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Revolutionary flames ignite around Annie, Lee, and a brand new POV character in the second book of the Fireborne trilogy. After fleeing the revolution and settling into the craggy cliffs of New Pythos, the Dragonlords are eager to punish their usurpers--and reclaim their city. Their first order of business was destroying the Callipolan food supply. Now they're coming for th Revolutionary flames ignite around Annie, Lee, and a brand new POV character in the second book of the Fireborne trilogy. After fleeing the revolution and settling into the craggy cliffs of New Pythos, the Dragonlords are eager to punish their usurpers--and reclaim their city. Their first order of business was destroying the Callipolan food supply. Now they're coming for the Dragonriders. Annie is Callipolis's new Firstrider, and while her goal has always been to protect the people, being the government's enforcer has turned her into public enemy number one. Lee struggles to find his place after killing kin to prove himself to a leader who betrayed him. He can support Annie and the other Guardians . . . or join the radicals who look to topple the new regime. Griff, a lowborn dragonrider who serves New Pythos, knows he has no future. And now that Julia, the Firstrider who had protected him, is dead, he is called on to sacrifice everything for the lords that oppress his people--or to forge a new path with the Callipolan Firstrider seeking his help. With famine tearing Callipolis apart and the Pythians determined to take back what they lost, it will be up to Annie, Lee, and Griff to decide what to fight for--and who to love.


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Revolutionary flames ignite around Annie, Lee, and a brand new POV character in the second book of the Fireborne trilogy. After fleeing the revolution and settling into the craggy cliffs of New Pythos, the Dragonlords are eager to punish their usurpers--and reclaim their city. Their first order of business was destroying the Callipolan food supply. Now they're coming for th Revolutionary flames ignite around Annie, Lee, and a brand new POV character in the second book of the Fireborne trilogy. After fleeing the revolution and settling into the craggy cliffs of New Pythos, the Dragonlords are eager to punish their usurpers--and reclaim their city. Their first order of business was destroying the Callipolan food supply. Now they're coming for the Dragonriders. Annie is Callipolis's new Firstrider, and while her goal has always been to protect the people, being the government's enforcer has turned her into public enemy number one. Lee struggles to find his place after killing kin to prove himself to a leader who betrayed him. He can support Annie and the other Guardians . . . or join the radicals who look to topple the new regime. Griff, a lowborn dragonrider who serves New Pythos, knows he has no future. And now that Julia, the Firstrider who had protected him, is dead, he is called on to sacrifice everything for the lords that oppress his people--or to forge a new path with the Callipolan Firstrider seeking his help. With famine tearing Callipolis apart and the Pythians determined to take back what they lost, it will be up to Annie, Lee, and Griff to decide what to fight for--and who to love.

30 review for Flamefall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    New covers are pretty but I'm beyond done with publishers doing this crap without offering replacement dust jackets on books they're charging like $25+ CAD for. Maybe do a better job of marketing books if the sales are so important? New covers are pretty but I'm beyond done with publishers doing this crap without offering replacement dust jackets on books they're charging like $25+ CAD for. Maybe do a better job of marketing books if the sales are so important?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bridget Tyler

    I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of this book, and I'm still thinking about it weeks later. Don't crack this one if you have something else to do with your day...or night. Once you open it, you won't be able to put it down. Full of big emotions, dragon fire, and COMPLICATED choices, (and So.Much.Hot.Chemistry) this one will grab you and never let go. Go ahead. Open the book. You've been warned... I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of this book, and I'm still thinking about it weeks later. Don't crack this one if you have something else to do with your day...or night. Once you open it, you won't be able to put it down. Full of big emotions, dragon fire, and COMPLICATED choices, (and So.Much.Hot.Chemistry) this one will grab you and never let go. Go ahead. Open the book. You've been warned...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    Wow. That's how to write a sequel. Flamefall was an astounding follow-up to Munda's Fireborne. Plots within plots, wonderfully flawed characters, and gorgeous writing. *Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss. Wow. That's how to write a sequel. Flamefall was an astounding follow-up to Munda's Fireborne. Plots within plots, wonderfully flawed characters, and gorgeous writing. *Review copy provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mora

    i don't have any coherent thoughts. i have not FELT this much reading a book in ages. flamefall is dark and intense and the confusion of politics and morality gets even more complicated as characters are forced to make increasingly difficult choices and the consequences of their actions get more and more devastating. i was worried that i was hyping this book up too much in my head because of my love for fireborne but i should not have doubted because oh my god. i am speechless and all of my thou i don't have any coherent thoughts. i have not FELT this much reading a book in ages. flamefall is dark and intense and the confusion of politics and morality gets even more complicated as characters are forced to make increasingly difficult choices and the consequences of their actions get more and more devastating. i was worried that i was hyping this book up too much in my head because of my love for fireborne but i should not have doubted because oh my god. i am speechless and all of my thoughts are inarticulate screams.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shealea

    Trigger/Content warnings: (view spoiler)[animal cruelty and death; human abuse and slavery; implied sexual coercion (off-page); blood, violence, and war; massacre (on-page); public execution (non-explicit); famine; depiction of grief and loss of family members; slut-shaming (hide spoiler)] Diversity tags: queer POV character, m/m relationship Just when I thought that everything was finally, finally falling into place, the rug was quietly, suddenly pulled out under me. Flamefall is an unexpectedly Trigger/Content warnings: (view spoiler)[animal cruelty and death; human abuse and slavery; implied sexual coercion (off-page); blood, violence, and war; massacre (on-page); public execution (non-explicit); famine; depiction of grief and loss of family members; slut-shaming (hide spoiler)] Diversity tags: queer POV character, m/m relationship Just when I thought that everything was finally, finally falling into place, the rug was quietly, suddenly pulled out under me. Flamefall is an unexpectedly darker, more sinister, and thought-provoking follow-up to its well-written predecessor. It hurts my soul to think that I have to wait at least another year for the final installment. Initial thoughts: 📌 In Flamefall, Callipolis faces threats in two fronts: internal unrest among its citizens due to the famine, and an external power-hungry force from New Pythos. It does an incredible job in balancing the development of both conflicts. Not to mention the rising tension among friends, lovers, and allies. 📌 Much like Fireborne, its sequel draws parallels from classic philosophical texts, such as Homer's Iliad. 📌 This book handles the political and moral aspects of war and revolution really well, in my opinion. Nothing is reduced to 'good vs. bad', and instead, several schools of thought are challenged and criticized, exposing flaws and faults. 📌 Annie and Lee's relationship takes a turn that I neither anticipated nor agreed with. But ultimately, I recognize that the story's tension lies in their mutual need to confront their biases and to navigate their respective moral dilemmas on their own. - I struggled with Annie during the early parts of the book, largely due to her (arguably shaky) decisions. But she eventually won me over. - My heart hurt and bled for Lee, who is undeniably the star of this sequel. (Protect him at all costs!) 📌 Having three POV characters does slow down the story's progression, especially when the exact same scenes are recounted by another character. While the addition of Griff as a new protagonist is valuable and fascinating, there were instances where the POV-switching seemed to be a tool for unnecessary hand-holding, instead of letting readers figure things out on their own. 📌 All in all, although a few of my pet peeves were present in this sequel, I still couldn't bear to put it down. With complicated choices, fascinating developments, and higher stakes, Flamefall is as addictive and compelling as ever. Disclosure: I received a digital ARC of Flamefall from its publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. 🌻🍃 More bookish content on Shut up, Shealea 🍃🌻 instagram • pinterest • twitter • ko-fi

  6. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: torture, assault Flamefall is a thought provoking and moving story about revolution, change, and oppression. Munda knows how to emotionally wring out every feeling in our heart. We move from the boiling rage of Griff's treatment, to the agony of miscommunication, to the joy of flying. Flamefall delivers Annie, Lee, and Griff struggling to fight for the future. Your heart aches (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: torture, assault Flamefall is a thought provoking and moving story about revolution, change, and oppression. Munda knows how to emotionally wring out every feeling in our heart. We move from the boiling rage of Griff's treatment, to the agony of miscommunication, to the joy of flying. Flamefall delivers Annie, Lee, and Griff struggling to fight for the future. Your heart aches because of their treatment, the ways we are vilified, our emotional blackmail, and the rage we feel in the face of injustice. But it's the ways they fight for the future. The power imbalance in these relationships of invisible strings and explicit coercion. How do we tackle everything that's wrong with the world? As readers we want them to all rebel and tear down these injustices. But is that truly the way to enact change? Flamefall is a book about doing the right things the wrong ways, of seeing the flaws and mistakes in the causes we fight for, in not accepting the cycle we find ourselves in. Seeing all of these POVs, we are torn between these competing efforts, which, even if they can't see it, more in the right direction. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole N. (A Myriad of Books)

    A huge thank you to PenguinTeen for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Plot One of the things I enjoyed about Fireborne is the intricacy and depth of the plot and story overall. While it took me a bit longer to really “get” into the plot of Flamefall, I found it just as riveting and captivating. We pick up only a few days after Book 1 ended. I liked the contrast of Callipolis and New Pythos, the fighting of the old regime versus the new regime intrigu A huge thank you to PenguinTeen for giving me a free digital copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Plot One of the things I enjoyed about Fireborne is the intricacy and depth of the plot and story overall. While it took me a bit longer to really “get” into the plot of Flamefall, I found it just as riveting and captivating. We pick up only a few days after Book 1 ended. I liked the contrast of Callipolis and New Pythos, the fighting of the old regime versus the new regime intriguing, as it was something Lee seemed to struggle with internally but now we see this struggle externally and the repercussions of Lee’s actions at the end of Book 1 become a focal point in Flamefall. I admit that I grew frustrated in some instances, especially between Lee and Annie and even with our new character, Griff. I always find it interesting, too, how those who ushered in the “new regime” are still falling back to some aspects on the old regime of Lee’s father and are definitely benefiting from it. It was also a bit of a revelation when I was realized Callipolan’s fleet of dragons are completely made up of teenagers. We don’t see any of the adults taking their spot as riders. This might be a “duh” moment to some, but the amount of power this put into the hands of teenagers is astounding, and they truly do seem to carry the weight of the world–and its future–on their shoulders. I liked how events throughout the book played out, despite how frustrating some may have been and how many times I wanted to smack Lee! I found the events in New Pythos, involving Griff and the dragonlords there, completely entrancing. Frustrating, for sure, (as that seems to be one of the common themes while reading this book), but also…liberating and brave. I’m really looking forward to see how this evolves, especially as we have a bit more expansion of the world itself beyond Callipolos and now New Pythos. Characters Right off the bat I was taken aback by the new POV of Griff, a dragonrider of New Pythos, an island that is still stuck in the ways of the old regime despite letting lowborn people ride. Automatically, readers can see what New Pythos lacks and despite giving the ability to ride and have a dragon doesn’t mean people like Griff are treated equally. The sense of yearning and desire between Griff and Delos, Griff’s lord, is felt so keenly as well. The same could almost be said of Lee and Annie. I’ve liked the two of them from the get-go, especially how much they mean to each other, how they’ve confided in one another, and to see that ripped apart in this book was difficult. But there is hope! The revelation regarding Lee is taken pretty well by his fellow dragonriders but even less so by those adults in power. The tension between Lee and Atreus was near palpable, and I found Lee’s anger quite fitting. I really wanted to like Julia, too. Even though we don’t see her in Book 2, I hoped she was…different. But as we follow along those in New Pythos, we see that wasn’t the case. I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes and ground my teeth in frustration so much regarding her role at New Pythos. I think I wanted her to be different, that the author would shout, “Kidding!” in regards to the end of Book 1. Writing Style I will continue to applaud Munda’s world-building. It’s incredible in this series, which can only mean it’ll get even better in Book 3. These characters and their world really pull you in and we’re left not really sure, in a sense, if this new regime in Callipolis is truly better, or if we’re seeing the faults and cracks in what they thought was “better.” I’m definitely excited to read the final book (even though this one isn’t out yet, haha) and see where we finally land with Lee, Annie, and now Griff. Blog || Instagram || Twitter

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Not finished yet but can I just say if I had be on a side I'd be on Annie's, and I love Lee but Power is the dumbest, jerkiest sweetheart ever and I kind of wish Annie could see and appreciate that he's trying so hard to be good for her Update: THIS WAS A BIG MISTAKE I SHOULD HAVE WAITED FOR THE THIRD BOOK I AN CURRENTLY DYING AND DESPERATELY NEED IT Once I’ve picked the mush of my blown brain off the floor I’ll do comprehensive reviews for both books but I stand by what I said and I still think Po Not finished yet but can I just say if I had be on a side I'd be on Annie's, and I love Lee but Power is the dumbest, jerkiest sweetheart ever and I kind of wish Annie could see and appreciate that he's trying so hard to be good for her Update: THIS WAS A BIG MISTAKE I SHOULD HAVE WAITED FOR THE THIRD BOOK I AN CURRENTLY DYING AND DESPERATELY NEED IT Once I’ve picked the mush of my blown brain off the floor I’ll do comprehensive reviews for both books but I stand by what I said and I still think Power is my favorite side character and also Megara SUCKS

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    It has been so long since I read the ARC for the first book that I think I have almost entirely forgotten what happened. That being said, this cover is stunning and I am still probably going to give this book a shot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    michelle (magical reads)

    read on my blog rep: mlm protagonist, mlm side character cw: mentions of a past sexually coercive relationship Dreams are deadliest for the dreamers. Fireborne quickly became one of my favorite books of 2019, and I was absolutely dying to read the sequel. I picked this ARC up as soon as I was approved (thank you, Penguin Teen!) because I couldn’t wait any longer. Flamefall picks up right where we left off, dealing with new threats and old grudges. This review contains spoilers for book one. Af read on my blog rep: mlm protagonist, mlm side character cw: mentions of a past sexually coercive relationship Dreams are deadliest for the dreamers. Fireborne quickly became one of my favorite books of 2019, and I was absolutely dying to read the sequel. I picked this ARC up as soon as I was approved (thank you, Penguin Teen!) because I couldn’t wait any longer. Flamefall picks up right where we left off, dealing with new threats and old grudges. This review contains spoilers for book one. After a deadly battle, Lee deals with the aftereffects of killing his own cousin as well as the realization that maybe, in the end, he still doubts the side he chose. He begins to question the good of the People’s Revolution and joins a rebel group that wants a democratic government and the abolition of the metals test. Annie picks up the mantle of Firstrider and has to quell the rising revolts around the city as well as protecting everyone from the constant threat of war. Meanwhile, in New Pythos, Griff is a peasant dragon rider living under a brutal regime. During a battle, he crosses paths with Annie and they begin to communicate throughout the book. As unrest and hunger grows in Callipolis, the threat of New Pythos grows closer and closer. As in the first book, my favorite part of this book was the characters and their arcs. It was fascinating to see how the three narrators, along with the side characters like Cor and Power, interact and how they reflect each other’s best and worst qualities. Cor’s rashness influences Lee’s rage-filled grief, and the two of them plot along with the rebellion. Meanwhile, Annie does what she thinks is right for the city, and Power surprisingly often sides with her. However, he always goes a little too far, which serves a reminder for Annie as to how much is too much. read my full review here original review: MY LONGEST SCREAM EVER!!! how am I supposed to wait for book 3 now!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Phil Dershwitz

    As with book 1, I got to beta read Flamefall. It's hard to write a spoiler-free review, and boy are there a lot of fun developments that you don't want to spoil. So I'll leave it at this; there are a number of new, engaging characters who very much break the standard YA hero/villain molds, and the returning characters from Fireborne develop as deeper, more sophisticated characters. It's engrossing, I read it in 2 days and you should pick it up when it finally comes out. As with book 1, I got to beta read Flamefall. It's hard to write a spoiler-free review, and boy are there a lot of fun developments that you don't want to spoil. So I'll leave it at this; there are a number of new, engaging characters who very much break the standard YA hero/villain molds, and the returning characters from Fireborne develop as deeper, more sophisticated characters. It's engrossing, I read it in 2 days and you should pick it up when it finally comes out.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    4.5/5 A step up from book one, which was great, in every way! The dragons and non POV characters get a little more needed attention that really upped my investment in the story. The new POV character was interesting and well integrated into the story and other characters. I was very wary because I usually do not care for entirely brand new characters being introduced and being given so much POV page time after the first installment in a shorter series (I’m assuming this is a trilogy), but it’s re 4.5/5 A step up from book one, which was great, in every way! The dragons and non POV characters get a little more needed attention that really upped my investment in the story. The new POV character was interesting and well integrated into the story and other characters. I was very wary because I usually do not care for entirely brand new characters being introduced and being given so much POV page time after the first installment in a shorter series (I’m assuming this is a trilogy), but it’s really well done here. The world building is still fairly minimal. The plot remains mostly straight forward. The focus is again on the characters, and it’s done even better in this second installment. The stakes feel so high for both the characters and the greater scope. The characters’ different perspectives and opinion are extremely well realized. Their pasts, their traumas, and their bonds with each other so compellingly shape their words, actions, choices, views, etc. You can feel their conflict as they are pulled in so many directions, and the consequences of their choices impact the other characters perspectives and choices very realistically. They all really care for each other but don’t quite know how much they can truly trust one another. This is by far the strongest aspect of the book, as it was in book 1, and I loved it! If you’re looking for a sprawling epic world, cool magic system, or intricate plot, this isn’t going to satisfy you, but this series is a must must must read for character driven readers. Don’t even need to really like fantasy. The existence of dragons is the only fantastical element. Strongly recommend these books and can’t wait for the next one!

  13. 4 out of 5

    ash

    *4.5 this was spectacular! i dropped everything i planned for the day to read and finish this and it was so worth it. rosaria munda knows exactly what kind of story she wants to tell and how she wants to tell it. she criticized the ideas that built the new system and handled the political and moral aspects of revolution really well. it's thought-provoking and well-executed. the tension between the relationships and the promise of war were DELIVERED. the new character brought a fresh perspective to *4.5 this was spectacular! i dropped everything i planned for the day to read and finish this and it was so worth it. rosaria munda knows exactly what kind of story she wants to tell and how she wants to tell it. she criticized the ideas that built the new system and handled the political and moral aspects of revolution really well. it's thought-provoking and well-executed. the tension between the relationships and the promise of war were DELIVERED. the new character brought a fresh perspective to the narrative and i really enjoyed his story. the stakes are even higher this time around and i had to stand and walk around as i was reading to relieve the anxiety. it was so addictive! what i love about this book is that the characters constantly have to make hard choices and reevaluate their principles. it's not black and white and they have to make hard calls. the conflict between relationships, the character developments, the power dynamics were all so compelling and heart-achingly (hair-tearingly) amazing. i'd do anything for antigone sur aela, lee sur pallor, and griff sur sparker (say his name with the drakonym or eLSE). my mind is still spinning from that ending. that was criminal. almost unforgiveable honestly.. anyway, THIS is how you write a sequel. themes are on point. characters are well-written and well-developed. romance is as angsty as i expected. i could tell that the author enjoyed writing this book and that she clearly knew what she was doing to me when she wrote certain lines. my expectations for the sequel are even higher now lmao i don't expect any less from rosaria munda.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This comes out on my birthday!!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Please Note: This is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order. If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of book one, Fireborne HERE Flamefall is the second book in the young adult fantasy series, called The Aurelian Cycle by author Rosaria Munda. I have fallen in love with this series so hard! I am completely enraptured by this world, their political problems and the plot. It is all pure magic. To say I am impressed by Rosaria Munda's writing and storytelling ab Please Note: This is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order. If you are new to the series, you can check out my review of book one, Fireborne HERE Flamefall is the second book in the young adult fantasy series, called The Aurelian Cycle by author Rosaria Munda. I have fallen in love with this series so hard! I am completely enraptured by this world, their political problems and the plot. It is all pure magic. To say I am impressed by Rosaria Munda's writing and storytelling ability and world building is the understatement of the century. If you are a fan of politically driven fantasy worlds, then the Aurelian Cycle is a must read series. It is one of my favorite fantasy series of all time, and I don't feel like it gets nearly the attention and acclaim it deserves. I want more people to read this series so they can become obsessed with it like I am. Flamefall is one of the best books I have read in 2021. I think I might have loved it even more than the first book, which is no easy feat! In Flamefall, we join our main characters just days after the crazy events of Fireborne. Where Lee has just done something super hard, and now this post-revolution fantasy world is edging closer and closer to full blown war. In case you need a quick reminder of the world setup in the Aurelian Cycle- this political landscape is a world overthrown by a revolution, where the old regime has been over thrown and a new merit-based regime has taken its' place. The old regime was referred to as a triarchy, where three royal families ruled together and passed down leadership through their bloodlines. The royal families, or dragonlords, were the riders of dragons, which served as the kingdom's aerial defense. Under the new regime, royal titles are thrown out and a merit based class system has taken it's place. Here anyone, no matter their birth right, can test into a higher class and a better lifestyle. Children all go to school and all take a merit test early on which will determine their job sector and their lifestyle.  But now that the world is at war again, the new regime is facing it's first famine, and the inner struggles bring a whole new wave of political unrest and problems. I said it before in my first review, and I will say it again here with Flamefall- Rosaria Munda is a master at weaving a devastatingly complex political landscape. I am in awe over how nuanced and multifaceted all of the issues are. Nothing is black and white- not even the good guys vs. the bad guys. Everything in this series lives in the much more interesting shades of grey.  Watching the characters delve into the nuances of the old regime vs. the new regime was so fascinating. Not to mention the conflicts that each of the characters face. All of the characters face hard decisions, and their relationships with one another are also so complex. I find everything about this book fascinating and compelling. Rosaria Munda has created a world that has taken up permanent residence in my head. I can't stop thinking about Callipolis and New Pythos.  In Flamefall we get to see a glimpse in the other side of the war. We journey to New Pythos, where we meet a new character, Griff. Flamefall is told in multiple points of view, including Annie, Lee and now Griff as they each navigate the harsh realities of war and making very complicated decisions that come with being pivotal players in said war. I really enjoyed Griff. He is a lowborn dragon rider for New Pythos, but they treat lowborns very differently than Callipolis does. New Pythos felt very much like a traditional throw back to the old regime and it was a political structure that I commonly see in fantasy worlds. I still really love Lee as a character.  I liked Annie as well, but there were certainly times I was disappointed in her. She has her own set of internal struggles and difficulties paid out before her, but sometimes I just wish she made different choices. Overall, I was really happy with her progress as a character but Lee carved out a special place in my heart in a way that Annie has not managed to do yet. That being said, I am so invested in all of their stories that I am desperate to get my hands on book 3. Flamefall totally destroyed me, and I need to know what is going to happen next. This book was super emotional for me because I was so invested in the story. Rosaria Munda has created a series that will always hold a very special place in my heart. I love these books so much.  The Aurelian Cycle is a brilliant series. Rosaria Munda has created a fascinatingly complex world with really layered and nuanced politics. This novel was so thought provoking and such a compelling read that the more I read of it, the less I was able to put it down. She transported me directly into the minds of these characters. I felt every struggle right alongside them, and I loved every second of this journey. If you have not yet read this series, you need to! It is a masterpiece of young adult fantasy. One of the fantasy series I have ever read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    FLAMEFALL is the absolutely stunning and enthralling sequel to FIREBORNE, and the second in the Aurelian Cycle trilogy. The book continues to follow Annie and Lee, who grew up at an orphanage together and have struggled to place their relationship now that they have both risen to the highest status of dragonriders in Callipolis. After a brutal revolution, their country has been rebuilding on a new principle of worth. Instead of ruling families with complete control, the new government has instit FLAMEFALL is the absolutely stunning and enthralling sequel to FIREBORNE, and the second in the Aurelian Cycle trilogy. The book continues to follow Annie and Lee, who grew up at an orphanage together and have struggled to place their relationship now that they have both risen to the highest status of dragonriders in Callipolis. After a brutal revolution, their country has been rebuilding on a new principle of worth. Instead of ruling families with complete control, the new government has instituted a metals test, a standardized test that supposedly defines your abilities and the results of which will determine your jobs, lifestyle, and even food rationing. This book also adds a new perspective of Griff, a dragonrider who is also a servant and lives a life constantly under threat of his own well-being and that of his family. Though he had been somewhat protected by the head of the dragonriders, Julia, her death sparks even more dangerous changes for New Pythos and for him personally as her cruel and vindictive brother, Ixion, takes the lead. As a lower class dragonrider, Griff's dragon is muzzled, and he can only follow orders. He also spends all the time not riding tending to the higher born dragonriders. Although it may have seemed like a great opportunity, it was really another form of oppression. All three are evaluating, fighting, and trying to do their best for their countries and friends - with political plots, rebellions, and the dangers of power, this is no easy task. What I loved: FLAMEFALL is so much more than just a middle book in a trilogy. This book is absolutely fantastically written and thoroughly plotted. It is riveting right from the start and keeps the reader turning pages all the way until the shocking, cliffhanger end. The characters here are beautifully developed with complexity, realness, and multi-faceted personalities. The reader can understand their motivations, the difficulty of the decisions they face, and their reasons for their paths forward - as well as the complexity of the paths to get there. In an uncertain world with problems on every side, the enemies here are less clear than they may have seemed. The themes of the book were really thought-provoking and beautifully displayed. These included discussions around war and the balance of win/loss, where even a "win" may feel like a loss with the toll and lives it can take. The stratification of society and systematic oppression was also really clear. Although no longer determined by socioeconomic class, the metals system of Callipolis introduces a new form of systematic oppression for people who do not take standardized tests well. It simply has a different veneer. In New Pythos, we see another example where those who are born into higher socioeconomic classes have all the power and control, simply because of their birth. The discussions around these are anything but simple, and the book raises some really great discussion questions about equality, distribution, and the trouble with politics/political power. Classism is pervasive throughout as well, and in New Pythos, this is confounded with race where the Norcians are servants/slaves to the higher classes who have the dragons- but are the dragons merely the tools of oppression or are they part of the problem? That is a question that all countries will have to answer, particularly considering the way that other surrounding countries are run. The complexity of rebellion, society, politics, and decisions in this series is really intriguing. Nothing is black and white, and I appreciated the way the sides are presented and the understanding that leads characters to make their own decisions about where they will stand when everything collapses around them. As someone who appreciates romance as a secondary plot, the new romance we see, as well as the way consent develops and the ripples it has for the events about to unfold, was a great addition to the story. I also really enjoyed the plot twists throughout- this book shocked me and left me reeling several times. I also actually cried at a few places - this story is so immersive and the emotions so strong that it is hard not to get pulled into these characters' lives and grief. Final verdict: Riveting, atmospheric, and thought-provoking, FLAMEFALL is a stunning YA fantasy read that will leave the reader breathless. Highly recommend for fans of RED QUEEN, SHATTER THE SKY, and THRONE OF GLASS. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ♡ Fen ♡

    My most anticipated book of 2021 Rating: 4/5 "We do this together" And then they didn't SPOILERS!!! Story: 4/5 I loved Fireborne. I thought it was a fantastic fantasy that showed what YA should be and that is why I was so disappointed with a few plot lines of this novel... but first, the good. The political drama in this book was incredible. It was tense. It was thrilling. It was everything I wanted from a fantasy war of politics with intense fight scenes in between. The revolution amidst a revolutio My most anticipated book of 2021 Rating: 4/5 "We do this together" And then they didn't SPOILERS!!! Story: 4/5 I loved Fireborne. I thought it was a fantastic fantasy that showed what YA should be and that is why I was so disappointed with a few plot lines of this novel... but first, the good. The political drama in this book was incredible. It was tense. It was thrilling. It was everything I wanted from a fantasy war of politics with intense fight scenes in between. The revolution amidst a revolution was really really cool and it was amazing to see how both ideas were not flawless. Someone is always going to get hurt and leaders of revolutions are often selfish. The inner conflict Antigone deals with in this novel was also really beautiful to watch unfold and I found myself agreeing with all her actions. Griff being introduced was strange for the first portion but then I grew to love him, I truly hope he doesn't die after that ending. Also the male/male romance between him and Delo was really sweet. Now what I don't like. Lee was a fucking dumbass throughout this entire book. And yes, he was dumb in the first book too, but we were bashed over the head with the idea that he knew Annie far too well to EVER be dumb when it came to her. The majority of the conflict in this book revolves around Lee deciding he's not going to talk to Antigone because he's too angry about a rational decision she made and he's going to go jump on board with a radical revolutionist named Megara and abandon his girlfriend. Megara shreds Annie's reputation repeatedly and Lee just goes "yeah that's okay, Annie will get over it" so many times it drove me mad. Antigone reached her neck out so many times for him and he was too dense to see that she was actually trying to make their crisis better. Lee also forgot about the war for like 90% of the book because he wanted to be a hero. It was just really annoying and I didn't like how the plot line was set up. If you have to dumb down your characters (especially on things they're supposed to know so much about- y'know- like the love of their life-) then the plot line probably isn't very good. Still, I found most of the story very good, I just hated the back and forth with Lee. Characters: 4.5/5 As I said above. Lee is a dumb bitch baby in this book and I hated him for 90% of the plot. He had his good moments but most of it was him being stupid. The fact that Crissa said it wasn't his fault Duck died pisses me off too, if he wasn't sitting on his ass brooding, Duck would be alive. He literally didn't do his job during a war because his girlfriend chose to save lives rather rather play revolution with him. Anyways onto the characters I fucking adored. Antigone. Gods I love Annie. She is one of my favorite protagonists because you KNOW she has a dark side when it comes to doing what she thinks is right. She makes tough calls in this book and is raked over the coals for them. It's rare that we see a protagonist so strong be dragged into the mud so deep by the people around them. Usually YA protagonists are widely loved not despised by the public. She's called bitch, whore, slut, liar, murderer, by all the people she's fighting to defend and she doesn't stop to reconsider more than once. She is a silent badass who rules with an iron fist and a golden heart. I love her. Griff was also really amazing. He was gentle, caring, and willing to do whatever it took to save his people even if it meant losing the man he loves. Delo and Griff's relationships was one of my favorite aspects of the novel. The political controversy of them being together lead to some really interesting side plots and sneaking around. It was just sweet to watch it develop. Megara and Cor. I hated them both. Megara was annoying and conniving, she doesn't seem like a leader, just a spoiled brat who won the role. She repeatedly targeted Annie rather than Atreus for gods knows what reason and just was a total bitch. I have no clue why Lee was just like "wow this woman is going to lead us to victory" Cor was also an idiot. Writing: 5/5 Yeah the writing was incredible. I love Munda's stories. YA is often grossly saturated romance stories with weak plots and terrible dialogue *cough cough* Cassandra Clare. But Munda builds deeply beautiful worlds and political intrigue that makes YA worth reading. I hope more people follow in her footsteps.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sue (BeautyBookCorner)

    Holy $F729([email protected]&!!!!!!! It’s 3:00am and all I can think is what the actual F! How are you going to end the book like this. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for Book 3. Ugh! I love this series with my whole heart. Munda is a master storyteller. I was nervous going in because I loved Fireborne so much. But no need to worry. Flamefall was just as heart pounding, action-packed, frustrating, and emotional as Fireborne. The world is definitely bigger and we got a new character perspective in t Holy $F729([email protected]&!!!!!!! It’s 3:00am and all I can think is what the actual F! How are you going to end the book like this. I can’t believe I have to wait a whole year for Book 3. Ugh! I love this series with my whole heart. Munda is a master storyteller. I was nervous going in because I loved Fireborne so much. But no need to worry. Flamefall was just as heart pounding, action-packed, frustrating, and emotional as Fireborne. The world is definitely bigger and we got a new character perspective in this one. The political machinations are amped up in Flamefall. Flamefall felt more emotional because the stakes were higher. Annie and Lee aren’t trying to prove themselves as much as they are grappling with gray areas of morality and justice. A lot of people do things they don’t want to but feel they have to. To follow orders. To do what they feel is right even if innocent people suffer. But the heart of the story is still Annie and Lee. Their relationship is just as angsty and deep as it was in the first book but they’re starting to see that fixing a flawed regime is a lot harder to do and they don’t always see eye to eye. There’s so much that keeps them from being totally honest with one another. I love that no matter what they have this unshakable faith in each other’s character. I live for these two! ”Before I turn away, Lee’s lips brush against my ear. ‘Raze them to the ground.’” The author really painted a clearer picture of the relationship riders have with their dragons. I felt this wasn’t as strong in Fireborne. But it definitely shines here. The riders are so in tune with their dragon that both of them are able to communicate with each other through their emotions. I loved this connection. There are a lot more aerial battles in this one. I think Munda does a fantastic job with the battle scenes. I never feel lost about what’s happening. And I personally love battle scenes in my fantasy so I loved it. These scenes also have some of the best dragon-rider moments. And if you couldn’t tell from the way I started this review, Flamefall ends with a bang. It’s one hell of a cliffhanger. I absolutely hate cliffhangers but this one has just the right amount of shock. It’s not like Six of Crows or Wicked King where things end really abruptly. You still get a sense that things are building up and will be answered in the next book. It’s clear from the pacing that we weren’t going to get this wholly satisfying ending. I just know Book 3 is going to be even crazier and I can’t wait! * Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me a copy of the book to review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aamna Rehman

    RATING- 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 AUTHOR- Rosaria Munda "Logs on a fire. Fires to burn the world down. A lifetime in the ashes of such a fire has taught me that it doesn’t end there. Anyone can start a fire. The problem is what happens after." Alright, you all know how I wouldn't shut up about Fireborne when I read it a few months ago? Well, now the sequel is out, aand I had been itching to start reading this! Anyway, if you don't know what Fireborne is about, it is a Russian Revolution inspired fantasy with dragons! RATING- 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 AUTHOR- Rosaria Munda "Logs on a fire. Fires to burn the world down. A lifetime in the ashes of such a fire has taught me that it doesn’t end there. Anyone can start a fire. The problem is what happens after." Alright, you all know how I wouldn't shut up about Fireborne when I read it a few months ago? Well, now the sequel is out, aand I had been itching to start reading this! Anyway, if you don't know what Fireborne is about, it is a Russian Revolution inspired fantasy with dragons! It follows the story of these main characters, Annie and Lee, who come from completely opposite backgrounds. There's so much and such beautiful character examination, examination of trauma, all while examining this new form of government, which may or may not be better than the former government. The ending of the first book was a hint devastating and I've been so excited for this one! It was so good, and I was pretty sure I was gonna like the sequel, but oh my gosh, it was so much more than I was hoping for! Which I didn't even know was possible... Right from the very first chapter things were not, looking good for our characters, and just for a second I was like, "Oh I know where this is going" but then things would worsen, and then I would think I had guessed what was about to happen and then the situation would get even worse! I. LOVED. IT. This just shows that Rosaria Munda is not afraid to show the brutal and ugly side of revolution. It's like a reading a real novelization of a revolution. She writes the elements big an uprising so masterfully, the reactions of the population, and she shows different point of views and the way the characters have to try and decide what they align themselves with, in a situation where the consequences are so extreme and large-scale And she has a Political Theory graduation degree from Princeton, so guys, she knows her stuff... It is really edge-of-your-seat, and I stayed up so late reading this book. The whole is so high stakes, but towards the end things really heat up and start to get really, really tense. Even if you are the type of reader who is hesitant to pick up YA novels, this would definitely appeal to your tastes. If you are a fan of political fantasy, I highly recommend picking up this series. So Happy Reading! Bye!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Ventimilla

    I feel very thankful and fortunate to have the opportunity to read this book before it coming out. But on the flip side, I am itching and aching so badly to geek and freak out over it with other people. There is… so much to unpack and to experience in this sequel that I really wanted someone to join in the journey with. The story picks up exactly where Fireborne left off, and it starts strong and heavy. The tension between the characters, the revolution, the threat of New Pythos is there from th I feel very thankful and fortunate to have the opportunity to read this book before it coming out. But on the flip side, I am itching and aching so badly to geek and freak out over it with other people. There is… so much to unpack and to experience in this sequel that I really wanted someone to join in the journey with. The story picks up exactly where Fireborne left off, and it starts strong and heavy. The tension between the characters, the revolution, the threat of New Pythos is there from the beginning and it does not quite let up. And without missing any beat, new sources of tension are introduced and settled smoothly. After book one, I had formed an idea and a connection to most characters from this story. I always enjoy when those ideas are challenged as the characters develop, and Flamefall delivered beautifully. I thoroughly enjoyed how each character was fleshed out through difficult and bitter choices. I absolutely enjoyed getting to see more of the secondary characters like Cor, Crissa, Duck and Power – and they are developing so fully and intricately that I got so excited every time they made an appearance in the book. Lee and Annie – ugh, Lee and Annie break and mend my heart through the entire story. It is so fascinating to want both to cheer on a character and be so torn about their choices that you just don’t want to cheer. But you do. But you don’t. I do enjoy the relationship between Lee and Annie, and just like everything in this book, it goes through some hard tension. There are new characters in this story that I did not think I would come to care for as much as I did. In fact, one of my new favorite characters was just introduced in this book, and I loved the world that we get to experience through his eyes. I truly enjoyed reading this sequel, though I did feel a heaviness throughout the entire thing. But, it’s done so well. Though mostly bleak (because let’s face it, it’s about a revolution and war, and there’s nothing sunny about that), the light moments were perfectly beautiful. I will be reading again when it comes out!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Megha

    Rosaria Munda is talented in so many ways, and I don't have the words to praise her enough. I just love her writing style so freaking much. She tells me so much about the characters and their relationship with the smallest of actions, instead of grand observations. At the same time, when its needed she will write a fiery monologue for the their thoughts. This book is everything that I love in fantasy. Just like the first, there is very heavy emphasis on political and moral turmoil. Just like the Rosaria Munda is talented in so many ways, and I don't have the words to praise her enough. I just love her writing style so freaking much. She tells me so much about the characters and their relationship with the smallest of actions, instead of grand observations. At the same time, when its needed she will write a fiery monologue for the their thoughts. This book is everything that I love in fantasy. Just like the first, there is very heavy emphasis on political and moral turmoil. Just like the first, Annie and Lee have different views and tension is always brewing. THE TWO OF THEM JUST CAN'T CATCH A BREAK AGH. Both of them make so much sense, but they have such different ideologies. Lee is a hopeful idealist, where Annie is a pragmatic commander. Lee has the privilege of condemning Atreus so harshly, he's not wrong- but Annie doesn't have that privilege. They're in the middle of war, she wants to help as many people as possible. The two of them once again fall into their habitual silences and longing. But there was a tragedy. A tragic heart breaking tragedy. I cried a lot. Annie and Lee are endgame. They just are. I haven't even begun to express my love and appreciation for our new character, Griff. Griff is determined and full of fire. I think Griff and Delo's relationship was one of my favorite things. It's also so heartbreaking. I love Delo so much. LETS NOT FORGET ABOUT MY FAVORITE BOY, POWER. Power is selfish. Power is cruel. Power is pragmatic to a fault. But I love him so much. His relationship with Annie developed so much. She trusts him so much now too. I think Power would do anything for Annie. I would very much like a bromance between Power and Lee, but I might be asking for too much. The actual plot itself felt so real. I feel like these are real things that happen in revolutions. Never did I think the author was cheesy. This is the first fantasy book I've read that seriously looks at Democracy. I have so much to say and compliment, but my review is large enough. Rosaria Munda, that ending was cruel. I do not know how I will wait a year.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kalyani

    Easy five stars. This book hooked me from page one and just never let me off the ride. I am shamelessly aboard the Power and Annie train (although I know there’s no chance of it happening) and I’m still into Annie and Lee. Also that ending??? I simply can’t wait another year Full review: "When he looks up at me, he doesn’t look away for a long moment, and even after he does, I feel the touch of his eyes lingering as heat on my skin." 🐉 It’s a wild feeling to know that you’ve read your favorite book Easy five stars. This book hooked me from page one and just never let me off the ride. I am shamelessly aboard the Power and Annie train (although I know there’s no chance of it happening) and I’m still into Annie and Lee. Also that ending??? I simply can’t wait another year Full review: "When he looks up at me, he doesn’t look away for a long moment, and even after he does, I feel the touch of his eyes lingering as heat on my skin." 🐉 It’s a wild feeling to know that you’ve read your favorite book of the year and it’s only March! Fireborne was so good I was confident nothing would would top it but Flamefall blew all of my expectations for the sequel out of the water (pun intended). When I finished this book my heart was racing and my hands were sweaty. It was the kind of exhilaration that fuels my love for reading. 🐉 Flamefall takes the themes from Fireborne and complicates them even further. What does it mean for a revolution when the same structures of the oppressive regime are in place? What does it mean when the next revolution to put in place a democracy comes with atrocities of its own? None of these questions have easy answers and Rosaria Munda doesn’t do her audience the disservice of providing those answers. The characters struggle to stay “good” when there’s no objective sense of right or wrong. It’s the kind of thematic richness I wish all young adult novels had. 🐉 The character development was absolute *chefs kiss* I thought it was so clever to have Annie, the serf, stay focused on upholding stability at the cost of the lives of peasants like her while Lee the privileged son has the luxury of engaging with ideals. My favorite part of this book was definitely the development of Power and Annie’s relationship. And I know it makes me an absolute clown but I’m so into their enemies to friends to unrequited love dynamic. 🐉 The addition of Griff’s storyline rounded out the world and conflicts so well and I’m so restless for the final book in the trilogy. Would do just about anything to get my hands on it immediately. The Aurelian Cycle has undoubtably earned its spot as one of my favorite series of all time and I can’t wait to see what pain and angst Rosaria Munda brings in the next book. And if you haven’t picked up Fireborne yet, what are you waiting for?? 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kaley

    Quick Stats Overall: 5 stars Characters:5/5 Plot:5/5 Setting:5/5 Writing:5/5 Oh. My. Gosh. I thought this was a duology? It’s not a duology. Which means I need to wait 365 days for the next book. I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG! I seriously don’t know how I’ll manage because this series has quickly made its way to the very top of my favorites. It has DRAGONS! If you’re a fan of Seraphina, Throne of Glass, or Red Queen, pick up the first book in this series—Fireborne—right now. On to the actual review: Flamefall p Quick Stats Overall: 5 stars Characters:5/5 Plot:5/5 Setting:5/5 Writing:5/5 Oh. My. Gosh. I thought this was a duology? It’s not a duology. Which means I need to wait 365 days for the next book. I CAN’T WAIT THAT LONG! I seriously don’t know how I’ll manage because this series has quickly made its way to the very top of my favorites. It has DRAGONS! If you’re a fan of Seraphina, Throne of Glass, or Red Queen, pick up the first book in this series—Fireborne—right now. On to the actual review: Flamefall picks up right where Fireborne left off, but we get an additional, new narrator—someone we’ve never met before—Griff. I was a bit concerned when the book opened to Griff’s POV, but don’t worry, we still get Annie and Lee’s POVs too. Griff is a “humble rider” for New Pythos. When the survivors of the triarchy went to New Pythos and took twenty odd dragon eggs with them, they didn’t have enough dragonborn riders, so they were forced to accept some peasants into their dragonriding program. However, these lowborn riders are treated like scum. If you thought Annie was treated poorly? You haven’t seen anything yet. I loved Griff as a character as well as getting to see what was going on behind enemy lines. That added a whole new layer too the book—actually, there were several new layers added to the book, each twistier than the last, and each masterfully executed. I adored Fireborne, but Rosaria Munda has really outdone herself with Flamefall. The plot was complex, twisty, and really well developed. Every twist and turn—and there were a lot!—caught me off guard in the best way. And when I say that ending has me FREAKING OUT—oh my gosh. I need the next book. I need it. I’m kind of the worst at writing reviews for books I liked. I can’t think critically. There were no flaws—I mean, Annie and Lee’s crappy communication did drive me crazy for a got third of the book. That was annoying. And Cor. Like, I get it, but he still pissed me off. Anywayyyyyyyyyyyy please please please read this book! Now! Thank you!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kera (featherboundbooks)

    Flamefall was one of my 2021 most anticipated reads and it exceeded my expectations! Lee is really struggling after what he did to Julia. He isn’t sure what is right anymore... one thing is for sure, though... he doesn’t want to be part of a regime that hoards rations for certain people and allows others to go hungry. Annie is the new Firstrider and she is stuck between a rock and a hard place. No longer is she the quiet and reserved girl she used to be. She has a responsibility to the people of C Flamefall was one of my 2021 most anticipated reads and it exceeded my expectations! Lee is really struggling after what he did to Julia. He isn’t sure what is right anymore... one thing is for sure, though... he doesn’t want to be part of a regime that hoards rations for certain people and allows others to go hungry. Annie is the new Firstrider and she is stuck between a rock and a hard place. No longer is she the quiet and reserved girl she used to be. She has a responsibility to the people of Callipolis. The Pythian people are planning to take back what is theirs from Callipolis and they are starting with the granary... but things quickly get out of hand causing dragon and torch fire to blaze through. And a new POV is added to the mix. Griff, who I loved, is a lowborn servant but he is also a dragon rider. But his dragon and the rest of the dragons there in New Pythos are muzzled and unable to breathe their flames. Those he serves want to see Callipolis brought to their knees, but Griff feels differently. He longs to help do what is right, leading him to seek guidance from Callipolis’s new Firstrider. There is an uprising in Callipolis that is gaining traction. We see Lee have to make some really hard decisions as to where he lays his loyalties for the best of the people. And Annie has the difficult job of being an authority figure in a time like this. It makes her job harder, but she still does the very best she can. Flamefall is an action packed! Annie, Lee and Griff have to maneuver through duty and honor to determine what is best for the people they care about. My heart completely broke for Cor who loses so much in this book. And the romances we see in this were so great. Annie and Lee may not seeing eye to eye but the feelings they have for one another burn just under the surface. While Griff longs so deeply for someone whom his class determines he may not ever be able to be with.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nurul Huda

    Wow. I enjoyed Fireborne, but it's been 2 years since, so I was initially grasping at what was going on. But once I caught up (at page 5 or so) there's so much to love about this second book in the Aurelian Cycle. For starters, no middle book syndrome - where stakes are usually low, everything is a set up for the finale and nobody dies (even my fave ADSOM series wasn't spared of that) - nope, none of that. This was so well-paced, and, dare I say, even better plotted than Fireborne. Next, Griff G Wow. I enjoyed Fireborne, but it's been 2 years since, so I was initially grasping at what was going on. But once I caught up (at page 5 or so) there's so much to love about this second book in the Aurelian Cycle. For starters, no middle book syndrome - where stakes are usually low, everything is a set up for the finale and nobody dies (even my fave ADSOM series wasn't spared of that) - nope, none of that. This was so well-paced, and, dare I say, even better plotted than Fireborne. Next, Griff Gareson ("The way he says it, Griff Gareson sounds like an armored warship") is a fantastic new POV character next to Antigone and Lee (who continue to be so bad at communicating at each other, even other characters are pointing it out now). He has that charisma and swag which in Fireborne we keep being told Lee has, but not quite see. Might almost but not quite yet displace Kel Maresh (from ADSOM) as my book boyfriend, is what I'm saying. I also really liked the ebb and flow of the politicking, dealing, and the sense of history repeating itself, the cycle of revolution, literally in this case. As with Fireborne, the worldbuilding is expansive and has expanded significantly, and I love the thought given to all the names and concepts and terminology - I mean, Antigone sur Aela? Leo Stormscourge? Triarchy-in-exile? Goliathan? *chef's kiss* (The last time I was so enamoured by names was in Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series, I think). And, of course, so much more of the DRAGONS this time.. the air raids were exhilarating; the funereal scene with the Widowed dragons had me bawling. Also, let's spare a half-moment of sympathy for Power; because his redemption arc was, well, going so well but turned out half-formed. I'm just hoping he wasn't the one who was the contact for the Pythians. (Also, loved the nods to Homer's Iliad and Sophocles' Antigone) Has the third book come out yet??

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Overall a really good follow-up fantasy adventure. I really liked having Griff's POV in this book and wish we had another POV from New Pythos. The amount of Lee and Annie chapters made the time with them so much more detailed and lengthier. Maybe having Delo or Ixion for another POV would have felt more balanced (and then there would be two "peasant" voices with two voices of those born into a position of power). The story was interesting and felt fresh - there's a revolution, a war, and a whole l Overall a really good follow-up fantasy adventure. I really liked having Griff's POV in this book and wish we had another POV from New Pythos. The amount of Lee and Annie chapters made the time with them so much more detailed and lengthier. Maybe having Delo or Ixion for another POV would have felt more balanced (and then there would be two "peasant" voices with two voices of those born into a position of power). The story was interesting and felt fresh - there's a revolution, a war, and a whole lot of unrest. Both sides of the war have so many faults that it keeps you balanced between who you want to ultimately come out on top. There is a romance between two male characters and I found it oddly chaste. We know that they spend the night together and have very strong feelings for one another, but we get two kisses described in one or two sentences and that's it. I feel like we had more detail in the last books for multiple characters and their romantic endeavors, so that felt weirdly off to me. (The lack of description for the two male characters versus what I remember in the first book between any female and male romantic pairings.) I skimmed some of this about halfway through and didn't miss anything. I'm not sure what lost my interest there, but things picked back up and I felt engaged again. One mystery for the characters felt blatantly obvious (who was wearing the green scarf) and the characters were so close to remembering when things were just laid out again and again for the reader in case we missed it before the characters figured it out. And I don't remember feeling like that for the first book, so that felt surprising. Overall, a good read, I love the healthier relationship between two male characters and the complexity of every supporting (and major) character in this series. I actually liked Power for a while and I definitely didn't see that coming!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am struggling to write a review for this book because it was so epic but I do not want to give too much away. Flamefall picks up pretty much right after the first book, Fireborne, ends. We still are reading from Lee and Annie's POV but a third POV is added from a new character Griff. I was a bit hesitant about this addition of a POV to the book but I really enjoyed Griff's storyline and getting to see th Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. I am struggling to write a review for this book because it was so epic but I do not want to give too much away. Flamefall picks up pretty much right after the first book, Fireborne, ends. We still are reading from Lee and Annie's POV but a third POV is added from a new character Griff. I was a bit hesitant about this addition of a POV to the book but I really enjoyed Griff's storyline and getting to see the other side of things on New Pythos. He starts out as a bit of an underdog but he is not a character you should underestimate. The character development was perfect for both Annie and Lee. They are both trying to navigate their world, responsibilities and feelings with each other while basically standing on two different sides of the line. They each have tough choices to make and you can feel how torn they are during this book. My one complaint is that I wish Annie and Lee would just communicate for once!! It is a constant back and forth of them wanting to talk to the other, wanting to support or be with each other but they just stay silent. Majority of the time they are literally thinking the same thing and I just want to knock some sense into them. I love their relationship so much and their chemistry just oozes of the pages of this book. Flamefall is much like Fireborne where the pacing can sometimes feel a bit slow and drags a bit because of how heavy the politics are in the book. Overall this is exactly what a sequel should be for every series and I am already anxiously waiting for the third book. Flamefall is full of even more action packed dragons, characters and politics that will leave you wanting more. Rating: 4.5/5 stars.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A few thoughts: -HUGE step up from book 1...and I loved book 1 -Really enjoyed Griff's POV. When I saw in the description that there would be a third character POV I was nervous, but I adore him and Sparker. I looked forward to his portions. -I'm significantly over Annie and Lee. That relationship is toxic, repetitive and irritating. Their friendship is beautiful and I hope they can repair it, but in terms of romance-they need to let it go. The horse is dead, it's cancelled, they don't have to go h A few thoughts: -HUGE step up from book 1...and I loved book 1 -Really enjoyed Griff's POV. When I saw in the description that there would be a third character POV I was nervous, but I adore him and Sparker. I looked forward to his portions. -I'm significantly over Annie and Lee. That relationship is toxic, repetitive and irritating. Their friendship is beautiful and I hope they can repair it, but in terms of romance-they need to let it go. The horse is dead, it's cancelled, they don't have to go home but they can't stay here, definitely can't sit with us. "Leannie" ain't happening, shouldn't happen and I could not care less. -Power is a dick but I think the enemies to lovers theme with Annie and Power is something I can get behind. -I loved the bigger presence of dragons and the bonds between dragons and riders in this one. More please! -Griff and Delo deserve all the love and happiness. If anything happens to them, I will riot -A lot of the political maneuvering happens too abruptly and mostly off page. Would have loved to see more of the rioting and civil unrest witnessed by the characters on page rather than described after the fact -Am I the only one not a big fan of Annie? She just really is not my jam. Our vibes do not match. -Crissa stands alone as the voice of reason and objectivity. She is in goddess tier on her own, the rest of them are mere peasants -Julia is a sexual predator. I need that stated by one of the characters explicitly in the next book. K thnx -DUCK IS ALIVE. MY DARLING DUCK! THANK GOODNESS!!! -I'm going to need more information on the first Revolution and Atreus because homeboy's motives are not adding up AT ALL -Lastly: OMG!!! I NEED BOOK 3!!! NOW!!! TODAY!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    It’s official, book two has completely sold the series for me. Munda knows how to create action, character growth and captivating plot building. In other words, I did not want to put this down. I enjoyed Fireborne don’t get me wrong, but folks, Flamefall just grabs you by the heart and mind and takes you on a literal ride. And no pun intended for dragon riders. I even feel that the writing style changed in a more descriptive and flowing fashion. It’s like you can feel Munda’s passion for her cha It’s official, book two has completely sold the series for me. Munda knows how to create action, character growth and captivating plot building. In other words, I did not want to put this down. I enjoyed Fireborne don’t get me wrong, but folks, Flamefall just grabs you by the heart and mind and takes you on a literal ride. And no pun intended for dragon riders. I even feel that the writing style changed in a more descriptive and flowing fashion. It’s like you can feel Munda’s passion for her characters and their world coming to life between the pages. It wasn’t until reading Flamefall that I was able to genuinely look back and compare my emotions between the two. I highly enjoy that this book doesn’t start long after the first. New characters are introduced and the POV takes on a trifecta between Lee, Annie and Griff. I admit that while Lee and Annie made me raise an eyebrow and shake my head in frustration at times, it was evident how much more I connected with the characters on this go-around. I am still not on board with the chemistry, but I blame my personal tastes and am sure many readers are loving what is occurring between the characters. The world building is still as exquisitely penned as book one. I swear nothing lacks when it comes to the imagery and detail of New Pythos and Callipolis. There are more morally grey aspects to this one and deeper understanding of the connection between rider and dragon. THIS is what I truly enjoyed. I really wanted more dragon in Fireborne and felt I got a better dose this round. I will stop here though. If you haven’t had the chance to start The Aurelian Cycle books yet than I highly recommend getting on board before book 3 hits shelves. If it is anything like this one, you’ll want to be along for the dragon ride. Thank you to Penguin Teen for the gifted advanced copy in exchange for an honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. True rating 4.5/5.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Haley (stuck.in.the.stacks)

    In this sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2019, we return to the world of the Aurelian Cycle with Annie, Lee, and a new narrator Griff. The book contains as much political intrigue, Greco-Roman deep cuts, and dragons as before, only compounded by the consequences of what occured in Fireborne. Flamefall is told from three POVs: Annie, who continual struggle with anxiety and the purpose she feels is hers to fulfill, Lee,.the dragon-born turned orphan who is determined to take the throne he beli In this sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2019, we return to the world of the Aurelian Cycle with Annie, Lee, and a new narrator Griff. The book contains as much political intrigue, Greco-Roman deep cuts, and dragons as before, only compounded by the consequences of what occured in Fireborne. Flamefall is told from three POVs: Annie, who continual struggle with anxiety and the purpose she feels is hers to fulfill, Lee,.the dragon-born turned orphan who is determined to take the throne he believes is his. Lastly, there is Griff, a low-born of New Pythos with a spark of rebellion in his heart. I enjoyed all three narrators and found each of their character arcs and motivations intriguing and compelling. I also can’t help but gush about the dragons in this series. Ever since I read Eragon, I have sought out book series that feature dragons as companions and The Aurelian Cycle as a whole scratches that itch. I love the creativity behind the different dragon breeds, as well as the bond that exists between dragon and rider. Also, because I know you’re wondering, I would like to think I would ride an Aurelian. They just seems so majestic and powerful. Beyond the important theme of characters struggling with mental health- I really did see myself in Anmie- I also appreciate the examination of class and social commentary on the cycle of poverty. Within Flamefall, as rations tighten, there is more than one rebellion taking place and a lot of that comes within the pages of Book 2. You see numerous characters, on both sides of the war, reckoning with reality of economic disparity and what each of them can do to fight for equality. Overall, I gave Flamefall 4🌟 and would recommend it to those enjoy novels with plenty of political intrigue, dragons, and Greco-Roman inflience.

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