Sunday 24 April 2011

Review: Firelight - Sophie Jordan

With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special among the draki - the descendants of dragons with the power to shift into human form.

But when Jacinda's rebelliousness forces her family to flee to the human world, her draki spirit starts to fade.  If it is lost, she will remain as a human.  The only thing that revives it is gorgeous, elusive Will . . . whose family hunts her kind.

Jacinda can't resist getting closer to him.  Even if it means risking the draki's most closely-guarded secret - and her life.

Power and passion ignite as love crosses an ancient divide.

Firelight Series:
Hidden (UK Release date to be confirmed)
Breathless (UK Release date to be confirmed)

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Jacinda and her Pride are draki, they are descended from dragons but also have the ability to take human form. As the first fire breathing draki born in centuries Jacinda is special and her Pride have big plans for her future. But when Jacinda risks her life breaking the rules her family is forced to flee into the human world to protect her. Living amongst humans Jacinda starts to lose her connection to her draki side, a fate worse than death as far as she is concerned. When she meets Will she knows he is dangerous - he comes from a family of hunters who want to destroy her kind - but being with him helps to keep her draki alive. By spending time with him she risks everything but can she stay away and let her inner draki die?

I have a bit of an obsession with dragons so as soon as I heard about Firelight I knew I had to read it. I absolutely loved the mythology Sophie Jordan has created, there are so many different types of draki and they all have different abilities that I found fascinating. I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to see more of what life is like living amongst the Pride but I have high hopes that we will see a lot more in future books in the series and can't wait to get my hands on the next installment of Jacinda's story.

Life isn't easy for Jacinda when her family moves away from the Pride. Things are much better for her mother and sister who are both happy to embrace their human sides but Jacinda doesn't want to let her draki die. I could completely relate to her feelings and really felt for her but it was easy to see things from her family's point of view too. It was interesting to see the family dynamics because of their different abilities, Jacinda's sister Tamra was always in Jacinda's shadow when they were living amongst the Pride. Out in the human world it is the other way around and Tamra is the one who finds it easier to fit in while Jacinda struggles to cope. It is hard for the sisters to find middle ground when they both long for such different lives and I'm curious to see how things play out for them in the future.

Although I loved the mythology of the draki the story definitely centres around the forbidden romance between Jacinda and Will. I absolutely loved the chemistry between the two of them and the fact that Jacinda knew she was risking everything by spending time with Will added a great dangerous edge to their romance. She knows that if Will discovers her secret she is putting not just herself and her family at risk but also the rest of her Pride but I could understand why she was so drawn to him because she was desperate to keep her draki side alive. If I was in her position I wouldn't want to give up my draki either! Their romance is very intense and great fun to read.

Firelight is definitely a story I would recommend to paranormal romance fans and I can't wait to get my hands on Vanish when it comes out later this year. We were left with quite a cliffhanger and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Source: Received from OUP in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Oh this one sounds sooo good! I have it on my shelf to read but no time to get to it! Soon I hope - maybe just in time for Vanish to come out. That would be good. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. This was such a good book & I can't wait to read Vanish! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :o)

  3. Fascinating--the standard forbidden romance that's been hanging around for centuries takes on a different dangerous edge. There's always an edge of danger, but now more than any of our girlfriends who date jerks, we can say Jacinda is attracted to and needs the danger specifically. I wonder if her need to keep her drako actually matters more in the relationship than the relationship. I guess I'll have to read.

  4. Hi Bets, I think a lot of the attraction Jacinda felt for Will was because she wanted to keep her Draki alive but there was great chemistry between them & I really enjoyed reading it. I can't find a UK release date for Vanish yet but it's definitely at the top of my list when it does come out :o)



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