Kid’s Book Review: Fireborn

Kid’s Book Review: Fireborn

About the Book and Author

Coming this autumn is a thrilling fantasy adventure story by a new writer Aisling Fowler. Set in the snowy northern forests of an imagined prehistoric world, Fireborn is a breathtaking debut: at turns exciting, funny and heart-wrenchingly sad. It marks the introduction new voice in children’s storytelling and that will be proudly published by Harper Collins.

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. . . and ends up on a quest that will change her life, her name – and her entire world. Fireborn will be published by HarperCollins on 30th September 2021.

Fireborn cover
Aisling Fowler

Aisling Fowler 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).

Book Review

The action in the book starts almost immediately and throughout the book I felt as though I was on a rollercoaster of emotions!

Before I started to read this book thinking I thought that maybe it wasn’t really my kind of thing because I don’t normally choose to read fantasy stories. It did seem quite strange at first as most of the characters names were numbers rather than conventional names Eg. Twelve, Five, Seven etc. But I was intrigued to find out their significance.

The action in the book starts almost immediately and throughout the book I felt as though I was on a rollercoaster of emotions!

Twelve has suffered in her past and throughout the story we learn more and more about her and how she came to be at the Hunting Lodge. She is so angry and cold towards others as she tries to avenge her family. The plot twists and turns and it is impossible to know who to trust which keeps you gripped. There were times I couldn’t stop reading, I had to know what happened next and would good defeat evil.

I liked that Twelve had a special book called Magical Beastiary which describes each creature and rates it out of ten like Top Trumps, aggression, danger posed and difficulty to disable. Twelve was definitely my favourite character and I hope there is a sequel to this book and we can go on another adventure with her.

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Reviewer Profile

Sam - young reviewer
  • Name: Sam
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: parkour, nature and surfing
  • Dislikes: home-schooling and sweet potato
  • Favourite Book: D-Day Dog by Tom Palmer
  • Favourite Film: Black Panther
  • Favourite Song: Highway to Hell by AD/DC