Fireborn is a middle grade fantasy that throws you smack dab into a world of opposing clans, mythical creatures and fierce fighting. We meet a group of young recruits who are training at a school to defend the clans when suddenly one of them goes missing. Twelve, a bit of an outcast among the students, feels compelled to try to find the one student who was kind of nice to her. She sets off on her own only to be followed by the school’s guardian (a giant magical stone dog) and two other classmates (who are not fans of hers). The rag tag team go deeper and deeper into the wild magical wilderness in pursuit of the missing girl and find themselves in some harrowing scrapes with dangerous creatures.
This story is absolutely action packed from start to finish and the magical creatures are really unique and fun. Each of these youngsters learn lessons about the world, the impact of grief and the search for identity and acceptance. I wanted more of a beginning and an end but I understand that the emphasis here was to keep the pages turning.
Thanks to Harper for a copy. All opinions above are my own.
Do you ever read middle grade books?