Fireborn: Twelve and the Frozen Forest

By Aisling Fowler, Illustrated by Sophie Medvedeva


‘The perfect balance of high adventure, breathless action and eerie wonder’ Jonathan Stroud, author of the Bartimaeus trilogy

‘The best kind of children’s fantasy story: thrilling and imaginative while packing an emotional punch!’ B. B. Alston, author of Amari and the Night Brothers

Set in the snowy northern forests of a prehistoric world, Fireborn is the middle-grade debut of the decade. By 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 she won’t choose a new one until she has earned it. But when her friend is taken, Twelve sets off on a dangerous journey to rescue her. Teaming up with Dog, the stone Guardian of the Hunting Lodge, Twelve ends up on an epic adventure that will change her life, her name – and her entire world.

The second book in the FIREBORN series, Phoenix and the Frost Palace, is available now!

Format: Paperback
Ageband: 8 to 12
Release Date: 29 Sep 2022
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0-00-839418-9
Aisling Fowler 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).

‘The perfect balance of high adventure, breathless action and eerie wonder’Jonathan Stroud, author of the Bartimaeus Series -

”'A monster-filled adventure set in a wildly imaginative frozen world, with axe-wielding action scenes that’ll make your heart race! I couldn’t put it down” - A.F. Steadman, author of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief

”'FIREBORN is the best kind of children’s fantasy story, thrilling and imaginative while packing an emotional punch” - B. B. Alston, author of Amari and the Night Brothers

”'I absolutely loved FIREBORN. Such a cinematic journey in both the literal and emotional sense! I cannot wait to read what happens next” - L. D. Lapinski, author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency

”'Atmospheric, fast-paced” - Guardian

”'FIREBORN is a fantastic debut, deftly told with skill and originality. A richly-imagined story, bursting with thrilling magic, terrifying monsters and an epic adventure that leaves you wanting more” - Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island

”'Epic, sweeping and full of heart - FIREBORN is truly something special. I can't wait for the next book in the series!” - Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear

”'This remarkable debut pulsates with energy and drama” - Daily Mail, Best Children’s Books of the Year

”'I loved this whirlwind adventure! A brilliant novel weaving fantasy, friendship, heartbreak and hope together really superbly. I have pledged my heart to FIREBORN” - Cerrie Burnell, author of Harper and the Sea of Secrets

”'Scorching . . . Gripping and immersive” - New Statesman

”'FIREBORN is an exciting adventure that will make you want to set off on your own epic journey to battle mythical monsters. With giant stone dogs, mysterious frozen forests and mischievous fire spirits, readers will be captivated from page one” - Katie Tsang, co-author of Dragon Mountain