Welcome to my stop in the Fireborn by Aisling Fowler book tour! Thank you so much to TheWriteReads for including me in this tour, and to the publisher for my review copy. This in no way affects my opinion.
Author: Aisling Fowler
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Audience: Middle Grade
Publication Date: 30th September 2021
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.
I had heard quite a bit of hype heading into Fireborn by Aisling Fowler, and I can confidently say that it is justified. I loved the plot, and all of the characters worked so well together; I can’t wait to see where the rest of the series will go.
The characters in Fireborn are so well thought out, and they work incredibly well as individuals and as a group. I love our main character Twelve and can’t wait to see more of her. I think she is a brilliant main character as she possesses great strength and goes on a personal journey throughout the book and learns that while she can be strong, it is okay to let other people in. I also love the friends she eventually gains along the story and how they all come together after going through such hardships, which I think is really important for children to see. A special mention does have to go to Dog and Widge, who I think are brilliant animal companions, and I now just want my own pet squirrel.
The plot of Fireborn is not that complex, but that doesn’t detract from what Aisling Fowler has achieved. She has packed in a lot in a small number of pages which I really appreciated as it means that there is never a dull moment where my interest was dropping. I was constantly wondering what would happen next to the group, and the ending really surprised me, which is not easy to do. I think this is because she creates such a great atmosphere through her world building, which you don’t even notice is being done. Fireborn is definitely on the darker, more scary side of fantasy middle grades that I have read, but I actually appreciated that because it fits with the setting and helped move the story along.
While Fireborn is a fantasy book, there are still some really important messages within the book, which I think will resonate with the intended age group. I really appreciated this as Aisling Fowler very much masked them within the plot, but they stood out as important learning moments for all of the characters as well as the wider audience.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel to Fireborn, as I think Aisling Fowler has set up a lot for the next books in the series, and I can’t wait to see what direction they are going to take. If you love atmospheric fantasy books, I highly recommend checking out Fireborn because I think any age of fantasy reader will fall in love with it.
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.