**This book was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Thanks so much to TheWriteReads for having me on the tour.**
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.
Fireborn takes you on Twelve’s daring, and often, dangerous journey to seek justice for her family when they are brutally murdered. However, when her new home is under attack, her reason for revenge shifts her life and beliefs irrevocably.
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into reading a middle-grade novel at the bitter age of 24, but it was actually quite brilliant. I felt that some of the scenes were slightly more suitable for teens to read as their violence and brutality were more intense.
Twelve’s character, while slightly insufferable at times, was the ideal heroine. She took it upon herself to save Seven when she was captured by evil creatures. Whilst I’d agree, this was partly a stupid decision, I appreciated her tenacity and strength. Even though she lost her family in such a brutal way at such a young age, she has a maturity to her that even some adults wouldn’t be able to match. She had to grow up too quickly and be thrown into a horrible, cruel world without much to help guide her. The Hunter’s lodge actually teaches her the survival skills she so desperately needs.
Also, the side characters Five and Six were, in the end at least, the perfect companions for Twelve. Sure, they bickered plenty, but at that age (I believe it was mentioned that she was 13 – forgive me if I’m wrong!) all kids bicker and poke fun at each other. It’s all part of growing up. But what brings them closer is the shared experience of going to rescue Seven and reading as their characters developed was so wonderful. They share this impulsivity that all children their age have which made this an even more entertaining read.
Last, but certainly, not least, I have to mention Dog, the Lodge’s guardian. They all really learn so much from Dog, I’d actually say he’s an integral part to all of their growth as characters. I’d hate to give too much away about Dog though as I feel this book is well worth reading, even for adults!
I’d rate Fireborn 4.5/5 stars. I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel that if you’re into Fantasy then you’ll love this. It addresses darker themes such as bullying, death, violence, grief, but it does so with sensitivity while remaining realistic. Like I said earlier in this review, I do believe I’d market this to a slightly older age range, but that’s just my opinion.