I received this book a while ago in the post but have been so swamped with everything lately that I accidentely completely forgot to share that it came.  so huge apologies but check out this book!  Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler is a middle grade (older children’s) fantasy book with an amazing story featuring a girl called Twelve, her little squirrel friend who keeps chewing her hair, and a stone guardian called Dog.  The book is the first in a series but is so amazing and I loved it so much when I read it for a blog tour back in August.  You can read my full review by clicking here, but today I wanted to share with you an actual physical copy of the book as I was kindly sent one by HarperCollins Children’s Books as a thank you for helping to publicise the book. 🙂

This copy has more than the original proof/arc that I read.  There are additional illustrations throughout this book and even a map too.  I’ve left images of a few of these including a bit of basic information about the illustrators on my original review of Fireborn, but I’ve also decided to include them in this post below, so you can see why this is such a stunning book.  Now let’s first check out the cover…

Fireborn book haul close up of book
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Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest by Aisling Fowler – Twelve has spoken the Pledge and now she is a Huntling. She has given up her name to train in the art of fighting monsters and keeping the peace, and she won’t get to choose a new one until she has earned it.
But when the Lodge’s walls are breached for the first time, and a little girl is taken, Twelve is the only one interested in going after a child . . .
Teaming up with Dog, the Stone Guardian of the Lodge, Twelve ends up on an epic adventure that will change her life, her name – and her entire world.

The cover illustration is stunning, I love the fact Widge the squirrel is there too (look at her shoulder! 😀 )!  The illustrations are all by Sophie Medvedeva though the map below is by Virginia Allyn.

Fireborn book page image one
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More ilustrations from the book which occur within some of the pages in the book…

Fireborn book page image two
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Fireborn book page image three
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Don’t forget you can see my full review of this book by clicking here!  I’ve not changed my review much, just added a sentence about these illustrations at the end.  So that’s why I wanted to share them here, for those of you who’ve already seen my review of the book.  This really is a wonderful fantasy adventure and one I do recommend.  And getting both the finished copy as well as the arc of this book, it just shows how much more work is put into the final production of a novel, an impressive feat. 🙂

What do you think of this book and the illustrations?  Have you read Fireborn yet?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂