you think the pace will slow down, it picks up again, with a new mystery, a new clue and a new truth. By the time you reach the ending, you will close the book, open it again and check if you have missed any pages while racing to the finish line….. you might end up chucking it across the room few times out of anger but it will pass by quickly ^^ But now what to do but wait for the sequel to come out soon “Pray to book gods” Highly recommend it to children and people who enjoy the thrill of the adventure in a magical world

  12. 4 out of 5

    Belles Middle Grade Library

    WOW!! I cannot believe this is a debut. So impressed with these debuts lately. If I hadn’t went out of town for 4 days, plus preparing for it the days leading up to-I would have finished this in 1 day. I LOVED this. This was PHENOMENAL! Such a creative story, & such detailed, imaginative writing! Amazing characters too. Superb world & character building, & the character growth is so great. Definitely darker upper MG, which I tend to love. Dog & Widge have my whole heart! OMG! What amazing side c WOW!! I cannot believe this is a debut. So impressed with these debuts lately. If I hadn’t went out of town for 4 days, plus preparing for it the days leading up to-I would have finished this in 1 day. I LOVED this. This was PHENOMENAL! Such a creative story, & such detailed, imaginative writing! Amazing characters too. Superb world & character building, & the character growth is so great. Definitely darker upper MG, which I tend to love. Dog & Widge have my whole heart! OMG! What amazing side characters! & 1 can’t even talk! Now THATS great writing lol All of the creatures were all so creative, different, unique, & vividly described where I could picture them perfectly-which was terrifying with some of them! Lol There’s so much action, danger, adventure, & suspense in here that I stayed on the edge of my seat. & when I was able to pick it up during this busy week, I flew through huge chunks at a time, & I was so engrossed it felt like I hadn’t been reading long at all when I had to stop-& I HATED having to put it down to do other things! Twelve is also such a deep, complicated soul who has been through so much, & it was nice getting to see her past through her dreams. I though that was a brilliant addition to the story. Also, I loved how each creature of this world Twelve has pretty much memorized from the book of creatures from the lodge, so she can give us a detailed description plus threat level. Everyone’s backstory was so fascinating-including the main kids, this world, & the lodge itself. The magic& the villains were also written SO well! I’m so eager to learn more in the future! The twists at the end I NEVER saw coming, & I could not turn the pages fast enough. This is an epic fantasy full of magic, adventure, danger, friendship, grief, revenge, loss, hope, perseverance, bravery, & justice. So many great themes & messages in here as well. Seeing Twelve still dealing with her grief(by basically NOT dealing with it, & focusing on avenging those lost), & how far she comes-amazing. The last scenes of the books gave me all the feels, & I LOVED the ending. I’m also eager to learn more about Twelve & everything we learn about her, & also more about Sharpspark-who is also SO intriguing! He also has my heart in a way..SO good! Lol This author is a terrific storyteller, & I’m in love with her writing. I can see this becoming a favorite series of all time if the books continue like this. I NEED that next book now! Lol This just came out, so is available for purchase! HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend! Thank you again Harper Collins! STUNNING cover & illustrations sprinkled throughout by Sophie Medvedeva too!💜

  13. 4 out of 5

    Livy

    This was such a fun middle-grade fantasy to read! I was fully transported into the magical world of Ember that is crawling with monsters, magic, and mystery. I loved the character of Twelve so much, she was strong and resilient but also flawed which is something that I absolutely loved becasue we got to see her change and learn from her mistakes and her flaws throughout the course of the book. Five, Six, and Dog made up a great team with Twelve, and seeing them all interact was so fun and inter This was such a fun middle-grade fantasy to read! I was fully transported into the magical world of Ember that is crawling with monsters, magic, and mystery. I loved the character of Twelve so much, she was strong and resilient but also flawed which is something that I absolutely loved becasue we got to see her change and learn from her mistakes and her flaws throughout the course of the book. Five, Six, and Dog made up a great team with Twelve, and seeing them all interact was so fun and interesting, especially as certain things got revealed and their growing friendship was tested. I also loved the monsters and the goblins becasue they were written very well and were suitably evil, which means that they posed a great challenge to Twelve and the hunters. And Victory, I have so many spoilery thoughts so I won't share them here! The plot was so brilliant becasue it was fast-paced and well written becasue I was engaged throughout the entire book and wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen! The different stages of the book were split up brilliantly and it flowed so well for the reader. And the ending was so incredible and tension-filled, which meant that all the reveals and everything that went down had me on the edge of my seat. It was just so much fun to read and I hope that there is a sequel coming soon because I desperately want to know what is going to happen to the Hunters and Twelve after the events of this book. Aisling Fowler is a wonderufl writer. She created such a rich world filled with so many interesting things as well as a whole host of possibilities for future books! I adored her characters and just all of it! Pick this up if you are a fan of epic middle-grade fantasies such as Percy Jackson becasue I think that this world holds the possibility to reach those heights. I was kindly gifted a copy as part of a blog tour in exchange for my honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Between The Pages (Gemma M)

    With thanks for my copy and being part of this tour. As soon as this book came through my post box I devoured it. I started it straight away and it was finished before I knew it. Fantasy. Adventure. Battle. It was a brilliant read. Had my imagination on fire. This is a perfect read for any Harry Potter fans. Very similar but also many differences. This has huge spiders, magic, battles, ogres and many strange creatures. I just loved every page. A real page turner. Brilliantly written. I loved how With thanks for my copy and being part of this tour. As soon as this book came through my post box I devoured it. I started it straight away and it was finished before I knew it. Fantasy. Adventure. Battle. It was a brilliant read. Had my imagination on fire. This is a perfect read for any Harry Potter fans. Very similar but also many differences. This has huge spiders, magic, battles, ogres and many strange creatures. I just loved every page. A real page turner. Brilliantly written. I loved how the characters didn’t have names, they were known by numbers instead. Twelve is a very brave and determined young girl. Powerful. But she learns alot about herself during this book too. The ending is kind of open… So… I am hoping and got my fingers crossed for a book two here? Please please. I would love to see my in this world. More from the characters. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me. This has gone into my top reads of the year.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rowena Andrews

    I’m sure I speak for many people when I say that I saw the cover for Fireborn and it was love at first sight. Yes, you can’t judge a book by its cover – but you can judge a cover, and Fireborn has a stunning cover that promises magic and adventure. Fireborn more than delivers on that promise. The world-building was absolutely fantastic, and Fowler draws you into her world right from the very beginning of the book. This is a world that lives and breathes just as surely as the characters that grace I’m sure I speak for many people when I say that I saw the cover for Fireborn and it was love at first sight. Yes, you can’t judge a book by its cover – but you can judge a cover, and Fireborn has a stunning cover that promises magic and adventure. Fireborn more than delivers on that promise. The world-building was absolutely fantastic, and Fowler draws you into her world right from the very beginning of the book. This is a world that lives and breathes just as surely as the characters that grace the pages of these books, and what a world – there is darkness and danger, which the Lodge and the Hunters stand against as a beacon of light. It was so easy to envisage this world, because the descriptions were so vivid and believable, from life in the Lodge to the environment that the group travel through, to the weird, scary and downright dangerous creatures that inhabit this world. These creatures are the dominant focus of the world-building, with some familiar, and some truly unique creations, and I love how Fowler gives us information about them through descriptions taken from the bestiary used by our main character Twelve. The extracts were fascinating, and I enjoyed how the creaturs were ranked in terms of danger, difficulty and aggression and it was an ingenious way to get the information across without lengthy info-dumps that would take away from the thrill and risk of the encounters with such creatures. As much as I loved the world – it was the characters that stole the show, especially our protagonist Twelve. I loved her from the beginning, even when her attitude and interactions with others made her difficult to lack. She had steel in her that appealed to me, and as we got to know more about her and what she had lost and sacrificed she continued to grow on me and is absolutely my favourite. We get to see Twelve learn and grow so much throughout Fireborn, both in terms of herself and who she is beneath the prickly exterior she shows the world, but also in her relationships with those around her. What, I especially liked is that for all that she does and faces, and her skill with her axes, she is very much still a child and growing up, with the impulsivity and general attitude that comes with that age. Twelve was my favourite, but she doesn’t steal the show. Fowling has created a wonderful cast of characters, from the teachers and Elders at the Lodge, to those who join Twelve on her adventure. Plus there are two animal companions who have such wonderfully different personalities and add so much to the story and the group but in very different ways. Widge the squirrel is adorable, and might not be able to communicate in the same way as Dog does, but still manages to get his point across and help in his own way. Dog is fantastic, and you can’t help but feel for him as the ‘designated adult’ trying to ride herd on a group of children, especially one that struggles to get along. Some of the things that he said in response to them had me cracking up, and his personality and attitude bleed through every moment (and I would argue that there are times when he comes close to stealing the show). The other companions, Five and Six, also add interesting dynamics to the group – although Five took a while for me to warm to, because of his attitude and behaviour towards the beginning, but this group and the story would have missed out without him – and I ended up loving both of them. Fireborn is a middle-grade story with a heart and soul that will appeal to readers of all ages because its themes are those that will resonate regardless of your age. This is a story of friendship and found families – and I loved how that was dealt with here, and honestly putting this particular group together as a family was ingenious and it takes work, but it is all the stronger for that. It also deals with heavier topics including bullying and prejudice, as well as dealing with grief and adversity, and it does them well, without losing the magic of being a fantastical adventure and that takes skill. Fireborn is a fantastic read, exciting and gripping from start to finish, and I would recommend it to everyone regardless of their age. I know my younger self would have found solace in this story, while I loved it and enjoyed every single part of this story, and I think Fireborn would be an excellent stepping stone for anyone wanting to step into fantasy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    FantasyBookNerd

    So, I am writing this just as I have finished reading the book. Phew! Talk about cutting it fine there! Fireborn is a middle grade fantasy that revolves around a flawed and friendless young girl, Twelve, who happens to be quite good with a pair of axes. In fact she is so good with them that no one wants to get too close to her, except unpopular Seven and her pet squirrel, Widge. She is constantly in trouble and she gets a fair amount of stick from the others in the Hunting Lodge, a home for a grou So, I am writing this just as I have finished reading the book. Phew! Talk about cutting it fine there! Fireborn is a middle grade fantasy that revolves around a flawed and friendless young girl, Twelve, who happens to be quite good with a pair of axes. In fact she is so good with them that no one wants to get too close to her, except unpopular Seven and her pet squirrel, Widge. She is constantly in trouble and she gets a fair amount of stick from the others in the Hunting Lodge, a home for a group of fighters, called Hunters, that protect the land from the evils amd monsters that plague it. The main culprit for having a go at Twelve is too big for his boots, Five and his partner in crime, Six. One evening, after hearing Five remonstrating that she is a bad apple, she pushes a crate of things near to Five that leads to changing her life forever. I have to say that I really enjoyed Fireborn immensely and am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this charming and delightful book by Aisling Fowler. I always point out when I am reading middle grade fantasy that whilst not being the target audience, the sign of a good book is that despite the fact that I am not the target audience, it is relatable to whoever is reading it. And in all honesty, my demands from a good book are exactly the same as what they were when I was a kid. In fact they haven’t changed at all. I want a well written story, with characters that have depth and are believable and a plot that is going to keep me reading until the very end. And Fireborn has this in spades! Aisling Fowler’s debut is a cracking book and meets all those demands that I have up there.. It’s full of magic, has endearing relationships and bags of action. There were loads of things that I liked about this book. Aisling Fowler’s writing is fantastic. Her writing style is really easy to read and she maintains the pace all the way through the book. Twelve is a fantastic character, and I really enjoyed her character arc. Twelve is complex, flawed,sometimes cruel, has aggressive outbursts and is completely socially incompetent, due to the fact that she cuts off those around her. There are reasons that she behaves the way that she does and throughout the book we get some insight into the tragedy that she has experienced and has brought her to the Hunting Lodge. On top of that. The side characters of Five, Six, and Seven are amazing too. Especially Five! I have to say that I liked him loads. He is annoying, he is a loud mouth and is insensitive to most things around him, but I did enjoy his arc. Aisling Fowler mixes in some of my favorite fantasy tropes that I can’t help be drawn to. We have animal companions, in the form of ‘Dog’ the stone guardian of the Hunting Lodge who is let loose as events happen in the book. He is the parent in the story, always being the light of reason and keeping the party in line. And then there is Widge the Squirrel, who is cute as anything, despite my aversion to squirrels. And just to make things that little bit better, there is the old found family trope, which I’m sorry, I can’t help but loving. I also like that the relationships are a little rocky and we get to see them develop, even though Twelve does make it rather difficult for the others to like her at times. The plot revolves around a quest/mystery premise which works well, and I have to say. I didn’t guess what was coming at all. I am not going to go into the plot too much as I don’t wasnt to spoil the joy of discovering it for yourself. The world building is solid, and we see the environment as the gang travel through it, although the story does centre on the monsters at times and there were some questions that I wanted answering. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone to read, adults or children and is a perfect starting point to anyone wanting to get into the fantasy genre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ThatBookGal

    Absolutely crammed full of magic and monsters, this was a wonderful read and just perfect for any middle grade readers who enjoy a tale of mythical beasts and terrifying adventures. It is exactly the kind of book I loved as a younger reader, one in which you are never truly sure who you can really trust, and I'll certainly be recommending it to as many people as possible. The book is fast paced and keeps you turning pages long after you are supposed to have stopped, as there is so much action on Absolutely crammed full of magic and monsters, this was a wonderful read and just perfect for any middle grade readers who enjoy a tale of mythical beasts and terrifying adventures. It is exactly the kind of book I loved as a younger reader, one in which you are never truly sure who you can really trust, and I'll certainly be recommending it to as many people as possible. The book is fast paced and keeps you turning pages long after you are supposed to have stopped, as there is so much action on offer, it's relentless! I really liked Twelve, as well as all her companions, despite her spiky personality, her strength and courage were always admirable. She reminds me of some of my favourite middle grade heroes, resilient but still clearly fragile in so many ways. I found her bickering with Five a little irritating at times and was just willing them to actually talk to each other, it was lovely to see them gradually accept each other and find out more about what made each of them tick. Dog was of course the MVP, was there ever any doubt as soon as I knew there was a character called Dog?! All the various creatures they meet along their adventure, not to mention the super creepy goblins, really made the story for me and I enjoyed the world that Fowler has created, despite it being fairly dark! At times it sends genuine tingles down your spine, as each creature they meet is deliciously darker and more terrifying than the last. I found all the settings just as intriguing as each other, not least of all The Hunting Lodge itself. The adventure has you on the edge of your seat right until the very end, when the tension is cracked up to 300. There are a whole lot of twists and turns that I certainly didn't see coming, including more than one dramatic reveal. I loved that we were kept guessing for so long, but with so many beasties to battle along the way you don't have too much time to sit and decipher exactly what's going on. A brilliant first novel and I look forward to finding out what comes next for the gang, when we may or may not need to get used to some new names!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Twelve always feels out of place and a bit of a misfit, even amongst the huntlings. Mostly orphans like her, all of them have given up their families, names and clans to pledge their lives to the Hunting Lodge. The hunters have to take a pledge forsaking everything in their former lives, so that they can be completely impartial and neutral, ensuring that all the clans will trust them. From the start I really sympathised with Twelve, though I did start to wonder how much of her lonely situation wa Twelve always feels out of place and a bit of a misfit, even amongst the huntlings. Mostly orphans like her, all of them have given up their families, names and clans to pledge their lives to the Hunting Lodge. The hunters have to take a pledge forsaking everything in their former lives, so that they can be completely impartial and neutral, ensuring that all the clans will trust them. From the start I really sympathised with Twelve, though I did start to wonder how much of her lonely situation was her own doing! She is clearly a very strong and independent character, but her one weakness is trusting and working with others. Widge the squirrel has to be the best character though, he's so cute and clever, extremely helpful time and time again. Despite telling herself that she has a plan of her own and doesn't care about anyone else, when a girl is kidnapped, Twelve realises she can't just wait around for the elders to decide to do something. It's up to her to mount the rescue. With her squirrel and some very unexpected companions, Twelve battles more and more terrifying creatures, Ygrex, cliffcrawlers, goblins. But the villains turn out to be even worse than the monsters. This book had me glued to the page and I finished it in 2 days. I was immersed in the world and gripped by the adventure. Gratifyingly, it has such a satisfying ending, fulfilling and not rushed at all.

  19. 5 out of 5

    rosegold

    Originally posted on www.rosegoldreports.com This is one of my favourite books this year! It has everything you could want from a middle grade fantasy. The story opens with a training class at the Hunting Lodge, the students ‘huntlings’ have made a pledge to give up their past (identities, bonds, feuds etc) and serve the Lodge as Hunters. They have a number instead of a name. The protagonist Twelve is a whizz with axes, but no one wants to be her training partner. She’s a loner who is thought of a Originally posted on www.rosegoldreports.com This is one of my favourite books this year! It has everything you could want from a middle grade fantasy. The story opens with a training class at the Hunting Lodge, the students ‘huntlings’ have made a pledge to give up their past (identities, bonds, feuds etc) and serve the Lodge as Hunters. They have a number instead of a name. The protagonist Twelve is a whizz with axes, but no one wants to be her training partner. She’s a loner who is thought of as aloof and weird. Her pet squirrel Widge was a gift from Seven, who lacks any useful weapons skill but tries to be nice to Twelve. Not that Twelve wants anyone to be nice to her, she isn’t there to make friends. During the training session she has (another) spat with Five and the pair of them get hauled off to Elder Silver’s office by their teacher Victory. Sent to the dungeons to reflect on their behaviour as punishment, all hell breaks loose when goblins invade the Hunting Lodge. It transpires that Seven has been taken and whilst the Council argue about who should form the rescue party, Twelve decides action is needed now. The world of Ember is set in simpler times where inhabitants form clans and survive on farming and mining. It is a magical place with good and evil creatures, some with realistic nuanced shades of grey to their personalities. The world building is wonderfully immersive from the Hunting Lodge to the Frozen Forest, from Poa village to the Fang Mountains. The Hunters act as peacekeepers and protectors of the Clans. Over the course of the adventures in Ember we learn more about the characters and their motivation for becoming huntlings. Fireborn has everything a reader could want in a middle grade fantasy. There are strong characters which readers can identify with, an exciting plot packed with adventure, danger and moments of humour, and a wonderfully immersive fantasy world that is rich in magic and monsters.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen Cole

    Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest might be middle-grade fiction but I have a feeling it will win fans of all ages. It's probably aimed more at the older end of the MG market, crossing over into YA but of course, that's very much dependent on the individual reader. As the first in a series, there is a certain amount of world-building of course, alongside the introduction of the major characters. It's done well too, there's a really vivid and immersive sense of place about the book - the scene Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest might be middle-grade fiction but I have a feeling it will win fans of all ages. It's probably aimed more at the older end of the MG market, crossing over into YA but of course, that's very much dependent on the individual reader. As the first in a series, there is a certain amount of world-building of course, alongside the introduction of the major characters. It's done well too, there's a really vivid and immersive sense of place about the book - the scenes in the Frozen Forest with the strange, dangerous creatures that reside there are a particular highlight - but it's clear that there is still much to learn as the series progresses. What we do discover here, however, is that Ember is a land in peril and that the Hunters have a vital role in maintaining the fragile balance between clans. The Hunting Lodge is an austere, purposeful environment where young trainee Hunters are known as Huntlings who have forsaken everything about their pasts, including their given names. Now known by numbers, their reformed identities only become complete after they have completed their training and after a gruelling test of their abilities, earned the right to choose a new name. The opening scenes have a definite familiarity to them as Twelve and her fellow classmates are put through their paces by Weaponsmaster, Victory. As with other fantasy coming-of-age stories, Twelve is an outsider figure and it quickly becomes apparent that she isn't popular, partly due to her obviously exceptional skills but also because of her attitude. She clearly isn't there to make friends despite making the daily pledge stating the Hunters are her family now and forever. Her motivation is revealed as the novel progresses, allowing for some dramatic moments as she is forced to reevaluate what she thinks she knows. Although the early chapters suggest this will be an academy type fantasy story, the kidnapping of a fellow student means Twelve is soon embarking on a more quest-like adventure. There is a conventionality to Fireborn but that isn't meant as a criticism. Tropes become so because they work and Aisling Fowler has included all the essentials necessary to ensure her debut will enthrall readers. Her main character, the brave, axe-wielding, enigmatic Twelve is on a journey of discovery with much to learn about her troubled past and about her capabilities. She suffers from disturbing dreams and it's through these flashbacks that readers find out who she was before she became Twelve and the brutal, devastating reason why she came to the Lodge. Meanwhile, she forms a bond with other characters and it's just as enjoyable getting to know them. She has a particularly strained relationship with Five and her interactions with him often reveal the hot-headed side of her nature. Six, on the other hand, is more patient and reserved - I have to admit, he soon became one of my favourites. Some of his secrets are revealed later in the book but I have a feeling there is still more to come. Dog, the Stone Guardian of the Lodge is a wonderful creation and he reminded me a little of Aslan; he has the same powerful presence with an underlying sense of pathos. On the other hand, Twelve's pet squirrel, Widge allows her to show her softer, nurturing side. He's an adorable little creature who often brings some light relief to the story. The evolving dynamic between the main characters is excellent throughout; there are tense moments as well as more heartwarming scenes. I was pleased to note some brief mentions of same-sex attraction which feels very natural rather than being included as a box-ticking afterthought. It's good to see inclusive middle grade fiction and I'm sure it's something that will be expanded upon in future books. There are exciting, tense scenes throughout the story and readers are left in no doubt as to the very real danger that Twelve and her companions are in. This might be a children's book but Aisling Fowler doesn't patronise her young readers, dark, terrible things happen and it's made clear that the Hunters face a powerful, deadly enemy. There's a fine balance struck here between creating an engrossing, rich new world and holding some elements back, with the mystery as to who the malevolent master really is and what their plans are being especially intriguing. With its pacy, well-crafted storyline and relatable characters who are undoubtedly courageous but allowed to be fearful, antagonistic and foolhardy too, Fireborn is a superb introduction to a new fantasy series. Aisling Fowler's debut is a delight to read from start to finish - this is captivating, imaginative storytelling at its finest. I loved it and can't wait to discover what happens next!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Stanley

    Well. What a ride this book was. When a book is this good it becomes tricky to write a review but here goes. I love the magic and adventure of middle grade books and this is a world to get immediately engulfed in. Truly a case of starting In Media Res (in the middle of the action) and learning about the world as we read. There are early hints that Twelve is at the Hunting Lodge under false pretences, and based on unfortunate circumstances, and that is solidified in her position as an outsider, a Well. What a ride this book was. When a book is this good it becomes tricky to write a review but here goes. I love the magic and adventure of middle grade books and this is a world to get immediately engulfed in. Truly a case of starting In Media Res (in the middle of the action) and learning about the world as we read. There are early hints that Twelve is at the Hunting Lodge under false pretences, and based on unfortunate circumstances, and that is solidified in her position as an outsider, as one set apart from her fellow Huntlings, each named for a number until they pass their training and earn their place and the right to choose a new name. In their pledge they agree to forsake their previous lives in order to serve all seven clans in Ember and fight the monsters that threaten them all. Of course monsters do not always come with fangs and fur but in all manner of guises, amongst those you know and even within yourself. Flashbacks in nightmares unwind the horror in Twelve’s past, but is her anger directed in the right way? We have wolves, goblins, witches, talking trees, and new and untold horrors. Beware the deathspinners and The Croke! But on side of light we have stone guardians and squirrels 🐿 as well as unexpected allies who help Twelve and some of her fellow Huntlings survive through the Frozen Forest way before they were ever meant to enter it. But do they all make it? Warriors and Clans make this setting an imagined prehistoric world with added magic and myths. This was a truly gripping and pacy read and I loved the relationships between the Huntlings. It’s great when there is some animosity in the team, definitely adds to the tension. Twelve is also an internally conflicted character and her backstory is really quite chilling and it comes back to haunt her. Along the way she learns some lessons and even makes some friends because alone is not the way to win a war and it looks like one is coming. There were some unexpected twists and turns and some things that I guessed at and it’s the mark of good writing when both are satisfying. I definitely recommend getting your hands on a first edition because I think this is going to be big - 5,6,7…12 big! Releases 30th September and will no doubt be the start of the next epic adventure series. Thanks to Dave at The Write Reads and the publisher (Harper Collins Children) for the gifted copy for the purposes of this honest review. Do check out what everyone else thinks - spoiler, they are all loving it too.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lili Marcus

    4.5 stars The blurb pretty much summarized what this book is about and what to expect, but really, Fireborn gave me more adventure than I expected from the blurb. It follows a huntling, Twelve, who trains in Hunting Lodge to become a hunter, but she has a hidden agenda for being there. She doesn’t just want to learn how to fight monsters; she wants to avenge her family. But then things get complicated because everything in her new home is not what it seems. Twelve finds herself in an adventure th 4.5 stars The blurb pretty much summarized what this book is about and what to expect, but really, Fireborn gave me more adventure than I expected from the blurb. It follows a huntling, Twelve, who trains in Hunting Lodge to become a hunter, but she has a hidden agenda for being there. She doesn’t just want to learn how to fight monsters; she wants to avenge her family. But then things get complicated because everything in her new home is not what it seems. Twelve finds herself in an adventure that will change her life forever and expose her to truths about herself and her past. I read Fireborn in one sitting. It was not a short book by size, but it was so easy to read. I couldn’t put it down and wanted to know what’s next. Reading this was such an adventure. It was filled with twists and turns that were unexpected. And every scene was exciting. There wasn’t a single scene in the story that bored me. The story moved at very nice pacing. That said, the plot was very well-constructed. I love that even though it’s in the childrens and middle-grade genre, the overall story gives a dark aura. You can only understand this when you read the book. I can’t give too many details because it is so easy to spoil any part of the story. But I guess, I can say that the setting is a big part of the vibe that the story is giving. That aspect is very well-done too. The world just kept giving me something interesting in it. The characters are awesome. I love Twelve. First of all, I love her name. Second, she’s not perfect. But I saw her grow so much throughout the story. If you would compare the Twelve at the beginning of the book to the Twelve at the end, the growth is very clear. It’s like she sees her world and everything differently at the end. I also love the side characters. They weren’t shadowed by Twelve but they also didn’t outshine Twelve. Just perfect. Fireborn is another amazing read from middle-grade/childrens genre. I’ve never read any book from this genre that I didn’t enjoy and so it’s becoming one of my favorite genres.

  23. 5 out of 5

    ☆Lily☆

    One should never judge a book by its cover but this cover seems to work very well for its target group: Once my son, age 11, saw the cover in my review he asked me to get him the book once it is translated to German. So this is what we will do 😃. Especially as this book will be perfect for my son even though the main character is a girl. This book is the perfect fantasy novel for middle grade children of all sexes. Ember is a dark world full of magical and sometimes very spooky and scary creatur One should never judge a book by its cover but this cover seems to work very well for its target group: Once my son, age 11, saw the cover in my review he asked me to get him the book once it is translated to German. So this is what we will do 😃. Especially as this book will be perfect for my son even though the main character is a girl. This book is the perfect fantasy novel for middle grade children of all sexes. Ember is a dark world full of magical and sometimes very spooky and scary creatures. Some are common traditional ones like for example goblins but there are also new intriguing ones. They add perfectly to the fast paced plot that gets you hooked on the story straight away. The main character, Twelve, is an outsider and the reader quickly understands why she is not too well liked by the other huntlings -children training to be dark creature hunters. But also the ones not seeming to be too nice grow on the reader while reading and have a fantastic character development. My most favorite characters are Six and the litte fire-creatures. All in alll I can totally recommend reading this book for middle grade children and older, even if they’ll be releasing the breath they didn’t know they were holding three times 😉 and I am really looking forward to reading more about Twelve and her companions.

  24. 4 out of 5

    (Ellie) ReadtoRamble

    I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you so much to the blog tour organiser, the author, publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. All opinions are my own. Trigger warnings: grief, dead parents, dead siblings, violence, mention of war, kidnap, blood, injuries, death, poison, nightmares, fire. Fireborn by Aisling Fowler is a middle-grade fantasy story that has an epic quest, a ragtag group of youngsters, and some great twists and turns. I loved the world that wa I read this book for a blog tour, so thank you so much to the blog tour organiser, the author, publisher and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book. All opinions are my own. Trigger warnings: grief, dead parents, dead siblings, violence, mention of war, kidnap, blood, injuries, death, poison, nightmares, fire. Fireborn by Aisling Fowler is a middle-grade fantasy story that has an epic quest, a ragtag group of youngsters, and some great twists and turns. I loved the world that was created for this book, and I feel like there is still so much to discover, I can see this becoming a really expansive series, which I’m very glad of. I could completely imagine the world, the places, the feelings and the atmosphere, so I think it was really well-plotted and imagined. Twelve was a character I liked from the start of this book, and while I wasn’t a fan of Five to start off with, or Seven for some reason, as the story went on, I got a better insight into them, and other characters and liked them more. At the end, I found that all the characters had come a long way, so I liked seeing their development. My favourite character, besides Twelve, was Dog because he was so intriguing, and I just liked him from the get-go, don’t really know why though ahah. Overall, I think this whole world, the magic system and the characters were really great, and it was definitely a great start to a new middle-grade fantasy series that I will be reading the next book of! The pacing was good, a bit slow at some points, and a bit too fast at others, but it is the first book in a series (well, I think it is… right?), so it doesn’t bother me as I think it will even out in the next book! I did like the writing style though, I thought it flowed nicely, and I definitely enjoyed my time reading this book. I gave Fireborn 4 stars and I enjoyed reading this one. I found it really unique, but I definitely need more information about so many things, which I’m hoping to get in the next instalment in this series. If you like middle-grade fantasy with a unique setting and plot, characters that develop and grow, magic, magical creatures and lots of plot twists and the trigger warnings don’t bother you, then I highly recommend, and I think you would love it!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dini - dinipandareads

    I read this book as part of the blog tour hosted by The Write Reads. Special thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Children UK for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars Check out my full review on the blog! TL;DR: Fireborn has everything I love about the genre! This is a story with found family vibes, heartwarming friendships, realistic characters, funny (animal and magical) sidekicks, vivid world-building, and plenty of fast-paced action! Twelve was a strong character who I read this book as part of the blog tour hosted by The Write Reads. Special thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins Children UK for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4.5 stars Check out my full review on the blog! TL;DR: Fireborn has everything I love about the genre! This is a story with found family vibes, heartwarming friendships, realistic characters, funny (animal and magical) sidekicks, vivid world-building, and plenty of fast-paced action! Twelve was a strong character who experienced a lot of satisfying growth throughout the story, but the side characters are a joy to learn about as well. The world itself is a bit on the dark side, with plenty of monsters, and wonderful and scary magic and the writing is so atmospheric it’s not difficult to fully immerse yourself in the story. Long story even shorter: can has the next book now, pls? 😍

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sophie M

    I received Fireborn by Aisling Fowler for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by The Write Reads and Harper Collins Children's Books. Thank you so much for having me on the tour, this review is also available on Book, Blog & Candle! I don't even know where to begin to describe how much I LOVED this book! It is definitely one of my favourites of the year and has even found it's place amongst my all-time favourites list! The characters were all so interesting and I received Fireborn by Aisling Fowler for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by The Write Reads and Harper Collins Children's Books. Thank you so much for having me on the tour, this review is also available on Book, Blog & Candle! I don't even know where to begin to describe how much I LOVED this book! It is definitely one of my favourites of the year and has even found it's place amongst my all-time favourites list! The characters were all so interesting and I loved how we got little snippets of their backstories throughout the book! I thought Twelve was a really good protagonist and I enjoyed how fierce and brave she was. Even though she claimed to be a lone wolf she still fought for the others and I enjoyed seeing how they all came to care for each other in their own unique ways. Everyone knows how much I love the found family trope and Aisling Fowler has done it to absolute PERFECTION! Unlikely friends who band together to form a family melts my heart every time and the fact that there was also some fantastic LGBTQIA+ representation in the story made me so happy! Another favourite element that I love to see in stories is worldbuilding and WOW the worldbuilding in Fireborn was INCREDIBLE! From the clans to the forest with heart-racing action throughout, I was instantly captivated and I couldn't put it down! Like my treasured Percy Jackson series this is a book that I will be rereading again and again for years to come! I felt fully immersed in the world and wanted to explore even more of it! Amazing characters, fantastic writing, a brilliant concept and phenomenal worldbuilding is a recipe for instant success and Fireborn has exceeded all of these. It is an extraordinarily outstanding debut that I am 100% obsessed with and I hope there is even more to come because I can't wait to see what happens next! Twelve is the new hero of a generation! Fireborn is a story of adventure, courage and friendship that is impossible to put down! Every page was full of magic and I didn't want it to end! Thank you so much for having me on this tour!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I was kindly sent a proof copy of Fireborn by Tina at Harper Collins and then The Write Reads invited me to their ultimate blog tour. Thank you all for allowing me to read this bloody brilliant book! This is my loud and proud PSA to say that Fireborn is a MUST READ! A perfect fit for the MG fantasy shaped hole in our hearts. There is so much to love about this book. It flows in such a wonderful, exciting and fun way that suddenly you’re halfway through and then it’s over. I need more. Ember is a m I was kindly sent a proof copy of Fireborn by Tina at Harper Collins and then The Write Reads invited me to their ultimate blog tour. Thank you all for allowing me to read this bloody brilliant book! This is my loud and proud PSA to say that Fireborn is a MUST READ! A perfect fit for the MG fantasy shaped hole in our hearts. There is so much to love about this book. It flows in such a wonderful, exciting and fun way that suddenly you’re halfway through and then it’s over. I need more. Ember is a magical world, crawling with all manner of deadly monsters and creatures that would happily rip you apart and move onto the next. With a main protagonist in Twelve, who is both strong and confident whilst being the flawed and struggling child she’s allowed to be. She has her own reasons for joining the Hunting Lodge, but finds herself on an unexpected journey. Ft. a very cute and important squirrel companion, Widge. There’s a heavy darkness to Fireborn that you don’t normally get with MG. The monsters terrifying, the outlook bleak and whilst I usually love and want the villainous bad guys to thrive (I’m terrible), I was so sad! They don’t deserve any negative, only the best please! I had goosebumps at the end and fire in my eyes, more please! What an extraordinarily wonderful debut from Aisling.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    FIREBORN is an incredible debut, that is a magical adventure both thrilling and emotional. I loved the characters, the imaginative world building, and our heroine that is perfect for middle grade readers and those that enjoy a creative fantasy read with heart. FIREBORN is fun, fearless and fantastic! Highly recommend!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisas Books, Gems and Tarot

    If you are a fan of Harry Potter then this one is for you. It gave me all those magical vibes that I loved when reading HP, but in a totally different way! The world building in this book is so good. I really felt as if I was right there with Twelve and her little companion squirrel! The main thing I loved about this book was the creatures. Spiders, ogres, grims, goblins, and so many more! I really would like to see a compendium of all the creatures and beasts, just like the book that Twelve refer If you are a fan of Harry Potter then this one is for you. It gave me all those magical vibes that I loved when reading HP, but in a totally different way! The world building in this book is so good. I really felt as if I was right there with Twelve and her little companion squirrel! The main thing I loved about this book was the creatures. Spiders, ogres, grims, goblins, and so many more! I really would like to see a compendium of all the creatures and beasts, just like the book that Twelve refers to! Overall, it was a really fun read with lots of drama and battles. I sincerely hope there is a second book. I think the book ended in a way that there could be. A massive thank you to the publisher, Netgalley and the Write Reads for this review copy!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rachel B

    Oh my god I forgot how muh I love books like this until I started on this book! So freaking good!

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