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Flamefall (Aurelian Cycle #2)
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.
-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.
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(4.5 / 5) Oh wow, what a ride! This was better than book one, so much so that I’m dying for book three! It’s rare book 2 is better than one.
There are 3 POV’s in this book. Annie, Lee and a new character, Griff. I really liked Griff. He is actually on the other side of the war so it brings in such a great aspect hearing his side of the story. He’s sensitive, caring and tough. He is abused by many but his love for his family and his dragon are commendable. It’s rare I like new characters in a book, so for him to be my fav is pretty impressive. He loves with all his heart and it’s very apparent. He is in a relationship with another guy at one point and it’s done well. They are very good together.
Lee and Annie continue to struggle with their relationship. The rift between them is still there but their love is always there too and I like that eventually it wins. Their relationship feels more real due to their problems. They are friends first and lovers second and I really love that.
There is action throughout the book. Oh, Munda has the best storytelling skills! Those action scenes have me flipping pages faster than I can read. She’s able to bring in emotion so well. Fantasy doesn’t typically bring out emotion in me, but she was able to make my eyes prickle multiple times with her amazing descriptions.
Content Summary: This book leans more toward the darker YA side. It’s full of action, but a lot of that action is violence, blood, harm to others and more. There are intimate moments but not a lot of details. There is a relationship between two young men and it’s done well. Sex is assumed a few times (gay relationship and straight relationship) but no details.
And that ending! Thank you to Penguin Teen for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. I can’t wait for book 3!
Detailed Content Review
Derogatory terms and curses unique to the book:
Dragon lord’s whore
Alcohol, Drugs, Smoking
A young man sips wine.
Wine is served at a large dinner.
Wine is served at a party. Teens partake.
Whiskey is served at a party. Teens drink.
A woman pours whiskey for two young men.
A young woman is drunk at a funeral. Wine is served.
A young man serves wine to others. They are very drunk.
A young woman drinks wine at a party. Many drink.
A man is very drunk.
Ale is served with bread.
A group of young men are drunk.
Intimacy, Sex, Immodesty
*Minor LGBTQ+ aspects included*
A young woman climbs into a young man’s bed to comfort him from nightmares. She kisses him and uses tongue.
A young woman and a servant young man begin a relationship (sex is eluded to). She summons him when she wants him. Both agree to it.
Two young men are attracted to each other.
A young woman is having a meltdown from grief in the bath. A young man strips to his underclothes and gets in to hold her. When they get out, they turn away from each other to dress.
A young woman and young man briefly kiss and hold each other as they fall asleep in grief.
A young man kisses a young man. He previously had a relationship with a young woman.
Two young men are in a relationship. They kiss. They experience a warm bed together (no details).
A young man is said to be good at two things and one of them is pleasing a lover.
A young man kisses a young man hard.
A young woman sees a young man in his underclothes. She blushes.
A young man kisses a young man.
A young woman and young man undress each other to get out of their flame suits.
A young man kisses a young woman.
Violence, Weapons, Crime, Blood
In book one, a young man kills a young woman. This is eluded to many times.
A young man bullies a young man to the point that the injuries affect his riding.
A young man cuts his palm and blood falls over a burning body at a funeral.
A story tells of a punishment for a dragon rider; her dragons throat was cut which made the rider fall to the ground and writhe in pain. Then each of her family members were dropped from a dragon at a large height. A young man remembers the thump of their bodies hitting the stone and their screams silenced, and how the rider pleaded and pleaded. She was dropped from a large height too but it was purposefully low enough that it wouldn’t kill her.
A young man digs his fingers into a young man’s injury until it reopens.
As dragon riders, there is a lot of training in the air where the riders get burned, or hurt with weapons.
A young woman punches a young man.
People attack a building. They throw fire inside and ransack during a large celebration. Screams are heard. People are armed with garden tools and torches of fire. One person holds a weapon to a young man’s throat.
Four teens battle in the sky on their dragons. They use fire and their pikes to harm each other.
**SPOILER** A young man purposely puts riders families in unsafe areas as motivation for the riders to perform well.
**SPOILER**Dragons and riders battle in the air. They use pikes and fire. Many boats and buildings are on fire. One dragon takes the saddle of another dragon in an intense standoff. Others are fighting and ripping wings and using talons to pierce. A young man falls off his dragon to his death. His dragon follows him and isn’t seen again.
As a child, a servant is beaten for being in a boy’s chambers.
A young man grabs a young man by the hair and pulls him to the ground.
A young woman threatens a young woman’s family and alludes to the fact that she would make her watch as her family is killed.
There is a battle in the sky on dragons. Talons, fangs, and fire are used. One young man’s leg is crushed under his dragon. Blood covers a young man’s hands as he helps a young man with an injury. Two dragons and riders fight intensely in the air. The city is burning. Dragons and riders try rescuing many from the fires. They succeed with many. A large group of people are found burned beyond recognition. A young girl is among the bodies.
A man taken prisoner is malnourished and gaunt from lack of food.
Rioters are breaking people’s wrists.
A young man has a cut to his head when a rock is thrown. A man’s wrist has been broken by others.
Dragons fight in the air. Their masters fight on ground. Punching, kicking and knives are used. A young man squeezes a young man’s throat. His dragon has his fangs at another dragons throat. The young man threatens to have the young man’s family killed.
Potentially Intense Themes
Class determines a peoples food ration. Many are starving. This is throughout the book.
Two teens return the body of a young woman to her family. One touches her face and weeps. He kisses her eyes, nose and mouth.
Many suffer from grief and/or break down at losing someone. This happens often.
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