As many people know, I’m a fan of fantasy novels. I like vampires, witches, werewolves, mermaids, and many other seemingly mythical creatures. One creature that has never appealed to me, however, is the dragon. I don’t really know why. Well, that may have all changed after finishing my latest read, Firelight by Sophie Jordan. This book is freakin’ awesome! If you haven’t guessed by now, dragons, or at least their descendants, play a major role in this book, and I am now convinced that dragons are awesome and not just a cruel part of the first challenge in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Jacinda is draki. She and those in her pride are descended from the dragons of old. Unlike the dragons that came before them, the draki can take on human form. This is their greatest defense and how they escape the hunters that are always after them. Even among the draki, though, Jacinda is different. She is a fire-breather, the first born in her pride in generations. She is constantly watched, and her fate does not seem to be her own. She yearns for freedom, and this urge to fly free causes Jacinda to break one of the most basic rules of her kind. She is nearly caught by a hunter, and she and her family must flee the pride in order to remain safe, both from the pride and those that would hunt and kill her.
Jacinda’s mom decides to settle in the desert. The hope is that the arid climate and inability to transform will kill the draki inside Jacinda and force her to become wholly human. Jacinda fights against this and wonders why her mother and her twin sister, Tamra (who never managed to manifest into a draki), cannot accept her as she is. Why do they want to kill such an important part of her?
Jacinda is convinced that she will wither in this miserable new environment…until she encounters Will at school. They’ve met before, but he doesn’t remember. He was a hunter who let her go. Despite knowing what Will is, Jacinda is as drawn to Will as he is to her. She knows it’s dangerous to be around him, not just because he could discover her secret, but also because she feels her inner draki stirring whenever he is near. He may be the only way to keep her draki self alive. Her greatest threat could be her ultimate salvation.
Can Jacinda survive in this new life? Will she try for her mom and sister? What will become of her relationship with Will? Is there any hope for Jacinda to truly be herself when she feels that those who should love her most wish part of her would die? Will she stay? Or will she return to the pride who wishes to control her? Discover these answers and more when you read Firelight by Sophie Jordan.
I may have given too much away in the post above, but it’s hard to know when to stop talking about such an amazing book. I especially got engrossed in the relationship between Jacinda and her sister. I spent most of the book extremely mad and irritated at Tamra. She was just so self-centered. So was the mom. I know they had their reasons, but it was still very frustrating.
Firelight is just the first book in this new series, so look for more information on upcoming sequels. I know Firelight has already been optioned for a movie. If done right, that could be pretty awesome. Fore more information on Firelight and author Sophie Jordan, visit http://www.sophiejordan.net/ya/news.html.