Today I want welcome you to my stop on the ultimate blog tour for Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest an absolutely brilliant middle grade fantasy book.  You can read below why I love this book so much but before that I just want to thank The Write Reads and the publisher for a chance to be a part of this tour and for a copy of this book! 🙂  Don’t forget to check out the many other stops on this blog tour and now let’s see why I love this book so much! 😀

Title: Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest
Author: Aisling Fowler
Illustrator: Sophie Medvedeva
Map illustration: Virginia Allyn
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Genre: Middle grade/older children’s fiction
Book format: Pre-publication proof copy
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Description:  Lyra. Lucy. Percy. Once in a generation, a hero emerges whose story enthralls readers worldwide.
Fireborn is an epic quest, perfect for fans of the His Dark Materials and The School for Good and Evil series, that will spin readers into a magical world like no other–and introduce them to an unforgettable new heroine named Twelve.
Ember is full of monsters.
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.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  Oh wow this is such an amazing fantasy adventure!  Twelve is a huntling at the Hunter’s Lodge where she is training to become strong enough to fight the dark creatures that exist in Ember while vowing to protect the different clans that exist.  But Twelve is full of anger and when a fellow student at the lodge causes her to get angry, the two are sent to the dungeons for the night as punishment.  While there, with only her squirrel for company, Twelve tries not to let memories of her past haunt her, but soon something happens and Twelve will have to go on a quest and face her past and fears.

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I just loved reading this book so much and couldn’t put it down from the start.  From the first pages it was easy and compelling to read although I have to admit to not really liking Twelve’s character so much at the start.  Twelve is full of anger and the way she treats her fellow students is a result of this anger and it was this aspect of her personality that made it hard to warm to her at first, but the book was easy to read and as the story progresses Twelve’s past is revealed in bits and you see why she’s a character so filled with anger and hatred, making you sympathise with her more.

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Despite not liking her character at first, it wasn’t long before I started to enjoy both her and the other characters in the story.  Once twelve and a couple of the other students end up leaving the lodge to find something, the adventure really starts and I love everything that ends up happening to all of them.  I won’t lie, the book has some creepy moments with some of the creatures encountered being very creepy or scary.  There’s also quite a lot of darker and sadder moments too, especially when the adventure takes the characters further into the Frozen Forest and  Twelve’s memories come back to haunt her.

I love what happens in this story and maybe it’s because I like slight creepy/spooky things but there’s just something about the adventure that was so interesting.  I love what happens with all the creepy things in the forest, especially with the trees, and the build up of tension was just brilliant.  The atmosphere is constantly dark and interesting and as the story progresses towards the end, there’s also a great twist too and a wonderful build up to the ending which felt like a brilliant battle.  The ending is very satisfying and I love what happens and what is revealed.  The book finishes perfectly but with a great set up for the next book in the series which I just can’t wait to read.

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There are some lovely illustrations throughout the book on some pages, as well as a map at the start of the book.  Overall this was such an interesting read and I’m so glad I stuck with the book despite not liking Twelve’s angry character at first.  Having characters like Dog and especially Widge the squirrel, and the funny things he does, really made me love this book so much more and although it’s a bit of a dark and quite a sad story in parts, due to the mentions of some deaths and the sad memories of that, which might be a bit much for sensitive readers, for me it’s such a brilliant story and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

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Fireborn book cover

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Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest will be published on the 30th September

About the author

Aisling Fowler author pic

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).

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my stop on the blog tour for this brilliant book.  Don’t forget to look out for this one at the end of September if it’s one you like the sound of. 🙂  Please don’t forget to check out the other blog stops on the tour!


What do you think of this book?  Do you like fantasy books?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂