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Fireborne: The Aurelian Cycle, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dragon fantasy series start has compelling action, intrigue.

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In her fantasy-series debut, author Rosaria Munda successfully combines several classic elements, including dragons, dystopia, government intrigue, and blossoming romantic love. Dragon fans should note that here, dragons aren't characters who speak but instead are more like horses that form a psychic bond with their chosen rider. Some of the world-building feels a bit long, but assuming we'll see two or three more volumes, it makes sense to spend some time at the beginning to help the reader understand the world and get immersed in it. Patient readers will be rewarded with compelling, fully explored, relatable characters and a building sense of action and suspense.

Fantasy fans will relate to Lee as he struggles with conflicting loyalties between family and friends, and between government and citizenry. They'll also relate to Annie as she develops confidence and a sense of her own self-worth. And it's a good opportunity to think about bigger questions: whether it's OK to be the lesser of two evils, and whether harmful actions taken today are justified if they help bring about positive changes. The ending satisfies while leaving plenty of room for the story to continue.

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