Last night, I finally finished reading Hidden, the third (and final) book in Sophie Jordan’s Firelight trilogy. The book came out in September of 2012, but I didn’t make the time to read it until this week. (Honestly, I probably would have waited a little longer to read it, but the author, Sophie Jordan, will be attending the annual SCASL conference in March, and I wanted to finish the trilogy before meeting her.) This book was a very quick read, but, like the previous two books, it was full of action, romance, and adventure, and it packed an emotional wallop. Some of the events in the book were kind of surprising, but, all in all, it was a very satisfying end to a wonderful series.
Hidden continues the story of Jacinda, a draki (descendent of the dragons of yore) torn between her love for Will (a hunter) and her bond with Cassian (fellow draki and future leader of the pride). Jacinda, Will, Cassian, and Tamra (Jacinda’s sister) must now work together to save one of their own–Cassian’s sister, Miram. Miram has been captured by the dreaded enkros (mad scientist-types who imprison and experiment on the draki), and no one really knows what these people will do to her–especially if they discover that she can appear as human as anyone else.
In a move some would call crazy, Jacinda manifests as her draki self and allows Will and Cassian to turn her over to the enkros so that she can communicate with Miram and let her know help is coming. But Jacinda isn’t prepared for what she finds in the enkros stronghold. Miram is not the only draki being held, and the enkros treat their prisoners no better than lab rats. Now, Jacinda wants to save all of the draki tormented by the enkros. But it may not be as easy as she’d hoped. In a very short time, Jacinda starts to go a little nuts from being imprisoned and abused. When will Cassian, Tamra, and Will rescue Jacinda and the others…and will they arrive before something terrible happens?
Help does come eventually, but the enkros and their hunters are still determined to capture the draki that escaped (and any others they happen to encounter). Jacinda is determined to help her fellow draki, but a part of her longs for the freedom of a life with Will, a life away from the expectations that come with living with a pride of draki. But can she just turn off her bond with Cassian, her love for her sister, or the sense of duty she feels to make sure her fellow draki are safe from harm? And what will happen when it is revealed that the biggest threat comes not from the enkros or hunters but from a draki–a traitor in their midst?
In this final installment in the Firelight trilogy, lives will be lost, promises will be broken, secrets will be revealed, and relationships will be tested. Will Jacinda do what needs to be done to save her own kind? And can she find a way to be true to both her draki self and her love for Will? Find out if Jacinda can truly fly free when you read Hidden by Sophie Jordan.
While part of me is kind of sad that this series is over, I did like the way the author wrapped things up. Some will probably say that the ending was too neat, but, after three books of nothing but drama, setbacks, and danger, I think these characters needed a little break. Of course, not every character made it to the end of the book, but you’ll have to read for yourself to discover just which characters made it out alive and whether or not they were happy with how their stories concluded. I will say that I loved what happened with Tamra, and I wouldn’t mind seeing a follow-up book or novella detailing what happened to her after Hidden.
If you still haven’t gotten enough of the Firelight trilogy after finishing Hidden, there is an ebook novella, Breathless, that tells Az’s story. (You might remember that Az is Jacinda’s best friend in the draki pride.) I’m reading it right now, and, so far, it’s pretty good.
I look forward to meeting author Sophie Jordan in March and talking to her about her inspiration for this series and her plans for future books. If you have any burning questions you’d like to ask Ms. Jordan, let me know in the comments, and I’ll do my best to get some answers!
If you’re still not convinced to give Hidden and the rest of the Firelight series a try, check out the Hidden book trailer below. That should do it!