Fireborn {Rosaria Munda} - It's like a seven layer cake made of angst and it's delicious


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36578543-fireborne

title: Fireborne
author: Rosaria Munda
pages:448
format: eARC
buy it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads 

Bottom Line Up Front

In the aftermath of a bloody revolution, a child from the former ruling class escapes the carnage into an orphanage. Now he and the girl he grew up with are part of the new country's dragon-riding military, and they're competing for #1 best dragon rider while in the neighboring country, more survivors of the revolution are gearing up to start the war all over again.

Despite the grand and country-sweeping scale of the danger involved, most of the book is narrowly focused on the internal struggles of the two leads coming into power and learning bad things about the new regime and also I AM NOT OKAY AFTER READING IT SOMEONE HELP ME I HAVE SO MANY EMOTIONS

  • Emotions that I felt: 164564564545/10 All of them. All the emotions.
  • Times my babies caught a break: 0/10  I'm pretty sure they didn't even get to sit down at any point, SOMEONE HELP MY BABIES
  • My need for Lee and Annie to kiss more: ∞/10 I refuse to feel shame over this rating

The first layer of angst

  • Look, there was this revolution, right? And it was bloody. It was BLOODY.
  • And so was the oppressive regime they were revolting against, so, ya know, good thing those guys are gone.
  • And Annie and Lee are like "HOLY SHIT Y'ALL I WATCHED MY PARENTS DIE" but his was from the revolution and hers was from...well, his family.
  • So, ya know, there's a bit of tension there.
  • But they also have the lusty eyes at each other.
  • BUT NOT UNTIL THEY'RE OLDER, DON'T GET WEIRD.
  • Look, it sounds bad put that way, but please believe me it's the bestest romance-that-isn't-quite-all-the-way-to-romance I've read in a long time like the slow burn is unbelievable but their feelings are 100000% believable and you're just going to have to trust me on that please read it

The second layer of angst

  • And they ride dragons, right? Which is awesome!
  • I mean these dragons are basically slightly telepathic horses, but whatever, still awesome.
  • And all the previous dragons died in the revolution, so this new crop of teenager dragons born after the regime change are the ones they got, which is why all these teens are competing to be the head of the dragon riding force.
  • And now it's Lee and Annie, up against each other for the #1 spot.
  • And he's all "I've wanted this since I was born" and she's all "I'm a serf and scared of my own potential" and then they get complicated after that because y'all shit happens and there are feelings.
  • I didn't even know who I wanted to win, I kept flipping back and forth.
  • When one of them finally did win I was like WHAT, AAAAHHHHHHH
  • and also MY BABIES
  • and also WHY, I AM GUTTED, I WANT TO HUG BOTH OF THEM, WHY DID THAT HAPPEN
  • Was that a spoiler? IDK, sorry.

The third layer of angst

  • So this new regime is kind of fucked up
  • More than kind of, it's really fucked up.
  • I mean, it's not feudal lords murdering people and stealing their stuff fucked up, but...uh...shit happens in this book.
  • Like, 50% of what I wanted to save my babies from was just the shit that is this world.
  • And now they're entering the top levels of gov't because, ya know, leader of a whole branch of the military, and shit happens, y'all.
  • And my babies were not ready for that and I was not ready for my babies to get even sadder.
  • Thought provoking stuff, though. Thumbs up.
  • I was not ready for how fucked up that one guy is. You know. That one. Well, you will know after you read it. Why are you still reading this? Go read the book!

Layers 4-7 of angst

  • are all shoved into the last ~20% and believe me when I tell you that I WAS NOT OKAY save me lord that was such a wild ride like I was not ready and I'm on the other side of it and still not ready why and how dare you

Will I read this author again? Psh, obviously
Will I continue this series? GIVE IT TO ME NOW I WILL SLAY A MONSTER FOR THE NEXT ONE ASAP




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