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Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest: Book 1

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The world-building is truly amazing. It’s so perfectly created that it was easy to visualise. The banter between the characters had me smirking, even if they talk like people from the modern era, it is a fantasy world after all! Unklug gelöst fand ich auch, dass Sperling als Nichtschwimmerin einfach ins Wasser springt und das kaum Konsequenzen für sie hat … I loved this whirlwind adventure! Imagine The HungerGames but with magic and written for kids. A brilliant novel weaving fantasy, friendship, heartbreak and hope togetherreally superbly. I have pledged my heart to Fireborn’ Cerrie Burnell, author of Harper and the Sea of Secrets Es ist schon etwas her, dass ich den Vorgänger „Der Schwur der Jagdlinge“ gelesen hatte. Doch dieser hat mir damals sehr gefallen und daher war ich voller Vorfreude, als ich dieses Buch in den Händen hielt. Und meine Erwartungen wurden nicht enttäuscht. 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. About This Edition ISBN:

Dafür, dass es Young Fantasy ist , ist es aber schon brutal finde ich, aber nun gut Fantasy mit Weltrettung geht nicht ohne Verluste! The setting was magical, and so richly described. The forest, the mountains, the damp were all so vividly imagined, and drew us in. The world building was amazing. Ein richtiges Happy End gibt es nicht, was umso neugieriger auf Teil 3 macht. Der ist aber leider noch nicht erschienen. Loved this whirlwind adventure from Aisling Fowler! Imagine The Hunger Games but with magic and written for kids. A brilliant MG novel weaving fantasy, friendship, heartbreak and hope together really superbly. I have pledged my heart to Fireborn.” —Cerrie Burnell, author of Harper and the Sea of SecretsJoining Twelve is the stone guardian of the lodge. A resolute and surly dog who often despairs are being lumbered with children who hinder his progress, he's also the voice of reason and calm. There's also Five and Six, Twelve's fellow huntlings and her rivals. Five on the face of it is a bully, taunting Twelve and making her feel worse for every mistake she makes. However, looking deeper he's a deeply vulnerable boy who's just looking for love and affection. It just so happens that he tends to speak before he thinks. Six is more an enigma, the quiet and kind one. The brave one. But his past is just as murky as Twelve's. They're all richly developed and interesting characters, and I thought they all worked together well. The same could be said for all the smaller secondary characters we meet too. I found all of them interesting and multi faceted and integra to the plot. One evening, after hearing Five remonstrating that she is a bad apple, she pushes a crate of things near to Five that leads to changing her life forever. A very underwhelming addition to a first book that I wholeheartedly loved. Ah, well. I guess this just wasn't for me. I'm still considering whether to continue with this series. There just wasn't the depth, the complexity, the darkness, or the action that I loved so much in the first book. I really miss the character dynamics that felt so fresh but now feel shoved out of the main focus of the plot. Still, Six and Five's friendship has my heart. Het is slechts drie maanden nadat het Jagersfort (de plek waar Feniks en haar vrienden voor getraind zijn om het fort te beschermen) verwoest is. Een heks van het ijspaleis uit IJsgaard schakelt de hulp van Feniks en haar vrienden in, het verkeert namelijk in groot gevaar en wordt belaagd door een kwaadaardige grootmacht: de Schaduwwerper. Zusammen sind Zwölf und Sechs ein super Team. Sie haben zuvor nie miteinander geredet doch sie haben gleich einen Draht zueinander und verfolgen das gleiche Ziel. Aber sie beide haben Geheimnisse, die ihr Verbindung auf die Probe stellen. Zwölf, Sechs, Fünf, Sieben und Hund stellen an sich eine unvergesslichen Gruppe dar, die alle Probleme überwinden können, wenn sie zusammenhalten.

I mean I could go on and on but I think the most important part of this book is both self-forgiveness and friendship. Twelve has always in some way hated herself for the death of her sister and her whole village. The poor girl had to dig holes to bury the bodies, you can understand that she is broken and that it would shape itself into anger and vengeance. But when she finds out that the clan she has hated for so long as produced people she now calls her friends, she is immediately disgusted and angry. I am happy that she realized that it was not their fault. But with her new powers come new responsibilities. When a plea for help arrives from the long-lost witch clan, it’s clear Phoenix’s newfound fire is their only hope. Phoenix and her friends must travel to Icegaard, the witches’ home, to combat the mysterious darkness there—one that grows stronger each day.WOW!! I cannot believe this is a debut. So impressed with these debuts lately. If I hadn’t went out of town for 4 days, plus preparing for it the days leading up to-I would have finished this in 1 day. I LOVED this. This was PHENOMENAL! Such a creative story, & such detailed, imaginative writing! Amazing characters too. Superb world & character building, & the character growth is so great. Definitely darker upper MG, which I tend to love. Dog & Widge have my whole heart! OMG! What amazing side characters! & 1 can’t even talk! Now THATS great writing lol The hunters and huntlings of the lodge are like family and honour their pledge to protect each other as well as every person of the varying clans of Ember from the dark creatures that lurk out in the wild. Before I gush about how much I loved this book let me give you a little teaser. Children from different clans decide to join the Hunter's lodge for different reasons. Some because they are not wanted by their families or their clans or they are seeking the power that the Lodge offers, but every child in the Lodge is there for a reason. In this book, we follow four of those children. Children who have given up their names, and clan identities to serve as a single body at the Lodge. Now named, Five, Six, Seven and Twelve. After a fight in the yard, Five and Twelve are sent to the dungeons as punishment but they got more than a sleepless night. Themes of friendship, found families, prejudice, bullying, overcoming obstacles, dealing with grief, and more are woven into the story and also add to the character and plot development. I think many of the themes will resonate well with middle-grade readers. Even though Fowler created a fantastical world that is so unlike our own, the themes prove universal. Set in the world of Ember children from various clans end up living at the hunting lodge and training to become hunters to protect every clan from the monsters that threaten the world.

Twelve goes on a real journey here and though she starts off incredibly cold, arrogant, self serving and very morally grey the way that her character grows and develops throughout the book is amazing and I really enjoyed it. She is a broken girl when we first meet her and it really is no wonder with what she has been through. 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 . . .

I’m sure I speak for many people when I say that I saw the cover for Fireborn and it was love at first sight. Yes, you can’t judge a book by its cover – but you can judge a cover, and Fireborn has a stunning cover that promises magic and adventure. Vom „Meister“ hätte ich mir etwas mehr erwartet. Vielleicht erfahren wir aber ja auch im dritten Teil mehr über ihn. Twelve is training to be a hunter. A warrior that fights alongside her comrades for the good of Ember but she has ulterior motives and is desperate to seek revenge for her family killed by the Cave Clan. Für mich stand hier schon fest, dass der dritte Teil ein Muss sein wird. Die Geschichte gab mir nicht eine Sekunde das Gefühl, bloß ein Sandwich Band zu sein, im Gegenteil! Sie steht ihrem Vorgänger in nichts nach! Besonders hervorzuheben ist auch, das hier auf unnötige Wiederholungen verzichtet und nur das wichtigste noch einmal aufgegriffen wird. I have to say that I really enjoyed Fireborn immensely and am so glad that I got the opportunity to read this charming and delightful book by Aisling Fowler.

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