Spoilers (and dragons) ahead! Before reading Sophie Jordan’s Vanish, you MUST read Firelight, the first book in this series. (You should really read Firelight anyway. It’s pretty awesome.)
If you’re still reading this post, I’m guessing you’ve read Firelight, and, if you’re anything like me, you thought it was great. Now, I read Firelight in October of 2010, so you can imagine that I forgot quite a few details before reading the sequel. But I still remembered the basics of this awesome story before I began Vanish. (Revisiting my post on the first book helped a lot.) This was extremely important because Vanish picked up immediately where Firelight left off. Jacinda, a fire-breathing draki, is forced to choose between Will, the love of her life, and the pride she left behind…
After revealing herself to the dreaded hunters in an attempt to save her beloved’s life, Jacinda must make a heart-wrenching decision. She must leave Will behind, possibly forever and with no memory of her, and return to the safety of the pride of draki who now view her as a traitor. With her mother and her twin sister Tamra–who is demonstrating some surprising new abilities–Jacinda rejoins her own kind–descendants of dragons who must be careful to keep themselves hidden from the hunters who seek to destroy them.
Life with the pride is no longer as easy as it once was for Jacinda. Although her status as a fire-breather still offers her some measure of protection, Jacinda is no longer favored among the draki. (That honor now belongs to her sister.) Jacinda must work harder to prove herself to the pride and show them that her loyalty resides with them. It is by no means easy.
The hostility, surveillance, and restrictions surrounding her are taking their toll on Jacinda. Even though she longs to experience the freedom she felt when she and Will were together, Jacinda also desires the approval and acceptance of her fellow draki. Only Cassian, the heir of the pride’s leader, seems to care anything about her. It’s clear that he still wants her as his mate, and Jacinda gradually begins to believe that he might offer her a way to get over losing Will and find her place within the pride. But an intruder into the pride’s settlement may change that…
When Jacinda is offered the startling opportunity to reunite with Will, she takes chances that endanger her life and the lives of everyone she holds dear. What will she have to sacrifice to be with the one she loves? Will it be worth it? And what punishments will be visited upon her and her family if it is discovered that she left the pride to be with a hunter? Will Jacinda ever find the freedom she longs for? Read Vanish, the second book in Sophie Jordan’s Firelight series, to discover what one girl will do to be truly free.
As is often the case with books I really enjoy, this post doesn’t even come close to capturing how wonderful and anxiety-inducing Vanish is. I flew through this book simply because I couldn’t bring myself to stop reading. I kept hoping that the next page would bring something good into Jacinda’s life. (Sometimes I was right. Sometimes…not so much.) Like Firelight, Vanish was an engrossing read that will be popular with readers who enjoy characters whose love is seemingly doomed. The prospect of Jacinda and Will being together despite all of the odds stacked against them is what keeps us reading.
Speaking of keeping us reading, the third book in the Firelight trilogy, Hidden, will be released in September of this year. I look forward to seeing how events play out for Jacinda, Will, and even Tamra and Cassian. Should be a fun ride!
For more information about author Sophie Jordan and the Firelight series, visit http://www.sophiejordan.net/ya/news.html.