Series: The Aurelian Cycle #1
Author: Rosaria Munda
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
My Review: This was a fantastic debut! This book feature all the great things a YA fantasy should. The world building was great without being overly detailed. The characters were wonderful and all had plenty of depth. The twists and storylines were well done and the writing was great. I also loved that it didn't fall into all of the typical overused tropes that many YA books fall victim to.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*