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Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest

Written by Aisling Fowler

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Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

Magic and monsters in a thrilling new fantasy adventure

Narrated by Kristin Atherton


Twelve is a Huntling, in training to become a Hunter and pledged to serve the seven clans as a warrior. Full of rage and guilt following the massacre of her family and neighbours, she is determined to remain friendless and dedicate herself to revenge. But when the Hunting Lodge is attacked by goblins, and other creatures even worse, and Seven, the only person she has any connection with, is kidnapped, Twelve sets out to rescue the little girl. She’s joined on the quest by Dog, the Lodge’s huge, living stone guardian, and by the two boys she likes least. Together they face multiple dangers and an array of terrifying and tricky monsters. As in the best of these sorts of adventures – and this is definitely an example of the best of these kind of adventures – throughout their trials they learn more about each other and themselves. Aisling Fowling’s debut is a thrilling fantasy full of battles and creatures the like of which you’ve never seen before, and stars characters you’ll regard as friends by the book’s end. There will be more adventures for Twelve and co to come, and readers will be counting down the days to the next.


One to recommend to fans of A Clock of Stars by Francesca Gibbons and Orphans of the Tide by Struan Murray.

Andrea Reece

Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest Synopsis

Set in the snowy northern forests of an imagined prehistoric world, Fireborn is the middle-grade debut of the decade. At turns exciting, funny and heart wrenchingly sad, it marks the introduction of an unstoppable new voice in children's storytelling.

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.

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ISBN: 9780008394158
Publication date: 30/09/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780008394172
Publication date: 30/09/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Audiobook

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008394172
Publication date: 30th September 2021
Author: Aisling Fowler
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Audiobook
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Audiobooks of the Month

About 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. After earning a BSc in Biology and working as a support worker and then a nurse, the idea for 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). Photo credit Jennifer Blau  

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