A Dragonborn Novel
If magic sets the world on fire, something new is born from the flames.
When an old, dying wizard steals magic from his young apprentice, Bee, he changes his own life and nearly destroys hers. But he also releases something new into the world - a wild magic that turns fields to flames and upsets the order of the world. It will take another apprentice, Cabbage, to find Bee and try to set the world right again.
Remarkable for its deft, dramatic prose and thrilling magical adventure, Toby Forward's Dragonborn delighted critics and fans. This companion novel, set in the same world in a different time, is a breathtaking work of magic and suffering, friendship and transformation - and the new power that rises from the ashes of a terrible deed.
Praise For Fireborn: A Dragonborn Novel…
“Lyrical prose of lapidary precision and restraint etches a character-driven narrative of intimate enchantments. . . . Terrifying, moving, inspiring and enthralling.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“An intelligent, down-to-earth wisdom runs throughout, as enriching as any magic. . . . Humble, earthy . . . and thought provoking--making this excellent middle-grade fantasy a rich mix of character, seriousness, comic foibles, and loving exactitude.” —The Horn Book Magazine
“This stand-alone prequel to Dragonborn is distinguished by its vivid cast of characters and multilayered relationships . . . The fine writing and compelling plot are sure to enthrall readers of high fantasy.” —School Library Journal
“Dark elements, however, are what make this book compelling . . . Fans of high fantasy may . . . simply immerse themselves in the adventures and friendships and enjoy the read.” —VOYA
“This beautifully written fantasy . . . masterfully balances humor with deadly serious content in a manner reminiscent of Lloyd Alexander at his best . . . This lovely tale, first in a series, should strongly appeal to fantasy aficionados.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Dragonborn
“Accessible, full-of-surprises fantasy. . . . Forward's fantasy has glimmers of Tolkien, Alexander, [and] Rowling.” —The Horn Book Magazine on Dragonborn
“Forward can tell a story . . . the next three volumes hold great promise for fans of adventure, fantasy, and dragons.” —Booklist on Dragonborn
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 9781599908892, 432pp.
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
About the Author
Toby Forward is the author of the picture book The Wolf 's Story and the middle grade novel Traveling Backwards, as well as several other books for children in his native UK.