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Rosaria Munda’s Fantasy Book Recs!

Fireborne is Rosaria Munda’s thrilling fantasy debut. In case you’re new to this Game of Thrones meets Harry Potter fantasy you’ve always needed in your life story, here’s a bit about the book!

About Fireborne: Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone—even the lowborn—a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders.

Now they are both rising stars in the new regime, despite backgrounds that couldn’t be more different. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet.

But everything changes when survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

With war on the horizon and his relationship with Annie changing fast, Lee must choose to kill the only family he has left or to betray everything he’s come to believe in. And Annie must decide whether to protect the boy she loves . . . or step up to be the champion her city needs.

From debut author Rosaria Munda comes a gripping adventure that calls into question which matters most: the family you were born into, or the one you’ve chosen.


Check out Rosaria’s top fantasy recs below!


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


I feel like AEITA set the bar for what YA fantasy has become in recent years–a place where romance, dystopia and adventure get to join up and have a great time. Contains what is possibly my favorite scene of lovers-in-a-prison-cell-before-a-final-reckoning, ever.


Seafire by Natalie C. Parker


This was what I wanted Waterworld to be. The worldbuilding is delightfully ambitious–high-tech post-apocalyptic pirates in a world ravaged by drug warlords–but it’s the steadfast crew of lady pirates that stole my heart. This is feminist fiction at its most epic.


WAR GIRLS by Tochi Onyebuchi


Set in a Nigeria of the future in a mech-filled reincarnation of the Biafran War, WAR GIRLS is a high-octane exploration of the senselessness of war, the humanity of AI, the transcendence of love–and the power of third person present in the hands of a master.


The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima


This book reminded me of everything I loved about Lloyd Alexander as a child, updated. Cinda Williams Chima is my guiding light when it comes to worldbuilding and plotting; THE DEMON KING is a masterclass.


The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli 


A story about dragons, and, more than that, a story about stories. This was one of those books that made me remember why I love reading.


Penguin Teen