A hidden truth.
Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki—a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form. Forced to flee into the mortal world with her family, Jacinda struggles to adapt to her new surroundings. The only bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irresistibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will’s dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away—if it dies she will be left as a human forever. She’ll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.
Mythical powers and breathtaking romance ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide. (from Goodreads.com)
I’ve recently read a lot of contemporary books with difficult themes and was feeling a little wrung out emotionally by it. Desperately in need of some good fantasy, I picked up Firelight and instantly knew I’d found what I was looking for. It’s imaginative, romantic, exciting, and has one extremely hot hero in Will…swoon! It completely hit the mark.
Sophie Jordan gives us a new breed of shape shifter in the form of The Draki, descendants of Dragons. Seriously, I never thought I’d want to read a book about Dragons, but I LOVED this book! Jacinda has been raised with her Draki pride, but has been feeling suffocated at the expectations placed on her ever since her ‘Talent’ manifested and she became hot property, promised to the leaders son, Cassien. The only way she feels free is to sneak off and fly in the dawn mists, breaking one of the Draki’s strictest rules. When one of her secret trips ends in near tragedy and her secret revealed to the pride, her mother is forced to take her away from everything she knows, along with her twin sister Tamra to save her from a terrible punishment.
Immediately this book is gripping and fast paced. I was hooked right from the beginning, caught up in the beautiful descriptions and feelings as Jacinda flies at dawn, then plunged right into a heart stopping action scene and breathtaking romance. I liked Jacinda’s spirit, she longs to be free yet wants to be loyal to her pride. When she is forced to flee to an environment that will kill her Draki, making her only human I felt her pain. The Draki’s thrive off nature and the hot dessert and busy, noisy school is unnatural to her. Being a country girl at heart I felt this with her.
Firelight also gave me one of my top boy book crushes of all time with the lovely Will. I adored him. Dangerous and intense, he was everything I want in a hero. I love forbidden love, and seeing how Will’s family are Draki hunters this is definitely one romance that shouldn’t be happening, but all the more exciting. Although they are from very different backgrounds, there’s something surprisingly similar about the two. Both have expectations forced on them from their families and struggle with them. The attraction between them is electric and had me swooning! I also liked the dynamics between Jacinda and her twin sister Tamra, who’s Draki never manifested and has lived in her sister’s shadow, until now. This made an interesting sub plot, as they struggled against their different needs.
I love mythology and Firelight certainly has its share. The pride of Draki’s and their rituals are fascinating, and while lots of their myths are only hinted at, I think the next book in the series is going to be full of it. Pride Alpha, Cassien is a very interesting character, I can’t quite weigh him up yet and can’t wait to hear more about him. I think we’re going to see a very different kind of love triangle form here. One other aspect I really enjoyed was the theme of nature and hunting. Like in real life, the hunters in Firelight want nothing more than to track down and kill something beautiful for their own gain and it made me sad.
Firelight for me was practically perfect and exactly what I needed. It was such an easy read, Sophie Jordan’s story telling pulls you in and doesn’t let go and I raced through this book in 2 sittings. The only thing that bugged me a little was the amount of times Jacinda decided she was going to ignore Will, as he was too dangerous. I liked how she wavered about this and how she didn’t easily fall into his arms without question, but I did get a bit irritated at one point thinking ‘jeez…not again’. It was slightly repetitive, although it wasn’t enough to stop me thoroughly enjoying this book. The ending is awesome and a real cliff hanger, leaving me desperate for the next book in the series, Vanish which will be published both in the US and the UK in September (Hurrah!) Overall, a lot of love for Firelight and comes highly recommended.
Published in the UK by Oxford University Press March 2011Thanks to the publishers for providing a copy for review.
Check out our guest post from Sophie Jordan HERE where she tells us her top 5 Fantasy creatures….is your favourite there?