In Fireborne by Rosaria Munda, seventeen year old Lee and sixteen year old Annie are faced with a large number of challenges. The main problem is whether to choose the family that you were born into or the one that you make. Can Lee choose the right side, or will he pick the one that was behind a centuries-old, bloody, and oppressive regime?
The world of Fireborne is a land of famine, dragons, and serfs; and life can be brutal. Six year old Annie watched her family being burned alive, and eight year old Lee was forced to watch his family being tortured. Lee and Annie, now both almost adults, are part of the elite group of dragonriders, and have risen through the ranks to the Fourth Order (the four best dragonriders). The story follows Lee and Annie, as they compete to attain the rank of Firstrider: an honorary title in times of peace and that of High General in times of war.
The details in Fireborne are so realistic that they almost make a movie in your mind. Munda is a phenomenal storyteller capable of making you empathize with the characters, so you can feel happy, or rage along with them. From a love story and hate to revelations that could break the Fourth Order, there is never a dull moment in Fireborne.
Munda’s debut into the world of authors is not to be underestimated. The book could have been a little less confusing if there had been a reference map so you could see were everything was. I rate this book 9/10 for an intriguing storyline and a comprehensible line of details. Fireborne by Rosaria Munda is worth a read and ready for a sequel. I recommend this book for ages 12 + because of some mature context.